FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE MEANINGS – AMETHYST

Are You Drunk? Not If You’re Wearing Amethyst

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The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word amethusthos, meaning “not intoxicated.” Ancient legend explains that the wine god, Dionysus, got angry over an insult and announced that the next person he would meet would be devoured by his tigers. (He probably needs to chill, first and foremost.) The next person he met was a young maiden named Amethyst, on her way to worship at the shrine of the Moon Goddess, Diana. The tigers leapt at this innocent girl, and she called out to Diana for protection. Diana responded by turning her into a clear crystal. (Wouldn’t have been my rescue plan, but I’m sure it all happened pretty fast.) Dionysus then regretted his actions and wept into his goblet of red wine, spilling the liquid all over the crystal, staining it a purple shade.
Amethyst was thus thought to prevent drunkenness. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought that wine drunk from a cup either made of or decorated with amethyst was unable to intoxicate the drinker. (What was the point of drinking it? Go for grape juice.) Perhaps stemming from these ancient beliefs and practices, amethyst is used spiritually to help heal addictions – to alcohol, drugs, smoking, and any other destructive habits.
Healing is one of the most common concepts associated with this stone. Frequently used for meditation practices, amethyst can help relax the mind, and detach from everyday dramas to bring the focus inward. Known as a stone of peace, it promotes an internal harmony that can then be turned outwards in your actions with the world around you. Also thought to make a person shrewd in business, creating wealth and prosperity, amethyst was once itself more valuable than diamonds.

The color of amethyst also speaks to its associated meanings. The violet ray of light is the ray of Archangel Zadkiel, an angel of forgiveness, grace, tolerance, and transformation of negative energy into positive energy. Amethyst is also associated with the seventh (or crown) chakra, represented by the color violet. The crown chakra represents wisdom, transformation, and spiritual awareness. Scientifically speaking, amethyst is actually a variety of clear quartz; the purple color arises because of the presence of manganese in the crystal, while the levels of iron present determine the particular shade of purple.

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