An A-Z of the Supernatural: A is for Amethyst

In the latest article in my A-Z of all things supernatural, I take a look at a crystal that has long been associated with special powers – Amethyst.

Amethyst is a beautiful crystal that is noted for its distinctive purple colour. It takes its name from ` Greek word meaning “intoxicate”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. In keeping with this reputation, the ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. 

The significance of Amethyst in other cultures

The importance of Amethyst as an amulet extends far beyond the famous Greek belief. Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it, whilst both the Hebrews and Egyptians associated it with the divine.

Amethyst’s decline in value

Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered one of the most valuable gemstones, placing it alongside stones such as diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. It was only because of the discovery of extensive deposits that it lost this status.

Amethyst as a healing crystal

Recognition of Amethyst as a healing crystal remains strong even today, and it is often worn or carried in the belief that it will provide spiritual protection, inner strength. Amethyst geodes are also said to create positive energy and help to restore the energy balance in the home.

Do you wear amethyst or keep it in your house? Share your experience in the comments below.