• Marie Anne Cope’s Killer Files: Fred Kreuger

    Name: Frederick Charles ‘Freddy’ Kreuger

    From: Springwood, Ohio. 

    Occupation: Mass murderer.

    Weapon of choice: A bladed glove. 

    Claim to fame: Voted 14th greatest villain by Wizard Magazine.

    Modus Operandi: To appear, as a vengeful spirit, to teenagers in their dreams. He pursues them, terrifies them, tortures them and eventually kills them. This rather ingenious way of stalking his prey renders them deceased in real life too.

    Appearance: Noted for his startling facial disfigurement, due to burning, and his bold choice of colour, in his red and green striped jumper, which certainly makes him memorable. But it is his brown fedora – an ode to a former existence maybe – and, more importantly, his brown leather glove, the fingers trimmed with deadly metal blades, that he is most remembered for.

    Background to behaviour: He was a child killer, who was set on fire by the parents of his victims after he escaped prosecution on a technicality. Although he died of his injuries, the youthful minds of the teenagers of Springwood help to keep his spirit alive, by dreaming about him. Clearly, the kids miss having him around and so it’s only fair that he keeps the terror alive long after he is dead.

    Weakness: It would appear that by bringing him into the real world, he develops normal human vulnerabilities and, as such, can be killed. Or, can he?

     

    I like Freddy. Yes, he is a bad guy and yes, he got what he deserved, but, in a sense, his reason for coming back makes sense. He is seeking vengeance against his own death, by punishing the parents of Springwood. In creating Freddy as a vengeful spirit, it makes his constant reincarnation more believable, as he isn’t corporeal in the first place. He is a supernatural being and, as such, a believable supernatural world can be created; one in which people will trust and one which people will fear. For, the supernatural is the unknown and the unknown is difficult, if not impossible, to conquer.”

    ‘Til next time,

  • An A-Z of The Supernatural: D is for Death

    “Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”

    ― Haruki Murakami

    We all live and we all have to die at some point. Death invokes so many intricately woven feelings, from fear, to wonder, to grief and anger, that it is probably no surprise that most people believe that death may not be entirely final and that the person’s soul or spirit lives on. 

    Ever since humans have existed, people have always been curious about what happens after we cease to physically exist, forming the foundation of many varied legends and beliefs about death, the afterlife and whether the essence of a person, their soul or spirit, can remain active and present. 

    Coupled with experiences that cannot be easily understood or explained logically and the result is a multitude of stories and images perpetuated throughout world religions, literature and art, featuring ghosts, supernatural beings and fantastical creatures that are believed to live on after death.  

    With the cycle of life and death or creation and destruction being a central part of human life, people have always looked for a way to explain, understand it or comfort themselves in the face of a scary idea. A popular way of dealing with the fear of an abstract concept is to create an image of it, often by personifying it. Cultures throughout the ages and around the world almost universally either have anthropomorphic versions of death, such as the Grim Reaper, or they have assigned gods to wield and control the power of death. For example, in Greek mythology there were several gods and demi-gods associated with death; Thanatos being the deity of death, although many people may be more familiar with Hades, the ruler of the Underworld, home of the dead.   

    In Bonds, it is an unintended death that starts the wheels in motion for everything that happens in the series – a death that you will only discover if you sign up for my mailing list and claim your free copy of the Bonds prequel, ‘The Curse of Souls’.

    ’Til next time.

  • An A-Z of the Supernatural: C is for Clairvoyance

    Clairvoyance is the ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception. This may be information about an object, person, location, or physical event, knowledge of which the clairvoyant can only obtain through extrasensory perception. A fortune-teller, for example, practices clairvoyance when she gazes into a crystal ball to see her client’s future.

    Although the existence of clairvoyance has been documented throughout history, there is still much scepticism about it in scientific circles, who do not accept the existence of the paranormal.

