The stone is a symbol of being, of cohesion and consistency with yourself. Its hardness has always been seen as the opposite of the biological, subject to the laws of change, decay, and death. Despite appearances, the stone also has an inverse meaning to SAND. This element, in short, is an emblem of resistance, tenacity, perseverance, and eternity of being. Similarly, these qualities can lead to coldness, stubbornness, and the refusal of renewal. As a heavy element, a stone can symbolize the harsh burdens and responsibilities you have in real life. On the other hand, when broken into many pieces a stone represents dismemberment, mental disintegration, illness, death, and defeat. If you dream that the stones rain down from the sky it means that your heart is hardened. Finally, gemstones symbolize transmutation from opacity to transparency, from imperfect into perfect. (See rock ) Stones in the road may be a reference to the clumsy and difficult-to-handle people who impede your progress. If you throw stones, the dream indicates accusations. According to some oracles, if you collect them, you will inherit properties. Finally, to find precious stones augurs good luck.