Amethyst is a pinkish violet to deep purple colored variety of quartz. Its color was first attributed to the presence of manganese, but due to the fact it can alter or completely lose its color when exposed to heat, its color is by current belief from an organic source. Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks believed it could prevent intoxication and medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle. It is believed to heal people and keep them cool-headed. Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered one of the Cardinal gems, along with diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald, and was later declared a semi-precious stone instead.
The common use of amethyst is closely linked to the Greeks. The word “amethystos” is translated to “not intoxicated” and whether it got its color from the wine of god Dionysus or his tears its function is the same – to protect us from all sorts of negative influences of Neptune. If you have the basic knowledge in astrology and understand the large variety of substances and actions by the rule of Neptune, you will understand its vast domain. It is a birth stone of February, meaning it partially covers two Sun signs of the zodiac – Aquarius and Pisces. This is not at all strange when you take into consideration the fact that Neptune is actually exalted in Aquarius and rules Pisces.
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If we define amethyst as a Neptunian stone, we can assume its purposes. It is considered an “all-purpose” stone and healing from Neptune covers all areas of our life. However, it is mainly focused on its domain of creating the connection between our life on Earth and other worlds. This stone is used to affect one’s spirituality, enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. It is excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming and is considered to open our channels to telepathy, clairvoyance, communication with angels and past life regression. It also works as a protector against poison. Amethyst shields us from lies, thieves and tricksters of all kinds and helps with sleeping disorders, especially insomnia. It awakens our talents and helps with creative arts. As you can see, these are all its purposes in the sphere of Neptune.
On the other hand, amethyst is linked to the sign of Aquarius and is also esteemed as a stone of friendship. In Tibet this gemstone was dedicated to Buddha and was said to promote clarity of mind. It is thought to be the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius. Amethyst refines the thinking process and helps the assimilation of new ideas, helping one to put thought into action. It assists transmission of neural signals through the brain, and relieves small children and animals of hyperactivity.
To use this stone in the best possible way, you should clean it of all energy it collected in time. It is often said that amethyst is a “self-cleansing” stone, but not everyone would agree. Because it is sometimes used to cleanse other stones, it is its purpose to absorb all sorts of energies. To clean amethyst, we can simply wash it with cold, clean water or put it in an incense smoke while giving our strong intention and focus into the process. It can be charged by a proper overnight burial. Stones like to find themselves in the ground for some time. It can also be charged by moonlight and it is best to do so after the first quarter to a full moon. This is a time when the power of the moonlight is considered the strongest and the most clear of all. Do not charge it in sunlight, for it might lose its color.
Amethyst is the purple colored precious amongst semi-precious stones. It is a stranger to the lower and the outcast of the upper class. Aquarian and Neptunian, it transcends the realm of reality and sinks into the field of ideas, clarity, inspiration and magic. It is a crystal of healing and sobriety, and with it we discover the truth, wherever it may hide.