Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, told a story of mythical Amethyst, describing her as a beautiful nymph who called on the mythological goddess Artemis to protect her from Dionysus (the Greek god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature). To fulfill her wish, Artemis turned her into a quartz crystal. Dionysus, declaring his love for Amethyst, gave the crystal its purple color and the power to protect its owners from the influence of wine.
The ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst could protect its owner from harm and drunkenness. Amethyst comes from “amethystos” which means “without drunkenness.” It was worn to influence a clear, unadulterated mind, and is still used to remove negative addictions, such as alcoholism. Amethyst is very transformational, as it is commonly used to balance energies on the physical and emotional levels.
Amethyst is a type of quartz crystal, that gets its purple color from manganese and iron. It is associated with the third-eye chakra. It helps promote calm, and may be placed under your pillow for a peaceful sleep.
It helps to facilitate business and negotiation skills, because it can help alleviate overworked and overstressed mental states, allowing for success to be achieved. It is also helpful when dealing with new, unexpected changes.
Amethyst helps to increase the vibrancy of your aura and self-esteem. It allows you to realize that there is more to life than the veil of reality draped in front of your eyes. It allows you to delve deeper into understanding, helping to connect with the eternal energy. Therefore, it is useful to work with when dealing with grief, because it opens your reality, allowing you to realize there is more than meets the eye. It also can assist in moving forward while leaving behind the past.
It can remove the clutter of the mind, in order to focus and experience peace and tranquility. This is why it is an ideal stone to use during any kind of meditation, as it is ideal to use during attempts to access higher spiritual planes. It is especially useful for third-eye chakra meditation, during which it may be placed directly on the third-eye. It may also be used to prevent psychic attacks.
Because of its ability to increase spirituality and clairvoyance, it is important to work with grounding stones simultaneously. Amethyst geodes are beautiful and can be placed in the home, but they may cause a dissociation of the present. Keep grounding stones (usually red or black) nearby to help create a balance of energies.
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