The Magic of Amethyst
The Magic of Amethyst
Connect to What’s Beyond the Veil
Amethyst is well known for it’s ability to connect us to our higher selves and also with the universe as a whole. Many practices use Amethyst in meditation to access deeper levels of consciousness as well as bring clarity into circumstances where we are blocked. It is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz, where its purple color is the color radiating from the crown chakra, and is thought to be one of the highest vibrating colors.
Amethyst’s name derives from the Greek "amethystos", which means "not drunken", as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. The color of some Amethyst specimens from certain localities slowly fade upon prolonged exposure to light. When used as a gemstone, Amethyst is often heat treated to deepen the color, or to transform it into Citrine.
Some varieties may also change to a light green color, which is given the trade name "Prasiolite", or "Green Amethyst", as it is more commonly known in the gem trade.
More about Amethyst
Keywords for Amethyst:
Some keywords for Amethyst include clarity, spirit and intuition. If you are seeking more clarity in your life, meditating with Amethyst is sure to bring profound insight. Amethyst is also known for connecting us with Spirit, including our higher self and any of our selves (present self, future self or past self). If you wish to deepen your shamanic journeying or timeline healing, she will definitely deliver these results. Finally, Amethyst is the master connector to our intuition. Wearing a bit of amethyst can add a boost to our intuition, helping us to recognize synchronicity in our lives guiding us closer to our higher purpose.
Origin of Amethyst:
Amethyst is a fairly common crystal and is available on all continents. Most commonly, Amethyst is produced in abundance in Minas Gerais, Brazil from large geodes within volcanic rocks. Large deposits are also being currently mined in Africa, South America and North America. Brazil is the largest producer followed by Zambia. We get most of Amethyst from Brazil.
Are There Different Types of Amethyst?:
Yes! Amethyst varies by where it was formed and mined. In Africa specifically Zambia, Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa, Amethyst crystals tend to be smaller and rich with color. In Namibia, White Quartz sometimes is formed alongside the Amethyst giving zones of color. Australian Amethyst are known to be small with dark coloring. Deep Russian and Deep Siberian Amethyst, both from Russia have deep purple hues and are considered high grade due to the low quantities available. Hungarian Amethyst tends to be more lilac in coloring. The official state of Amethyst in the United States is South Carolina.
How Do Tell If Your Amethyst Is Real?
A couple quick tips to check if your Amethyst is real are:
Amethyst is purple or violet. Some crystals may have a slightly reddish or white undertone, but should still remain primarily purple.
Color will not be consistent all around, it should vary.
Amethyst is normally eye-clean. This means it is free of inclusions, where no materials or particles are visible with the naked eye. An authentic amethyst is usually mostly clear in appearance where bubbles and discolorations are unlikely.
Look for imperfections, natural stones have imperfections even if they are cut.
Be wary of Amethyst called Japanese Amethyst, Desert Amethyst, Lithia Amethyst, or Bengal Amethyst. There are most likely not real.
The Mohs Hardness for Amethyst is 7.0 making it a durable stone. Also, this makes it so you use it for Gem Water.
How To Cleanse Your Amethyst:
Amethyst can be cleansed in a variety of ways. Smudging with sage, lavender or palo santo is a great way to cleanse your amethyst. Using a tuning fork will also do the trick. A tap or two will knock off any yuckie energy. Also, since Amethyst has Mohs Hardness of 7.0, you can cleanse this stone with salt water as well. Soak your crystal in bowl of water with sea salt for at least 20 to 30 minutes. You can leave it in the salt water for as long as you feel comfortable, some people leave it for as many as 3 days. Trust your intuition on the time you spend soaking. Finally, leaving your Amethyst under a Full Moon on your windowsill will cleanse it fully and thoroughly. No matter what way you chose to cleanse your amethyst, just be sure to set an intention that your crystal be cleansed with all that does not belong to you.
Chakras Amethyst Connects Best With:
Amethyst is a third eye stone helping to balance, unblock and activate the third eye. The third eye connects us with our intuition as well as our connection with the universe as a whole When your third eye is open and balanced, synchronicity will be in abundance. You will move in flow with the universe and your ability to manifest will be heightened. The sixth chakra guides our ability to think, visualize, and intuit. If the third eye chakra becomes imbalanced, it becomes hard to take in new ideas or trust our intuition and intellect. It also becomes difficult to visualize changes for ourselves or even to visualize what we want to create. Amethyst is a great healer for these afflictions.
Birthstone Month for Amethyst:
Amethyst is the birthstone for people born in the month of February.
Zodiac Sign for Amethyst:
The sign of Pisces is connected with Amethyst, so if you were born in late January or Early February this is one of the best stones for you to use to get in tune with your sun sign.
Planet Connected with Amethyst:
If you are wishing to connect with Neptune, Amethyst is highly connected to this planet. Neptune rules our ability to connect with the universe or all things beyond the veil. This is a great stone for dreaming or expanding on your dreams for yourself.
Element Amethyst Connect With:
Amethyst is connected to the element of Wind. Wind is believed to activate the mind, and encourage clairvoyance and intuition.
Affirmations Associated With Amethyst:
Some key affirmations to use with Amethyst are:
I am Intuitive
I am in sync with my intuition and inner calling
I manifest through the power of my visualizations
I trust my inner knowing
I have a creative imagination that leads me to manifest my deepest desires
I am connected with my true path and calling
The Top Three Ways to Use Amethyst
There are soo many ways to use Amethyst in your crystal healing work. The top three ways are in gem water, a third eye meditation and in a crystal grid.
For Gem Water:
Pour a glass of filtered water
Rub your palms together rapidly for 5-10 seconds
Hold your Amethyst in your palm while reciting an affirmation or intention
Drop your Amethyst in the water, then hold the water in your palms and recite your affirmation or intention again.
Let it sit for 30 seconds and then enjoy!
For Third Eye Meditation:
Lay down in a comfortable position
Take 5 calming breaths, relaxing deeper with each breath
Place your Amethyst on your forehead, right between your eyebrows
Sit with the Amethyst in place for as long as you feel comfortable, pushing away any thoughts and focusing on your breathe.
When you are ready, share your gratitude with the universe.
Repeat whenever you need clarity
You can use Amethyst for a Crystal Grid to focus on developing your intuition and connection to your higher self. Check out this post on how to create a crystal grid here.
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