Amethyst: The Crystal of Purification
If you feel the need to purify your clouded mind and emotions, Amethyst is the solution! Amethyst is a variety of a quartz crystal that is made up of silicon dioxide. The iron and aluminum deposits give the clear crystal a range of colors that varies from lilac to violet.
The healing properties of Amethyst is mostly protective and cleansing. Linked to the Crown Chakra, Amethyst is effective to purify the mind and dispense negative thoughts including stress and anxiety. In addition, the crystal also improves your intuition, spiritual growth, and insight. You can gain greater knowledge into emotional processes, which can be good to stop avoidance behavior and start processing emotional experiences.
As a Pisces. you have a caring personality. Of course, a much loved and appreciated trait. But on the downside, you tend to take on the problems of others to the point that you can at times neglect yourself. Perhaps you might think this is okay, but eventually this can lead to exhaustion, bottling up of emotions you didn’t realize you were holding onto, and even losing your own identity along the way as you are too busy with others. It is important to also care for yourself. Amethyst, also as your birthstone, is perfect to re-focus your energy on you!
Throughout the history, Amethyst was a highly valued stone that usually represented luxury. The crystal was also present in a lot of ancient civilizations: around 25.000 B.C. the Neolithic people in Europe used it as a decorative emblem; ancient Greeks and Romans used it for various purposes such as amulets and jewelry; Christian bishops, on the other hand, wore Amethyst in the form of a ring as the crystal was associated with royalty and loyalty to Christ. Whereas for the Catholic clergy, Amethyst meant piety and celibacy and as such they wore it in their crosses. In the far east, according to the Feng Shui philosophy, Amethyst stands for prosperity.
Besides the rich history, Amethyst is interestingly associated with a few myths. According to legend, the ten stones upon which the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved, Amethyst is supposedly one of the ten. In Greek, Amethyst means “not drunken”. This meaning has been attributed by a myth: the god Bacchus was angry and he vowed to send a hoard of tigers to the first person who crossed his path. Amethyst was on her way to the temple of Diana when she came across Bacchus. By turning Amethyst into a clear crystal, Diana saved her life. However, Bacchus feeling remorse and guilt poured as an offering grape juice over it—the clear crystal thus became purple. But the meaning of Amethyst also finds its origin in the old superstition that it protects the wearer from intoxication. Supposedly, wine that was drunk from an Amethyst cup prevented one to get drunk.
Conscious contributor: Zeynep Kizilirmak