Amethyst Meaning and Benefits.
~ February Birthstone ~ Properties ~ Amethyst Meaning ~ Benefits ~ Healing ~
For all those born in the month of February, your Birthstone is Amethyst.
It is also one of the zodiac signs for those born under the sign of Aquarius,
between January 21 and February 19.
Amethyst Meaning – General Information.
Amethyst is a variety of Quartz with purple coloration caused by impurities of iron or manganese. It occurs in a wide range of purple shades and is found in many areas around the world. It is the world’s most popular purple gemstone. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness”. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore Amethyst and made drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It conveys the energy of fire, passion, creativity, and spirituality; while containing the logic of temperance and sobriety.
Whether natural, polished, or faceted into magnificent jewels, Amethyst has a beauty that transcends its commonality. It forms as transparent terminated crystals of all sizes, in geodes, clusters, as well as long single terminations. It is also found in vitreous masses and often polished into delightful specimens and personal talismans. Amethyst has a Mohs hardness of 7 and belongs to the trigonal crystal system.
It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients, it was a “Gem of Fire”; a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond.
Amethyst Meaning – History.
Purple is recognised as the colour of royalty and has been worn by the rich and powerful as a mark of rank for hundreds of years. Even today it still has a regal air. Amethyst is also one of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest. It has been used in personal adornment for over 2000 years.
Amethyst is known as the ‘Bishop’s Stone’ and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom and it is thought that Amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
It has traditionally been used to guard against guilty and fearful feelings and is often worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. Amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centres, making it one of the power stones. It is an excellent stone for meditating and scrying.
Amethyst was believed to control evil thoughts, to increase intelligence and also render men shrewd in business matters. Travellers wore it as protection from treachery and surprise attacks. It lent assistance to hunters in capturing their prey. It also kept soldiers from injury and provided victory over their enemies. Also keeping its wearer away from disease and infection.
Amethyst Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.
Amethyst is enormously beneficial to the mind, by calming or stimulating it as required. It helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. Amethyst enhances new ideas and connects cause with effect. It facilitates the decision-making process, presenting common sense and spiritual insights and assisting in putting these into practice. Amethyst also enhances your memory and improves motivation and facilitates realistic goal setting. It is also a well-known talisman of focus and success.
This crystal is one of the most spiritual stones; promoting love of the divine while bringing insights and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It also promotes emotional centering by balancing out the highs and lows and dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Amethyst provides great support in coming to terms with loss and dealing with the sadness of grief. This is an excellent stone for meditating and scrying. It also guards against psychic attack, blocks geopathic stress and negative environmental energies. It also offsets negative earth energies from anywhere that feels hostile.
The spiritual meaning of Amethyst is groundedness, tranquility, and calm.
Amethyst Meaning – Healing.
Called the “all-healer”, Amethyst is among the most effective crystals for healing people, plants, and animals.
Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, boosts hormone production and tunes the endocrine system and the metabolism. It removes physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress. Also balances and links the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It relieves headaches and releases tension. Use it as a dream stone and to treat insomnia and provide restful sleep. Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer.
Relieve the symptoms of tinnitus and other hearing disorders. It calms and soothes to the neural impulses in the brain. Reduces stress and nervous tension. It assists oxygenation in the blood, and supports the digestive tract, heart, stomach, and skin. Amethyst also strengthens the immune system and reduces swelling, pain and bruising. Use as an elixir for the treatment of arthritis.
An Amethyst cluster or geode placed in a room helps to remove negative energies and create a more harmonious environment. Larger pieces of Amethyst like clusters, geodes and natural points make great decorating items as well as providing their healing properties. Smaller pieces like tumbles, points, chunks and pendants when worn or carried provide personal healing benefits.
Single Amethyst points are often used in healing – when pointed toward you, energy is drawn in. When pointed away from you, energy is drawn off.
Tips for using Amethyst.
- Wear Amethyst to boost your aura and improve your self-esteem.
- Place pieces of Amethyst throughout your home to provide relaxation, happiness and health.
- Carry an Amethyst if you’re feeling homesick.
- Hold Amethyst to your forehead to ease a headache or migraine.
- Meditate whilst holding an Amethyst in each hand to enhance the flow of lifeforce energy through your body.
- Place your other crystals on an Amethyst cluster to revitalize them.
- Wearing Amethyst can revitalize your spiritual connection.
- Place under your pillow or mattress, to cure insomnia and stimulate pleasant dreams.
Remember – Amethyst fades in direct sunlight so it is a good idea to think twice about where you are placing it. Just be careful in your placement to ensure that sunlight does not fall directly upon it.
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Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.