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Properties, Myths & Legends
By Cinnamon Moon
(From Norma Dee)
Amethyst has come to be
known as a power crystal with prolific healing powers, which
can be characterized as purifying, pacifying and transitional.
Amethyst has the ability to transform lower energies into higher
and acts as a healer at all levels of mind, body and spirit.
The healing powers of Amethyst date back as far as the ancient
Greeks who believed that Amethyst protected from the intoxicating
effects of alcohol. The word "amethyst" is of Greek
origin and is translated as- "amethystus" meaning
not drunken, or intoxicated ("-methystos" from "methyein"
or intoxicated, "methy" = wine).
The origin of amethyst name and even
explanation for some of its healing properties has been founded
in the Greek mythology surrounding this semi-precious stone.
Amethyst's origin resides with the god Dionysus (Bacchus) and
the goddess Diana. Dionysus, the god of wine, celebration, intoxication
and joviality, found insult by a mortal who had refused him
acknowledgement. Enraged with anger Dionysus vowed to unleash
his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of
wine and drunkenness. He immediately spotted a young maiden
named Amethyst who was pure and unfamiliar with being intoxicated.
The wrathful god detained the unsuspecting young virgin, who
was on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana. Dionysus
summoned two fiercely voracious tigers to devour the youth and
sat back with his wine to watch. Amethyst cried out to Diana.
When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed
the young mortal into a glimmering pure white stone (quartz)
to protect her from the vicious wrath of Dionysus. Moved with
pity Dionysus realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began
to weep with sorrow. As the tears dripped into his goblet Dionysus
collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from
the tipped cup. The white stone then absorbed the color from
the wine creating the stone now called amethyst.
It is the zodiacal stone for Aquarius.
Amazonite is found in the
United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, Namibia.
Amazonite is usually light green to blue-green, mottled and
sometimes contains light striations. Enhances creative expression,
aligns astral bodies, unity with life. Improves self-worth.
Amazonite is considered a soothing stone that offers confidence
and works on the throat chakra. It is called the "hope
stone" because it inspires confidence and hope. One source
says it is useful to activate lazy teenagers.
Citrine is a beautiful
golden/clear glassy variety of quartz. Citrine is invaluable
as a healing crystal. It is also helpful for psychic awareness,
self-confidence, security, dispelling fear & anxieties,
promotes physical endurance and mental clarity. Therefore, Citrine
increases a sense
of direction in life. It is also
known as a stone of the shopkeepers - placing citrine in a shop's
cash register is said to increase shop revenue. Citrine is an
alternate Zodiacal stone for Scorpio.
Coral is a stone of organic
origin. Coral can be used to reconnect with nature and its variety
of wonders. Coral also attracts love and prosperity, particularly
red coral, which is a stone of passion. Creativity and optimism
are also qualities that coral brings out. Emotionally, coral
brings inner peace, strength, and understanding of purpose.
Physically coral is used for general healing, blood and circulatory
system issues, kidney, bladder, epilepsy, bone and bone marrow,
eye problems, and the respiratory system.
Please see "Quartz".
Garnet comes in various
colors of rich wine red and green. Garnet is associated with
constancy and fidelity. It enhances body strength and endurance.
It also strengths the aura and promotes an atmosphere of positive
energy. Garnet lifts the spirits, warms the heart and energizes
the body. The name garnet comes from the Latin word for grain
or seed: "granatus." It took on this name for its
similarity in looks to a pomegranate seed. Pomegranate's association
and symbolism with garnet has been a long-standing one and has
been referenced and related to in many works of literature up
to and including those of Greek Mythology. Garnet has also been
known to use as bullets (India rebellion of 1892) because of
the belief of the severity of their effect on a victim. The
Garnet family, in general mental healing, is a jewel of life,
love and purity enhancing vitality (the life force), commitment
in indecisiveness and sexuality. It's regenerating and warming
attributes help it not only to cleanse and renew, but also help
to comfort, protect and inspire.
Garnet is the zodiacal stone for
Jade's most popular color
is a deep, imperial green. However, it is also mined in red
and yellow and white. Jade is a very lucky stone that also promotes
peace, serenity, improves the memory and increases vitality.
Jade is considered a sacred stone that promotes love and altruism
by aligning our subtle bodies (the distinctive energy fields
about our body that uniquely characterizes ourselves and all
Jade is an androgynous stone.
Labradorite is truly a
fascinatingly beautiful mineral. It's a mineral whose charm
is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from
the proper position. Generally a dull, dark looking
mineral with no special virtue until the colorful shiller is
observed glowing on the surface. Labradorite can produce a colorful
play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections
called labradorescence. The usually intense colors range from
blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges. Some
rare specimens display all these colors simultaneously. The
labradorescence is truly a one of a kind mineralogical experience
and must be observed in person in order to truly appreciate
its beauty. The deep blue shiller stones are of great value
(2 to 3 times greater value than other colored Labradorite)
and are known as "Blue Fire" since the stone's appearance
is like a vibrant blue flame.
