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Amethyst

Amethyst is a high vibrational crystal for higher Spirituality and Clarity. This article summarizes its characteristics, healing properties, and powers.

Chevron Amethyst tumbles
Chevron Amethyst tumbles

Key Aspects

Spiritual Serenity, Healing, Meditation, Mental Clarity, Concentration


Characteristics

Amethyst is a variety of quartz and gets its purple color from iron. It ranges from pale lilac to dark violet and can turn brown, yellow, or green from heat. The crystal mainly forms in geodes (cavities in the rock that are created by volcanic gas bubbles).


Amethyst is dichroic; depending on the perspective, it looks blueish-purple or redish-purple. Often the crystal has a darker color at the tip and is milky at the base.

Colors

Light lavender to dark purple

Transparency

Transparent to Semi-Transulcent

Category / Formula

Silicate Mineral (Quartz) / SiO2 +(Al, Fe, Ca, Ma, Mg, Li, Na)

Crystal System

Trigonal

Hardness

7

Water Safe

Yes

Sun Safe

No (color will fade)

Source

Around the World

Rarity

Common

Chakra

Third Eye, Soma, Crown, Higher Crown

Zodiac

Pisces

Month

February

History

In the past, when amethyst was still rare, the material value of the stone was equal to that of diamonds.

Since ancient times, the amethyst has been considered a stone that moderates improper behavior and promotes a clear mind and spirituality.

The ancient Greek name Amethystos translates to "not intoxicated", referencing its power to prevent the holder from intoxication. Therefore, the Greeks and also Romans liked to drink their red wine from amethyst cups.

The amethyst has always been associated with spirituality, mental clarity, awareness and concentration. Ring stones of bishops and cardinals were preferred from amethyst. The Hebrew word for amethyst translates to "dream stone", becaue Jews believed the crystal influenced dreams. Buddhist monks also preferred to use this crystal for their malas.

Leonardo da Vinci attributed the amethyst to the ability to dispel bad thoughts and to sharpen the mind.

Hildegard von Bingen recommended amethysts to clear up skin problems, to ward off lice and parasites, and against spider and snake bites.

Royal Houses all around the world preferred the color purple and amethysts for their crowns and jewelry.

Today the amethyst is one of the best-researched healing stones with a wide range of possible uses.


Amethyst clusters
Amethyst clusters


Healing Properties and Benefits of Amethyst


Body and Psyche*

Amethyst is beneficial for:

  • hair growth and alleviating hair loss and lady's beard

  • treatment of dandruff

  • headaches, migraines, epilepsy, nervous disorders, memory disorders

  • anemia and blood pressure problems, as the crystal stimulates blood formation in the bone marrow

  • hormone production in the pancreas

  • cleansing organs

  • lungs and respiratory tract

  • lowering blood sugar levels and alleviating diabetic ailments

  • acne, blemishes and rashes, psoriasis and other skin diseases, as well as sunburn

  • insomnia and ADHD, converting hyperactivity into effectiveness and creativity, strengthening concentration, and increasing the level of frustration

  • school anxiety, test anxiety and learning difficulties

  • physical and psychological pain

  • alcoholism and other addictions


Mind and Soul

Amethyst is beneficial for:

  • alertness and awareness

  • higher states of consciousness and spirituality, spiritual wisdom

  • promoting love of the divine

  • mental clarity and meditation

  • multidimensional awareness, enhancing metaphysical abilities

  • selflessness

  • better sleep and recurrent nightmares (esp. light amethyst due to its high vibration)

  • balance in every situation, strengthening judgment, and bringing opposites together

  • self-control, inner peace, and calming down when irritated

  • visualization and realization of fantasies

  • constructive thinking and action

  • warding off external influences, guarding against psychic attacks

  • overcoming grief and loss

  • emotional pain

  • purifying the aura


How to Use

Amethyst should be worn on the body as a necklace, pendant or bracelet for a longer time.

A bright, clear amethyst placed under the pillow is beneficial for lucid dreams and against nightmares.

Amethyst is one of the three main stones used for the crystal water base (along with clear quartz and rose quartz).

Set up in rooms, the energetic quality of the amethyst creates clarity and purity.

Amethyst clusters are suitable for charging stones that have been discharged under water.


Care

  • discharge with hematite

  • charge with clear quartz crystal


Variations

Lavender Amethyst tumbles
Lavender Amethyst tumbles

Auralite 23, Vera Cruz Amethyst, Amethyst Phantom Quartz, Amethyst Spirit Quartz, Brandenberg Amethyst, Chevron Amethyst, Smokey Amethyst, Lavender Amethyst, Amethyst Herkimer, Ametrine, Super 7





 

*Disclaimer: always consult a doctor or therapist in the event of illnesses and physical complaints. Healing stones do not replace professional treatment, but can be used to support treatment and healing.

 

Sources: wikipedia, Judy Hall: The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall: The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Marco Schreier: Mythos Edelstein, Gerhard Gutzmann: Das Große Lexikon der Heilsteine, Düfte und Kräuter, Simon und Sue Lilly: Handbuch Heilsteine


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