For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst makes a perfect birthstone. This month is often cold, dark and short for many people around the world, so the amethyst—which is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability—is the right gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength this time of year.
Amethyst is a powerful stone for healing. It also aids in psychic awareness and helps with imagery. If worn while sleeping, it helps you interpret dreams and ward off nightmares. Amethyst enhances intuition and inspiration, gives you clarity and insight, and is an excellent stone for meditation and relaxation. It also uplifts the spirit, bringing positivity and happiness to those in its presence.
Gwenn Henkel, a medical hypnotherapist, believes that angels suggested to her that she use amethyst when feeling tired or out of sorts, so she began collecting pieces of amethyst jewelry. She now finds that her energy is lifted whenever she wears the stone. It has a very powerful energy that allows her to be more focused and productive throughout the day, making it easier for her to avoid distractions, stay on task, and achieve her goals.
For some people, amethyst can be used to improve lucid dreaming, an experience in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming and may even have the power to manipulate the content of their dream. By holding the stone during meditation, some people can open up energy channels and better communicate with their spiritual guides. Keeping a small piece of amethyst inside a pillowcase is believed to facilitate lucid dreaming and astral flight.
Some people use amethyst to keep in touch with their spiritual side and stay connected with others. Because the stone promotes calm, it helps people work on projects slowly and deliberately, without rushing, which leads to more successful work. Amethyst is an excellent crystal for creative people because it helps them remain calm, focused, and receptive to any unusual ideas that may arise during the course of their work. Others use the stone merely to reduce nervous energy and to create a stronger sense of wellbeing in their daily lives.
In the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds from telepathy, past life regression, clairaudience, clairvoyance, to communication with angels. Amethyst protects against psychic attacks, especially during spiritual work and is used to protect one from harm during travel and while out in the world. Amethyst has gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment, bring emotional stability and inner strength and help one to hold firm in life, enhance flexibility and cooperation. Amethyst prevents destructive compulsive behaviors of all kinds.