Perhaps one of the most popular crystals of all amethyst. In history, this stone was almost as valuable as diamonds, Today, however, it’s easy to find an exquisite piece of amethyst without necessarily having to pay a royal ransom for it.
The Properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a form of quartz crystal that can be found in many different countries around the world including the United States, India, Brazil, Africa, Uruguay, Mexico, Russia, and Siberia. Amethyst color can range from very dark purple that appears almost black, to stones that are a very light lilac hue.
Amethyst is considered a powerful protector that can ward off psychic attacks as well as enhance and protect the higher chakras of the third eye, and the crown. It is fantastic in assisting the wearer to more readily access the ethereal or akashic realms. It is considered a stone of contentment and enhanced spirituality by enhancing the wearer or carrier of the stone to be able to function more effectively between the realms of mind, body, and spirit. According to crystal expert and author, Melody, amethyst can bestow strength, stability, invigoration, and peace. Amethyst has proved itself to be an excellent stone to connect within meditation as well.
This stone’s energy is receptive and is ruled by both the planets Jupiter and Neptune and associated with the element of water. Deities to Whom amethyst is sacred include Dionysus, Bacchus, Diana, Neith, Sekhmet, and Hathor. According to the Bible, amethyst was one of the stones set in the breastplate of the High Priest.
In antiquity, almost every purple stone was referred to as an “amethyst”, even when it was an entirely different stone. Back in ancient times, amethyst was believed to help aid in sobriety. This comes from a legend of a young nymph named Amethyst who was dedicated to the wine god, Dionysus or Bacchus. When the young woman offered herself to him, he scorned her. The diety’s rejection rendered her heartbroken and it is said that she withered and turned to stone on the spot.
From that time onward, anyone wearing the stone named from this myth would themselves be able to ward off the effects of overindulgence. The ancients even went as far as to serve wine in cups carved of amethyst, which would enhance the color of wine – and make it possible to water down the wine or serve water to guests who were too inebriated to know the difference! (Walker)
If you or someone you care about has a problem with indecision or is feeling a bit of a “block” in terms of their creativity, amethyst is a perfect stone to work with. It enhances critical thinking skills, and yet has a calming, reassuring energy that is soothing to the wearer. Amethyst is excellent for helping to address personal or environmental stresses that arise when a person is out in the world. For someone who is in business, wearing, carrying, or having an amethyst sitting in or near your work area can help lead to prosperous business dealings.
In terms of physical healing, in addition to alleviating stress, overindulgence, and helping to re-align the chakra system within the body, amethysts are sometimes worn to ward off migraine headaches, treat stomach disorders, help ensure restful sleep, and treat disorders of the skin, heart, teeth and lessen the painful symptoms of arthritis.
Come to ReAlive Metaphysical shop and see our wonderful selections of amethyst crystals and jewelry for yourself. Our stones are handpicked and brought back to our shop for you to experience in your own life and home!
(Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this blog is not intended to recommend, treat or diagnose. We strongly urge you to speak with your doctor or other healthcare professional about any medical condition that you may have.)
“Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, & Metal Magic” by Scott Cunningham, 1991, Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN
“The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals” by Judy Hall, 2003, Godsfield Press, Cincinnati, OH
“Crystals” by Jennie Harding, 2017, Chartwell Books, New York, NY
“Love Is In The Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals” by Melody, 1991, Earth-Love Publishing House, Wheatridge, CO
“The Book of Sacred Stones: Fact and Fallacy in the Crystal World” by Barbara G. Walker, 1989, Harper & Row, Publishers, San Francisco, CA