"Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone that works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, patience, balance, and peace."
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for the month of February, and is also associated with the zodiac signs Pisces, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. In ancient writings about astrology, amethyst is associated with Jupiter and Neptune.
Amethyst is linked to the third eye chakra which relates to intuition, mysticism, and understanding. It is very beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as needed. It can help you focus and bring spiritual insight. Amethyst will help you feel soothed, relieving the 'scattered' feeling of the mind.
Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts, and can help to bring intuitive dreams.
Amethyst is known as a master healer, and can help relieve physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress. It can also ease tension and relieve headaches.
Amethyst has also been used for thousands of years as a protection stone, and was often placed in amulets for people to wear. It was though to protect not only against injury or death, but also against evil spirits.
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The word amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos meaning 'not drunken'. Amethyst has long been claimed to prevent drunkenness. This claim likely originated from the fact that in ancient times wine was served in cups carved from amethyst. The purple color of the cup made it possible to water down wine or even replace it with water and serve it to those who were already to intoxicated to know the difference.
Cleopatra's signet ring of amethyst was engraved with a figure of Maened, the Persian god of 'The Divine Idea', source of enlightenment and love.
The Book of the Dead makes a reference to a heart shaped amethyst as the symbol of wisdom in life, and it is said to help transition to the next realm with peace.
The ancient Greek myth of Amethyst was first recorded in a poem in 1576. Bacchus, god of wine, had a notoriously bad temper and was one day feeling particularly foul. He decided to order his tigers to attack the next person who passed by him. The beautiful maiden Amethyst passed by Bacchus on her way to worship at the temple of Diana. The tigers sprang at the innocent maiden, and she invoked the name of the goddess. Diana did what she could to save Amethyst, and turned her to a pillar of pure white stone impervious to the tigers' teeth. Bacchus recognized his cruelty and wanted to make amends. He took his best wine and and poured the wine over the pure white stone. The wine stained the stone purple, the glowing hue we associate with the stone that bears her name.
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