    Precognition, retrocognition and remote viewing

    Clairvoyance is generally split into three types. Precognition is the ability to perceive or predict future events, retrocognition is the ability to see past events, and remote viewing is the perception of contemporary events happening outside of the range of normal perception.

    In Pagan religions, the gift of clairvoyance was often associated with Oracles.

    Early in Bonds, Becca experiences clairvoyant abilities when she has visions and dreams about Antony, seeing things she could not possibly know about his presence even before his sarcophagus is disturbed. 

    ‘Who is buried beneath that tree?’ Her voice was barely a whisper, hoarse and broken.

    ‘What makes you think that someone is buried there?’ A feeling of unease began to settle over Father Michael as he spoke to her.

    “I can feel him,’ she said and turned to stare at him.

    The 5 best-known clairvoyants in history

    Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431)

    Also known as the ‘maid of Orleans’, Joan of Arc was considered a heroine or a woman of courage in France due to her part in the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War. She is a glorified and a beatified saint by the Roman Catholic.

    She is said to have seen herself being injured at Orleans and being captured by the English people. Her ability allowed her to save lives by instructing soldiers to change locations in order to avoid danger.

    Nostradamus (1503 – 1566)

    Michel de Nostradame was a French apothecary and a regarded and well known clairvoyant, seer, oracle and prophet. He was famous for his fortune-telling and published 1000 prophecies many of which have yet to be witnessed. He even predicted his own death on the 2nd of July 1566, telling his secretary that she wouldn’t be seeing him alive the night before.

    Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772 – 1843)

    Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand was a famous French fortune-teller during the Napoleanic era. It is believed that she was taught by the gipsies how to read tarot cards; she acquired her first deck from them at the age of fourteen. She was popular among the rich, not only for her ability to predict future events and happenings, but also for her skill in revealing people’s characteristics and hidden personalities.

    Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945)

    Edgar Cayce was an American and a professional psychic who was able to answer a lot of questions about future wars, reincarnation, Spiritual healing, Atlantis and the future events – famously whilst in a trance-like state.

    Baba Vanga (1911 – 1996)

    Bulgarian Baba Vanga’s full name was Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova. Born premature, she had been expected to die at a young age. Her parents, therefore, decided not to give her a name unless she survived. The name Vangelia comes from the Greek word “Vangelis”, meaning “herald of the good news”. As a child, she was caught in a storm and was later found in an abandoned field with her eyes full of dust and sand. Her family was unable to afford an operation and she began to lose her eyesight and go blind. She believed that going blind was the awakening of her psychic abilities as she began seeing things that could not be seen by the naked eye. She established recognition as a mystic, clairvoyant and herbalist.

    Cats and clairvoyance

    There is an age-old belief that cats possess strong paranormal abilities, a sixth sense that is unexplainable by humans through science. This could be interpreted as a form of clairvoyance. 

    This unique ability is illustrated In Bonds, when Becca’s cat Spook senses that Becca has been changed by Antony.

    ‘What a beautiful cat,’ he said, ‘What’s his name?’

    ‘Spook,’ Becca said, glancing towards the French doors. ‘He’s been behaving oddly all day, ever since I woke up on the kitchen floor and found…’

    Other forms of clairvoyance

    Other forms of clairvoyance also exist. One of these is clairsentience. While clairvoyants see things, clairsentients – like myself – have the ability to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses (smell, vision, touch, hearing, and taste). This can be overwhelming, especially when picking up on darker energy.

    ’Til next time.

  • Book Giveaway Alert

    Well, I’ve come to the end of the videos from Tales From A Scarygirl Volume 1 and The Misfits – and we’re still in lockdown here in Wales! You can, of course, catch up with all my videos on Facebook and Youtube.

    Luckily, I have plenty more up my sleeve for you, and that’s without you having to wait for my latest books to appear.

    This week, I am launching a brand new Book Giveaway. That’s right – I have 5 signed copies of Broken Bonds, the second book in the BONDS series, ready and waiting to be claimed for FREE. All I ask is that you pay postage to the destination of your choice.

