Amethyst Meaning and Healing Properties

Amethyst Meaning and Healing Properties


Amethyst crystals have a long and rich history with humankind. Throughout the ages, this purple crystal has been a symbol and tool of both spirituality and those seeking help with addiction and sobriety. The latter association has its roots in an ancient Greek legend.

According to lore, a young maiden named "Amethyst" was on her way to the Temple of Diana to worship, when she had the misfortune to cross paths with an ill-tempered Bacchus. The god of revelry had just been slighted by a mortal and was seething with rage.

Having vowed to take revenge on the next mortal who crossed his path, Bacchus saw this young maiden and unleashed his two guardian tigers upon her. As the tigers bounded toward the young girl, the goddess Diana intervened and turned the maiden into a clear crystal.

An abashed and remorseful Bacchus immediately atoned for his hot-headed action by pouring his wine over the clear crystal, staining it purple. And from thence forth, the purple crystal was called "Amethyst" in honor of the young maiden.

The word "Amethyst" is derived from the Greek word meaning "not intoxicated." Amethyst's ability to sober the emotional and reactive Bacchus in the story, illustrates the Greeks' belief that wearing Amethyst during Bacchanalian-like festivities would keep them sober. 

Amethyst crystals have long been associated with other spiritual traditions as well. The color purple is often associated with the crown chakra and spirituality. It is no wonder, then that purple Amethyst crystals have often graced religious jewelry throughout the ages. In fact, Amethyst crystals can be seen in both the British Royal Coronation jewels and on the rings of British bishops.  

Amethyst Meaning

Amethyst crystals purify the environment by clearing away unproductive and unkind vibrations. These purifying abilities make Amethyst a powerful shield against psychic attacks. However, Amethyst doesn't just shield negative energy--it transmutes it as well. During a psychic attack, Amethyst will transmute the negative energy into positive, loving vibrations, which are then, transmitted back into the universe.

Amethyst's purple color associates this healing crystal with the crown chakra, and as such, Amethyst is a “stone of spirituality and contentment.” Amethyst crystals are able to facilitate the transmutation of lower energies into the higher frequencies of both the spiritual and ethereal levels; it is representative of the principles of complete metamorphosis.

A “stone of meditation," Amethyst is a favored crystal of meditation practitioners. Hold an Amethyst crystal in your hands or lap during meditation. Feel the Amethyst fill your being with calm and peacefulness.  Amethyst's conductive abilities help channel this sense of well-being so that one is easily able to enter and maintain a prolonged spiritual and meditative state. 

Amethyst is also used when there's a need for fairness and managing any and all responsibilities. In combination with providing common sense and encouraging flexibility in decisions, Amethyst stones are useful in work environments. Amethyst crystals can help cooler heads to prevail in tense situations, as the purple stone imparts soothing, calming, and tranquilizing influences. As a result, Amethyst crystals are said to help business affairs prosper.

As implied in Amethyst's history and lore, Amethyst crystals are excellent stones for one who is attempting to find freedom from addictive personalities (oneself, or another) or behaviors. In addition, Amethyst has been used in the treatment of other health issues including, hearing disorders, nervous system and digestive tract dysfunctions, and problems involving the heart, stomach, skin and teeth. Amethyst stones have also been used in the treatment of insomnia, pain relief and to stabilize mental disorders.


Inner Peace, Healing, Protection, Stress Relief, Addictions, Purifying, Balance, Self Awareness, Mind, Body, and Soul

Physical Level: Releases and heals addiction patterns. Supports and balances the nervous, endocrine, respiratory and digestive systems. Can be used to treat headaches, insomnia, swelling, injuries, skin conditions and tinnitus.

Emotional Level: Balances the emotions and helps center. Has a calming effect and can clear anger, anxiety, grief, depression and fear.

Mental Level: Enhances memory and mental functioning. Activates the higher mind to assist with gaining a higher spiritual understanding of life circumstances. Helps to clear mental patterns that stand in the way of greater health, well-being and fulfillment.

Spiritual Level: Awakens the third eye, crown and etheric chakras. Enhances meditation, intuition and psychic abilities. Helps you to make a conscious connection with your spirit guides and angels.


Hardness: 7
Chemical Composition: SiO2 (silicon dioxide)
Crystal System: Rhombohedral class 32
Color: Deep Purple to Pale Lavender
Location: Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, Argentina, Zambia and US


Amethyst Chakra Alignment: Crown
Amethyst Element: Wind
Amethyst Numeric Vibration: Number 3
Amethyst Astrological Association: Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn
Amethyst Harmonizes With: Moldavite, Azeztulite, Phenacite, Solecite, Natrolite


With its ability to transmute energy, Amethyst is an all around great addition to your home's feng shui. Amethyst's calming and cleansing properties absorb the lower energies of a room and create a peaceful space for reflection and healing. In particular, Amethyst crystals enhance the personal growth and spiritual cultivation areas. 




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