Stone Series: Amethyst


image of amethyst

Amethyst (Image from Google search)

Rarity: Common
Color: light violet to dark purple

Associations
Birthstone: February
Zodiac sign(s): Capricorn, Virgo, Pisces, Aquarius, Sagittarius
Chakra(s): Third Eye, Crown
Planet(s): Jupiter
Element(s): Air

About Amethyst
Amethyst is a fairly common and easily-accessible stone, and is popular for jewellery.  The most common color is a variety of purple, ranging from a light purple that may appear tinged with pink, to a deep purple.  Amethyst is actually a variety of quartz.  Scientists think that the purple color comes from iron in the stone.  The abundance of iron is what associates amethyst with blood and its uses in regulating blood flow and blood purity.

This stone is associated with the gods Bacchus and Dionysus and is associated with sobriety rather than drunkenness.  Diana and Artemis are linked to amethyst as well.  These four deities are linked with amethyst because of a myth.  According to Greek legend, Dionysus was angry one day and decided he would take out his anger on the next mortal to pass by. He created several tigers, gave them a mission to attack the next mortal, and left. A young girl named Amethyst was the next mortal to come by on her way to pay homage to Artemis. The tigers attacked and Amethyst, in her fear and panic, called to the goddess. Artemis changed the girl into a statue of clear quartz before the tigers could attack. When Dionysus returned, he saw the statue and was overcome with remorse.  In one version, he wept tears of purple wine, which then covered the statue and stained it permanently.  In another version, Dionysus, in his remorse, poured a libation of wine over the statue, which stained it purple.

This stone is also linked with Archangel Zadkiel because of its color and properties.  Amethyst’s color and properties also link it to spirituality, and often this stone is associated with spiritual wisdom and enlightenment.

The chakras related to amethyst are the third eye and crown chakras.  Not only does this association come from amethyst’s color, which matches the colors of the chakras, but this stone also relates to some of these chakras’ main functions.  The third eye chakra is the chakra most connected to psychic development and clarity, and amethyst is an excellent stone for promoting psychic gifts and clarity.  The crown chakra is the chakra of consciousness, connectivity, and clarity, as well as the pineal and pituitary glands, which deal with secretion of hormones.  Both the stone and the chakra are connected to the hormones.

Amethyst geode

Amethyst geode (Image from Google search)

Uses
This is a strong and powerful stone.  It can have a lot of beneficial effects on the mind and body.  This is the kind of stone that is very versatile and can be used for many different things.  It is also one that, if you have to choose only one stone to carry around, I would recommend carrying because of its protective properties and its versatility.

Something about the color purple is good for restful sleep.  Like the herb lavender, amethyst can be used to promote peaceful, restful sleep.  Because of its associations with sleep, it is also useful in remembering, interpreting, and guarding dreams.  It is a very good stone for aiding relaxation, and thus is great for aid in meditation.  Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer that can also bring peace and clarity, and is good for aiding development of intuition and psychic gifts.

Physically, amethyst can regulate hormones, calm nerves, cleanse the blood, regulate blood pressure, protect the heart, and reduce swelling or bruising.  Because of these associations and the stone’s ability to help relax the body and mind, it tends to be a good stone for healers and for working with healing blood issues, stress-induced maladies, and nervousness or anxiety.

Other Resources:
Charms of Light: http://www.charmsoflight.com/amethyst-healing-properties.html
Emily Gems: http://www.crystal-cure.com/crystal-amethyst-points.html
Sunny Ray: http://www.sunnyray.org/Amethyst.htm

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4 responses to “Stone Series: Amethyst

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  3. Amethyst is a beautiful and a strong stone. I like its color and it looks amazing in the silver jewelry. is it good to wear amethyst ring all the time? or better to do it occasionally?

    • I’d say it’s like when I wear my hematite or quartz stone jewelery. It’s OK to wear them for longer periods of time, but it’s also good to let you and the stone have a break every once in a while.

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