Amethyst is by far and away one of the most popular crystals that people have today, many people around the world have a piece of Amethyst as a specimen, jewellery, worrystone, tumbled stone etc.
Amethyst is a Silicon Dioxide with traces of Iron. In other words and rather prosaically amethyst is a purple quartz. Amethyst belongs to the Quartz Group of Minerals. Amethyst was used in jewellery in Ancient Egypt but it is believed that the greek phrase "a-methystos", meaning not drunk was given to this crystal, because the colour of the wine at the time was purple.
Amethyst occurs in as many colours of purple that you can imagine, from a very pale lilac to a deep dark purple with red lights within. Amethyst is generally abundant. When exposed to sunlight for extended periods amethyst may fade in colour.
Amethyst crystals do not get very large, crystals longer than 30cm are very rare.
It is found in various forms and shapes, the most common growth forms are:
Druzy, crystal aggregates that outline cavities; the crystals are usually short-prismatic and often lack prism faces.
Scepters are found on other colour varieties of quartz.
Individual well-formed crystals in small cavities and fissures.
Vein filling, often with several growth phases with variable color that cause a banding pattern.
AMETHYST AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
Amethyst prevents drunkenness and has a sobering effect on overindulgence, it supports sobriety. It overcomes addiction and blockages of all kinds. Amethyst strengthens the cleansing and eliminating organs and circulatory system. Amethyst helps you break free from addictions, including those to food, sex, prescription and non prescription drugs. Amethyst boosts production of hormones, and tunes the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the immune system. Amethyst is an excellent cleanser for the blood. Amethyst relieves physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress and blocks geopathic stress. It eases headaches and releases tension. This stone reduces bruising, injuries, and swellings, and treats hearing disorders. Amethyst heals diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, skin conditions, cellular disorders, and disease of the digestive tract. It is beneficial for the intestines, regulating flora, removing parasites, and encouraging re-absorption of water. Amethyst treats insomnia and brings restful sleep. Amethyst eases headaches, diseases of the brain and head. Massages with amethyst will alleviate tension headaches. It is good for the nerves and skin, calms itching and sunburn, and lowers high blood pressure.
AMETHYST AND YOUR FEELINGS
Amethyst brings calmness and clarity, and is a wonderful stone when working in times of confusion or chaos. It provides common sense and flexibility in times of crisis. Emotionally, it calms and synthesises, and aids the transmission of neural signals through the brain. This stone is helpful where insomnia is caused by an over-active mind and protects against recurrent nightmares. Amethyst promotes responsibility, self worth, spiritual peace and meditation. Amethyst enhances memory and improves motivation, making you more able to set realistic goals. It can help you to remember and understand dreams and facilitates the visualisation process. Amethyst balances out highs and lows, promoting emotional centring. It dispels anger, rage, fear, and anxiety, alleviating sadness and grief, it supports coming to terms with loss.
AMETHYST AND YOUR MIND
Amethyst strengthens and enhances psychic abilities and the ability to tune in with external vibrations and energies. Amethyst can help reduce nightmares at night and anxiety during the day. Amethyst is considered an excellent healing stone because of its abilities to allow you to self soothe and find strength in chaos. This crystal is recommended for stress relief. Amethyst is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate. When you meditate, it turns thoughts away from the mundane into tranquillity and deeper understanding. Mentally, it helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. It enhances the assimilation of new ideas and connects cause with effect. This stone facilitates the decision making process, bringing in common sense and spiritual insights, and putting decisions and insights into practice. It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love. Amethyst can stabilise psychiatric conditions, but should not be used in cases of paranoia or schizophrenia. Amethyst sends you inner peace and helps with sadness and grief. It is relaxing and also encourages an alert, conscious state. Massages with amethyst before going to bed are reviving and will help you understand your dreams. Amethyst has a calming effect and can help people who are suffering over exertion.
AMETHYST AND THE SPIRIT
Amethyst is an extremely powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. Amethyst opens conscious access to the spiritual body, spiritual awareness and awakening. It teaches you that the being doesn't stop at the physical body. Amethyst awakens conscious awareness of the soul, Goddess and infinity. It will help you find and meet your spirit guides and angels. It aids you in knowing that you are part of a Universal plan. A natural tranquilliser, Amethyst blocks geopathic stress and negative environment energies. Its serenity enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation. Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, and enhances spiritual awareness. Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts. This is an excellent stone for meditation and scrying and can be placed in the third eye chakra to stimulate it. Sleeping with amethyst facilitates out of body experiences and brings intuitive dreams. It transmutes lower energies to the higher frequencies of the spiritual and etheric realms. At a subtle level, Amethyst balances and connects the physical, mental, and emotional bodies, linking them to the spiritual. It cleanses the aura and transmutes negative energy, and stimulates the throat and crown chakras. It is helpful for people about to make the transition through death.
AMETHYST AND THE CHAKRAS
If the third eye chakra is out of balance you may be oversensitive to to others opinion of you and then you belittle the behaviour of others to make yourself feel better. You could be inpatient with others. You might also be envious of other people's success and unable to acknowledge your own. With this stone, you will be able to open and enhance your intuitive perceptions, creative imagination and visualisation abilities. This stone will assist in balancing the left and right hemispheres for the brain. It encourages the good health of your sinuses, eyes, ears and the face.
If your crown chakra is out of balance you may need to feel as though you are indispensable in your workplace, or need constant sympathy for perceived injustices. You might also feel misunderstood by others or find it difficult to treat others with tenderness and benevolence. With this stone in hand, you will able to align yourself with the higher forces of the universe and connect to the subtle bodies of energy that surround you. It will assist you in linking to your past lives and determine their effect on your present. It will help the function of the whole nervous and skeletal systems of the body.
If your soul star chakra is out of balance you may feel confused about where you are going in life or your value to be in this physical plane. You also may not be able to accept the existence of the Divine Will and its role in your life.