    How to win your copy

    To get your hands on a free copy of Broken Bonds, all you need to do is take a photograph of your printed copy of Bonds and share it by tagging my Facebook profile. You can post a selfie with it, capture it in its natural habitat or even get creative and show me the most ‘novel’ set you can come up with (do you like what I did there?).

    The competition is open until June 15th, so grab your copy of Bonds and get the camera fired up!

    ’Til next time.

  • An A-Z of the Supernatural: C is for Cats

    Cats have a unique place in the realms of the supernatural. Our feline friends have been revered and worshipped in cultures past. They have also been the subject of many superstitions. So why do cats have such a connection with the supernatural? Read on to learn more.

    Cats in ancient mythology

    Cats perhaps had their highest level of esteem in ancient Egypt, where they were worshipped. The goddess Bastet was often depicted in cat form and sometimes took on the war-like aspect of a lioness. In fact, cats were so important that killing a cat, according to the Greek historian Herodotus, was forbidden. He also reported that when a household cat died, the entire family mourned and shaved their eyebrows, marking the death much like that of a family member. It was not uncommon for cats to be embalmed and buried in sacred repositories in the sacred city of Bubastis.

    Artemis, the Greek equivalent of the Egyptian goddess Bastet shared her association with cats, and the Goddess Diana took on the form of a cat in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, when the deities fled to Egypt.

    During the Age of Discovery, ships’ cats were carried on sailing ships – mainly to control shipboard rodents, but also as good-luck charms.

    Cats as a spiritual being

    Cats have long been believed to be exalted souls, companions or guides for humans. Because they lack the ability to speak, they are considered all-knowing but mute, meaning they cannot influence decisions made by humans. 

    It has long been recognised that cats’ senses are far more acute and heightened than humans, and also other animals –  they have been seen to display strong paranormal abilities, a sixth sense that is unexplainable by humans through science. 

    There is also a widespread belief that cats can perceive energy fields and auras which most humans cannot access. They are said to have the ability not only to see the aura of those living, but also those who have passed over to the next realm.

    It is generally agreed that because of their incredibly wide spectrum of sight and hearing, cats are able to tune into sights and sounds in the realm of the paranormal that humans simply can’t reach.

    Cats and witchcraft

    In European cultures, cats have often been thought of as both a guardian of life and a symbol of death and are often associated with witchcraft. In Transylvania, Romania and Hungary, people believed a cat would be able to turn a dead body into a vampire. In European folklore, cats were considered to be witches’ familiars – supernatural entities that were believed to assist witches in their practice of magic. The myth that cats have nine lives (mainly due to their ability to land on their feet) only helped to strengthen such superstitions. In some countries, cats were killed in order to try to kill the evil spirits they were believed to embody. The age-old superstition of black cats representing bad luck is also tied into these ancient associations with evil spirits.

    Cats in BONDS

    In BONDS, true to mythology, Becca and her family have always been close to cats. In chapter one, we meet Becca’s huge grey cat Spook, who is aware of Antony’s presence before Becca herself is and begins to react to the transformations Becca has begun to experience since acquiring mysterious bite marks on her neck. The witch Anna, from whom Becca is descended, also had a cat which we meet briefly in the early chapters.

    Meet Texas and Jasmine

    Those who know me already will know that I have two cats of my own, Texas (tabby) and Jasmine (white), who have been with me throughout the BONDS Journey. I couldn’t possibly write this post without sharing some pictures for you to enjoy. 


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    ’Til next time.

  • Friday 13th

    So, the infamous day that is Friday the thirteenth is upon us – but what makes this the most fearsome of days, where did the superstition begin and what role has this date played in popular culture? I decided to take a closer look. 

