Saturday, May 27, 2017

Current 01: fragments of quantum/ erratic

Today, on 1st of June, on the 56th day of Saturn Retrograde 2017, after having blogged for almost a decade (2007- 2017)... I am posting after a long, long time...on a lonely impulse of delight, to attempt a Ketu style of erratic/ quantum/fragmented writing..
..and if successful, to be continued this series of posts, labelled/titled.. Ketu Currents
On writing/blogging
For me, writing, especially blogging, has always been more a source of catharsis, venting,  and expurgation.  As opposed to any objective expression of ideas/ concepts. For me, it's always been writing/ blogging for the sake of writing/ blogging itself. A process of redemptive writing/ blogging..

Ketu writing/blogging
In my horoscope, Mercury and Sun are located in my 12th house of Virgo, which makes me excellent at cathartic, redemptive, writing. Saturn conjunct Ketu, in my 9th house, and thus, Rahu in my 3rd house of self expression, makes this process of writing/ blogging/ self expression heavily serpentine, layered, and overbearing. This is evident in all earlier posts of this blog, and those of my other two, namely:Energy Clearing blog and that dedicated to Shanidev..Saturnine Blog.
But, ONLY,because of critical planet Ketu, (click link: Critical Planets intro) there are fragmented windows of opportunity for erratic/ quantum trails to emerge/ arise..

The currents of Ketu
Similar to the Energy Clearing Process, described in my Energy Clearing blog, Ketu energies are two fold.. the Churning of Chitragupta and the Blessings of Brahma. 
First, we get hammered, by the mace of Chitragupta, Churning us, clearing us of our pending karmic debts, and hideously entrapping karmic entanglements. 
Then, after that churning, we get the blessings of Brahma, who gives us the window of opportunity to manifest/experience our divine/ unique creativity...
In a quantum/ irony, this post/ tail has invertedly given birth to the Head/ Page: Ketu-currents-intro
Cheers!



Friday, September 30, 2016

Cats eye 04: Stormy currents...

Since 2002, I've worn Cat's Eye gemstone for a Critical Ketu in my horoscope, (check:  Critical Planets Intro). However it was only after the journey of Energy Clearing, (check: Energy Clearing Intro), that I discovered it's higher energies. How, through churning, and rupture... it brings momentum/ movement..

This time, on my 43rd birthday, there was construction going on at our place, as our landlord was renovating all the floors after his retirement. And, because of the severe dust, chaos, we went to a friends place at Noida to stay over. There, accompanying my friend to repair his broken chain at the nearby mall, we landed up at the Crystal shop he had mentioned many times before.

Despite the owner, displaying great salesman skills, and overwhelming us about the powers and benefits of crystals, and how it had benefited his noteworthy clientele,  I did notice an amazing selection of unusual, and unconventional crystals abounding in his shop. In fact in his three shops, sprawled across the mall. Ultimately, along with some healing crystals, I brought an entire necklace/ beads of Cat's eye gemstone at an highly reasonable price.

Returning to my friends place, I was overwhelmed by our friend Papori, The Cake artist Gurgaon, landing up with an intricately designed birthday cake, driving all the way, 100 kms + from Gurgaon, with her kids, getting far out lost on her journey, and somehow making it in one piece. She was joined by my childhood friend Mampi, who arrived with loads of chocolates. There was impromptu lucnh at our friends place, when the hostess/ queen of the house itself was missing and was away in Italy. So much for trying to run away from home to escape the birthday ritual! 
Later, in the evening, we went all the way from Gurgaon to Noida, to attend my friends sisters housewarming party, where a host of people who I knew all from different eras of my life had gathered. Someone had brought a cake for the housewarming, which I finally had to cut. An impromptu birthday celebration out of the blue, in some unimagined location, choc a bloc with people who knew me from a lifetime!
Later, while returning, we dropped in at the birthday party of Hugo Lorenzetti, who I had met one year back on: Cat's eye 02: Electrifying Karina Buhr  and it turned out to be a costume ball, with the wildest costumes and crowd. Again, ironically, Not wanting to celebrate birthday, yet at the centre of such events, and an costume ball B'day. Ketu irony at work!

