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Unique Silver Jewelry
February birthstone - spirit and heart - Amethyst.
February 19, 2015
I'm back with this month's star: Amethyst.
Amethyst has always been associated with February - the month Romans dedicated to the water God - Neptune. It is also the birthstone of Pisces Zodiac birth sign,
On a personal note - I'm a Pisces. Amethyst is one of my birthstones and most favorite gemstones since I was a teenager.. Its Purple color and healing powers always allured me. So i'm very excited to explore this gemstone with you :)
Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the history of mankind. To the ancients, Amethyst was a "gem of fire", carrying the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality.
Amethyst got its name from a Greek meidan called Amethyst. The ancient greek legend tells of the wine God - Bacchus, who was angry over some insult, and decided to let his tigers devour the first person he sees. Unfortunately, that person was Amethyst, on her way to worship her favorite Goddess - Diana. The fleeing Amethyst sought the protection of the Goddess Diana, who turned her into a clear, White crystal. Bacchus regretted his cruelty, and poured the juice of his grapes over the stone, and gave it its mesmerizing hue.
Amethyst was always believed to have the power to prevent drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans studded their goblets with Amethyst, believing that an Amethyst cup will prevent intoxication.
Amethyst is a talisman of spiritual protection. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and wisdom. It is known as "the Bishop's stone". Catholic Bishops wore an Amethyst ring as a protector from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring also protected others from the same danger and kept them in grounded spiritual thought.
Amethyst was also worn as a protection stone from harms, such as attacks, thieves, evil eye, Black magic and disease. It gave soldiers victory over their enemies and assisted hunters to capture wild beasts.
To the Hebrews, Amethyst is "Ahlama" - the 9th stone in the breastplate of the Higher Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan.
For the Egyptians, it was "Hemag" - used in the burial process. They also used it as a guard against self deception, guilty and fearful feelings.
In eastern cultures, Amethyst was used in temple offerings for worship.
Amethyst is a talisman of focus and success. In the spiritual world, Amethyst provides a clear connection to the Divine. It calms the mind and inspires an enhanced meditative state. It allows clarity and focus.
Amethyst expands the higher mind, enhances creativity and passion, and strengthens the imagination and intuition. it prefects the thinking process, inspire new ideas, helps with decision making, and helps executing thought into action.
Amethyst is a comforting stone. It helps those grieving over the loss of a loved one, by initiating wisdom and greater understanding. It encourages the relief of sorrow. It has a gentle sedative energy, that promotes peacefulness, happiness, emotional stability and inner strength.
Amethyst is also the stone of St. Valentines, who was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring, engraved with the image of Cupid. Amethyst is a symbol of faithful love and also called "the couple's stone". It gives meaning to relationships, and gives way to a soulful communion.
To sum it all up -
Amethyst is an ancient gemstone, a powerful talisman of wisdom, spirituality, faith and love.
It is a wonderful gift as a token of faithful love, comforting wishes, meditative stone, or a spiritual guide and protector.
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I have :) Up next is the birthstone of March - the mermaid's' treasure - Aquamarine. Stay tuned... :)