In these dreary winter months, many of us look for ways to maintain and improve our health, whether mental or physical, via exercise, better nutrition, or perhaps even meditation, reiki, or homeopathy. If you have been trying alternative methods, perhaps the mystique surrounding the healing powers of crystals will appeal to you!
As it is February, let’s talk about February’s birthstone, Amethyst, which has long been held to be one of the most powerful mystical crystals for health.
The history of the belief surrounding amethyst’s healing powers is long and fascinating, dating back to Ancient Greece when it was believed that the stone provided mental clarity. In the Christian tradition, the stone is known as the “Bishop’s Stone” as it would be part of a bishop’s ring, the royal purple color symbolizing Christ. Legend has it that Staint Valentine himself wore a ring with an Amethyst carved with an image of Cupid.
The name amethyst comes from the ancient Greek word amethustos, which means “not intoxicated”. In Greek mythology, amethyst was originally rock crystal that had been dyed purple by the tears of Dionysus, god of wine and revelry. People believed that if they were to drink from a cup made of amethyst, they would not get drunk. In Ancient Egypt, the stone represented the zodiac sign of the goat, which was considered the enemy of vines and vineyards; thus, amethyst came to be seen as an antidote to wine and alcohol. In the Chinese Feng Shui, the stone enhances the “wealth corner”, and so improves material wealth. In Greco-Roman times, amethyst rings were worn as charms against evil.
Throughout history, amethyst has been thought to lessen evil thoughts, improve intelligence, increase business acumen, help warriors to victory, help hunters in their search for prey, protect the wearer from contagious disease, and scare off demons if the stone was carved with the figure of a bear. The stone was thought to bring forth man’s better nature, encouraging serenity, courage, and contemplation.
Amethyst is often referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer”, calming and soothing the wearer. It is thought to help relieve obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as hyperactivity in children and animals, as well as helping lessen homesickness, fear of the dark, and recurrent nightmares.
It has long been thought to be an excellent remedy for many ailments; centuries ago, anwould be moistened with saliva and rubbed on the face to get rid of acne and rough skin. In Chinese medicine, it is prescribed for stomach pains and nightmares. The stone itself is supposed to help the body rid itself of toxins and clear the mind, strengthen the immune system and release tension, the closer to the affected site the better. For instance, wearing might help with headache symptoms, while an might aid memory.
Amethysts would be recommended to people under a lot of stress, prone to melancholia or depression, or battling addiction; the stone is often believed to work as a talisman to provide inner strength when one is fighting dependency.
Amethyst is as popular today as it was two thousand years ago, whether simply for its beauty or for its healing powers. The stone’s virtues are far-ranging and include beauty, peace, fulfillment, humility, sincerity, spiritual balance, serenity and wisdom.
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