The Magic of Amethyst
There is something within the Amethyst’s captivating and regal violet hue that seems to bring peace. She is a sobering stone. The amethyst gem helps us dispel the haze that keeps us in bondage and prey to our many addictions and compulsions.
Amethyst provides a soothing, restful vibe when all we seek is a decent night of sleep. It is often used to help calm the mind, relieving it of the fears and anxieties that leave us paralyzed.
Amethyst’s soft energy is comforting, tranquil, and serene. In the vibrancy of its amaranthine color, we are given a clue to its magic and power. The deep, purple hue of the amethyst stone hints at its resonance with the Third Eye Chakra, the chakra that gives us insight into our truest selves.
The Third Eye Chakra is the chakra of our intuition, creativity, and imagination. Amethyst helps strengthen these attributes and gifts so that we can access them with ease.
The Amethyst gem is a stone for those who could use a little extra calm in their lives — basically all of us. Hence why it is one of the more popular crystals when it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety. Amethyst is also for those who could use some comforting energies, especially those recovering from the loss of a loved one and dealing with grief. Finally, amethyst is for the intuitive, clairvoyants, and psychics as it can assist with attuning the Third Eye to visions, guidance, and messages from beyond the veil.
Amethyst Gem Magical Correspondences
- Energy: Receptive
- Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
- Element: Water
- Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana
- Magical Attributes: Dreams, Overcoming Alcoholism, Healing, Psychic Ability, Peace, Love, Protection Against Thieves, Courage, Happiness
From Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham.
How Amethyst Helps with Sobriety
A sober mind is a gift of the Divine.
It can be quite difficult in this world with its many distractions and intoxicants to find true clarity of thought. Our possessions and material things can take our minds away from keeping perspective on what’s important. Overindulgence in food, drugs, and alcohol can leave our minds muddy and compromise mental clarity.
This is what makes Amethyst such a beautiful stone. It radiates an energy that engages our mental and psychic faculties. This energy helps us find our way to true soberness of thought. As a result, with clear-headed thinking, it’s much easier to hear and understand the voice of the Divine…and the voice within.
Many would deem Amethyst the ultimate sobriety stone. In fact, it has been used well into antiquity to help keep the mind tempered. For example, the Ancient Greeks would carve drinking vessels from amethyst to house their potent libations. Their hope was that the power of amethyst drinking cups would keep them from becoming recklessly inebriated.
But in the modern-day, Amethyst has acquired more contemporary applications. For instance, many seek Amethyst’s power to help with moderating out-of-control compulsions and addictions, namely alcohol. And it is fitting that Amethyst finds a use for tempering alcohol addiction. Alcohol plays an important part in Amethyst’s mythology.
Ideas for Using Amethyst for Sobriety
If you struggle with addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, or overconsumption, consider tucking away a little raw or tumbled amethyst in your pocket. When you’re in a triggering situation that tempts you to give in to your vices, give that stone a little rub and breath.
There are beautiful amethyst geodes you can place in strategic spots around the home to capitalize on Amethyst’s tempering energy. Perhaps in the kitchen to help dissuade you from overindulgence. Or in the living room where you might have gatherings where alcohol might become a factor.
Using Amethyst for Stress Relief
Let’s face it: stress is a killer. It harms the body and can compromise health. Not to mention, when we’re stressed out, everything becomes so much more difficult.
The idea of “self-care” may seem just a trend at this time, but don’t let that cheapen the fact that overall, it is still important to take care of yourself. And it’s okay to put managing your stress level at the top of that list.
Amethyst can help bring you to a state of balance and calm. It is a tempering stone, bolstering our patience when we lack it. Furthermore, it helps our spirit find a state of calm and contentedness. It helps steady the mind, making it easier for us to keep our emotions stable and level.
With a mind that is at peace and calm, you will find weathering life’s challenges much easier. Arriving at the solutions you need to solve problems becomes a more facile task. After all, the Divine intended that life should be easy. The pathway should be clear. We were given Amethyst to help us find our way to that peace.
Meditating with the Amethyst Gem
It’s hard to imagine a more complete coupling than Amethyst and meditation. Amethyst’s energy resonates with the Crown Chakra. Located above the head, the Crown Chakra is the very place where enlightenment originates. Not to mention, self-enlightenment is the main pursuit of meditation.
Hence, it is not a bad practice to keep Amethyst nearby for your meditative sessions. When going to meditate, allow Amethyst to initiate the experience by calming your mind and body in preparation. Accept its assistance in dispelling any illusions of ego that can stand in the way of your accessing divine insight.
Use amethyst for a meditative bath. Circle a light purple candle with amethyst stones on an area near your bathtub and light the candle to encourage meditative, introspective, and intuitive energies while enjoying a relaxing bath.
“Pour” Your Emotions into the Amethyst Gem
Bacchus cried tears of violet over the Amethyst stone, turning it purple. It was an outpouring of mournful emotion that ultimately gave Amethyst its hypnotic color.
