Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, soothe the mind and emotions. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality; yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. Amethyst has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god. In the spiritual world, Amethyst provided a connection to the Divine.[crystalvault]
The name Amethyst translates in Greek to, “not drunken.” An ancient Greek myth explains this seemingly odd name. According to the myth, the god Bacchus was angry, and had vowed to descend a hoard of tigers upon the first person who crossed his path. Amethyst was on her way to give thanks at the shine of the god Diana, when she happened upon Bacchus. Before the tigers could eat Amethyst, she was saved by Diana, who turned her into a clear crystal. Bacchus, remorseful for the fate he had so recklessly caused the girl, poured the juice of grapes over the stone as an offering, and thus bestowed the crystal with its unique purple coloring. The Greeks gave amethyst crystal meaning, perpetuating a belief that it could inhibit the intoxication of all who wore it. In the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, amethyst meaning is quite different. Amethyst properties are not of sobriety, but of wealth in this ancient harmonizing technique. If placed in the wealth corner, amethyst can amplify the flow of prosperity into the home.
Amethyst carries a high, sweet energy, particularly stimulating to the Third Eye, Crown, and Etheric Chakras.
The Third Eye Chakra, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here and we relate to ourselves through this chakra. When the Brow Chakra is in balance our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras.
“In the spiritual world, Amethyst provided a connection to the Divine.”
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