Amethyst is the Pikachu of stones for most pagans. It is common, cheap, and it makes a very pretty gift. You can even find natural amethyst at your local supermarket. Due to these fabulous factors, it makes it great starting place for any rock related practice. Amethyst is often used in healing work, overcoming bad habits, happiness, and finding peace. For me, I prefer to wear amethyst as a bracelet so not only do I gain the energy from the stone itself, but I have a visual reminder of my intentions. To use the stone, my suggestion is to hold the stone in your hand, whichever one feels most comfortable, and to meditate on what your intention is with the stone. For example, I would hold the amethyst in my right hand, and I would focus a habit breaking energy. I would focus on quitting my super addiction to sugar. I would repeat “I am no longer addicted to sugar” until I felt that the stone has heard my intentions. Once I feel satisfied with this, I would keep the amethyst with me wherever I went and when I am feeling weak, I will pull out the amethyst and say my intention. Give it a go and post your results below!
Cunningham, S. (1988). Cunningham's encyclopedia of crystal, gem & metal magic. St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.: Llewellyn Publications.