In a Greek legend, when the god Bacchus was having a bad
day, he decided that the first person to meet himself and
his entourage of tigers should be devoured by the animals.
That unfortunate individual turned out to be the maiden
Amethyst, who was going to worship at the shrine of Diana,
the moon goddess. When the tigers leapt at her, she called
out the Goddess' name and was turned into a pure white stone.
The miracle pulled Bacchus out of his mood. In repentance,
he poured wine over the stone, giving it a violet hue.
This tale may be the origin of the idea that amethyst helps
to cure drunkenness. Certainly it would be an ideal stone
to carry or wear for recovering alcoholics who wish to make
amends to those they've wronged, but the popularity of this
stone for people who wish to heal themselves from addiction
more likely stems from its calming qualities.
Stone of Spirit
On special evenings violet fills the evening sky. As evening
represents the transition between day and night, so amethyst
reflects a shift from one reality to another.
It is one of the most effective stones to use for meditation,
because its calming attributes relax the mind so that it
can release its attachment to the daily concerns of life
and slip into a more expansive reality. If you'd like to
meditate with this stone, place it on your forehead between
Amethyst and Astrology
As popular as this stone is, it's unsurprising that the
holders of many sun signs claim it for their own, and its
properties are universal enough that most people can benefit
from it. Traditionally, it is assigned most frequently to
Aquarius, because for all of the humanitarian and advanced
qualities of this sign, one of its keywords is "I know."
Amethyst is here to teach us that what we know is but a
fraction of what we can experience when we surrender the
limitations of knowledge.
Amethyst is also frequently assigned to PISCES,
and although we prefer aquamarine for this sign, the Piscean
tendency to swing from high to low without transition can
be eased by amethyst's gentle qualities.