Love Crystals : Amethyst

Amethyst photo by Melissa Collins. Licensed under CC 2.0

Amethyst is a stone of clarity, spirituality, joy, and self- awareness. When we talk about stones, Amethyst is one of the most popular. It can help to heal both physical and emotional pain. For best results use this crystal in direct contact with your skin. You may even consider getting a pendant or talisman made of amethyst to wear. One nickname for this stone is “nature’s sedative.” Consequently, it can be very valuable when doing spiritual journey work. Amethyst will help you to connect with higher realms, and also grant you insight in all situations.

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall tells us “Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom.” Because of it’s psychic prowess it is one of the stones I like to use for divination. I keep a small piece of amethyst in the bag with my tarot cards. I also have a pendulum made of this stone. The Amethyst pendulum is useful for all types of questions.

Our friends over at Dreaming Goddess retell the myth surrounding this stone :

In his poem “L’Amethyste, ou les Amours de Bacchus et d’Amethyste” (Amethyst or the loves of Bacchus and Amethyste), the French poet Remy Belleau (1528-1577) invented a myth in which Bacchus, the god of intoxication, of wine, and grapes was pursuing a maiden named Amethyste, who refused his affections. Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the chaste goddess Diana answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethyste’s desire to remain chaste, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.

Variations of the story include that Dionysus had been insulted by a mortal and swore to slay the next mortal who crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wrath. The mortal turned out to be a beautiful young woman, Amethystos, who was on her way to pay tribute to Artemis. Her life was spared by Artemis, who transformed the maiden into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears then stained the quartz purple.

Folklore  + Facts About Amethyst

  • At one timed Amethysts were just as prized as rubies and sapphires, and some even adorn the royal jewels of Great Britian.
  • It is the traditional birthstone for the month of February
  • Amethystos means “not drunk” in Ancient Greek. Legend says that you can not become intoxicated if you wear this stone.
  • St. Valentine was reported to have worn a ring of amethyst with a cupid carving.
  • Early Christians believed the stone illustrated the blood and wounds of Christ (that’s creepy)
  • The stone is actually a variety of Quartz, and the purple and red hues are from iron.
  • For best results keep it away from sunlight, because that may cause colors to fade.
  • Leonardo DaVinci believed amethyst could strengthen the intelligence.

For more information about Love Crystals please see the other posts here on Voodoo Universe and check out my free workshop on Love Magic and Crystals. As always if you have enjoyed what you read here, please remember to like, comment, and most importantly share this !

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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