The Sovereign Stone
Amethyst is the foundation stone of the Violet Flame and the spiritual aspect of self. It offers protection and purification as it works to balance the higher chakras and bring their energy more into manifestation. It gets its color from iron and the ultraviolet light of the sun. Considered the stone of royalty, it has been worn by Kings and Queens across the world throughout human history. Amethyst is the birthstone of February.
Amethyst Physical Structure
Violet variation of Quartz
Chemical structure: Silicon, oxygen, trace amounts of iron, manganese
Hexagonal crystal lattice
Mohrs hardness of 7
Found on all continents
Amethyst History and Legend
Name comes from the Greek “amethustus” meaning not drunk because they thought Amethyst would keep one sober.
In the mid 1500’s, the French poet Remy Belleau invented a myth in which Bacchus, the god of grapes, wine and intoxication 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 violet.
In the Old World, amethyst was considered one of the Cardinal gems, in that it was one of the five gemstones considered precious above all others until large deposits were found in Brazil.
Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.
Amethyst Metaphysical Uses
Amethyst assists with dissolving repetitive programs and patterns that often manifests as addictive thinking and behaviors. We are addicted to something when we have fallen so out of balance that we cannot stop ourselves from the thought, action or behavior. This is not limited to drugs and most, if not all of us have an area or aspect of life where we are this way. This can express as over-indulgence of any and all aspects and activities of life; including food, sex, relationships, money, emotions, profession, etc.
Amethyst works to first bring awareness to these patterns and behaviors that are out of balance. As it begins to resonate in your energy field, it slowly strengthens your resolve to reduce these manifestations through non-judgement. This is an individual process, but typically it will reveal where the expression stems from in your personal experience.
As it works to transmute the stored energy of these events, it also brings awareness of new programs that are back under the control of self. This is why Amethyst is the stone of Sovereignty — It gives you back to yourself.