Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stones of Aries - Amethyst


In the process of researching Aries Zodiac stones, I have come across some less commonly known stones connected with this sign. One of these is Amethyst, which is also associated with Pisces, and even Aquarius. Of course, different authorities have different opinions.

Amethyst is known as the ‘Sobriety Stone’. The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystus”, meaning not intoxicated. Legend has it that Dionysus (deity of wine and mischief) was so angry with Artemis (a virgin huntress and Lunar deity) that he set his sacred tigers upon a maiden attending her shrine. To preserve the maiden, whose name was Amethyst, Artemis fossilized her in Quartz. Upset by this, Dionysus poured his wine over the statue, which became permeated with the purple of grapes. Therefore, Amethysts were worn to guard against drunkenness, to protect from poisons, and to instill a sober mind.


Amethyst is also known as the ‘Bishop’s Stone’. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is to this day, still worn by Catholic Bishops.


Amethysts are believed to be meditative, calming, and can help overcome the suffering of personal loss and grief. It’s said they enhance emotional stability and inner strength. They are also thought to promote courage and overcome phobias. Amethysts can alleviate depression and calm anger. They are alleged to be supportive in overcoming addictions and compulsive behavior. Amethysts are reputed to be used as dream stones and to help with insomnia. Put one under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams.


Insomnia? Hmmm….. I may need to try that.
Planets- Saturn, Neptune
Chakra – 7th
Element – Water
Energy - Receptive










Until next time,


Blessings


Liz

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