Amethyst – another iconic mineral and gemstone that gives its name to a color, amethyst – more like a whole range of colors, as no one told Mother Nature to make a single shade of amethyst! The purple-lilac-mauve-violet tones of amethyst associate its energy with the crown (6th) chakra; the more violet hues also relate to the 5th chakra (throat).
Associations for Amethyst
- Color - shades of lavender, mauve, to deep purple
- Chakra - 7th (crown) and 6th (third eye)
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 3
- Planets - Jupiter, Neptune
- Zodiac - Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn; Dragon
- Bagua - Zun (wealth,) qian (helpful people)
- Elements - Metal, wood
- Birthstone - February
- Wedding Anniversary - 6th
- Ascended Masters - Holy Amethyst, twin flame of Archangel Zadkiel (of the Violet Flame) who helps transmute negative experiences into learning and love (from Keepers of the Light by Kyle Gray).
- Other - Violet Flame reiki
Ametrine, a mix of amethyst and citrine, is a great example of how Mother Nature tends to mix up the quartz family minerals. Ametrine usually has distinct purple and yellow-gold tones and adds the joy and freshness of citrine to amethyst energy.
Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and contentment, known for transmuting lower energies to higher vibrations, thus providing strength and integration. According to Melody* amethyst represents complete metamorphosis, thus providing support in times of change in your inner self or outer life.
Wearing and Carrying Amethyst
Amethyst is imminently suitable for carrying in a pocket or wearing as jewelry. Amethyst works well with the crown and third eye chakras, so earrings of amethyst bring its energy closest to those locations. Amethyst works well on the body, so pendants, bracelets, rings and anklets also work well.
Feng Shui and Amethyst
Amethyst enhances every home and work space. Can you imagine what it would be like to have an amethyst cathedral sitting in your entryway, or your work space? Amethyst helps to clear energy, replacing it with its own high vibration, soothing and harmonizing energy.
The book Crystal Muse describes amethyst as a stone of spirituality, intuition, and peace. The authors provide several ideas for calming “monkey mind” and promoting sleep. Try placing a piece of amethyst in yoru pillowcase, of have a bowl of crystals with amethyst on your bedside table. The book provides instructions for making an eye “pillow” filled with amethyst stones, flaxseed and lavender to place on the eyes at bedtime. Amethyst is also included as part of several rituals in the book.
In the Chinese system of feng shui (click HERE for more information), amethyst works well in the Xun (wealth area, far left corner of the house when you enter by the front door). It is associated with the color purple, so amethyst can boost energy in this area.
The Qian (helpful people) area of the bagua (the closest right corner of the house when you walk in the front door) also benefits from the balancing effect of amethyst.
Crystal Grids and Amethysts
Whether you work with crystal grids or just like putting together altars with crystals, amethyst provides fabulous healing energy. Like quartz, amethyst is a “seeker” crystal, great for crystal grids for manifesting goals and desires. This makes it an excellent “desire” stone (outer circle of grid), but it can also be used in any other position as its energizing, similar to quartz. Multiple crystal grid examples working with amethyst are in Kiera Fogg’s book Crystal Gridwork.
Amethyst Energy in Myth and Lore
Amethyst appears in both present-day culture and ancient lore in countries around the world. Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to Buddha so it is often used for prayer beads and malas. In In biblical lore, amethyst was among the stones adorning Aaron’s breastplate. Amethyst often adorns liturgical items such as pectoral crosses, and is popular for use in Catholic clergy rings.
Amethyst was considered a protective stone since ancient times, in particular against drunkenness. This concept was popularized by a poem written in 1576 by Frenchman Remy Belleau about Bacchus (the Roman god of wine) and Amethyst:
"Long ago, a beautiful maiden was on her way to worship at the Temple of Diana. However, she had the misfortune of crossing paths with the god of wine, Bacchus. Angered since he’d just suffered some slight, he’d vowed to take revenge on the next person he met. He spied the maid and unleashed his two guardian tigers upon her. As the great beasts bounded towards the hapless lass, the goddess Diana intervened. To spare her such a terrible fate, she turned her into a pure, clear stone. Immediately, remorse seized Bacchus. To atone for his actions, he poured his wine over the stone, staining the crystal a deep, violet hue. And so, the maiden Amethyst lent her name to the crystal.
*Melody (2008) Love Is in the Earth: The Crystal and Mineral Encyclopedia, Earth Love Publishing House, 976 pp.