    A few Friday the 13th facts

    Everybody loves a little bit of trivia. Well, here are some fascinating funny and factual snippets about Friday the thirteenth that you may not have known:

    • Friday 13th happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year—for example, in 2015, the 13th fell on a Friday in February, March, and November. ]
    • 2020 has two Friday the 13ths, while the years 2021 and 2022 will have just one occurrence each.
    • A Friday the 13th occurs during any month that begins on a Sunday
    • The irrational fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia
    • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).
    • According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. 
    • the Second World War bombing of Buckingham Palace by German forces in September 1940 took place on Friday the 13th.
    • It is rumoured that an asteroid will come within 19,000 miles of the Earth on Friday, April 13, 2029. A coincidence?
    • US President Franklin D Roosevelt. He also refused to travel on Friday the 13th, while Winston Churchill apparently refused to sit in row 13 on a plane or at the theatre.
    • In Spanish-speaking countries, there is no Friday the 13th – instead, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck.

    (Un)lucky number 13

    The superstition surrounding the number 13 is believed to have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.

    In Norse mythology, a dinner party of the gods was ruined by the 13th guest called Loki, who caused the world to be plunged into darkness.

    13 is also regarded as imperfect when compared with 12, which represents the number of months in a year.

    Introducing the Friday factor

    There is no record of Friday and the 13th being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction prior to the 19th century.

    In English literature, there is no documented reference to Friday the 13th prior to the 19th century. In Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th, it is said that:

    “He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.”

    Friday the 13th in popular literature

    Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, published in 1907, contributed to the wider dissemination of the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

    Another suggested origin of the superstition is Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar. According to ‘legend,’ many of the knights were later burnt at the stake in Paris.

    The order’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, purportedly faced the flames in front of Notre Dame Cathedral and is said to have cried out a curse on those who had so gravely wronged them: “God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”

    The events initiated by the holy warriors’ arrest, according to tradition, ensured every subsequent Friday the 13th meant bad luck to one and all.

    It is now believed that this story was likely not formulated until the 20th century. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel The Iron King (Le Roi de fer), John J. Robinson’s 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and Steve Berry’s The Templar Legacy (2006).

    Friday the 13th on Screen

    The superstitious date certainly had an influence on the release of the original horror movie, Friday the 13th, in 1980. It is one of the most popular superstition films in history, with its success leading to further films, a television series, several books and popular merchandise. The film was originally inspired by the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978).

    In the original Friday the 13th, Mrs Pamela Voorhees, played by Betsy Palmer, stalks and murders teenagers preparing Camp Crystal Lake for re‑opening. She is determined to ensure the camp does not reopen, after her son Jason drowned in the lake, due to the negligence of two staff members. The last counsellor, Alice Hardy, fends off Mrs Voorhees long enough to grab a machete and decapitate her

    Camp Crystal Lake – where the film takes place – was actually a real camp: Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a Boy Scouts camp in New Jersey. The film itself was based on the general notion of Friday the 13th being a day of bad luck and curses.

    The film grew into a franchise of 12 slasher films mainly focusing on Jason Voorhees. Jason is featured in all of the films, as either the killer or the motivation for the killings. Jason’s hockey mask has become one of the most recognizable images in horror and popular culture. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential franchises of the 1980s.

    The main cast of the original film was:

    • Adrienne King as Alice Hardy
    • Harry Crosby III as Bill Brown
    • Jeannine Taylor as Marcie Cunningham
    • Laurie Bartram as Brenda Jones
    • Kevin Bacon as Jack Burrell
    • Mark Nelson as Ned Rubenstein
    • Robbi Morgan as Annie Phillips
    • Peter Brouwer as Steve Christy

    Adaptations in literature

    Six of the 12 films have been adapted into novels—Friday the 13th 1 – 3, Jason Lives, Jason X, and Freddy vs. Jason—with Friday the 13th Part 3 being adapted twice. The first novel was Michael Avallone’s 1982 adaptation of Friday the 13th Part 3.

