Chinese New Year and my Supposed Lucky Charm

Posted on Jan 28 2017 - 4:55pm by Nancy G. Janiola

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

So it’s weekend and it’s the Chinese New Year! I thought spending it at the mall is a great idea though I knew a lot of people would think the same. We went on our way, anyway.

And since it is relaxation that we were looking for, we’ve decided to watch a movie first. Then we went on shopping after.

I don’t really observe Chinese New Year nor buy stuffs that are related to it. But since we were there and we literally got charmed by this local store that sell all these “lucky charms” as they call it, I as well end up having one. I am a February soul so I took well, the one that has my birth gem – amethyst.

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According to Crystal Vaults, Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.

The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.

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