Amethyst is an extremely powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. It is also a natural tranquilizer. With its strong healing and cleansing powers, it is also a guardian against psychic attack, and able to transmute that energy into love. Amethyst is a great stone to help those with addictions and blockages of all kinds. Extremely beneficial to the mind, it calms or stimulates when appropriate, helping to feel less scattered, more focused and enhances the simulation of new ideas.
Amethyst helps with the decision making process, bringing in common sense, and spiritual insights. Balancing out highs and lows, it promotes emotional centering, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. It also alleviates sadness, and grief and supports coming to terms with loss. Amethyst promotes the love of the divine, encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom. Opening intuition and enhances psychic gifts, this is an excellent stone for mediation. One of the most spiritual stones, it provides insights into true nature and encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom.
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.
Crushed amethyst was used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a way to ward off intoxication. One story is told that partly this was due to the fact that the Romans sometimes put amethyst in their wine. Then the wine could be watered down and still retain its purple color from the stones within. That meant less alcohol, and thus, less intoxication. Both the Greeks and Romans made drinking cups of amethyst and wore talismans of amethyst to prevent intoxication.
There is a Greek legend of how amethyst got its purple color. Once Dionysus was so annoyed by Artemis that he set his sacred tigers upon a maiden attending her shrine. To preserve the maiden, whose name was Amethyst, Artemis petrified her in sparkling quartz. Lamenting this virgin’s demise, Dionysus poured a the contents of his cup over the statue, which immediately became infused with the purple of the grape.
Healing: Amethyst is believed to boost production of hormones, tune the endocrine system and metabolism. Releasing tension, amethyst eases headaches and any physical, emotional and psychological pain that causes tension. Amethyst brings restful sleep and treats insomnia.
Color: Purple to lavender
Appearance: Transparent, pointed crystals. May be geode, cluster or single point.
Astrological Association: Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces