A powerful stone for general magical work
There’s something about amethyst that appeals to many. This popular purple gemstone brings a calming peace, attracts wisdom, generates a protective power, cleanses and heals. It is one of the most versatile crystals in witchcraft, useful as a ritual item in many forms.
This powerful purple crystal is suited to nearly any purpose you might need, but it’s properties make it most suited for ritual items of power, talismans of protection, dreamwork and healing.
Amethyst: Appearance, History and Etymology
Encyclopedia Britannica says the name of this popular gemstone is generally said to be derived from the Greek αμέθυστος amethystos, meaning “not intoxicated,” expressing the old belief that the stone protected its owner from becoming drunk.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, occurring in all shades of purple. Once thought to be as rare as emeralds and sapphires, examples of this stone are found as decorations on the Crown Jewels of England.
- Amethyst artifacts have been found dating back to the ancient Egyptians and the Roman Empire.
- It was considered as valuable as diamonds, ruby, emeralds or sapphires for centuries.
- The ancient Greeks believed amethyst could prevent intoxication.
- Soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that it healed people and would keep them cool-headed.
- Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.
- Amethyst is considered the birthstone of February.
- In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia.
Amethyst: Spiritual and Ritual Uses for Wiccans
Purple has long been the color of royalty and of power, making the association with the third eye and the crown chakra obvious. Use it in rituals to increase psychic awareness, to open the third eye, or in meditations focused on the crown chakra and its properties and aspects: spirituality, knowledge and the oneness that connects all things.
The peaceful calming effect of the cleansed stone drives off nightmares and insomnia when placed beneath the pillow or near the head. It produces a peaceful, healing sleep. Also useful for dreamwork, place a charged stone near your head or beneath your pillow while sleeping, and you may receive dreams with powerful messages. Keep a journal handy for noting down any images, messages or thoughts upon waking.
This is a powerful, spiritual stone. When anxiety or stress begin to overwhelm, hold a stone in your receptive (left) hand, and open yourself to it’s calming and balancing vibrations, absorbing the healing energies it offers.
Amethyst bestows good judgment. This purple crystal calms fears, raises hopes and lifts spirits. With these properties, it can be a powerful protection amulet. Charge the stone with protective and calming energies during a ritual, and recharge regularly for the best effect.
This is an all-around useful and flexible stone that can be used as a pendulum for divination, on your altar for decoration or to store power during a ritual. It can be used for most any spell or purpose.