Through amethyst, we tap the depths of wisdom and sync into the knowing of Goddess and our Higher Selves. It is a potent crystal companion and a true treasure of Gaia Medicine. As we surrender to Goddess, amethyst keeps us safely encased in its glowing purple energy.
Goddesses for Amethyst:
- Sophia – Gnostic Goddess of Wisdom
- Saraswati – Hindu Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge
- Dana – Irish Goddess of Priestesses
- Ma’at – Egyptian Goddess of Balance and Order
- Metis – Daughter of Gaia and Greek Goddess of Wisdom
- Shakti – Hindu Feminine Force of the Universe
- Blue Tara – Buddhist Goddess of Protection similar to Kali
- Isis – Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Mysticism
- Zoryas – Slavic Protectress Goddesses of the Cosmos
- The Fates – Greek Goddesses of Destiny
Amethyst is the Stone of Wisdom. It facilitates purification, divine connection, and provides spiritual protection.
Ancient cultures and peoples have long valued amethyst. It was used as early as 25,000 bc by Neolithic people. Ancient Egyptians used it for beads and amulets. Greeks and Romans claimed amethyst as highly valuable. In later years, amethyst was called the “bishop’s stone” and was used in rings, crowns, and sceptres for religious officials and royalty.
The name Amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos or amethuskein, meaning “not drunken” or “non-intoxicating.” For this reason, amethyst is also known as the stone of sobriety and it is said that if alcohol/spirits are consumed from an amethyst chalice, it protects from intoxication. This is myth and test at your own risk (yikes!), BUT for those seeking detoxification (especially from addiction), amethyst works gently on the etheric and physical body to support the detox. Giving up any bad habits may be made easier when working with amethyst.
An ancient myth of Greco-Roman origin claims that the purple color of amethyst comes from an encounter between Bacchus (Dionysus – the God of the vine and intoxication) and Diana (Goddess of the Hunt and Sovereignty). Bacchus was angry at a perceived insult and in a fit of temper, set his tigers on the next human that he saw. That human happened to be the maiden Amethyst who was on her way to the Temple of Diana.
As the tigers sprang at her, she called out to Diana who turned her into a transparent, crystal statue. Bacchus recovered from his fit and felt remorse for his actions and made an offering of his finest wine to Amethyst. As he poured his wine over the statue, it took on the deep purple hues that amethyst is known for.
Amethyst stimulates the Crown and Third Eye chakras making it an excellent stone for meditation and divination. Lightworkers, Priestesses, Practitioners, and Healers can all benefit from use of amethyst in hands-on and psychic practice. It evokes the violet flame of spiritual and psychic protection, making it almost mandatory for inner planes work.
The mind, intuition, and psychic abilities are all enhanced with amethyst, but what truly makes it a Wisdom Goddess stone is the properties of understanding and discernment that amethyst facilitates. Working with amethyst brings awareness and knowing of root causes of negative patterns, addictive behaviors, and disease. Within deep spiritual work, amethyst may also be used for karmic clearing.
Amethyst emits a field of high vibration – sometimes called a “bubble of light”. This field encases the aura when someone wears or carries amethyst. Amethyst is frequently placed in homes, meditation rooms, and sanctuaries as a natural stone of sacred space. It will keep a room or space naturally clear energetically and raise the vibration.
I realized as I was writing this piece that almost every altar in my home has a piece of amethyst on it somewhere. Plus … purple!
To Clean Amethyst
Amethyst is a hard crystal so you can soak them in water without worry. I have a large cluster of Amethyst that gets dusty from incense so I will soak it in the kitchen sink with a bit of dish soap and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then, I place it in the sun to dry and it feels all shiny and new. You can put Amethyst in a salt bath as well, or if you are close to the ocean, give it a dip. If you do a lot of work with your Amethyst, it is a good idea to have a regular cleansing cycle so that the energetic potency remains effective.
Placing your crystal in a bowl of salt, outside in the sun, or smudging it with sage and incense are all effective ways to cleanse the crystal.
Other types of Amethyst: chevron, black amethyst, green amethyst, plus comes in all shapes and sizes, including gemstone quality.
Source: primarily South America
The Goddess Guide by Priestess Brandi Auset
The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones by Margaret Ann Lembo
The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons