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Amethyst

Metaphysical and Healing Properties of Amethyst Gemstones and Jewelry

Amethyst has a gentle calming effect.  Amethyst aids in overindulgence and giving up bad habits, and helps clarify the mind.  Amethyst alleviates sadness and grief, eases headaches, tension, and insomnia. The word "amethyst" comes from the Greek meaning "not drunken" and amethyst has long been considered a strong antidote to drunkenness.  Wine goblets were often carved from it and the gemstone still symbolizes sobriety to this day. 

Through the ages amethyst has symbolized peace, protection, and tranquility and has been believed to prevent baldness and improve the complexion.  Amethyst can also be used to lend courage to its handler. It is also a superb amulet for travelers, offering protection from thieves, harm, sickness, and danger. Amethyst has other useful protective qualities, such as protection against most black magic and psychic attacks.  Amethyst clusters are more powerful and purifying than a single stone. Because of this purifying power, amethyst clusters are also used to help cleanse other crystals and stones.  Simply place your other stones on the cluster and leave them for at least 24 hours.

Amethyst in Mythology

The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from the Greeks.  Dionysus (Bacchus,) the god of wine, celebration, intoxication, and joviality, was angered one day by an insult from a mortal who refused him acknowledgement.  Enraged, Dionysus vowed to unleash his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness.  Unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana, appeared and was detained by Dionysus. When she refused to partake in his partying Dionysus became angry and summoned two voracious tigers to devour the young maiden and sat back with his wine to watch.  Amethyst cried out to Diana.  When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed the young mortal into a statue of pure white crystalline quartz to protect her from the tigers.  

At the sight of the beautiful statue, Dionysus was moved with pity and realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began to weep with sorrow.  As his tears dripped into his goblet, he collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from the tipped cup.  The white stone then absorbed the color from the wine, creating the stone we now call amethyst.  

Energy:  Protection, purification, release of addictions
Element:  Wind
Birthstone:  February
Chakra:  Crown/Brow
Source:  United States, Britain, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Siberia, India

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