Next day evening I took my friend and wife to the crystal store, and made them procure various crystals, healing stones that they required. I did NOT want the energy build up to die down..!!
And even when we returned home to dust and horror, we were carrying some crystal residues of this stormy/ whirlwind birthday weekend!
Later, when we finally returned home, I was dreading the return to dust, breakage, gas, stomach issues, etc. However, thanks to the Cat's Eye beads, and the procured healing crystals, i rediscovered and re connected to my old Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala, which helped reverse my horrifying build up of acidity, gas, indigestion etc. After the past entire month of breathless horror, and no medicines working, I could slowly begin to breathe again. Finally despite all crystals, it was Cat's eye that connected me to my healing roots.

Later, as the days passed, I felt more relaxed and at peace with our ghastly surroundings of construction, breakage, and overwhelming dust. Meanwhile, there was news of rising conflict between India and Pakistan, over terrorist killing 18 Indian soldiers at a military base in Uri. Amidst all that churning high drama in and around, our friend asked us to accompany him on his trip to Chamba, above Rishikesh, where he had designed and developed a joint hillside property. One year back, my wiffe's slipped disc had happened just before the invitation to Chamba, and even now she was hardly okay. But now, with protective crystals, etc, we were encouraged and took curage to say yes! Suddenly despite all that chaos of construction, health issues, slipped disce recovery, we jumped on the bandwagon to Chamba.
Away from the dust and chaos, the rolling landscapes soothed me, I slept for a long while. Enroute we stopped at Haridwar, as it was prevailing Pitra paksh, i could fulfil oblation to ancestors, so very fortuitously and spontaneously.
The days at Chamba was heavenly, especially in contrast to the constant dust and horror of our construction laden environs. I read the horoscope of our friends partner, a joint builder/ developer, who has purchased a expensive ring from Bangkok, which I saw he didn't need, and I urged him to replace it a .. Cat's Eye! He said in bangkok, they had gurantee of replacement, how wondrous. Again, high up in the heavenly hills.. a Cat's eye connection. later at night, I felt some troubled energy presence, and had some pretty elaborate dreams. and it was Pitra Paksh going on. Next day while returning, I had the opportunity to perform some release, some tribute in accordance with the evnets/ dreams of the previous night. how fortuitous and spontaneous.

Once back in Delhi, initially, i did felt a huge energy drop, hangover from the whirlwind trip, but the Cat's eye kept some energy/ gemstone connection alive. we were invited by a friend who had guests from Ceylon/ Sri Lanka, where the worlds best cat's Eye were mined. Energy was continuously curning throughout the week, and saw me engaged in cathartic, clearing, spiritual activities, breathlessly, and continuously through the entire period of Pitra Paksh.
Finally, now, 2nd Oct, 2nd day of Navartara 2016, I finally sign off after two weeks of stormy movement, activity heralded in by the Cat's eye.
With Gratitude for movement and momentum... Lord Mahavishnu.. that's all I ask for!







Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cat's Eye 03: Infrared roses

I just checked... I've got 143 posts in my Energy Clearing blog, 83 posts in my Saturnine blog and 32 posts in this Ketu Currents blog, so far. And out of these 258 posts of my three blogs, approximately  three posts have been able to connect with the smoky energy of Ketu Currents: In-memory-of-my-departed-friends.. ...a sort of a remembrance poem, then Haunting-time-of Pitra Paksh connected with the ancestral energies, then Tenebrious-ambience-of Choladhara house which describes the mood, ambience of our ancestral grandfathers house at Jorhat. And also, finally Ketu-music-01-love-song-for-vampire dedicated to an favourite Annie Lennox song of mine.
But the previous post on Karina buhr's performance, from the perspective of the Green Cat's eye gemstone,  an esoteric remedial gemstone for Ketu, had randomly, yet deliberately connected me to an otherwise completely ignored and sidelined aspect of Ketu energies.

