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There is a story told of a young maiden, beautiful and pure of heart, who was fleeing from Bacchus, the god of wine, as he pursued her. The goddess Diana heard the girl's cries, and turned her into a clear crystal stone so that she would not fall prey to Bacchus. But when Bacchus saw what had happened, he was struck with remorse at his actions. When he located the sparkling crystal, he poured the last of his wine over it, staining it a rich purple shade, and thus creating the first Amethyst gemstone.
In Classical times, this stone was used as an antidote for strong drink. It was said that holding a piece of Amethyst in one's mouth, or drinking from a vessel carved from the stone, could prevent intoxication. And not only did Amethyst protect again drunkenness, it was also believed to counteract other sorts of excess, and people carried it to encourage moderation and restraint in all things.
In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Amethyst was a symbol of royal birth. Ironically, it was also thought to increase humility and modesty in those who thought too much of themselves. Many medieval soldiers carried Amethyst with them into battle, believing it protect them against injury
Similar to sage, Amethyst is said to drive negative energies out of the room it occupies. If you are trying to make a space in your home or office that is peaceful and welcoming, Amethyst is an excellent ally. When it is kept in the bedroom, Amethyst brings sweet dreams and contentment.
Amethyst is the birthstone of the month of February, and is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces. Traditionally, Amethyst is given as a sixth anniversary gift.
You are purchasing a set of three tumbled Amethyst gemstones. Stones will vary in size and shape, but most are in the range of 3/4" to 1 1/2". How should I use my gemstones?
Keep them close by, in your pocket, or in a small dish at your work space. Handle them often, as you focus on your needs and wishes. Sleep with them under your pillow. Place them on your altar. Whisper your wishes to them when no one else can hear you. The only thing we do NOT recommend doing is using your gemstones to infuse water that you will be drinking.
How can I cleanse my gemstones?
Over time, gemstones can pick up negative energies as they are used. Many different methods can be employed to cleanse your stones. Bury them in a small container of salt for a few days. Hold them in running water (this is not recommended for soft gemstones like selenite or jet). Let them sit overnight in the light from a full moon. Place them where a fresh breeze can pass over them. What other methods can you think of?