Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
The word Amethyst comes from old Greek words for “not” and “intoxicated.”
This purple, lilac, or mauve quartz, you see, was supposed to guard against drunkenness and instill a sober mind. Ancient Greeks and Romans studded their goblets with Amethyst for just that reason.
Amethyst carries a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Its purple color is the result of impurities of iron or manganese compounds. A common mineral, Amethyst is found worldwide. Today, we consider it a semi-precious stone, but in various times throughout history, it rivaled Diamonds in worth.
The birthstone of February, Amethyst is associated with the Crown Chakra, the center of an individual’s spirituality, enlightenment, and essence. Known as the Bishop’s Stone and worn by Catholic Bishops, Amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, and sincerity.
In the Bible, Amethyst was the ninth stone in the High Priest’s breastplate as well as the twelfth stone in the foundation of the New Jerusalem. Ancient Egyptians carved it into heart-shaped amulets for burials. It’s popular in rosaries and prayer beads for its atmosphere of pious calm and mental peace.
Amethyst placed under one’s pillow is said to provide pleasant dreams. Rubbed on one’s forehead, Amethyst is said to ward off headaches. In fact, Amethyst is said to be an effective healer for people, plants, and animals.
The darker shades of Amethyst are said to boost the creative efforts of artists, composers, inventors, poets, and painters. Its calming influence is beneficial for diplomats and business people.
Amethyst is a comforting stone, helping those grieving the loss of a loved one to let their sorrow go. And it’s ideal to hold during the time of dying, helping the person release his or her physical body more peacefully.
Feng Shui practitioners classify Amethyst as fire energy, Yang in nature. It’s said such energy is passionate, emotional, and active.
Amethyst is an excellent stone for meditation, encouraging humility and surrender to a higher power.