Amethyst Meaning: Powers, History, Metaphysical Properties

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Amethyst is a uniquely powerful stone revered for centuries that can change people forever. Discover how you can use amethyst to transform your life.

The intense power of the amethyst crystal has been known for millenia. This is a stone to keep by your side, as it has special properties not known to any other gemstone. Its proported healing properties, metaphysical characteristics, and spiritual associations, make it a stone you want with you.

The amethyst stone forms in crystal clusters in purple color, ranging from deep dark violet to light, almost pink lilac. There are some green forms of amethyst, but most amethyst crystals will be some shade of purple.


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Metaphysical Properties

Here are some of the main metaphysical properties amethyst is thought to have:

  • Assistance with making decisions
  • Protection from negative energy
  • A pervading feeling of calm and harmony

Its most well known property is the believed ability to introduce calm and order into spaces of chaos and disorder. Those with amethysts can retain a sense of peace and tranquility in the most disturbed, mad spaces. That is why people in rough situations will wear amethyst, to keep them grounded and calm despite their uncertain circumstances.

Amethyst, considered a grounding stone, is thought to calm and soothe people in highly emotional states. That's why it is often gifted to people who are suffering from times of grief and loss, it is thought that amethyst can keep them soothed during the whole ordeal.

Many think that amethyst helps during times of great change and transition, keeping the user grounded and certain while their life changes (for better or worse) around them. Amethyst is used sometimes to aid with death, probably the greatest transition of a lifetime. This stone is used by people to make the transition into the afterlife as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

Amethyst, considered a stone of sobriety, is also often used for people with anger issues, as it can soak up and dissipate emotions of rage and fury.

Not only can amethyst sweep away negative emotion, but it is thought to also be able to inspire feelings of creativity. Do you suffer from writer's block? Keep an amethyst on hand to spark up some inspiration. Better yet, go with an Element of Zen amethyst.

Amethyst users insist thats its calming, “sobering” properties help people make decisions, reducing the grip of analysis paralysis and gently reminding the wearer that not every decision is a make or break decision and that whatever path they choose is the right one for them.

For similar reasons, those prone to get into heated arguments will keep amethyst on hand to maintain a calm and cool demeanor, instead of their usual anger response to arguing. This is why some will keep amethyst around the living room or in common areas in the family house, to keep everyone calm, collected, and level headed so that their love for each other can fluorish,

Amethyst is associated with the crown chakra, which is thought to be involved with intuition, upper echelon perception of reality, third eye opening, and spiritual connection with others.

When this chakra is blocked, it's thought that feelings of depression, anxiety, self-doubt, and social “disconnectedness” can result. Amethyst can help to allevaite these problems.

The crown chakra is also where it is believed that higher consciousness resides. It is responsible for perceiving what the universe is trying to hell you – with your crown chakra blocked you may be cut off from the wisdom of the cosmos. With your crown chakra opened (with the help of amethyst) you may be more receptive to the grand wisdom of the universe, with the enhanced harmony, connection, and confidence that comes with this wisdom.

With all of these profound spiritual properties, it is no wonder amethyst is also used to protect users from negative energies found in their environment. People believe that amethyst can protect you from psychic attacks, negative energeis, or harmful personalities from those in your environment.

Here are some of the recurring themes we see with amethyst:

  • Cosmic intuition
  • Divine awakening
  • Energy protection
  • Emotional release
  • Soothing the nerves
  • Spiritual cleansing

Some use amethyst when they are overwhelmed or burnt out to soothe their overworked mind and get back into action. If you get stuck in your head, amethyst can help you to get out and back into the real world.

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Ancients across the planet wore, used, and collected amethyst for various spiritual, cultural, and aesthetic reasons.

There is some evidence that amethyst was used as long as 25,000 years ago! That is quite some time this stunning purple crystal has been with us. During ancient times, it was used extensively by Greeks and Egyptians for a large variety of purposes.

The Ancient Greeks used amethyst to help prevent intoxication, this is actually where it gets its name from, “amethystos”, which meant “not-intoxicated”. For this reason amethyst was associated with the Greek god Dionysus, who poured wine over the stone giving it that deep wine-purple color.

They would decorate their cups and chalices with amethyst because they thought it would assist with their drinking and protect against the negative effects of intoxication.

The Egyptians kept amethyst to make protective amulets, talismans, and other forms of jewelry. They would carve amethyst into the form of a scarab beetle, keeping it around as a protective symbol. Amethyst has been found in Egyptian tombs.

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Amethyst is thought to have a number of practical applications spiritually, aesthetically, and industrially.

Those interested in the metaphysical properties of crystals hold that amethyst can help promote a more restful sleep, with wearers keeping it around when they sleep at night.

Amethyst is also used to enhance the effects of meditation, helping users to get into a more calm, meditative state of mind. It is said that holding it in your left hand while meditating produces the best results.

People who are indecisive or who need help with a hefty decision will bring amethyst to the table for assistance. They believe that the calming effects of amethyst reduce decision-based anxiety, promoting the stable state of mind required for hard decisions.

For the similar phenonenom of writer's block, artists will use amethyst to free themselves up creatively.

Spiritualists recommend keeping amethyst as a protective talisman, giving you the gentle crystal protection you need to keep yourself in great spiritual shape.

Today, people keep amethyst jewelry that has direct exposure to skin. They believe that keeping physical contact with amethyst can enhance the effects it gives off.

Amethyst pairs great with tourmaline and roese quartz – their respective properties enhance the effects of each other for a combination of benefits greater than the sum of their parts. Citrine also pairs well for bright bursts of energy.

Some keep amethyst in their workspace to maintain a calm, composed energy while they work, instead of a frantic and stressful work experience.

Fun Facts

  1. It contains iron and a number of other trace minerals within its crystal structure.
  2. Amethyst can be found all over the planet, with sources in Greece, Italy, Brazil, Africa, etc…
  3. It is the traditional gift for somebody's 33rd wedding anniversary.
  4. Ancient soldiers wore the stone in battle to aid in their focus and resolve
  5. Amethyst is the crystal of Sainte Valentine.
  6. Amethyst is used in dyes for the purple robes of royal Europe monarchs.
  7. Amethyst will fade in color when routinely exposed to sunlight.


  • The birthstone for Aquarians
  • Works for Pisces 

Amethyst has a unique connection with the zodiac Pisces. Pisces are known for their creativity, empathic abilities, and forward-thinking aptitudes.

It is said that amethyst especially helps Pisces with their empathic abilities, granting them the ability to keep themselves in good spiritual shape while offering their empathy, love, and compassion to others who need help. Sometimes when helping others in pain, you can also experience their pain and they can bring you down with them. Amethyst can help Pisces not to experience this.

While amethyst helps Pisces, it is primarily the birthstone for Aquarius signs and the February birthstone. Aquarians have a reputation for veing analytical, cold, calm, and collected. Amethyst can help to soften them up a bit, inviting warmth, love and harmony to their space.

We hope this guide has been helpful – refer back to it for all things amethyst!

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