The previous post Cat's Eye 02: electrifying-karina-buhr even though overtly humorous, and anecdotal style, at least lends testimony/ insight to  an event/ hecceity that, for the first time, connected me with the otherwise previously ignored of Ketu's infrared, smoldering,  smoking hot energies. Karina Buhr's performance in congested Depot 29 was electric, visceral, smoldering, and unexpected. I felt this distinctly in contrast to her latter performance at Kila, aka previously known as Blue Frog.
The Green Cat's Eye did it's job, and made me experience an event that connected me to smoky, smoldering, simmering, visceral, infrared nature of Ketu Currents. Even though, I haven't Posted after that, BUT, have worked on myself. Through energy clearing, homeopathic churnings, visceral clearings, burning,  depictive of Ketu energies. I simmered, slow cooked that initial spark, that tangent of recognition into various astrologically classified folders of songs: Moon Music, Neptune Music, Venus music, and smoky, smoldering Ketu music.
This music and physical qualities were further clarified by Anodea judith's book Chakras: Wheels-of-Life, which clearly define the Upward/ liberating/ sublimating path, which i call the unfolding Rahu current, and the Downward/ limiting/ constricting/ visceral/ manifesting path which I call the unfolding Ketu currents.
This knowledge has helped me shape my understanding, and has been incorporated into the introductory/ summary Page Rahu Ketu introduction, clearly defining the smoldering, visceral churning energies of Ketu as distinct from the sublime, refined, conceptual, ethereal, airy, finer Rahu ruled upper chakras.
But, from that initial, incidential, tangential post on Karina Buhr on 24th Nov, it has definitely taken quite a smoldering, simmering.. while!

These past months I have been writing quite intensely (like for the past 5 years) about the annual Saturn Retrograde 2016, click label: Search/ topic label: Saturn Retro 2016. But today, in an extraordinary retrograde moment where i found myself deep inside the innards/ gizzards/ intestines of the various footages of my first attempted feature length movie After Paris, the retrograde energy has really spilled over, and oozed out, Check: Saturn-retro-2016-18: falling-retro-part 2: innards, and spilled over to trigger off this post in this Ketu Currents blog, after a long time...

This inter- entwining between this Saturnine blog post and this, current Ketu Currents post, only depicts or illustrates the ultra/ ACUTE conjunction at 10th degree of Gemini, ie, Saturn @ 10'26" and Ketu @ 10'25" in Gemini, the 9th house of my horoscope.

I absolutely had no plans to write this post today, but the energy of the moment forced me to bring it out, and I would like to dedicate this post to my favourite grateful dead song: infrared roses...


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cat's Eye 02: Electrifying Karina Buhr

I'm thankful to Manish Choudhury  for introducing me to blogging in 2007, and for his feedbacks ever since. And to my energy healing guide Dipankar Roy Karmakar for connecting to the fringe,  qualities of  Esoteric stones...


Esoteric stones thrive on our personal energy dynamics. They operate outside the domain of our astrological transits. 
There I was, going through the marshes, muddy swamps of Saturn in Scorpio ( since Nov '14). Everyone around groaning and teetering under the mind numbing pressure of this overbearing phase. But, I continued to energize, and channelize my green Cat's Eye stone given by my healing guide Dipankar. And by and by, round and around, I landed up my friend Girjashanker's pub/ music venue Depot 29
Seeing me, Girja retorted in his usual sardonic style.. "Welcome Rip Van Winkle.. you have merely missed out on about 150 performances in this past year..". Trying to match his sarcasm, I said " And you just missed out on one year of Saturn through Scorpio". He scoffed and smirked cruelly and with delight. Trying to divert my defeat and fall, I asked "Who's playing today?". Girja said a Brazillian singer, actress, Karina Buhr was performing that Friday evening, who came through some connection through the Brazillian embassy, and was supposed to be a big star in Brazil. 
I gloated with pleasure and replied.. " Ohh, I neither appreciate NOR understand Spanish or Brazillian music, tch, tch, not my scene..!!" Girja, paused with wisdom and said.. "Why dont you hang out and check for yourselves..". I agreed, if the act was slioghtly boring, I could walk away and leave him humiliated, my victory for the evening..!

