Amethyst: Meanings, Properties and Uses
What is amethyst and where does it come from?
Throughout history amethyst has been one of the most highly regarded quartz variations. The manganese in the clear quartz produces the vibrant purple crystal and the differing levels of iron gives it the distinctive colour it is so famous for.
Found typically in volcanic countries such as Brazil and Uruguay, amethyst crystals used to be considered incredibly rare and valuable, as the purple colour was often associated with emperors and other royalty. However, in the 19th century amethyst deposits were found all around the world, meaning its rarity and value declined. This made amethyst easily accessible for everyone and allowed it to become a popular crystal for meditation and healing.
Mythology behind Amethyst Stones
The amethyst stone is enriched with history. Its name originated from the Greek ‘Amethustos’ meaning ‘not’ and ‘methustos’ meaning intoxicate. The gemstone was used to prevent drunkenness and over indulgence, but allowed its holder to carry the energy of fire and passion. There are examples throughout history where wealthy lords would pour water into amethysts goblets to make water appear to look like wine. Enabling them to enjoy a ‘drink’ with other elites, but keeping them sober to complete transactions and remain clear headed.
This history has since been built upon and the amethyst quartz is known as nature's tranquilizer, thought to help calm and soothe an individual, keeping them rational and pragmatic.
Types of Amethyst
The amethyst crystal comes in many different forms and sizes.
Amethysts are found as hollow grey rocks, with dazzling amethyst crystals lining the inside walls. These are amethyst geodes. Often sold in halves, geodes bring the beauty of an amethyst into any room, showing the crystal in its natural form
An amethyst cave is a bigger version of these geodes. Often found in Brazil, these formed millions of years ago when volcanoes erupted to form deposits of stones, filled with large crystal cavities. It’s thought that the deeper the cave the better it will harness energy for healing.
Whilst a geode or full cave can be large and expensive, a simple amethyst cluster is an excellent way to bring the soothing and calming properties of an amethyst into the home.
The best way to identify an amethyst is to ensure the colour varies throughout the crystal and it is mostly clear in appearance. Amethysts can range from a subtle lilac to a bright violet or even a dark indigo, depending on the iron levels.
A newly discovered pink amethyst has also been found in Patagonia, Argentina. The pink colour is due to the inclusion of Hematite in the makeup of the crystal. It is thought to have different properties to the original amethyst and radiates divine love and helps one to become non-judgemental and accepting of their true selves.
Properties and Uses of Amethysts
Amethyst has many powerful properties centred around healing and spiritual contentment. It is used to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions, whilst purifying the aura of negative energies. The stone can help balance an individual's moods, dispel anger, fear and anxiety.
Healing powers of Amethysts
Those using crystals as part of a healing process can use amethyst in both their mental and physical practices. The gemstone can aid in strengthening the immune system, reducing pain and bruising, and for some has been used to help with pain management of arthritis. For individuals that suffer from stress and anxiety, amethyst promises to centre people's mind, calming those who feel overworked and assisting with difficult decision making.
Chakras related to Amethysts
Amethyst crystals are particularly stimulating to the third eye and crown chakras. An individual's third eye is responsible for our everyday awareness of the world and is the centre of our perception. The crown is the gateway to our expanding universe and controls how we think. As amethyst is nature's tranquilizer, it helps to restore balance within these chakras, maintaining a calm energy within the mind and body, especially at times of stress.
How Amethysts can affect sleep
If you leave an amethyst gemstone under your pillow whilst you sleep or rub the centre of the forehead counter-clockwise it can help cure insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams.
The stone has also been known to hold properties which enables people to remember and clearly understand the nature of their dreams.
How to care for your amethyst crystals
To remove any negative energy surrounding your crystals it is important to cleanse them. You will often feel when your crystals need cleansing, but visually they may appear dull or cloudy. If you are using your amethyst as part of a healing routine, it is vital you cleanse regularly.
One option is to return the crystals to the earth. Place the amethyst in a cloth and bury it for 24 hours. By grounding your stone it will be cleansed by the earth it came from and embrace new energies.
Using burning sage, pass your amethyst though incense and imagine negative energy being whisked away in the smoke.
Sound is an incredible way to cleanse your crystals. Use a single tone sound, such as a bell, to bring everything in that area to a single pitch and energy. This method is useful for someone with a large collection of crystals.
Whilst cleansing your crystals you should always think happy and positive thoughts to fill and encompass your cleansing space.
When using crystals for healing the positive energies they possess can be drained, and negative or dull energies replace them. Once your crystals have been cleansed, finish the ritual by charging them.
Place under full or new moonlight and charge overnight. Alternatively, the quickest way to charge your crystals is to leave them in sunlight, this will give your amethyst drive and focus.
You can also use a collection of crystals, bigger or smaller, to direct their energies onto the crystal that you would like to use.
Amethyst: The February Birthstone
Amethyst is traditionally the birthstone for February. Believed to be a powerful and protective stone, it keeps its holder clear headed and enhances intelligence. The healing properties of amethyst protects those born in February from stress, anger and drunkenness.
The birthstone transmits negative energy into love and protection, ensuring the wearer is safe and calm.