Individuals having their birthday between January 20 and February 18 belong to this star sign. Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January while Amethyst is for February. Garnet may not be as well known as some of its illustrious counterparts, but it has its own strong characteristics and positive points. It has a queer distinction of being the only stone thought to lead to past life recollection. It helps to maintain the “chi” in the body and can help one to overcome his/her inhibitions. It also is an energizer and results in increased sex drive. It helps to counter spinal disorders and other ailments related to heart and lungs. Amethyst is a violet variant of Quartz and is widely used in jewellery. It is considered to be a powerful stone and can act as a stress buster and is known to establish sobriety in people. Some people believe that Amethyst protects against psychic attacks as well. It is good for the endocrine and immune system and is thought to alleviate pain.