Likewise, you can relieve yourself of overwhelming emotions by “pouring” them into the Amethyst stone. Take a piece of Amethyst stone and find a peaceful spot outside. Picture the emotions that are burdening you pouring into the stone like a deep, purple wine.
Make sure to allow the Amethyst stone to absorb every drop of emotion that is not serving you well. The stress from work. Resentment over an old feud. Whatever emotions that have become toxic to your body allow them to flow into the stone like a bitter wine you need to discard. And don’t worry about whether or not the Amethyst stone can take it. She’ll be fine.
Once you feel you’ve emptied every last drop of negative emotion into the stone, hurl it as far as you can away from you. You can scream or yell or even howl as you thrust the stone if it will help you finally relieve yourself of those feelings.
As for the stone, the earth will do its part to cleanse it of all the negative energies you poured into it. But if by happenstance you run across that stone once again, do not pick it up, for you have moved on. Leave it just where it lies.
The Psychic Mind and the Amethyst Gem
If you are at all familiar with the chakras you might take one look at the Amethyst stone and immediately draw a connection to the Third Eye Chakra. You would be correct to do so. Amethyst shares a strong resonating bond with the Third Eye Chakra, which also happens to be a shade of violet.
Ajna, the Third Eye Chakra, is the realm in which the psychic mind resides. A healthy Third Eye Chakra leads to an empowered intuition and enhanced psychic ability.
If you tend to lean towards a more psychic persuasion, Amethyst is an excellent companion for your transcendent mind. It can help energize intuition, making it easier to know and understand divinatory information.
Using Amethyst for Psychic Protection
Not to mention, Amethyst can provide psychic protection. Every day we are exposed to energies that seek to harm us on a spiritual and psychic level. Pictures on social media tempt us to believe in the wrong standard of beauty. Political rhetoric does more to anger us than provide solutions.
An attack on your psychic mind doesn’t have to constitute someone literally giving you the evil eye. It can be any force that seeks to corrupt and pervert your spirit.
It can be prudent to be mindful of this and protect yourself psychically with an Amethyst gem. Envision the stone’s energy forming a violet shield around your whole body. This protective shell will keep misaligned spiritual energies from entering your spiritual space and causing you psychic harm.
Divination and the Amethyst Gem
If you look closely, you might notice that Amethyst seems to glow with divine light. The energy from within the stone seeks to remind us of its heavenly connection to the matters of spirit and the celestial realm. The Crown Chakra resonates with the vibration of the Amethyst stone and responds to it.
As such, Amethyst can provide a conduit by which divine energy and information can flow. Tarot readers, tea leaf readers, readers of rune stones, or anyone who uses tools that require tapping into the ley lines of the Divine can benefit from Amethyst. Keeping Amethyst near your divinatory tools will go far to help them vibrate with celestial and psychic energy.
Lucid Dreaming with Amethyst
Oftentimes we are passive actors in our dreams. Our dream plays out how it will, without much intervention from the dreamer. If we don’t play an active role in our dreams, recalling them can be difficult. Furthermore, we usually aren’t even aware that we are dreaming until after waking up.
This is unfortunate because our dreams hold many important messages and symbols that can lead to powerful insights. In order to not miss out on these symbols, you might turn to lucid dreaming to better remember them. While lucid dreaming, you are self-aware of the fact that you are dreaming. As a consequence, you can become a more active participant in your dream. You may even be able to control how things play out.
A little amethyst tucked away under your pillow can help make your attempts at lucid dreaming more successful. Additionally, if you find yourself frequently having trouble getting to sleep altogether, Amethyst can help quiet the mind, making sleep more accessible. In keeping with its power of moderating overindulgence, you can rest assured that Amethyst will also aid you in making sure you don’t oversleep.
Travel Protection and Amethyst
Traveling to a place you’ve never been before can leave you feeling vulnerable. You are exposing yourself to the element of the unknown, which sometimes doesn’t work in your favor. Interactions with new, unfamiliar people might leave you feeling exposed. After all, it’s hard to discern a stranger’s intentions.
The Ancient Egyptians had the right idea in that they would carry Amethyst while traveling. Amethyst makes it easier to perceive the hidden motives of others. As a result, it’s much easier to suss out whether or not there is treachery afoot. Not to mention, it provides a little psychic awareness when it comes to knowing something might go wrong before it even happens.
Finally, most travelers’ main concern is, well…their wallet. They don’t want the wallet to get stolen, or to be swindled by someone looking to take advantage of a confused tourist. The Amethyst gem can help raise your awareness of all of these things. Just make sure to have it on your person as you travel.
Amethyst and Love
At our highest ideal, we are creatures who respond to the divine call of love and compassion. Love is our superpower. At the finish line of the journey of enlightenment is the understanding of love’s power.
This is why Amethyst concerns itself with love. The lesson of amethyst is that everything you do should be tempered with love. If you love yourself, you will be patient with yourself. Even when you struggle with addiction or have little control over your compulsions, allow Amethyst to remind us that despite the struggle, love yourself. Love will see you through.
