crystal of the month
An upper chakra aligning stone with a ripped-from-the-headlines drunk history.
Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, was a notorious womanizer and a general lothario; most of the Greek pantheon could have benefited from a seminar on consent, but Dionysus—who was usually drunk—had a particularly messy way of subjugating maidens.
Enter Amethystos, a mortal PYT on whom Dionysus has set his sights. In an attempt to block his unwanted advances, Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste. Artemis answered Amethystos’ prayer and turned her into a statue of white stone (in a modern retelling, this is the equivalent of asking sexual abuse victims to sign an NDA, but we digress). Chastened, Dionysus poured wine over Amethystos’ statue as an offering, thus turning the clear quartz crystals a resplendent shade of purple.
The stone acquired a reputation for being a great hangover cure—or for being able to stave off intoxication altogether. The Greeks drank from amethyst goblets (Editor’s note: Awesome.) and carried chunks of it around to stay sober. Extrapolate a little and you can see how amethyst became known for enhancing our powers of lucidity and clear-sightedness.
Amethyst is a stone that calms the mind, heals the soul, and curbs overindulgence.
For centuries, amethyst was considered a $ money $ gemstone—one of your diamonds, sapphires, or rubies—but the discovery of extensive deposits in Brazil made it more commonplace. Bad for amethyst collectors, good for the rest for us. Like other high-vibration white and purple crystals, amethyst is associated with the upper chakras—our intuition and divinity. Being able to incorporate amethyst into our rituals and embodiment practices on the reg means we can strike deeper soul connections and illuminate our highest self.
Amethyst’s color stimulates the third eye, our true sight. Place the stone directly between your brows to enter into a tranquil meditative state. Allow your conscious thought to quiet and let yourself be guided to the deeper depths of your inner knowing.
Like the experience of having a friend hold your hair back after a night of overindulgence, amethyst encourages you to be humble. With amethyst as a tool and support, you can more easily surrender to that which is greater than you. When seeking insight into how the universe can guide you, bring amethyst—as a goblet, if you’re a baller—along for the ride.