Throughout history, the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions. Amethyst is also the birthstone of February and the stone of St. Valentine.
In the spiritual world, an Amethyst crystal provided a connection to the Divine. Amethyst’s inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments and creates a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centered while opening to spiritual direction. Amethyst stimulates the Third Eye, Crown, and Etheric Chakras enhancing cognitive perception as well as accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic ability. It initiates wisdom and greater understanding and is a stone of comfort for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Some historical Amethyst meanings include its ability to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travelers, it was worn as protection from treachery and surprise attacks. It also kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic.
Amethyst is an exceptional crystal for use in healing rituals, and for enhancing one’s environment. It has been known to fade in direct sunlight and care should be taken. It is also good to clear its energies from time to time by holding the stone under running water for a short period.This crystal is shaped in accordance with the “hexagonal system” law of nature. This means things in nature have a great propensity to form in hexagonal shapes, including beehives, carbon atoms in organic molecules, and basalt columns. Many crystals are packed together at the molecular level in hexagons. This means they naturally form into hexagonal shapes just as in the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway Ireland. Healing crystals in this form have focused and concentrated energy.