Amethyst is known in some traditions as the Stone of the Seventh Ray — the guiding purple light of the era of awareness we have just entered. It is one of the most broadly helpful and widely used stones, working on all planes of consciousness to gently but powerfully dissipate negativity and discord, rebalance energy and elevate vibrational consciousness. You can wear it, place it around you and use it to make elixirs.
Physical plane. You can relieve environmental stress by placing a cluster or large point between yourself and your office machines, especially computers. Amethyst, often called the computer stone, absorbs into its broad vibrational field the narrow-band electro-magnetic energies of these machines.
Emotional vital plane. Folk magic uses amethyst to encourage prosperity, to help with the right resolution of lawsuits and as an amulet for travelers. This stone helps prevent your being affected by addictive behavior, either your own or others; and helps remove the unbalanced states of guilt and self-deception.
Mental plane. Amethyst is often referred to as a mental stone because it is so cooling and soothing to the nervous system. It aids in the transmission of neural signals and is quite successful in alleviating headaches, dissipating mental confusion and helping clarify both physical and psychic vision. Folk medicine says that an amethyst point placed under the pillow at night helps cure insomnia and prevents nightmares. But be cautious about giving amethyst to someone suffering from paranoia or schizophrenia for their extreme state of imbalance and amethysts’ desire to rebalance can inwardly battle each other, much to the discomfort of both parties.
Heart’s plane. Amethyst encourages true love, strengthening commitment to the loved one at each individual’s level of development, whether that be human love for a partner or spiritual love for God. Soul’s plane. Amethyst is an excellent meditation stone, used to strengthen the psychic properties of the higher chakras — the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakra. It makes an excellent gift for people grieving over the loss of a loved one or with a terminal illness, for it clarifies the awareness, at the soul’s level, that life and death are only transitions of form.
Other Planes. Stones are especially valuable in today’s constantly changing society for their capacity to “hold.” We can place around us stones that carry a vibration we want to strengthen, such as protection, clarity and kindness. In reverse, stones have difficulty adjusting to sudden extreme changes and this can cause them problems, whether it is changes in temperature or in consciousness.
Amy had serious health problems from computers came to look at my collection of stones at a local health fair. People are attracted to stones whose qualities are ones they need to strengthen, and Amy instinctively moved towards my amethysts, one of the best stones for protecting computer users. She spontaneously picked up a small, dark cluster and within seconds its perimeter explosively shattered into tiny amethyst points. Seeking to maintain the vibrational balance of its domain, the cluster had drawn her very serious imbalances into itself faster than it could adjust.
On another occasion a group of amethysts had time to identify the approaching problem. A mentally imbalanced woman came up to my booth, mumbling disjointedly. She studied my kiosk of stone pendants for a long time. As she reached towards a small amethyst heart set in silver, the entire display card popped back, off the bar and inside the kiosk. When she couldn’t retrieve it, she looked for another amethyst heart. As she reached out, this card also popped off and inside the kiosk. This happened again….and again… The woman finally lost patience and left. In the interest of self-preservation, these tiny amethysts had actually found the capacity to move out of harm’s way. Amethyst has an affinity for many of the zodiac signs, including Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius and Capricorn.
Properties of Amethyst
Amethysts are translucent, their color ranging from a very light lilac to an intense purple with rose tones. Physically, the purple comes from the presence of manganese in clear quartz; additional amounts of iron varies its intensity. Psychically, light lilac amethyst, favored in Victorian jewelry, has a gentle, angelic vibration while its darker colors, combining red (action, yang) and purple (receptivity, yin), represents its ability to powerfully balance.
Amethyst comes in clusters and geodes, which are helpful when working with a group consciousness; and in single points, which are helpful when working internally on a personal issue.
While amethyst is found throughout the world, most mining is currently in North and South America, Africa, Russia, China and India. Along with citrine, aventurine and rose quartz, amethyst is a type of quartz and a part of the silicate family. Silica is the largest and most common of the mineral groups, very resistant to destruction on the chemical, atmospheric, physical and psychic levels, with a hardness of 7. Its atomic arrangement is a group of four oxygen atoms equidistant in space from a central silicon atom.
This four-cornered, imagined solid is called a tetrahedron. Thus this family forms, on the atomic level, two of the most powerful forms in sacred geometry: the cross and the double pyramid. Quartz is piezoelectric (electrically responsive to pressure) which makes it very effective in conducting energy: it has long been used to store, release, regulate and transmit information on all levels from the physical to the spiritual. It was used in the first radios and is the basis for today’s electronic revolution: silica, the chemical name for quartz, is a main component of computer chips.
Amethyst lore stretches far back into history. In the deep purple shades it is a stone symbolic of royalty: it is featured in the British Crown Jewels, was a favorite of Catherine the Great and of Egyptian royalty. It is favored by religious disciplines as it embodies clarity, purity and selflessness: in Judeo-Christian traditions it was one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest and has long been considered the stone of bishops; it is considered sacred to the Buddha and prayer beads are fashioned of the stone.
Today people often keep a small cluster with their divining tools — pendulums, Tarot cards, I Ching sticks and runes. “Amethyst” is a Greek word meaning a (not) methystos (drunk). In ancient Greece the stone was reputed to prevent drunkenness, especially from wine, and was often carved into wine goblets. Greek legend associates the stone with Dionysos, god of wine.
Legend says Dionysos, angered by an insult from a mortal, swore to unleash his tigers on the next mortal he met. This was, unfortunately, the beautiful maiden Amethyst, on her way to worship the goddess Diana. To prevent the death of her devotee, Diana turned her into a beautiful crystal statue. Repenting the unjustified destruction his anger had caused, Dionysos poured a libation of wine over the stone, turning it a purple hue and creating the gemstone. Even today, the presence of amethyst is said to dissipate anger and drunkenness in an individual through its purity of vibration.