Likewise, the love for others is of the concern of Amethyst. Consider gifting an amethyst crystal to a friend who might be struggling with addiction to remind them that you care and to be patient with themselves.
If you’re in a relationship with someone, a lover’s gift of amethyst can help convey the message through thick and thin, you will be there. That you see and love them for their soul and who they truly are. That kind of love is eternal. That kind of love is divine.
Becoming More Creative with the Amethyst Gem
The nexus between our mortal lives and the Divine is art.
Art inspires us because it resonates on a level that speaks to the very fiber of our being. The closer it is to the truth of the artist’s vision, the more we are inspired by the creation.
However, as an artist, honing in on the vision and bringing it into reality without losing some of its purity can be difficult. Your mind and thoughts might be muddy, making it harder to truly visualize and articulate the creation. Allow Amethyst to clarify your mind’s eye so that you can visualize your art more clearly.
Fighting Legal Battles with Amethyst
Dealing with a legal issue can be frightening. You’re at the mercy of a judge or jury who might decide to rule against you. The hope is that they will rule fairly, but human nature being what it is, there’s just no guarantee that they will.
Utilize the power of Amethyst to help try and nudge those who would judge you to act justly and fairly. No, the Amethyst gem is not a magical legal bullet. It will not guarantee a favorable legal outcome. Judges and juries have free will and if the legal outcome is not in your favor you will have to handle that prudently.
But it doesn’t hurt to introduce a little fortuitous energy into what can be a stressful situation. Amethyst has a way of helping us think more virtuously and ethically. And even if the legal outcome is not in your favor, allow Amethyst to lessen the blow of the judgment. It can help you find a semblance of peace with the decision.
Finding Business Success with the Amethyst Gem
To create and run a successful business at times requires a sober mind. You will have to make difficult decisions that will impact the company for good or bad. You will be required to do copious amounts of problem-solving. And your business will sink or swim depending on how clear your vision is for the future of the enterprise.
Alas, a clear-headed mind is Amethyst’s wheelhouse. When you go to make your next big business move, be sure to meditate on the plan with Amethyst nearby you. The Amethyst will help make it easier to weigh all the pros and cons so that you don’t go into the venture caught unawares.
If you’re just starting a new business, allow Amethyst to be a part of your entrepreneurial journey. From start to finish, Amethyst can help you find your way to the insights you need to grow a successful business. For instance, you can keep it in the room where you draft your business plan. Allow its energy to be your consult whenever you have to make any business investments.
Amethyst in Greek Mythology
The most popular myth involving amethyst is a rather recent phenomenon. French poet Remy Belleau’s (1528 – 1577) poem “L’Amethyste, ou Les Amours de Bacchus et de Amethyste” is a story about Amethyste, a maiden, and her unfortunate encounter with the god of wine and revelry, Bacchus.
Bacchus was heedlessly pursuing Amethyste, who had been rebuffing his advances. She wished to remain chaste and petitioned the gods to help her remain so. Diana granted her request, turning her into a clear quartz crystal. Realizing her dedication to chastity, Bacchus was humbled. He poured wine over the crystal in tribute to Amethyste, turning it purple.
However, there are other variations of this story. One would have it that Bacchus, was angry over an insult. Therefore, out of rage proclaimed that the first person to cross his path would be fed to his tigers.
Unfortunately, this fate fell on the head of a maiden named Amethystos. She was on her way to the shrine of Diana as she crossed Bacchus’ path. As she was fed to the tigers, she petitioned her goddess for protection. In turn, the gods transformed her into a clear, white crystal. As Bacchus’ ruthlessness became evident to him, he mournfully cried violet tears over the crystal, turning it purple.
It is important to note, however, that this myth is a rather recent phenomenon. There is no mention of it in classical sources. The Amethyst gem is mentioned in a historical text, but as a gift from the titan Rhea to Dionysus to help him preserve his sanity.
Fun Facts About Amethyst
Don’t take the beautiful and resonating royal purple color of amethyst for granted; the depth and intensity of its color are mutable and can change when overexposed to light. Likewise, there are ways to artificially enhance amethyst’s color using radiation. But of course, nothing is as beautiful as a real, natural thing. Here are some more interesting facts you might enjoy about amethyst.
Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, which means “not intoxicated.”
The Greeks would drink out of vessels carved from amethyst, believing it would help stave off drunkenness.
Amethyst is February’s birthstone.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes its distinct color to irradiation and iron impurities.
During medieval times, European soldiers wore amulets made of amethyst. This is because they believed it would heal them and keep them cool-headed.
To the Tibetans, Amethyst is sacred to Buddha. They often wear prayer beads fashioned from Amethyst.
Amethyst shares an association with royalty due to being used to don English regalia during the Middle Ages.
You can find the best amethyst gem specimens in Sri Lanka, Siberia, and Brazil. A notable abundance of amethyst comes from Minas Gerais in Brazil. You will also find Amethyst in mines in South Korea, Uruguay, Austria, and certain areas of North America.
The Amethyst gem is the official state gemstone of South Carolina.
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