Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Amethyst - Wolf of February

The birthstone of the month is Amethyst.

For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birthstone. The February birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Amethyst is associated - stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity and a calm disposition. The healing properties of the February birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction,  headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing. The Amethyst is also referred to as the the "sobriety stone" as it was once believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions. 

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For those born in February, it is often considered a lucky charm if wearing Amethyst to represent their birth month. Some would consider that the birthstone doesn't fall into place with the zodiac. The birthstone is a seperate element and has different meanings, while the zodiac is shaped by the stars.

The "Amethyst Wolf" is a birth totem for people who were born in the month of February, whether they are Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) or Pisces (February 19 - March 20).

February born Aquarius people are glittering but stormy.
February born Pisces people are colourful but moody.

February is part of the winter season, but it is a time of fading winter and gathering light. It's also the season of romantic love and fertility or as in it's earlier traditional form, a banishing of evil spirits.

Valentine's Day is a big season of the month and it has origins linked to an ancient tradition called Lupercalia. This was a Roman festival that celebrated the wolf mother goddess, who fostered children.

This month could also be considered the "month of the wolf", called Faoilleach

The February Wolf is about love and fertility, mating rituals and companionships.

February is considered the time of Imbolc, the Celtic festival as part of the Wheel of the Year, to honour the goddess Brigid, bright goddess of flames. February is when the time of Winter fades and Spring is born.

More links about Amethysts:

February Birthstone
Meanings of stones - Amethyst

About the February traditions:

Lupa or Acca Larentia
Pagan Origins of Valentine's Day
Brgid's Cross

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