Intuition, Protection, Higher wisdom
|Colour : Purple to Lavender|
|Chakra : Third Eye, Crown|
|Element : Air|
|Astro Sign : Aquarius|
Amethyst is one of the most popular and well known crystals of the crystal kingdom. It is a calming stone that eases anxiety, promotes peace and dream recall. It's thought of as a crystal tranquilizer and can help one reach a deep meditative state. It can help alleviate sadness and is a good stone for anyone who may be suffering grief. It is a stone of spiritual protection and purification, cleansing one's energy field of negative influences and attachments, and creating a shield of spiritual light around the body. It acts as a barrier against lower energies, psychic attack, geopathic stress and unhealthy environments.
Amethyst has powerful transformative qualities and is a great stone for guiding you through big transitions, giving you the strength to make difficult decisions. It is a very spiritual stone that helps us connect to our intuition and higher wisdom, giving us insight to our true nature. Amethyst stimulates our third eye chakra which helps us tap into any psychic abilities. It has a really magical energy and is a good stone to work with when doing any type of divination and scrying.
To encourage a deep sleep place a piece of Amethyst on your bedside table, this also protects one against nightmares. For a transformative dream experience that encourages dream recall, place an Amethyst at each corner of your bed and dream away.
To help you open up your third eye and tap into your intuition, lay down and place a piece of Amethyst on your third eye chakra. This is also good to do in meditation to help calm the nervous system and promote peace.
According to Greek mythology Amethyst was a young virgin who came under the wrath of the Greek god Dionysus when he was intoxicated after drinking too much red wine. Amethyst called for help and was turned into a beautiful sparkly stone (quartz). After Dionysus realised what had happened he cried in remorse and his tears dropped into his goblet of wine. The goblet was then knocked over and the red wine and tears saturated the quartz until it was stained purple, becoming the purple quartz we know today as Amethyst. Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word amethystos meaning "not drunk" or "not intoxicated' a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Amethyst can be found all around the world. The largest deposits are in South America, Africa and North America.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz (crystalline silicon dioxide) with a natural violet colour due to the presence of iron, other trace elements and irradiation. Amethyst crystallises in the triagonal system and is found in open caves. Mohs scale of hardness is a 7.