The use of Amethyst can be traced as far back as 25,000 B.C. to the Neolithic people in Europe. Later, as a stone of royalty, it was utilized in crowns, scepters, and jewelry.
To the Egyptians, it was Hemag, listed in the Book of the Dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. They also wore it like a healing stone to ease fears and guilt, and as a strong protector while traveling.
Greeks and Romans used amethyst constantly to protect themselves from excesses of overindulgence with food and drink. To treat headaches, it was warmed and placed on the forehead. The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word améthystos (αμέθυστος), meaning “not intoxicated”. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect them from mystical intoxication. The Rosicrucian society saw this stone as a symbol of the divine male sacrifice, love and hope.
To the Hebrews, it was Ahlamah, the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest.
Amethyst was considered a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Some historical Amethyst healing reports include its ability to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence, and render men shrewd in business matters. It also kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies.
It was once believed a person could summon any love by speaking his or her name in an Amethyst. Known as the stone of St. Valentine (or faithful lovers) it helps transcends the carnal union and gives way to deeper connection and more soulful communion.
Amethyst: the all-healer
Called the “all-healer”, Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants, and animals. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile. Cleansing one’s energy field of ill influences and attachments, it acts as a barrier against lower energies (psychic attacks, geopathic stress, and unhealthy environments). It is a valuable protection for those doing intuitive work. Amethyst stimulates the Crown, and Etheric Chakras accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic abilities.
In the spiritual world, Amethyst provides a connection to the Divine. It is an ideal crystal to hold or meditate upon during the death experience, allowing the release of the temporal physical body with more ease and peace. Because Amethyst initiates wisdom and greater understanding, it helps those grieving the loss of a loved one.
This stone enhances one’s creativity and passion. If you paint, draw, sculpt, write, or create in any way, it boosts the creative elements of the Universal Life Force.
Amethyst Healing Properties
Amethyst is especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overstressed or overwhelmed back to their center. It eases the mental anxieties and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be easily angered. The amethyst color stimulates the highest vibration of the Third Eye and placing it directly on this area guides the mind toward deeper understanding. Amethyst is a Seeker Transformer Crystal. The Seeker crystals help you to discover new opportunities and to achieve new goals. Amethyst also transforms your inner shadows into light. It is connected to the Temperance card in the tarot, representing balance. This crystal helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviors, habits, and emotional patterns that create problems. Amethyst crystal therapies are associated with nervous system, nightmares and insomnia.
As a luck and prosperity crystal, it’s good for reducing the tendency to overspend. It also helps in better decision-making.
Amethyst is one of the natural birthstones of people born in late Autumn and in February. It has a deep connection with the Angelic Realm (Archangel Michael and The Comte de Saint Germain in particular).
Dreaming of Amethyst signifies freedom from harm.