Amethyst is a variety of quartz with purple coloration which is caused by impurities of iron or manganese. It occurs in a wide range of purple shades and is found in many areas around the world. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness". Ancient Greeks and Romans wore Amethyst and made drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Purple is recognised as the colour of royalty and has been worn by the rich and powerful as a mark of rank for hundreds of years. Even today it still has a regal air. Amethyst is also one of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest.
Amethyst is known as the ‘Bishop's Stone’ and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
It has traditionally been used to guard against guilty and fearful feelings and is often worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. Amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is an excellent stone for meditating and scrying.
Amethyst is enormously beneficial to the mind, by calming or stimulating it as required. It helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. It enhances new ideas and connects cause with effect. It facilitates the decision making process, presenting common sense and spiritual insights and assisting in putting these into practice. Amethyst also enhances your memory and improves motivation and facilitates realistic goal setting.
This crystal is one of the most spiritual stones; promoting love of the divine while bringing insights and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It also promotes emotional centering by balancing out the highs and lows and dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Amethyst provides great support in coming to terms with loss and dealing with the sadness of grief. This is an excellent stone for meditating and scrying. It also guards against psychic attack, blocks geopathic stress and negative environmental energies.
Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, boosts hormone production and tunes the endocrine system and the metabolism. Amethyst removes physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress. Also balances and links the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It relieves headaches and releases tension. It is used as a dream stone and to treat insomnia and provide restful sleep. Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer.
An Amethyst cluster or geode placed in a room helps to remove negative energies and create a more harmonious environment. Larger pieces of Amethyst like clusters, geodes and natural points make great decorating items as well as providing their healing properties. Smaller pieces like tumbles, points, chunks and pendants when worn or carried provide personal healing benefits.
Single points are often used in healing – when pointed toward you, energy is drawn in. When pointed away from you, energy is drawn off.