The Amethyst Gemstone is known as a semi-precious stone and is also known for its soothing and calming effects to stimulate the mind and emotions.
Amethyst and Greek Mythology
Amethyst has been connected to the month February and has been gracefully given the name the “Birthstone of February”. In Greek mythology, the Romans dedicated the month February to the water god Neptune.
The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word “ametusthos”, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend.
The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana.
As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue. [Megemont, 24][Kunz, 58-59][Simmons, 28]
Throughout history the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate, and a stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect, not only for inebriation but in over-zealousness in passion. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought. [Fernie, 169-170][Kunz, 58][Mella, 73][Megemont, 24-25]
Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travellers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion. [Kunz, 58][Fernie, 170][Mella, 72-73]
It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. [Fernie, 170-171][Mella, 73][Eason, 212]
How Amethyst looks..
The Amethyst Gemstone has such a magnificent beauty that transcends its commonality and can be found in many locations around the world, and forms as transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single terminations.
The colours of the Amethyst Gemstone ranges in hue from pale red-violet to deep violet, and may be transparent or opaque.
Chakra and Spiritual Worlds
The Amethyst Gemstone is a extraordinary stone of spirituality and serenity, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state.
It works in high frequency which helps purify the aura of any negative energy, helping the wearer to remain clear and centred while opening to spiritual direction.
Amethyst has the ability to expand the higher mind and consciousness which enhances one’s creativity and passion.