    In 1994, four young adult novels were released under the title of Friday the 13th. These stories focused on different people finding Jason’s mask and becoming possessed by his spirit, but the actual character did not appear in the novels. The novels were written by author Eric Morse and published in 1994. The books are titled Mother’s Day, Jason’s Curse, The Carnival, and Road Trip.

    In 2003 and 2005, Black Flame published novelizations of Freddy vs. Jason and Jason X. After the release of the Jason X novel, Black Flame began publishing two series of novels. One set was published under the Jason X title, while the second set used the Friday the 13th moniker. The Jason X series consisted of four sequels to the 2005 adaptation. 

    The first to be published was Jason X: The Experiment, which saw the government attempting to exploit Jason’s indestructibility to create an army of “super soldiers”. The second novel, Planet of the Beast, follows the efforts of Dr Bardox and his crew as they try to clone a comatose Jason and stay alive when Jason awakens. Death Moon revolves around Jason crash-landing at Moon Camp Americana, and the final novel, To the Third Power, is about the discovery of a Jason clone underneath a prison. 

    The Friday the 13th series of novels are not connected to the Jason X series and do not continue any story set forth by the films. Instead, each novel developed the character of Jason in its own way. 

    Friday the 13th in other media

    Friday the 13th has also been widely adapted into comic books, video games and merchandise. There have also been two books chronicling the making of the films, as well as a few documentaries on the same topic.

    Friday the 13th in other cultures

    Friday the 13th is not considered unlucky in all cultures. In Spanish speaking countries, for example, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is believed to be a day of bad luck.

    The Greeks, on the other hand, consider Tuesday (especially when it falls on the 13th) to be an unlucky day. This is because it is believed that Tuesday is dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war (Mars in Roman mythology). The superstition is strengthened by the fact that the fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans happened on Tuesday, 29 May 1453,  in Greek Tuesday is called Triti (Τρίτη), literally ‘the third’ (day of the week). Since bad luck is said to “come in threes”, this only adds to the superstition.

     

    ’Til next time.

  • An A-Z of the Supernatural: C is for Curse

    A curse is invoked when somebody is able to call upon supernatural or spiritual powers to make effective a pronouncement – usually with the intention of bringing misfortune, suffering or death to the person or persons named. The deliberate use of such curses has long been associated with the practice of magic, while the nature of curses has been studied in great depth in research into mythology and folklore.

    Curses in ancient Britain

    In both ancient Greece and Rome, there was a tradition of inscribing curses on lead or pottery. Around 200 of these curses have been found at the site of one Roman temple in Gloustershire. Another example unearthed in Bath includes the words “May he who carried off Vilbia from me become liquid as the water.” Another Roman curse found in Britain reads “Tacita is cursed by this and declared putrified like rotting blood.”

     

    Magic curse written on a lead sheet, dating from the 4th century BC. On display in the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, Athens. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto.

    The unexplained power of curses

    Although sceptics argue that cursing is purely superstition, there is also a widespread belief that the act of concentrated malevolance that lies behind a curse may indeed harness a mysterious kind of power – especially if the victim of the curse believes in their power.

    Curses in Bonds

    Curses are at the heart of the Bonds series and the cause of almost all of the pain and destruction that takes place both in the present time and also in the past. It is a curse dealt by the Warlock Ebenezer Lightwoller that turned Antony Cardover into a terrible vampire, and a curse that forced Ebenezer to follow his own dark path, a curse that was levied upon him as the result of a tragic and horrific chain of events involving his only child. Only Becca has the power to break Antony’s curse – the question is, is she strong enough to see her mission through?

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  • An A-Z of the Supernatural: B is for Binding

    “By my Goddess and
    by my God
    I ask for your power to
    strengthen my spell
    By my Goddess and
    by my God
    I ask for your power
    to end this fight
    Help me to rid the land
    of this evil presence
    Through my actions,
    through our power
    We commit him to his tomb”

    The Spell O’Binding is one of the first spells that we encounter in BONDS, as Anna battles to bring to an end her son-in-law’s reign of terror. The spell is the second of a set of four ancient incantations in the possession of witches, intended for use together; Summoning, which calls upon the elements to give the witch aid and protection when fighting evil forces, the Spell O’Binding, which summons the power of nature to confine evil, and the Spell o’ Internment. This is followed by Completion and Thanks, offered in gratitude to ensure that the spell will hold as intended.

