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Do you believe in astrology and gemology? If so, you'll enjoy learning a little bit about your birthstone -- Tarot card specialist and astrologer Aparna Bose explains the significance of each gem that is matched to the twelve star signs of the Zodiac.
March 21 to April 20
Impulsive Aries sometimes needs to think before dashing headlong into situations and eliminating all competition. The ruby is Aries' gemstone and it helps if you have lost sight of your goals. Intuition, creativity and passion would also be enhanced with the help of this gemstone.
April 21 to May 21
Taureans can be major bullies who can't not have their way. Criticism also affects them more than they like to admit. Emeralds help Taureans to connect with feelings and fill them with energy. Concentration will also be improved and you will find your thought process is far clearer.
May 22 to June 21
Geminis have a problem taking decisions, because all options sound equally good. They sometimes also have a gift for miscommunication and muddling issues up. A yellow sapphire will help the Gemini's will and decision-making facilities. You will also feel more comfortable with the decisions you make.
June 22 to July 23
Some Cancerians may suffer from low self-esteem and need to make those they love emotionally dependent on them. Pearls, though not technically gemstones, are suitable for Cancer. Wearing them will help you feel more balanced and content in your moods, especially as you grow older.
July 24 to August 23
Leos want to be the leader of the group always, no matter what the cost, and they may make quite a few enemies in the process. Diamonds are Leos' best friends. Wearing a clear, well-faceted diamond will help you balance leadership with service in your personal as well as professional life.
August 24 to September 23
Virgos can be extremely nitpicky and difficult to please. They expect everyone else to conform to their high standards. Yellow topaz is the gemstone for this star sign. It's a stone of wisdom, and it will give you courage and perseverance. It is also a gem for spirituality and self-awareness.
September 24 to October 23
Librans always like to keep their options open and tend to defer making decisions because they can't bear to have to choose. The rare star sapphire is Libra's gemstone. It will help you in your plans and goals, sharpen your will and will enable you to make decisions without second-guessing yourself.
October 24 to November 22
Scorpios like to scheme and plot and plan and make life unnecessarily complicated for themselves and the people they love. Coral, although like the pearl it is not really a gemstone, is suited to this star sign. Red coral will help you completely enjoy life, and protect you from envy and resentment.
November 23 to December 21
Sagittarians need to be on the go and stimulated all the time; they 'switch off' if they get bored or if the situation is stagnating. Topaz is their stone. This gem will be a companion to you on your life's journey -- it will give you courage and help you find your way professionally and personally.
December 22 to January 20
Capricorns can be overly concerned with social status and career goals and may even choose their friends and spouses based on these criteria. The dark blue sapphire is their gemstone. You will find an increase in wisdom and serenity, and find it easier to achieve your goals. It will also strengthen your sense of responsibility.
January 21 to February 19
Aquarians may be easily distracted and only focus on superficialities instead of looking a little deeper. Jade is the gemstone for Aquarius. It will help bind you to tradition and appreciate ageless wisdom. Wearing jade will have a calming effect on your need for new experiences.
February 20 to March 20
Pisceans sometimes suffer from a martyr complex and get involved in co-dependent relationships very easily. They also have a very hard time letting go when it's the right time to. Opal is Pisces' gemstone. Wearing it brings harmony, peace and happiness. You will also be less prone to depression and mood swings.