Amethyst

Vera Cruz Amethyst
Photo: Didier Descouens [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Amethyst has rich crystal meanings and metaphysical properties. This variety of quartz ranges from light pinkish violet to a deep purple. The name of the crystal comes from the Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek word “amethystos.” That means “not drunken.” The Greeks and Romans believed that Amethyst would prevent drunkenness. Some put the stone in their wine cups in the belief that it would keep them from getting too drunk. These ideas in time brought the energy forward that makes it “the sobriety stone” today. Along with Citrine it is half of Ametrine. Additionally, intuition and spirituality are hallmarks of the grace and power of Amethyst.

Sacred, Spiritual, Energy and Historical Healing Uses

Cultures throughout time have used Amethyst for a wide variety of crystal healing purposes. Some amethyst uses are:

  • Addictions And Alcoholism: Addiction relief ranges from alcoholism to quitting smoking. It can help with more severe addictions, as well.
  • Cause of Negative and Compulsive Behaviors: Amethyst helps find the root cause of negative and compulsive behaviors which can hamper a person severely, including addictions. Knowing the cause of negative and compulsive behaviors is a step toward removing them. Therefore, Amethyst can help you take that extra step further, toward getting rid of those behaviors.
  • Balancing The Nervous System: When the nervous system and brain are in an excited state, the whole person can easily become unbalanced and unwell. Crystal healers use Amethyst to calm this excited state.
  • Tinnitus: Amethyst is a remedy for your tinnitus, which is a ringing or an ocean sound in the ears.
  • Blood Oxygen Issues: Amethyst boosts the body’s ability to handle blood oxygen issues. These issues may be from lung disease or another imbalance.
  • Balancing Weight: This crystal aids in reducing obesity or excessive weight loss, bringing your bodyweight into balance.
  • Pain: People from various cultures used and still use Amethyst to give pain relief. You can do this by wearing or carrying Amethyst, or by attaching the Amethyst to the painful area.
Amethyst Cluster
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Additional Healing Uses in Ancient and Modern Times

  • Lung problems: Issues with the lungs are soothed and helped by this crystal.
  • Throat issues: From sore throats to more severe problems with the throat, Amethyst aids throat issues.
  • Glands: This stone assists the thymus and thyroid glands
  • Eyes: This crystal benefits the eyes.
  • Headaches: Amethyst can aid both ordinary headaches and migraines.
  • Insomnia: Amethyst helps avoid insomnia, especially when the crystal is placed under the pillow.
  • Cancer: This crystal is said to decrease cancers including leukemia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Amethyst can be significant assistance when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Healing: This stone may improve healing in general and bring wellness in place of illness.

Many people have asked me over time if hiding an amethyst in a loved one’s pocket or pillow will make them get sober or clean from drugs.  Unless the person wants to do so, it will not. Crystals can not force a person to do something against their will. However, it might help them want to give up drink or drugs. Then, the person and the crystal can go from there.

Please remember that healing crystal meanings are not prescriptions or medical advice. See a doctor or other licensed healthcare practitioner about any illness or injury.

Guerrero Amethyst
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Ritual, Sacred, Metapahysical, and Traditional Uses In Ancient and Modern Life

Different cultures have used Amethyst for a long history. The Neolithic people and Ancient Egyptians made it into amulets and jewelry. Additionally, Ancient Chinese texts and Ancient Ayurvedic Indian texts mention this crystal. Ancient cultures in central America made grave goods and ornaments with this stone. Also, Amethyst is associated with the Archangel Jeremiel. In addition, this crystal was one of the stones of the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest Aaron.

Some of these uses of Amethyst in the past and present are:

  • Spiritual Perception: This crystal improves spiritual perception. It brings spiritual knowledge.
  • Meditation: Thus, this gemstone empowers deep meditation.
  • Purification: This stone allows forpurification. Additionally, it fosters the deepest purification.
  • Intuition: This crystal brings enhanced intuition.
  • Psychic Abilities: Therefore, it also increases psychic abilities.
  • Attacks: In the same vein, this stone protects against psychic attacks.
  • Implants: Also, this gemstone assists in getting rid of psychic implants.
  • Spirit Guides: Additionally, This crystal has energies to help work with your spirit guides and angels.
  • Past Life Recall: In addition, this stone assists with past life recall.
Deep Purple Amethyst
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Additional Metaphysical Properties of Amethyst

  • Blockages: This crystal clears energetic blockages.
  • Energy Field: Thus, this gemstone can clear your energy field or aura.
  • Light: This stone brings Light to places of darkness.
  • Geopathic Stress: Also, this crystal blocks geopathic stress.
  • Energizing a space, for example, placing amethyst in all four corners of a room, property, or area will energize the area.
  • Increasing mental clarity and organization
  • Clearing and charging the energy of other crystals: Amethyst clusters work best for this.
  • Spiritual Awareness: Additionally this crystal heightens your spiritual awareness.
  • A February birthstone

Amethyst is associated with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. Also, it opens and clears the eighth and higher chakras in the human energy field.
See the Chakras pages to learn more about the chakras.

More Resources

You can find mineralogical information on Amethyst at mindat.org  and gemological information at gemdat.org.

See additional references and resources on crystals for metaphysical and crystal meanings.

Discover other stones at The Sacred Crystal Meanings, such as different types of quartz like Rose Quartz and Smoky Quartz.

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