Sobriety, Weight Loss, Mystical, Protecting, Mental Clarity, Intuition, Calming, Detoxification
Amethyst is derived from the ancient Greek a which means “not” and methustos, which means “intoxicated.” It was named for the belief that this stone had the power to protect its bearer from drunkenness.
Pale to deep purple, sometimes as in the case of chevron amethyst, it is banded with white quartz.
Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, France, Namibia and Morocco.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that amethyst had the power to prevent intoxication, and so would carve their drinking vessels from this stone. They would also stud their drinking vessels with amethyst and wear the stones about their body. An amethyst worn at the navel was considered to have a sobering effect by the ancients.
Medieval soldiers wore talismans of amethyst for protection in battle, believing that the stone had healing powers and would keep them cool-headed. Amethyst has also been found in graves across parts of England.
In the 1500′s, a poet named Remy Belleau fabricated a myth and wrote of it in his poem “The Loves of Bacchus and Amethyst.” In this poem, Bacchus, the Roman god of intoxication, of wine and grapes, was amorously chasing after a maiden named Amethyst, who did not want his affections. Amethyst prayed to the gods for help, and her prayers were well-received by the chaste goddess Diana, who transformed her into a white stone. Humbled by how deeply Amethyst desired to remain chaste, Bacchus poured his wine over the stone in homage, dyeing the crystal a deep purple. Though this myth was created centuries after the ancient Greeks, there is a legend where the Greek titan Rhea presents Dionysus with an amethyst to help preserve his sanity.
It has also been reported that Catholic bishops wore rings made of amethyst to help protect them from divine intoxication, and that when others kissed those rings, it protected them from the same intoxication and helped keep the individuals grounded in pious spiritual thoughts.
Amethyst works on the mind, with thought processes and intuition, spirituality and all things mystical. Amethyst is said to calm the mind and bring clarity where there was confusion. It helps expand the higher mind and broadens the imagination, bringing in new ideas and possibly the development of psychic ability. Speaking of psychic, Amethyst is reported to protect from psychic attack or ill-wishes from others, turning the energy back out to the universe. Amethyst calms and soothes, working on the neural signals through the brain.
Amethyst is said to help contain obsessive compulsive disorder and overindulgence, especially in areas of food, tobacco, drugs or alcohol. Amethyst is considered by many in modern times to be the strongest sobriety stone in the world. It helps give strength to individuals struggling with addiction, to help them find freedom from their own bad habits. Amethyst is a famous detoxifier, helping us to clear our bodies and minds even as it helps us reconnect with our spiritual natures. Amethyst is also used to help reduce the tendency to overspend, and throw money away through gambling and unwise investments.
Amethyst is also a strong healing stone, and can bring calming energy into a home environment. Its energy feels good to animals, and you may notice cats or dogs come to sit near it if left within their reach. This calming energy can assist the bearer in relaxing the mind to make sleep come easier, and it makes a strong dream stone as well, simply place a piece of amethyst beneath the pillow at night and see what happens.