Correct me if I’m wrong but this big purple slab of quartz is an Amethyst crystal. It’s in the Hall of Minerals at the Museum of Natural History. It sits there, strangely illuminated in the dark, illuminated from an external lighting source. We are attracted to its color and form –a non-organic thing in the midst of life and the living. By disposition and professional training, I regard it from the perspective of religion and religious studies. Is it an icon of or an index to something “supernatural”?