Cats Eye is, in fact, not a gemstone. It is the term specified to an effect which appears on a mineral or a gemstone due to the presence of specific ions. This effect takes a form of a straight line or a ray over the surface of the stone. The effect is commonly known as 'Chatoyancy' and is found in many other gemstones. There are mainly two broad categories of Cats Eye gemstones - Chrysoberyl & Quartz. The Cats Eye is associated with mythical planet Ketu (Dragon's tail).
Other Names: Lahsuniya, Vaiduryam.
Chemical Composition: Quartz - SiO2
Hardness on Moh's Scale of 10: 7.5 to 8.5
Specific Gravity: 2.59 to 3.84
Refractive Index: 1.54 to 1.74
Popular Origins: Sri Lanka & India.
Astrological Significance (Who should wear Cats Eye): Cats Eye is associated with the mythical planet Ketu. According to the Vedic astrology, People who are going through Mahadasha of Ketu which is generally an 7 years period in a human life, can wear Cats Eye gemstone to reduce the malefic effects of Ketu.
Best Weight (in carat or ratti): Cats Eye is a semi-precious gemstone. Every gemstone, when worn for astrological purpose, need to adapt to the body mass of the person. Therefore, it is considered good to wear the gemstone more than 1/10th carat of the body weight of the person. For example, if a person weighs 60kgs, he/she should wear minimum 6 carat [60 / 10 = 6].
Best Metal(s): Cats Eye should preferably be worn in Silver. Gold or any other Yellow color metal should be avoided unless specified by your astrologer.
On which finger to wear: Cats Eye gemstone is considered to be most effective when worn in the middle finger (Madhyama) or the little finger (Kanishtha) of active hand (For right-handed people, an active hand is right hand and vice-versa).
When to wear: Best time to wear the Cats Eye gemstone is during the sunset of a Saturday which falls between Ashtami tithi of Shukla Paksha ( the 8th day the Waxing moon period) and Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha (8th day of waning moon period).
How to wear (Best procedure to wear):
On the selected day & time to wear your Cats Eye, take your ring or pendant studded with the Cats Eye and place it in a clean and empty bowl.
Now, add Panchadravyas (Five Sacred Elements) in the following pattern one by one to the bowl – Starting with: GANGA JAL (Holy Water), TULSI LEAVES (Basil leaves), MILK, HONEY & GHEE (Butter). Mix them together in the bowl with your finger and keep the bowl in front of you.
Close your eyes and recite the Mantra "Om Shraam Shreem Shroom Sah Ketave Namah:" 108 times and pray to Ketu to derive all the benefits of your progress.
Open your eyes and take the ring out of the bowl. Dip it in another bowl of clean water and soak it with a cotton cloth piece and wear it.
Note: Please do not throw the mixture of Panchadravya in the dump. Rather, pour it in a flowerpot or Plant pot as this mixture is considered a good fertilizer too.
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