Thursday, 7 February 2013

Amethyst - February's Power Stone

AMETHYST – February’s Power Stone

Typical colour: light slightly-pinkish violet to a deep grape purple

Amethyst’s colour is unique and some would say seductive, but in actuality this gemstone is said to protect it’s wearer against seduction. For many thousands of years this stone has been coveted by royalty secular and ecclesiastical. Moses is said to have described the Amethyst as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. It is a fact that the Russian Empress “Catherine the Great” once sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for and retrieve Amethyst for her. Because of it’s ability to put the wearer in a chaste frame of mind and symbolise trust and piety, it held a very prominent position in the ornaments of the Catholic clergy over centuries. It is well known as the stone of Bishops and Cardinals. Many different cultures have exuded it’s miraculous powers to do everything from protect crops against temptests and locusts, bringing good fortune in war and the hunt and driving out evil spirits. It’s even been told that if you wear an amethyst around your neck on a cord made from dog’s hair, it will offer you protection from snakebite. According to the Ancient Greeks, Diana turned a nymph whom Bacchus loved into an Amethyst; hence the term Bacchus stone.

I don’t know so much about all of the above, but I do know that Amethyst is my “go to” stone. When in doubt of what stone to use, I know I can almost always insert Amethyst and it’ll do the job I intend it to do. This is a stone that increases nobility, spiritual awareness, psychic abilities, inner peace and healing, promotes positive transformation, meditation, balance, relieves stress and is good for communication.

The word Amethyst comes from the Greek “Amethystos” which translates to mean “not intoxicated”. It is believed this is a reference to the fact that amethyst offers protection against drunkenness.

The Technical Stuff  

Amethyst is a variety of Quartz. However, this beautiful quartz has posed one or two riddles for Scientists that are still unanswered to this day. The amethyst has a hardness of (7), its moderate refraction and its weight in common with the other quartzes, but the crystal structure is different, and is most unconventional.

Some amethysts appear pale to colourless in daylight. Although the reason for this has not been discovered yet, it is possible to re-colour them by means of radium radiation. Knowing that these stones can loose their colour in sunlight indicates that Amethyst jewellery shouldn’t be worn while Sunbathing, or under prolonged black light. It would also not leave this stone in the Sun to clear and/or charge it.

Amethyst can be found worldwide in such places as:
Brazil and Uruguay – deposits with the greatest economic significance
Amethyst Harbor Canada – ample quantities, though rarely gemstone quality
Germany – Zillertal Alps
Russia – mainly mined during winter in the Urals – know for their brilliance
Sri Lanka
Maine USA – a recent find contained over 1000 kiogrammes of cuttable amethyst
Madagascar – generally red or violet hues found
Uruguay – the most beautiful and deepest colour, but mostly blemished.

Mystical Properties

Amethyst is a very calming, soothing stone or more over a Natural Tranquilizer which aids to relieve stress and strain, sooth irritability, balance mood swings, dispel anger, rage, fear and anxiety. It helps to alleviate sadness and grief and dispels negative energy. As already mentioned, it encourages sobriety, so is an excellent choice to help battle dependency on alcohol or drugs or other addictions. It calms and stimulates the mind, so has the ability to help us become more focused, enhancing memory and getting us motivated. Its serenity enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation. It relieves insomnia and aids in remembering and understanding dreams. It also encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom. Have a difficult decision to make? Amethyst facilitates the decision making process by bringing in common sense and spiritual insight and moving the decision making process forward.

Healing Properties

Amethyst boosts hormone production, and tunes up the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the immune system, cleanses the blood, relieves physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress and trauma. It’s ability to relieve tension assists in easing headaches. Amethyst is a good choice to help reduce swelling and bruising and to treat injuries. It is useful in treating hearing disorders. It heals diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, skin conditions, cellular disorders and diseases of the digestive tract. At a very subtle level this stone has the power to balance and connect the physical, mental and emotional bodies and link them to the spiritual.
So by now you understand why it’s my “go to” stone. It is a wonderful healer.

Magical Properties  
Energy: Protective
Element: Air
Powers: Protection, Healing, transforming, Spiritual Awareness

Amethyst is a very powerful and protective stone. It is said to guard against psychic attack, transmuting that energy into love and protecting it’s wearer from all types of harm. It guards against geopathic or electromagnetic stress and ill wishes from others. It activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and has the ability to enhance psychic abilities, making this an excellent stone for meditation or scrying. Sleeping with Amethyst facilitates out-of-body experiences and brings forth intuitive dreams.

Zodiac Correspondences
Associations: Jupiter

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone of the month of February. It is the stone of Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

Chakra Correspondence

Amethyst is typically associated to the Crown Chakra, but is also closely associated to the Third Eye Chakra. It has the ability to open the Crown Chakra to allow a deeper spiritual awareness and enhanced intuition. Stimulates Third Eye.

Tintagel Moon

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is never to take the place of professional medial advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen and balance thereby promoting healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for traditional care. If you are ill, I urge you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician. Crystal Therapy is a wonderful adjunct to traditional Western medicine, but always seek out a certified Crystal Therapist for treatments.


  1. Love working with amethyst, its one of my favorite. I have it all around my home, have one in each of my many altars.

  2. This is very nice information about the amethyst stone