Excerpt from The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals


The Greek word ametusthos means “not intoxicated.” This stone is connected to temperance. This sobriety was originally of a spiritual nature. “The ferrymen of souls,” the church administrators, needed to be clear-headed to manage their dioceses. Kissing the priests’ amethyst ring kept them from mystical intoxication.

The ancient philosopher Pliny the Elder found that an amethyst bearing figures engraved with the moon and the sun immunized people against poisons. Amethyst is connected to the Temperance card in tarot, representing balance.

According to Ovid, Amethyst was a nymph pursued by Bacchus. Wanting to escape from him, she called on Diana. The Goddess came to her rescue by transforming her into a shiny stone, in “pure, cold crystal.” Bacchus, furious, threw his glass filled with wine on this stone, which gave it it’s colorful hue.

Amethyst benefits from the properties of the manganese it contains. A stone conductive to meditation, it enhances creativity, strengthens our imaginations and intuition, and refines our thinking—all of which allows is to bring new projects to fruition. Used as a talisman, the amethyst helps us to focus, making success possible.

Amethyst is the “couple’s stone,” the stone of our intimate dualities and our relationship to our partners. A symbol of spiritual purity, it can give meaning to a union based first on the flesh that withers away little by little, for lack of other kinds of communion. It makes it possible to transcend the carnal union and connect more deeply.

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