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Qualities of Lapis Lazuli:
- Love & Fidelity
- Third Eye Chakra
Lapis lazuli is not a single mineral, but rather an opaque rock consisting of varying amounts of royal blue lazurite and white calcite, with minute amounts of silver pyrite. It belongs to the silicate group of minerals and forms according to the cubic crystal system. It has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale
The word lapis comes from the Latin meaning stone, while the word lazuli comes from the Arabic and is a reference to its appearance being like the sky. It has been ground to make pigment for paint since the very beginning of human civilization; many famous paintings of the Virgin Mary feature literally lapis blue robes.
It is the oldest spiritual stone known to man and in some ancient texts it is said to be as old as time itself. It features prominently in perhaps the most famous jewels of all time, those of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen. The ancient Egyptians held it as their representation of the truth, and believed it would protect them on their journey through the after life. It was considered so sacred a gem in Egypt that only priests and members of the royal house were allowed to wear it.
Through the ages it has always been associated with spiritual wisdom and universal insight, strengthening both body and mind towards total awareness and perfection. One legend dating back to Babylon and ancient Persia revered lapis as the symbol of love, tenderness and fidelity. It has also been recognised to stimulate the sixth sense of creativity. An old tradition states that the law of Moses was inscribed on two blocks of lapis.
The alchemists called it the “stone of heaven”. Practically, lapis lazuli can be used to enhance meditation, giving one the strength to keep a clear mind, whilst encouraging a connection between the physical and celestial planes.
It will assist in the understanding of esoteric ideas, giving insights into all things sacred. If placed over the third eye it will assist in the understanding of ones dreams. A useful stone for communication, it will assist in the processing of auditory information and encourage clarity and responsiveness during speech. When applied to the physical body it will strengthen and regulate the immune system.
It can be used to treat disorders concerned with the throat, and will sooth the eyes. Lapis is known to activate the regenerative energies of the body, and is thought to assist in preventing RNA/DNA damage from occurring.