Element: Wind

Uses: Protection, purification, divine connection, release of addictions

Description: Amethyst’s name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘not drunken,’ and an ancient Greek myth explains its derivation: The god Bacchus, angry because of an insult, decreed that the first person he met would be eaten by his tigers. The unfortunate person happened to be Amethyst, on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. When the tigers sprang, Diana transformed the girl into a clear, transparent crystal. In remorse, Bacchus poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, thus giving the gem its beautiful purple color…. [Amethyst] stimulates the crown chakra and is an aid to meditation, helping one to still one’s thoughts and move into higher states of consciousness. It can clear one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments, and can thereby facilitate the creation of an energetic ‘shield’–a field of spiritual Light around the body that wards off the negativity in one’s environment.