So I hung around, and the band members of Karina Buhr got up on stage began singing. Voila! The music was okay, but because of the language issue, they couldn't connect with the audience. Haha! My victory was over Girja was soon at hand!!
But at the end of third song, something happened. Karina Buhr, despite her language handicap, starting using body motions, gestures, expressions to the lyrics of her songs. And the lead guitarist used some indescribably expressive notes.
I looked around, the atmosphere of Depot 29 was charged up with a electric, infrared, mesmerizing, trancy atmosphere!! I noticed my own shoulders, and head rebelling against me, breaking out in spasmodic and gyrating moves. Control yourself, my brain screamed! We have to beat Girja! But alas, the music was rapidly rushing through my bloodstream and Karina Buhrs hypnotic, sensuous, raw earthy, electric, rapidly taking control of my mind..! Alas! Alas! And after a blink of an eye, I was dancing, hyperventilating, oscillating like a electrified Zombie dude!!
An electrifying current swept through me.. a raw, sensual, atavistic, punk, soul stirring, electric performance that shattered through all confines of language and lyrics. It was a distinct manifestation of the Ketu, Neptunean, energies of my green Cat's Eye stone. Oozing through the electrifying, haunting performance of rapturous Karina Buhr...
The Erratic/ Sublime rapture of Ketu embodied by Karina's performance. Check out video below...


After sometime, she went into a pensive, brooding, hazy, serpentine number, distinct to the Netunean energies of the green Cat's Eye stone. I could connect to the soul of her blues notes and the magical suspended guitar notes of Fernando Catatau, check video below..
 
 At the end of the performance, Girja slithered upto me triumphantly,and asked" How was it??" . I weakly retorted.. "I am GLAD that I missed the past 150 shows. THIS ONE made it up, for ALL of them..". the expression on Girjas face was like that of a calm knowing Buddha, as he nodded gently and slowly. I shrugged my eyebrows, drowsily recovering from the performance!

But as Ketu is conjunct with Saturn in my horoscope, and Saturn is a planet of repetition, the story doesn't end there. Next day, one thing led to another and we landed up at the party of Hugo Lorenzetti Neto, who had initiated the event. Where I had opportunity to interact  with all the performers of the Karina Burh band, and language being a problem was guided by their crew member Melina Hickson , who bridged the chasm of language between us. And as an additional  benevolence, also taught me many Netpunian aspects of Brazillian dance.  
AND, the day after when I briefly dropped by at Blue Frog or Kila at Qutub, I saw Karina performing again, in a much larger stage, but in front of a vastly polite and somewhat nitro- frozen, and fossilized audience. A somewhat contrast from the trance, possessed, mesmerizing, voodooish, previous atmosphere of Girja's Depot 29 venue!

Thanks to the interactions of the evening before, Karina spontaneously gestured to me in the middle of one song, I rushed forward and we began dancing together in front of the stage. As the eyes of the Humanich, frozen, cyborgic audience, glimmered with their mental ramifications, their programmed pathways of contemporary social behaviour, we had our Ketu rupture of atavistic dance, ultra spontaneous, starburst of whirling around, beneath the bright lights of Blue Frog/ Kila. 

I acknowledge my guide Dipankar for connecting me to the fringe, tangential qualities of Secondary Stones. And Obrigada to Karina Buhr, to Fernando Catatau, Bruno Buarque, and much Obrigada to Melina Hickson. And to Hugo Lorenzetti, for your efforts, for connecting me meteorically with the comet like, Ketu, trail blazing  Selvatica superstars!  

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cat's Eye 01: an Ironic birthday

I'm thankful to Manish Choudhury  for introducing me to blogging in 2007, and for his feedbacks ever since. And to my energy healing guide Dipankar Roy Karmakar for connecting me to the fringe,  qualities of  Esoteric stones...


Esoteric stones thrive on our personal energy dynamics. They operate outside the domain of our astrological transits. 
 It was October 9th, I was at home with my wife who was recovering from her severe spasmodic back-sprain, her early spondylo disco degenerative changes in lumbar spine. And suddenly after a million calls and whats app conversation, online co-ordinations (even at home rest she was constantly working), it was mandatory that someone had to go to her ongoing store site at Mega Mall, Gurgaon and click snaps on the ongoing progress of the site, rapidly approaching completion.
While going from GK II to  Hauz Khas Metro, there was a huge traffic jam, one that made a 10 minute journey, become an 1 hour and 15 minute ordeal! Exhausted, while on the Metro, I gave a call to my friend Kapil Razdan, whose showroom was just below Sultanpur Metro station, and with whom I wasn't in touch for many uncountable months. I was surprised, that for once, he was at his showroom, and NOT in some far off site, as had happened for the past few months, whenever I had called. 
Reaching, I waited around his office, and after sometime found out from his colleagues, that it was his... birthday, and they were just about to cut the birthday cake! What a ironic timing , on a day, when I had NO reason to move out of the house, because of  an unrelated random situation at a Gurgaon site, and an equally random huge traffic jam, reaching the office of a dear friend, at the exact moment..  before his birthday cake was cut. And ironically, in all our years of constantly being in touch, I have never ever wished him on his birthday. Because, my reclusive friend always kept all his facebook  birthday notifications off, and reclusively hid his birthday.
Then, it occurred to me, that past few days I had been actively recharging my green Cat's Eye stone, with it's specific mantras and recharge procedures. It was it's very energy which had manifested in the ironic haecceity of Kapil's birthday. Reminding me of my favourite photography series by Dayanita Singh, with my ever favourite ironic title..  Go Away Closer
You may always be in touch, but often when you move away, nature makes you come closer in a ironic way.

