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February birthstone: Amethyst

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AMETHYST

Amethyst is a semiprecious stone, a purple quartz with a beautiful blend of violet and red. It gets these colours from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements.

  • February birthstone
  • anniversary stone: 6th and 17th year of marriage
  • Zodiac Stone of Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Past & present:

Throughout history, this gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and many cultures. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.

The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated”, as Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness. Amethyst also was said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

For those familiar with Old Testament history, amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.

It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of amethyst that it became a gemstone enjoyed by more than just the wealthiest buyers. For many years, it was considered as one of the most precious gemstones, even held for many years in the same regard as the diamond. It was often favoured by royalty and especially by the clergy, as a symbol for the deity of Christ. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

Many wearers of amethyst throughout history and even today prize the gem for its symbolism as well as its beauty. Other qualities like peace, stability, courage and strength are said to be derived from this gemstone. Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts.

Today, many wearers simply prize the amethyst for its beautiful shade and the way it complements both warm and cool colours. It is really trendy this year: its purple color matches Pantone’s color of the year 2018: ultra violet.

Another relevant info in February: Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine and of faithful lovers, because St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid.

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About its energies:

Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, in energy healing and chakra balancing, and brings you creativity, perception, self knowledge, and insight. Wear (or hold) Amethyst to bring in spiritual insights coupled with intellectual reasoning. Referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer,” Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain.

A wonderful talisman for use in the creative arts, especially in darker shades. It assists endeavors where new, original results need to be created using tools and methods of the past. It is often used as the Artist’s Stone, the Composer’s Stone, the Inventor’s, Poet’s and Painter’s Stone.

Amethyst is an excellent stone for diplomats, negotiators and business people: it calms angry temperaments and gives a distinct advantage in situations where debating is required.

As a luck and prosperity crystal, Amethyst is good for reducing the tendency to overspend, gambling addictions or unwise investments. 

It is also referred to as the “couple’s stone” and gives meaning to relationships that over time, transcends the carnal union and gives way to deeper connection and a more soulful communion. Wear as an engagement or eternity ring for fidelity, or as a locket to call back lost love. 

Emotional Healing:

It is calming and soothing to the neural impulses in the brain. Its energy reduces stress and nervous tension.

Amethyst is especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to center. It eases the mental anxieties that lead to physical tension and headaches, and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be hot-headed and easily angered. 

Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviors, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease.

Because Amethyst initiates wisdom and greater understanding, it is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Its presence communicates that there is no death, only transitioning and changing of forms.

Chakra Healing and Balancing:

Amethyst carries a high energy, particularly stimulating to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras: 

– The Third Eye Chakra is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra. When the Chakra is in balance our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the Chakra. It is a color of mystery, wisdom, judgment.

– The Crown Chakra is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence and is the source of universal energy and truth. When the Chakra is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life. Imbalances of the Crown Chakra are treated with Light Violet crystals, as their violet rays have the universal life force of magic, dreams, inspiration, and destiny. 

Spiritual Energy:

Amethyst carries a high spiritual vibration of humility and devotion to the Divine. It is highly conducive to stilling one’s thoughts in prayer and meditation, and surrendering to that which is greater than the self. Amethyst is a stone of spiritual protection and purification, cleansing one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments, and creating a resonant shield of spiritual Light around the body.

Color Energy:

Amethyst embodies the red-violet ray that connects both time and color, of beginnings and endings, as the old year wanes and the new is about to arrive. It tempers the fiery red ray with the intuition of the violet ray, bringing passion and imagination, emotion and logic. It stimulates creativity and is particularly helpful in artistic endeavors. Light Amethyst helps us peer into our souls and see ourselves as others see us. It is the ray of self-esteem and self-knowledge. Dark Amethyst gives us the deep vision needed to “see the future”: gives us powerful insight and enhances our perception of the potential effects of our decisions.

Goddess Crystal:

Amethyst honors Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, and Childbirth. She represents the love of the mountains and the forests where she chooses to spend her life. Her comfort is sought by women in labor. Amethyst also honors Diana, the Roman Goddess of the Moon, and Protector of Animals. 

Talismans and Amulets:

In the ancient world, Amethyst was an amulet of protection worn around the neck of Egyptian dignitaries when they traveled outside their major cities. They believed it safeguarded them from personal treachery and ambush. 

A talisman of ecclesiastical dignity and spiritual protection, Amethyst is the Bishop’s Stone, still worn on the second finger of the right hand of a Catholic bishop.

Amethyst is a talisman of focus and success, used in meditation, to enhance creativity and refine thinking skills. 

Amethyst is a Seeker – Transformer crystal:

Seekers contain a crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind in finding the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.

Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.

Sources: American Gem Society, Crystal Vaults

Additional info: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Amethyst

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