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Monday, September 21, 2020

Cat's Eye (Lehsuniya) : Significance, Benefits, Facts and Wearing Rituals.


 Hola Guys! Hope you all are keeping well and in good spirits. Today's post marks the end of my current series on Different Gemstones according to the nine main Planets in the Vedic Astrology. 

This post is on the gemstone related to the other Shadowy or Illusionary Planet Ketu i.e. the Southern Node of the Moon. The gemstone is called "Cat's Eye". Also known as 'Lehsuniya' in Hindi as its resemblance to a milky Garlic bulb (Lussan in Hindi).

This Gemstone produces the most distinct 'Cat's Eye' or "CHATOYANCE" effect. Contains high density of parallel fibrous inclusions and 'Cat's eye' is a line of light that reflects from the dome of the cabochon at the right angles to the parallel inclusions. When the gem is rotated while the light is flashed on the gem, it gives an image of the opening and closing of an eye of a cat, hence the name is "Cat's Eye".

It has immense benefits to the wearer if it is worn by proper consultation from the learned astrologer and happens to suit you. These are as follows:

  • Very beneficial for improving fortunes and financial gains especially during its Mahadasha.
  • It aids in rendering the psychic protection such as that from evil eyes and Tantric acts.
  • It is the stone of choice for enhancing the spiritual enlightenment of oneself.
  • It is very beneficial in improving your physical, mental and emotional well being.
  • It also gives the native a sense of calmness and peace especially in cases of insomnia and anxiety issues.
  • It also aids in enhancing your appetite when someone suffers from anorexia and also issues related to Heart, brain and stomach.
  • It also improves the memory of the wearer and helps in attaining the art of balancing one's thought process.
  • This stone is beneficial in eradication of fear of unknown or any sort of pessimism one has which makes a native more self- assured in terms of facing the worldly challenges.
  • According to one's natal chart, if the stone gets suited to the wearer, it has healing powers to lessen the mal-effects of the Ketu Doshas that can be seen in one's birth chart.
  • It boosts one's creativity and helps in enhancing the native's intellect.
  • The stone has potential to reduce the ill-effects or nullify the sufferings from any mishaps that's probably due to Ketu's mal-position in one's chart. 

  How to choose a Cat's eye?

 As I have mentioned in my previous blog-

Apart from these the other characteristics that should be considered while choosing a Cat's eye gemstone are:

  • The best Cat's eye is unheated, untreated and naturally which gives the best astrological benefits to the native. 

  • The colour of the Cat's eye is Yellow to Yellowish-grey, Greyish-green to brown and Brownish yellow. If the colour is too light or too dark then it might be a fake stone or of semi-precious variety. 

  • Practically 100% inclusion-free Cat's eye is nonexistent. Some inclusions are expected such a  Parallel needle or Hollow tube-like fibrous inclusions- a line of light across surface of the stone that orients perpendicular to the induced fibres. The gem has a milky appearance and transparent gems are almost never found. Typically 'Milk and Honey Appearance' is seen.

  • It should have a considerable amount of solidity and hardness. The MOHS scale of hardness for Cat's eye is 7.5-8.5.

  • Its chemical composition and the mineral is known as Chrysoberyl(BeO.Al2O3).

  • Its refractive index is 1.744-1.755.

  • Its specific gravity is 3.70-3.78.

  • The best quality Cat's eye comes from Sri-Lanka, Brazil and India(mainly in Orissa, Kerela, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Bihar). Also in South Africa, Russia, Burma and various locations around the U.S.A.

  • The average density is 3.74.

  • It should be at least 6 carats in weight so as to give prominent results. In general, it should be 1/10th of your body weight.

  • There should be uniformity of colour in the entire stone.

  • Should be devoid of any impurity, cracks, lines and blemishes.

  • Should be of required heaviness which marks its difference from the fake stone.

  • How to identify an original Cat's eye?

    • If the real stone is put in the dark place, it shines like the eyes of a cat. 
    • If the original stone is rubbed against a cloth, it gives more brilliance to it which marks its authenticity.
    • Apart from the above-mention characteristics, one can check if given stone leaves colour on rubbing it. Original Cat's eye will not leave colour on rubbing it off against any other material.
    • The colour of the original stone should not be too dark or vivid.
    • Keep the stones in your hand. If it starts feeling warm or hot, then it isn't the original one.
    • No significant inclusions will be there in original Cat'e eye. The scratches, cuts, blemishes, etc are seen in fake stones. 
    • If you are getting the Cat'e eye at a cheaper price, then it is 99% fake as natural and original Cat'e eye are expensive. While the synthetic Cat'e eye comes in 20% the lesser price, the fake one can be bought for 90-95% cheaper than the original one. So beware!
    • Last but not the Least, Seek professional help when in doubt and buy certified stones always.

    How to wear Cat'e eye?

    • Should Strictly be worn only after the consultation by the learned astrologer.
    • Should be worn on Tuesday of waxing moon period (Shukla Paksha).
    • Should be worn in between the two hours before and after the sunrise.
    • The best metal to wear it in is Silver or Gold (preferable) or in Panchdhaatu (an alloy of 5 elements Gold, Silver, Iron, Zinc and Copper. Sometimes Tin or Lead can be used in place of Zinc).
    • The finger to wear it in is the Middle finger. Commonly it is worn in the right hand but which hand is preferred, you may check it out in my previous blog-

    Rituals related to wearing a Cat's eye.

    • You can make it as Oval or circular in shape as per the recommendation.
    • You can either wear it as a pendant, bracelet or a ring.
    • Preferably it is worn in as a ring and at least 6 carats in weight.
    • Dip it in a Panchamrit (a mixture of raw cow milk, cow fat i.e Ghee, honey or sugar, yoghurt and Gangajal i.e. Holy water) one night before the morning you wanna wear it.
    • In the morning, do your prayer rituals as you do in routine. Wash the ring with regular water and dip it in holy water just before wearing it.
    • Always seek blessings of Almighty and pray to them for the fulfilment of the purpose for which you are gonna wear the gemstone.
    • The "Beej Mantra- Ohm Sraam Sreem Sraum Sah Ketvay Namah" or "Om Hring Aing Ketave Namah"  to be recited 108 times so as to activate the stone.
    • One should donate cloth and some sweets to the people. Offer Dakshina (money) according to one's capacity to the Brahmin or Priest at the temple. 
    • You should feed the poor and needy, especially on Tuesday. (This is the most pious thing and should be done anyways without any purpose or wanting anything in return. We should feed anything in any day we want but for this, Tuesday is preferable).
    • Keep your stones clean.

    That is it for today's post guys! 

    Shall see you in the next post.

    Until then,