Labradorite is believed to enhance
your alignment, spiritual connections and enhance clarity.
Lapis Lazuli is a deep
blue or violet-blue stone that is sometimes flecked with gold-colored
iron pyrite. Ancient Romans believed that lapis was a powerful
aphrodisiac. Give jewelry made with Lapis Lazuli to your mate
to strengthen your marital bond. In the Middle Ages, it was
thought to keep the body healthy and the soul free from envy
and fear. It represents creative expression, intellect, spiritual
awakening and mental clarity. Lapis Lazuli is considered a stone
of royalty. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman leaders have all
been depicted wearing lapis lazuli. They felt that wearing Lapis
Lazuli attracted the beneficial power of their gods.
Larimar is a rare form
of pectolite, which was discovered in the 1970's and is only
found in the Dominican Republic. It has an extraordinary blue
appearance similar to the color of the ocean in tropical areas.
The name "Larimar" comes from a combination of Larissa
and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who named
the stone after his daughter Larissa and Mar, the Spanish word
for sea. Its powers are believed to help us to view events from
a different perspective; it softens, enlightens and heals in
a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way.
Malachite is a green gemstone
layered with different shades of green and found with copper.
It is known as the stone of transformation and has wonderful
healing properties. Because of the high copper content of this
gemstone, it has a very steady pulsing electromagnetic energy
field. Malachite is said to absorb negative energy and cleanse.
This balances the wearer and protects the wearer from absorbing
With its powers effective
in all Chakras, Onyx is a very spiritual stone. Its primary
function for spiritualists is as a grounding stone that strengthens
the connection of the person with the earth during meditation
and astral travel to provide guidance. They also say that it
can make powerful memorial jewelry that can heal the spirit
during mourning. It is in tune with the Earth's energies, balances
Yin and Yang, but does not respond well to energy programming.
The spiritualists believe it
can protect against venomous snake and insect bites, divine
the future through dreams and offer general protection in times
Unlike gemstones produced
deep inside the Earth, living creatures called mollusks create
pearls. Any mollusk that produces a shell can produce a pearl.
Nevertheless, naturally occurring pearls are rare, found in
perhaps one of every 10,000 animals. The cultured pearl industry,
which has flourished since the early 20th century, has developed
techniques to greatly improve these odds. Indeed, more pearls
are produced now than at any time in human history.
There are many types of pearls: Natural
pearls (made without human interference) Cultured pearls (made
when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living
oyster, a technique used since 1893) Baroque pearls (pearls
that have irregular shapes) Biwa pearls (an irregular shaped
pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan) Blister
pearls (pearls which grow attached to the inside of the shell),
Black pearls (gray to black pearls) Freshwater pearls (pearls
which form in fresh water mollusks and resemble puffed rice),
Mabe pearls (cultivated blister pearls) Seed pearls (small,
tiny pearls used in Victorian jewelry and sewn on clothing)
Cultured or freshwater pearls are
considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and
luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience,
to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love
relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.
It serves as tonic for
the whole body. Peridot alleviates depression, anger fear and
jealousy. Peridot also protects its wearer from negativity.
In ancient Roman times those suffering from depression wore
Peridot rings to raise their spirits. Ancient Egyptians, Aztecs,
and Incas to heal the physical heart used Peridot. It is thought
to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers
include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of Peridot
are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves
and dispelling negative emotions. Legend says that Peridot was
one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of
the "emeralds" worn by her were actually Peridot.
Clear Quartz - One
of the traditional healing stones believed to draw out pain
and amplify healing energy. Crystal Healers use clear Quartz
in rituals meant to treat convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness,
and exposure to radiation, general pain, hemorrhages, headaches,
hypochondria and kidney diseases.
For emotional healing, spiritualists
believe this crystal to be an important self-esteem stone. They
credit it with having the ability to treat the traumas of a
neglectful or abusive childhood, to balance chaotic emotions
and to increase emotional energy and motivate for action.
For the spiritualist, Clear Quartz
is the ultimate energy manager, it has the ability to transmit
and receive energy. In transmission, it can amplify, focus,
and direct the energy. In receiving, it can store energy for
later use, transform it into any usable condition, screen out
unwanted vibrations and center one's own energy.
Though protection is not its primary
use in spiritualism, Clear Quartz has very strong powers of
protection. They believe it can use its powers of energy dissipation
and transmutation to destroy or convert negative energies and
evil psychic attacks on the person.
Rose Quartz - Rose Quartz
is a beautiful pink love drawing gemstone. It's pink coloring
is due to traces of mineral titanium. This is a feminine stone
that restores balance to the female emotions. They use Rose
Quartz for treating cardiovascular health, fertility, headaches,
kidney disease, migraines and sexual dysfunction, as well as
those disorders occurring in the throat, ears, nose and sinuses.
