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Amethyst: Associations, Spiritual & Magical Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Amethyst is clear quartz with iron inside that makes it appear purple. It is the most common quartz you will see in fine jewelry. The color ranges from pale lavender to deep purple. Amethyst is mined in Canada, the US, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Zambia, Namibia, and Australia.

Australian amethyst tends to be darkest and rarest, while South American amethyst is available in much larger numbers.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

This captivating crystal is highly regarded for its associations with clarity of mind and emotional balance, making it an essential tool for meditation and enhancing psychic abilities.

Amethyst corresponds to the Crown Chakra and the zodiac sign of Pisces, amplifying its power in promoting spiritual growth, protection, and inner peace.

You can place it around your home for cleansing and protection, wear it as jewelry for personal empowerment, or create an amethyst altar to harness its energy for focused intention and ritual work.

ombining amethyst with other crystals like clear quartz or rose quartz can amplify its effects and help you achieve a profound sense of mental clarity and emotional well-being.

History and Folklore

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According to Greek lore, Dionysus was angry one day and swore that he would exact his revenge on the next mortal that came by. He created several tigers, informed him of their mission and went his way.

As it would happen, a lovely young girl named Amethyst was the next to come by, on her way to pay homage to Artemis and was attacked. Artemis quickly changed the girl into a statue of solid quartz. When Dionysus returned to see what he had wrought, he was overcome with remorse and wept tears of purple wine which flowed over the statue, staining it permanently.

The Greek word “amethystos” means “not drunk”. Wine goblets were often carved from this stone to prevent drunkenness.

Amethyst’s purple color has resulted in much demand for it for jewelry making throughout history. It was worn by royalty throughout Europe and Egypt.

Leonardo Da Vinci believed that amethyst had the power to drive away evil thoughts and quicken intelligence.

Traditions

Amythest is known for its healing, soothing, and cleansing properties, and ability to enhance spiritual awareness. It has traditionally been used for scrying and – according to folklore – can be worn to protect against drunkenness!

The stone is prized for its capacity to improve motivation and boost memory, and it’s also used to help remember and interpret dreams.

Amethyst Correspondences

CorrespondenceSignificanceRelated Elements
ChakraCrown, Third EyeSpiritual connection, intuition, higher consciousness
Zodiac SignPisces, AquariusSpiritual awakening, intuitive abilities, mental clarity
ElementAirMental clarity, communication, spirituality
Planetary AlignmentSaturn, NeptuneWisdom, spiritual growth, psychic abilities
Healing PropertiesCalming, stress relief, emotional balancePromoting mental and emotional well-being

Associations

Spiritual and Magical Uses

Amethyst is an excellent focal point for meditation or as a scrying tool. It can be used for mysteries and meditations regarding any spiritual matter, especially death and rebirth.

ApplicationSignificanceSpiritual/ Energy Work
MeditationEnhancing spiritual connectionHold or place Amethyst on the third eye for deepening meditation
Aura CleansingClearing and balancing energy fieldsMove Amethyst over the aura to remove negative energies
Psychic DevelopmentAwakening intuition and psychic abilitiesCarry Amethyst or place it under the pillow for dream recall
Spiritual ProtectionWarding off negative energiesWear Amethyst jewelry or place it around sacred space for protection
Divine ConnectionFacilitating communication with the divineHold Amethyst during prayers or rituals for enhanced connection
Table 2: Amethyst Spiritual and Energy Work
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Worn or placed over a patient helps cleanse, purify and heal the mind, body, and spirit. It helps to balance emotions and prevents nightmares and irrational fears.

Magical UseSignificanceMagical Application
Spiritual HealingPromoting inner peace and spiritual growthPlace Amethyst on the altar or use it in healing rituals
Dream MagickEnhancing dream work and lucid dreamingKeep Amethyst under the pillow or on the bedside table
ProtectionShielding from negative energiesCarry or wear Amethyst for personal or space protection
DivinationEnhancing intuitive abilitiesUse Amethyst as a focus for scrying or divination rituals
Ritual AmplifierIntensifying energy and intentionsInclude Amethyst in spellwork or ritual setups for added power
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It is useful in spells to help let go of addictions.

Amethyst is often used as tip wands for healing and amethyst spheres are excellent for scrying.

Body

When it comes to healing, amethyst is a highly versatile stone that can help relieve physical pain and stress and banish headaches. It’s also believed to boost hormone production and balance the metabolism and endocrine system. Swelling, bruises, and injuries may also benefit from applying this crystal or simply having it nearby.

Mind

As well as the body, amethyst is a powerful healer of the mind. The stone can alleviate psychological and emotional pain and is excellent for warding off nightmares and insomnia caused by an overactive mind. Use amethyst as an additional support in overcoming blockages and addictions, and to balance out emotional highs and lows.

Magick

Amythest can be used in channeling, mediation, and to focus psychic abilities; the stone can act as a beautiful bridge to connect to our more spiritual side. To use amethyst to promote mental, physical, or emotional healing it should be worn next to the skin for a week. After this time, wash the crystal in tepid water and leave it to dry overnight every evening for a week. Once this is done, recharge the crystal.

