Aug 7, 2023
Color: Blue and Indigo
Associated with: Third Eye Chakra
Birth Stone: Sagittarius
Uses: Boosts intuition, enhances wisdom, truth, learning
Mosh Scale: 5 to 5.5 hardness.
Chemical composition: An aggregate
Lapis Lazuli is a stone of royalty and nobility; and is considered a stone of truth.
This Divine Gemstone can help you to activate your own intuition, clear any blockages from your throat or third eye chakras, aids with psychic abilities, and helps you to connect with spiritual guidance and visionary awareness.
Lapis Lazuli is most often referred to as Lapis - the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning ‘stone’ and the Persian ‘lazhward’ meaning ‘blue’ and is semitranslucent to opaque, with a waxy to vitreous luster. The color meaning of lapis lazuli is also used in various languages including Spanish and Portuguese Azul.
It is a metamorphic rock that is formed from the fusion of lazurite (sometimes referred to as Hauyne), calcite and pyrite minerals. The gold flecks in lapis lazuli are created by pyrite, which is incredibly attractive and will not lower the price of the gemstone unlike white streaks caused by calcite. Sometimes, Lapis can also contain any of the following: diopside, amphibole, feldspar, and mica.
Lapis is known as dark blue but can also be found in other shades of blue, and even other hues. The color of lapis can range from a deep violet blue, royal blue to light blue, turquoise blue, right through to a greenish blue. This is due to the combination of different minerals in the aggregate.
To be classified as Lapis Lazuli the rock must have a distinctive blue color and contain at least 25% blue Lazurite.
However, there are a couple of sub-varieties of Lapis Lazuli which have different trade names:
- Chilean Lapis which has more white calcite streaks and less golden pyrite
- Denim Lapis a lighter colored gemstone close in color to faded jeans.
Lapis Lazuli was a treasured gemstone by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. History shows that Lapis Lazuli was being mined as far back and the seventh millennium BC, in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, as well as in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan, which today still produce the finest Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, Caucasus, and Mauritania, as well as on the death mask of King Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC), where they inlaid it with turquoise and carnelian in bright gold.
Many bible scholars believe the spiritual meaning of lapis lazuli is referenced in the Old Testament as "sapphire" which they believe indicate lapis lazuli.
It is also said that Michelangelo used lapis lazuli in powder form to color the frescoes in his Sistine Chapel!
In modern times Lapis is also sourced in Chile and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. Minor sources are Angola, Canada, Colorado (US), and Pakistan.
As a Psychic Enhancement Gemstone
Lapis is a magnificent stone to have in your psychic arsenal, it is a great manifestation stone that can help you to make your dreams become a reality, it is also an excellent meditation stone. Not only does it empower your thoughts, but it can also protect you from both psychic and physical attacks in both your personal and professional life.
Lapis lazuli is considered a great protection stone because of all the protective energies it holds. It will help protect you from psychic attacks.
It is said to bring deep peace, harmony, and will help you to understand your inner truth, honesty, compassion, self-awareness, self-expression, morality, putting the wearer in a good mood throughout the day.
Lapis lazuli properties are effective in soothing inflammation and may help both the respiratory and nervous systems fight problems. It clears the throat and thyroid and is said to help those who suffer vocal issues and sore throats. By holding a Lapis Lazuli gemstone close to the throat chakra, it will balance your communication and expression, thus allowing for clearer and more honest communication.
Lapis Lazuli also has great healing powers and is celebrated as being The Wisdom Stone.
There are many health benefits to Lapis Lazuli – it is said to boost the immune system, and help shake off insomnia, it is also a great stone for dream work - place Lapis Lazuli close to your bed or beneath your pillow as you sleep and let it do the work of enchantment.
Lapis is also a great tool for intellectual analysis, problem solving, and creating fresh innovative ideas. By sharpening and activating your memory, Lapis can help you to generate new and innovative ideas. It stimulates the mind and brings clarity, objectivity, truth, and self-awareness.
Lapis Lazuli's can help calm the mind, thus relieving anger and negative thoughts. Which makes it a useful companion for anyone suffering an emotional breakdown. It also helps to alleviate depression and vertigo.
It can also be used in a general sense to help fight infection and ease the symptoms of a few neurological issues, including headaches. According to some sources, it can help detoxify the blood and organs.
Lapis has a strong connection to the Divine, and can be used to help develop intuition, gain insight into our higher selves, and access greater wisdom.
It is used as a charm to ensure fidelity, strengthen relationships, and draw spiritual love to the user.
In divination Lapis helps improve intuition and facilitate the detection of subtle energies. It is said to “disconnect” the logical mind and one’s psychic perception.
It is used by some for exorcisms. When paired with other crystals, herbs, or magical tools, it can cut through the deceptions and illusions inherent in some possessions.
Place a piece of lapis lazuli at the heart of the home (living room, kitchen, wherever everyone spends the most time together in the house) to help quiet tempers and promote cooperation. Or, if you have a home altar, place it there with some mint or another “cooling” herb to sooth emotional flare ups.
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