Cheers to the mild, moderate, yet distinct energies of Secondary stones! Cheerios/ Oreos!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Post 00: Return to Ketu roots/ Ground Zero

In the classic Chinese text of Taoist philosophy,  Tao Te Ching (click for link),  it's written..

Chapter 16
..The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return
Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one's nature
Returning to one's nature is called constancy
Chapter 40

      ...The returning is the movement of the Tao


After a long, meandering and serpentine, journey, today's post finds me returning to my Ketu roots. So do I embrace my Ketu roots once again, and once again, transform this, my third blog, to Ketu Currents, in the ever changing, mutating, tradition of my three blogs. For, as they say in Taoist philosophy.. returning to one's roots is destiny.

My long winding, indefinite, and forever research on the karmic, serpentine Rahu Ketu, the nodes of Vedic astrology began in 2002, when I was diagnosed by a friend, astrologer & gemologist Prasanta Barman, as having a multiple layered Ketu Dosha in my horoscope. After following the remedies, and wearing the cat's eye gemstone, suggested by him, I experienced multifarious reliefs and changes. And, since then, have been spurred on, to traverse a lifelong journey into vedic astrology, mysticism, healing traditions, etc, which later saw me commence my own astrological and vastu consultancy, professionally. And the main fuelling factor in this journey was my substantial research, investigation, blogging, and works on the serpentine and karmic Rahu Ketu.
However, it was much later, only after energy initiation from healer, Dipankar Roy Karmakar, in Nov 2014, that I began rediscovering the deeper roles of Ketu in my karmic journey. The sole, ruling factor in my life that has been a source of  great turbulence, upheaval and turmoil, yet ironically and paradoxically, responsible for bringing me spiritual insights, wisdom, and karmic relief.

And, in the ever changing, mutating, tradition of my three blogs, today finds me returning to my Ketu roots, and I embracing Ketu energies yet again, I transform this, my third blog, to Ketu Currents...


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Log 02: Living Healing Amethyst!