    It is this very spell that sees the monster that is Antony Cardover bound by vines as Anna summons the power of nature to suppress him, in her attempts to end the horrors that she has witnessed unfold before her.

    Spells or incantations such as those that feature in BONDS have been used since ancient times to trigger magical effects on people and objects.

    With the rise of the major monotheistic religions such as Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, the use of spells became associated with evil and immoral forces in attempts to stamp out their use, and with it, the art of witchcraft gradually too became associated with evil. It is no surprise then that witches, once respected as people gifted with a unique power to harness the forces of nature to help and to heal, eventually became the enemy and met a terrible fate – just as we see with Anna’s eventual demise.

    To discover more and step into a world of dark magic, start reading BONDS today.

  • An A-Z of the Supernatural – B is for Bats

    Bats have long been associated with the supernatural and as the only mammal that can fly, are considered to be liminal beings in many cultures. In European culture, bats are associated with darkness, death, witchcraft, and malevolence. Native Americans such as the Creek, Cherokee and Apache, see the bat as a trickster spirit, while In Tanzania, a winged bat-like creature known as Popobawa is believed to be a shapeshifting evil spirit that assaults and sodomizes its victims. 

    Above: A bat hibernating in a cave. Perhaps their penchant for lurking in dark, subterranean spaces has helped bats to keep to reinforce their association with the dark side.

    In Aztec mythology, bats symbolised the land of the dead, destruction, and decay. An East Nigerian tale tells that the bat developed its nocturnal habits after causing the death of his partner, the bush-rat, and now hides by day to avoid arrest. Ancient Egyptian superstition held that a bat hung over the doorway of a home would prevent the entry of demons who brought diseases.

    Why are bats a symbol of Hallowe’en?

    In Western culture, Bats have traditionally been connected with death and the underworld, making them an obvious symbol of Hallowe’en. Their association with Hallowe’en is also thought to derive from the fact that they are particularly active at this time of year as they mate, and begin to build up their fat reserves ahead of hibernation.

    Bats in literature

    The Weird Sisters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth used the fur of a bat in their brew. In Western culture, the bat is widely seen a symbol of the night and its foreboding nature, making it the primary animal associated with fictional characters of the night, a great example being Count Dracula. In Mark Gatiss’ latest adaptation for the BBC, bats are never far away from the dark lord. When a plague of bats turns up at the convent, Van Helsing declares, “How interesting!”, recognising this as a sign of Dracula’s proximity.

    In fact, in a moment of perfect coincidence, a bat actually flew into the studio during filming of the last shot.


  • An A-Z of the Supernatural: A is for Amethyst

    In the latest article in my A-Z of all things supernatural, I take a look at a crystal that has long been associated with special powers – Amethyst.

    Amethyst is a beautiful crystal that is noted for its distinctive purple colour. It takes its name from ` Greek word meaning “intoxicate”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. In keeping with this reputation, the ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. 

    The significance of Amethyst in other cultures

    The importance of Amethyst as an amulet extends far beyond the famous Greek belief. Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it, whilst both the Hebrews and Egyptians associated it with the divine.

    Amethyst’s decline in value

    Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered one of the most valuable gemstones, placing it alongside stones such as diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. It was only because of the discovery of extensive deposits that it lost this status.

    Amethyst as a healing crystal

    Recognition of Amethyst as a healing crystal remains strong even today, and it is often worn or carried in the belief that it will provide spiritual protection, inner strength. Amethyst geodes are also said to create positive energy and help to restore the energy balance in the home.

    Do you wear amethyst or keep it in your house? Share your experience in the comments below.