March 13, 2013

Amethyst

"Amethyst disspiates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence." -- Leonardo DaVinci
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A variety of quartz, amethyst has been widely used since antiquity for both its aesthetic and spiritual qualities. Its name derives from the ancient greek "amethustos" meaning "not to be drunk." Greeks and Romans associated the stone with sobriety and restraint. In greco-roman myth, Amethysta was a maiden turned into stone by the virgin godess Diana to be saved from the unwanted advances of Bacchus. It follows naturally, then, that Amethyst is traditionally thought to promote integrity, chastity and purity.
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Amethyst has been used by diverse cultures to impart its various powers. Ancient Mesopotamians used amethyst to make important legal seals. Egyptian soliders wore amethyst amulets to bring them courage whereas buddhists use amethyst prayer beads. In Europe, amethyst has been used by royalty due to its purple color's regal connotations. Bishops in the catholic church wear an amethyst ring as part of their religious vestments. 
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In modern new age spiritual practice, amethyst is known as an "all healer" which can even be used to cleanse other crystals. It soothes anger and impatience while enhancing spiritual awareness.
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Essential oils which compliment amethyst's calming effect include lavender, chamomile and patchouli. Amethyst is February's birthstone and associated with the zodiac sign Aquarius. Jupiter is this stone's ruling planet and it is considered influenced by the element air.
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I hope you've all enjoyed my first stone themed post.
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Bibliography:

Borowitz, Ronald Luis. Rock and Gem. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2005.

Eason, Cassandra. The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals: A Comprehensive Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones. London: Collins and Brown, 2003.

Hall, Judy. Crystal User's Handbook: An Illustrated Guidebook. New York: Sterling Publishing Co.          Inc., 2002.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed it very much! I can't wait to read more posts like this. I've always wanted to know more about certain stones, but have never taken the time to study them.

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