Care and Cleansing

There are several ways to cleanse amethyst. Leave the stone under the light of a full moon, or bathe it in a small bowl of salt water.

Alternatively, cleanse amethyst in the smoke of burning smudge, or put the crystal with selenite or clear quartz (the stones should be touching) for twenty-four hours for a powerful cleanse and recharge.

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Simple Ways to Use Amythest in Your Daily Practice

Welcome amethyst into your life with these easy tips to incorporate into your everyday routine.

Around the Home

Placing a piece of amethyst in a living space will help family members to bond, and facilitate calmer, more open communication. You may also wish to put an amethyst crystal in your office or workspace, to diffuse stress and help you use your intuition when it comes to tricky business decisions. In the bathroom, amethyst can promote deeper relaxation – placing the crystals around the bathtub may be particularly effective.

Adorn Yourself with Amythyst

Amythyst works most powerfully when touching the skin, so wearing this crystal as jewelry is a wonderful way to get more of the stone’s unique magic into your life. As it’s associated with the Crown and Third Eye chakras, choose amethyst jewelry that will sit near these points on the body. Wearing the stone on a pulse point is also very effective, making bracelets and necklaces a go-to choice for amethyst jewelry. And it looks fabulous, too!

Creating an Amythyst Altar

Why not have a go at creating an amethyst altar – or adding some amethyst to an existing altar? Placing amethyst crystals on your altar will help protect and enhance the energy of your space. As well as the stone, you may also want to add something from the garden, such as herbs or fresh-cut flowers, some candles, or incense. 

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Symbolic items can also be incorporated, that have special resonance to you or are relevant. For example, you may want to place a small bowl of water on your altar to include this Element, or poppies, wheat, bread, or barley if you wish to honor the goddess Demeter.

A Stress-Busting Amythest Ritual

The combination of amethyst and relaxation can work wonders to diffuse stress. Follow the steps below after a difficult day to calm the body and mind. You’ll need eight amethyst points for this ritual.

  1. Lay your eight amethyst points around your body, with points inward, about a handspan away. One should be between and slightly below your feet, two at your ankles, two at your hips, two level with your neck, and one above your head.
  2. Lie down and relax for ten to twenty minutes.
  3. Position these crystals – again, with points inward – around your bed when you’re ready for sleep.

Amythest and the Zodiac

Amythyst is likely to be especially beneficial for sensitive Pisceans. The stone can enhance the Fish’s innate intuitive ability, and calm the sometimes turbulent waters of their emotions. The zodiac sign Aquarius is also likely to resonate with amethyst: the stone helps the Water Bearer remain in touch with their spiritual side without stifling the independent streak this sign is known for.

For disciplined, steadfast Capricorn, amethyst can quietly support their endeavors, and remind them to listen to their hearts when pursuing their goals.

Crystal Combos

When it comes to manifesting your desires, amethyst and citrine are a powerhouse combination. Citrine attracts good fortune, while amethyst connects us with our spiritual sides to amp up the effectiveness of our visualizations – which could just result in some real-life magick.

To protect your aura and for strong psychic protection, pair amethyst with black tourmaline. The latter repels negativity, while the former can repair holes in the aura. Place one of each of these crystals above or near your front door to protect the positive energy of your space.

Use or wear amethyst with tiger’s eye for a heady boost of creativity, and the courage to become fearless in the pursuit of your dreams. This dynamic duo is also great for dispelling stress and breaking a habit of overthinking.

Amythest: Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

Amethyst is a crystal that has been beloved for centuries, highly prized for its ability to bestow peace and soothe the body, mind, and emotions. There are lots of ways to use amethyst either every day or for a ritual when it’s required.

Like all crystals, the stone is highly responsive, and you’ll quickly be able to develop a unique relationship with it. Work with amethyst to alleviate sadness, or grief, nurture a deep connection with the divine, and make your dreams come true

Geophysical Properties of Amethyst

PropertyDescription
Mineral CompositionAmethyst is a purple variety of quartz, composed primarily of silicon dioxide (SiO2).
Crystal SystemTrigonal – Amethyst crystals typically form in hexagonal prisms with pyramidal terminations.
ColorThe most recognized color is violet to purple, but it can range from pale lavender to deep purple.
TransparencyAmethyst crystals can be transparent to translucent.
Mohs Hardness7 on the Mohs scale, indicating good hardness and durability.
CleavageAmethyst exhibits no cleavage, breaking with a conchoidal fracture.
FractureConchoidal fracture means it breaks with smooth, curved surfaces, similar to glass.
LusterVitreous, displaying a shiny, glass-like luster.
StreakThe streak of amethyst is typically white.
Specific GravityIt has a specific gravity of around 2.65, meaning it’s about 2.65 times denser than water.
TransparencyAmethyst crystals can be transparent to translucent.
Refractive IndexThe refractive index for amethyst ranges from approximately 1.544 to 1.553.
Double RefractionAmethyst exhibits weak double refraction, meaning it can slightly split light rays when passing through.
PleochroismTypically, amethyst does not display pleochroism, as its color remains consistent.
MagnetismAmethyst is not magnetic.
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