February Birthstones - Zodiac Gemstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, & more!
There is one gemstone that is on the modern birthstone list that connects with February, and it's Amethyst. Believed by the ancient Greeks to protect wearers of drunkenness and balance their minds amethyst is a beautiful gemstone that's affordability allows it to be worn by all. However, some February born individuals like me don't care much for purple it just isn't a flattering color for my personality.
So what can I wear if I am looking for a piece of birthstone jewelry? Fortunately, there are many more gemstones to choose from when looking into the zodiac signs and the stones that associate with Aquarius, a variety of gemstones become available to me. The same goes for any who are born in the latter part of February with the Zodiac sign of Pisces. Check out our article detailing all the gemstones you can get for yourself or a loved one with a February birthday.
What Zodiac Signs are in February?
In February two zodiac signs exist, and they are Aquarius and Pisces. Below is a short list showing the dates of these zodiac signs and the gemstones that are available to people born during these months.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
- The Zodiac sign Aquarius has five stones associated with it: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal and Sugilite
- The Planetary stone for Aquarius is Turquoise
- The Talismanic Stone for Aquarius is Jasper
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
- The Zodiac sign Pisces has six stones associated with it: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal, and Sapphire
- The Planetary stone for Pisces is Aquamarine
- The Talismanic Stone for Pisces is Ruby
What are Talismanic & Planetary-Stones? Let us explain.
Planetary Stones - In ancient times Gemstones were believed to be associated with different planets. Some of these planets were deemed to be ruling planets for the time in which individuals were born. A belief stemmed that wearing the stone of the 'ruling planet' at your time of birth would bring positive effects to your life!
Talismanic Stones - Talismans are amulets which have been cut or engraved as jewelry. Wearers of these stones are said to have protection by the magical powers the Talismans posses. These engraved Talismans are supposed to protect from evil, but they must have engravings on stones corresponding to the Zodiac sign of the barer.
Why is Amethyst the Birthstone that is for February?
There is a story about a breastplate worn by Aaron, who was a Jewish high priest, this story is where many of the new gemstones on the 'birthstones list' have originated. In Exodus 28:15-21, Aaron's breastplate is described in great detail. In the 'Tanakh,' the Hebrew Bible a different gemstone represents each of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the first row, carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald; in the second row, turquoise, sapphire, and amethyst; in the third row, jacinth, agate, and crystal; in the fourth and last row, beryl, lapis lazuli, and jasper.
As you can see Amethyst appears as the third gemstone in the second row. While the order of the gemstones has changed, there are many of these gemstones that are still in our modern birthstone list. There are also some gemstones that have different names in this list which have now been translated to represent the current names used today.
Are different gems related to Aquarius and Pisces?
Yes there are, Aquarius and Pisces being astrological signs have different gemstones that are linked to them. In this way many of the gemstones an Aquarius can select from are available during both the month of January and February where the star sign exists. The same goes for Pisces but it is during February and March where the star sign of Pisces falls into these particular months.
Who are some famous people that have birthdays in February?
1. February 1, 1968: Lisa Marie Presley
2. February 4, 1948: Alice Cooper
3. February 7, 1965: Chris Rock
4. February 8, 1961: Vince Neil
5. February 11, 1846: Thomas Edison
6. February 12, 1809: Charles Darwin
7. February 15, 1564: Galileo Galilei
8. February 17, 1981: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
9. February 22, 1732: George Washington
10. February 24, 1966: Billy Zane
Are there references to earth, fire, water, air, or Feng Shui?
Amethyst uses fire energy which is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination, and activity. Fire energy is Yang in nature, and traditionally it is the energy of heat, emotion, action, sex, ideas, concepts, and passion. Traditionally this energy is associated with the south portion of the home, room, or office - amethyst also associates with the fame and reputation area in your dwelling. Using fire energy in your home can provide boosts to your life regarding your standing with the community.
Additional reasons to use Amethyst for Feng Shui
Many of the ancient traditions associated with an amethyst hold in the stones use in Feng Shui; therefore, amethyst can be useful for its purification qualities and its ability to connect with higher planes of energy. If emotions in a household are 'running high' amethyst can help to calm the misunderstandings and arguments. It can also assist with learning
Where do I place amethyst for good Feng Shui?
- Northeast - spiritual growth and self-cultivation
- Southeast - wealth and abundance
- South - Light within, fame, and reputation.
You can also use amethyst geodes or gemstones in your study or living room. If you are struggling with intense or unwanted emotions you can wear amethyst jewelry as a pendant keeping it above your heart and near your mind will promote calm and collectiveness.
How are January's stones connected to January and March?
All of the months and traditional birthstones connect through the gemstones that are related by star signs or the Zodiac Signs. The traditional birthstone list is a twelve-month list that has either one or more gemstones for each month of the year. What truly connect the months are the Zodiac Signs and the gemstones that go with them.
Why wear February birthstones? Health, Protection, Luck?
Amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and provide courage. Originally the gemstone was only to be worn by royalty, and at one point this stone was as valuable if not more valuable as sapphire, ruby, diamond, and emerald.
Large deposits of amethyst discovered in Brazil have led to the value of amethyst to decrease and have also allowed everyone the ability to wear this beautiful gemstone. The name of the gemstone came from the Greek word 'amethystos' which means sober because amethyst was also thought to prevent its bearer from intoxication. On a physical level amethyst is said to strengthen the immune system and heal imbalances in the body from the respiratory tract to the skin.
The strong healing powers of an amethyst crystal are said to purify spaces from negative vibrations. The amethyst crystal emanates higher energies which can be used to center one's self. Therefore, it creates an ideal place for one to come back to their power and balance of strength. Amethyst is also believed to ease the transition into sleep or a meditative state by cooling extreme emotions and clearing mind clutter, thus allowing one to relax and obtain a more lucid state of mind or rest.
Amethyst is also said to provide relief those who suffer from nightmares and is a perfect gemstone for curbing overindulgence and bad habits. If you are searching for a stone that will aid in the process of quitting any unhealthy addiction amethyst is said to provide the strength needed to do this because it connects to the Temperance card in the tarot.
Amethyst can also have benefits to business people as it calms angry tempers and leads to spiritual insights and benefits intellectual reasoning. As a crystal of luck and prosperity amethyst had the benefit of reducing amounts one overspends, gambles unwisely, or makes unwise investments.
- First Published: January-31-2019
- Last Updated: January-31-2019
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