For believers, Rose Quartz is the essential stone for increasing
love and for times of extreme emotional turmoil, such as divorce,
bereavement or career set backs because it helps to remind the
wearer of the importance of self-love. The stone is also recommended
for improving mental discipline and making one more responsible,
and for meditation and mental tranquility. It also helps develop
creativity. Therefore it is the favorite stone of artists.
Smoky Quartz - In the world
of spiritual healing, this stone treats problems associated
with the area of the lower torso including, the sexual organs,
kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, where healers use it to treat everything
from STDs to kidney disease, menstrual cramps and fertility.
Further uses include strengthening the adrenal glands and regulating
Crystal healers believe it will help
the wearer reach personal and business goals, by bringing pure
emotions of patience, perseverance and innocence. As a stone
of purity, it can calm the mind, ease depression, and cure addiction
and obsession, as well as removing negative feelings of jealousy,
anger, burnout and fear. It also helps with prioritizing wants
and needs, transitioning into new stages of the life cycle,
Seraphinite is found ONLY
in one place, the Bratsk region of Sibera Russia which is NE
of Lake Baikal. Seraphinite is a powerful healing stone which
is becoming increasingly popular. It is a form of the green
mineral Chlorite, which often appears as inclusions in Quartz
and other stones. It is an excellent healing stone, which boosts
the energy of both the healer and the patient. Some people even
say that it causes regeneration and miraculous healings. Seraphinite
is among the most important stones yet discovered for connecting
with the higher energies. It is a purifier, & cleanses the
aura, chakras & energy meridians. Seraphinite is centering
& energizing, integrates the heart & crown chakras,
a powerful tool for developing compassion, & a premier healing
stone. It brings the physical body in line with Light energy.
Seraphinite is derived from the latin word
"seraphin" referring to the first order of Angels.
The allusion to Angels is due to the feathery wing patterns
made by the silvery mica contained within the stone.
In general, Silver is believed
to benefit circulation, help lungs and throat, and detoxify
the blood, to aid in the treatment of degenerative brain diseases,
balancing of hormones and chemicals and improvement of nerve
impulse transmission. They also use it for treating hepatitis
and detoxifying the body. Native Silver is very rare. Therefore,
most new Silver supplies rely on ores such as argentine, cerargyrite,
and stephanite or it is obtained as a bi-product of lead zinc,
copper and gold ores. Scientists estimate the world's extractable
resources of silver at current demand to be about 20 years of
Cleaning - Most Silver can be cleaned
with warm soapy water. However, never use a cleaner that contains
Ammonia, which will turn Silver black. Should this occur, Vinegar
will reverse the effects of Ammonia. There are also commercial
cleaners available but should be used with caution, always read
the label. Do not put Silver in your dishwasher.
Sodalite is a deep blue
stone flecked with white. It resembles Lapis Lazuli but is much
more common. It is an indigo colored gemstone so it has the
attributes of healing. However, indigo gemstones should be worn
with care with those suffering from depression. The color can
serve to worsen the depressive feelings. Sodalite helps you
make friends and eases the fear of the future. Sodalite is a
great gemstone for meditation and is worn to still the mind
and calm inner turmoil.
Topaz is a powerful magnetic
stone that attracts love and fortune. The two most popular colors
are blue and golden yellow although it is also mined in light
green, violet and colorless. In some countries these colorless
topaz are worn as diamonds although they lack the deep brilliance
of an actual diamond. During the Middle Ages topaz was thought
to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death.
The Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and to
make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power
to improve eyesight. The Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect
them from injury.
It is a gemstone of the planet Mercury.
As a healing stone, Turquoise
is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers
of the New Age, its powers can benefit the whole body, with
special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory,
waste and skeletal systems. Crystal healers recommend it for
detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in
the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections,
TMJ and dental problems.
In the world of crystal healing,
Turquoise is supposed to be a stone of communication. New Age
healers recommend it for people who have a fear of public speaking.
They believe it has the ability to make a speaker more eloquent,
loving, creative and honest. But it is also improves the mental
state overall by increasing all of the following positive mental
characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking,
sensitivity, intuition, happiness, wisdom all of which result
in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. It
is also considered a stone of friendship. Further, they believe
it has the power to strengthen convictions, courage and personal
power. Turquoise attracts money, success and love. Its powers
include protection, healing, courage, friendship, and luck.
Relaxes the mind, and eases mental tension.
Turquoise is sacred to many Native
American's and was carved in the shape of animals and birds.
These carvings were placed in the Indians tombs to attract beneficial
spirits and to guard the dead. Turquoise was also used by medicine
men for healing and by warriors who fixed turquoise to the end
of their bows to insure accurate shots.
Turquoise is androgynous with a good
balance of yin and yang.
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