Chakra(s): third eye and crown
About the stone: Amethyst is the variety of Quartz (crystalline silicon dioxide) with a natural violet color due to the impurity of iron, other trace elements, and irradiation.
Astrological sign(s): Aquarius
Mohs scale: 7
Spiritual uses: Use this purple-toned quartz to ward off nightmares and encourage sweet dreams and restful sleep. It is also good to help you remember your dreams. Amethyst helps protect you from psychic attacks and clear out the negative thoughts of the day.
Mental uses: The purple vibration in amethyst has powerful transformative qualities. To use this vibration in changing unwanted situations, imagine yourself surrounded by a vibrating, glowing bubble of violet light emanating from the stone.
Emotional uses: When you realize your emotions need to be transformed or significantly shifted, amethyst’s purple energy gives you the strength and wherewithal to make the change.
Physical uses: Since amethyst derives its name from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk” or “not intoxicated,” carry or wear this stone to remind you to avoid harmful distractions and to change old habits through conscious intent.
Excerpted from The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones (Llewellyn. 2013) by Margaret Ann Lembo