Dear friends, currently, I'm writing a series of posts about my ongoing Saturn retrograde in my second house of Scorpio in my Saturn and Jupiter blog (click) under:  topic category/ label: Saturn Retro 2015. As I keep on repeating, in astrology, negative planetary transits are windows of opportunities for us to clear our pending karmic debts and issues. And, by clearing which we can progress ahead and evolve. I wrote a post on the role of Energy Clearing in such challenging planetary transits in my clearing blog titled Log 06: method-of-energy-reorientation. Today I want to talk about my experience of  the significant role Crystals can play in the healing and management of such negative planetary transits.
Four months back, when I met my energy healing guide, Dipankar Roy Karmakar for the very first time, he dowsed me and immediately predicted about this current ongoing effects of Retrograde Saturn  transiting through my second house of Scorpio. Along with other remedies, he told me to work with the healing crystal of Amethyst. After beginning other remedies, it was months until I could actually procure raw banded Amethyst crystals from ebay.in. Even after that, as I've written in the previous Crystal healing posts, I have worked closely with black onyx and black tourmaline for grounding, balancing. Two weeks, as i was having one of regular reviws with Dipankar, I mentioned that I had found these two black saturnine stones, black onyx and black tourmaline, to my liking. He laughed and told me, that even though I needed these stones transitionally, my energy would change, and it was only Amethyst crystals that would work for me throughout my life. Even though to me, it seemed highly unlikely, we left it at that.
Within few days of Saturn turning Retrograde in Scorpio on 14th Mar, I began to beleaguered by throat infection, shoulder, neck pains. Whenever I rubbed the Amethyst healing crystal rock over these areas, the difficulties would ease. Finally one night I woke with such excruciating pain, I could no longer even touch any black stones close to me in this intense rising, first phase(red/ check above graph) of Saturn retrograde. I took  off my black onyx, black tourmaline beads and, from that moment onwards I only stuck to Amethyst for dear life. Over the next few days, as I closely worked with my Amethyst crystal rock, I found far deeper dimensions to it, than mere physical relief from prain, pain and infection. during other such emotional turbulence caused by Saturn's Retrograde transit through my second house of Scorpio, clinging/ praying to the Amethyst rock provided relief, release, guidance and healing manifestations. Dipankar had predicted head on/ bulls-eye, four months back, on the very first meeting, about the high significance of Amethyst in my life, especially in my upcoming turbulent planetary transit.
One significant property of healing Crystal rocks, especially of the raw, tumbled, that is preferred in crystal healing (and thus highly affordable variety), is the dynamic/ active participation of the user/ wearer. The user/ wearer needs to connect to it with appropriate energy charging methods and appropriate chants. On fulfillment of which, the healing crystal forms a living, energy bond with the user!! Though I began using Amethyst only to alleviate myself from my pains/ sprains, the energy dimensions it opened to me were astonishing. After three days of energizing and using it, it opened doorways/ windows for me, which accelerated my karmic cleansing process. NOT by intensifying the events in a acute, intolerable way, BUT, by way of increased frequency of recurrence of events. As if, the energies of Saturn retrograde in my second house of Scorpio, were actually being utilised/ organised by the Amethyst crystal to help be cleanse, purge, disentangle and evolve energy wise!!! The physical manifestations of this can be only experienced to be believed!!

Another strange by product, was that the Amethyst crystal manifested events that directly disclosed about its energy nature/ and energy connection to me. Yesternight, when I was browsing through facebook, I reconnected with Tarot reader/ diviner Nisha Mehta, who in 2009, had done my card reading, and revealed my energies to be directly connected to two planets, Neptune and Saturn. For years, from the Vedic astrology perspective, I had understood and worked with strong my connection to Saturn, BUT this revelation of connection to Nepotune, was truly eye opening for me. For the next few years, I continually researched on Neptunian energies, indications, and also tried to searching for an appropriate Saturnine, Neptunian gemstones to work with. For brief transitory periods I did connect to Amethyst. Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, etc but I couldn't tolerate them beyond afew days. After the sudden, random reconnecting with Nisha Mehta, at the late night over the net, I was reminded me of my Saturnine Neptunian connection, and searched over the net for Neptunian Saturnine gemstones. The search result boggled my brains.. it was Amethyst crystal!!

At this phase, when Saturn is transiting my second house of Scorpio, and in conjunction with my  Natal/ birth Neptune, ( In my birth horoscope, I've Nepotune in my second house of Scorpio!!), the appropriate healing stone, raw Amethyst crystal has manifested in my life. Manifested, at this very specific period, during this once in 30 years conjunction of transiting Saturn over Natal Neptune, to manifest it's Saturnine Neptunian energies. In Vedic astrology, we see Amethyst as a semiprecious gemstone of Saturn. But check this links  BELOW, that i uncovered last night. Western astrology connects/ correlates Amethyst with the planet Neptune! For years I had tried to find my SINGULAR  ruling planet/ sign/ nakshatra/ chakra and THEN their corresponding gemstones. But in the end my SINGULAR  ruling Crystal found ME, and I found it's correlating planets/ signs/ chakras/ elements. At the root of my experience is the living, energy of  raw, tumbled, healing Amethyst Crystal!! feeling Crystallized!!

Some links of Neptunian gemstone Amethyst: (google search:  Neptune gemstone amethyst)..
  1.  http://insidethemindofagemini.tumblr.com/
  2.  http://www.starslikeyou.com.au/gemstones/amethyst/
  3.  http://www.starslikeyou.com.au/gemstones/amethyst/
  4. http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/amethyst/    and much much more!