Amethyst is a mystical purple variety of the Quartz family of crystals. It is a semiprecious stone, and the birthstone for February.
Like all Quartz, Amethyst sits at a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and is likely the single most recognized gemstone on the planet.
Metaphysically, Amethyst is thought to be an extremely powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. It is thought to enhance the decision making process, first calming to mind to encourage clear thinking, then activating it to put that decision into action. Amethyst is also thought to dispel anger, rage, fear, and anxiety, guard against psychic attack, helps a person feel less scattered.
Traditionally, Amethyst was worn to prevent drunkenness, and this can be clearly seen in the fact that its name comes from a-methystos meaning "not" and "intoxicate". Historically, people were known to put an Amethyst crystal in their drink during celebrations because of this idea!
Amethyst is associated with the Third Eye Chakra, and when placed on the Third Eye it is said to enhance psychic vision and intuition.
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