Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful deep-blue, semi-precious, metamorphic rock.
It’s one of the earliest traded and sought after goods in ancient civilization.
For more than 6 millennia it fascinated people all around.
Its esoteric attributes became popular in ancient Egypt. Since then people identified it as a mystical artifact and remained so throughout history.
In pre-Columbian America, Lapis Lazuli was compared to the color of the starry sky before dark. In some cultures, it represented a talisman for protection while in others a simple ornamental stone.
Lapis Lazuli has always been associated with nobility, mysticism, and power. It was also used as a cure for melancholy.
But you couldn’t find it in its present form at the very beginning. It went through several geological transformations before becoming the gorgeous gemstone it is today.
It’s made of several minerals, each with its own characteristics and hardness.
The main component is lazurite, which covers most of its mineral structure. Because it is a member of the sodalite family, lazurite is the reason it has that deep blue color.
Some of the other minerals that contribute to its beauty are sodalite, calcite, and pyrite. It can also contain mica, hornblende, enstatite, diopside, and augite.
Where Does Lapis Lazuli Come From And How Does It Look Like
For thousands of years, Afghanistan has been the leading source of Lapis Lazuli. The region of Badakhshan is one of the oldest recorded mining sites.
Unfortunately, because of the brutal conflicts in the area, many think of this stone as the “conflict mineral”.
Other countries that have the stone are Chile, Russia, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan, and Argentina.
It came to Europe in the Middle Ages under the form of jewelry and ground pigment.
Lapis Lazuli Color
Lapis Lazuli usually has variations of deep and indigo blue.
Some pieces have part of white calcite inserted within them. This is the second most abundant mineral found in Lapis Lazuli. Gray inclusions or gold pyrite can also be present.
As expected, these variations have lower desirability than the simple deep blue Lapis.
Its texture is usually soft but it depends on the cut and polishing. It is a rather soft stone and that’s why jewelers use it in their pieces.
Lapis Lazuli Pronunciation And Meaning
The name comes from a combination of the Latin word “Lapis”, which translates as “stone”, and the Persian word “lazure” which means “blue”.
In ancient times, because of its intense blue color, people considered Lapis Lazuli a sapphire. The documentation was very thin at the time and they didn’t know the chemical composition.
Although not as pricy as a real sapphire, today Lapis Lazuli is still a very sought after gemstone.
Lapis Lazuli Throughout History and Legends
The Lapis Lazuli stone has been present in human history and lore for almost 9000 years. Records show that its extraction dates back 7000 years BC. This happened in the current region of northeastern Afghanistan.
Keep in mind – 9000 years!
Can you imagine how long that is?
This takes us back to the dawn of known civilization. Specifically, we’re talking about the Sumerian civilization and the region of Mesopotamia.
The earliest records of jewelry and beads made out of Lapis Lazuli date back as far as 3500 BC.
In Sumerian mythology, gods were considered crystal entities. The crystals we have here on earth represent their embodiment.
The legends linked to this mystical stone tell the story of Inanna. She represented the goddess of beauty and courage in Sumerian mythology.
Inanna ventured into the underworld wearing a Lapis Lazuli ring. Doing so, she was able to learn how much a person is going to live.
One of the earliest records of Lapis Lazuli as well as other semi-precious stones are found in ancient Egypt. Back then people use them for mystical practices.
Together with other stones, Lapis was considered an amulet that generated a field of protection from evil and the dead.
One interesting fact is that both the 26th chapter and the 140th chapter from the Egyptian Book Of The Dead, are engraved in Lapis Lazuli and gold.
Uses Throughout History
Also, in ancient Egypt, the high-priests and leaders wore necklaces with Lapis Lazuli. These amulets would stimulate their potential and intuition. They would improve their communication and help them speak the truth.
The Egyptians believed that a combination of gold and Lapis Lazuli was the perfect cleanser for the soul and body. This mixture would remove dark energies and even dark entities with the cost of the shattering the gemstone.
In the Mesopotamic era, the Assyrian kings considered Lapis Lazuli a gift from the gods. They wore it as an amulet for protection.
The stone even made it to the Chinese Emperors who wore it as an ornamental sign. It signified loyalty and courage in serving their land.
The Greek and Roman Empire deeply appreciated Lapis Lazuli. They used it for both ornamental and esoteric purposes.
People in the Middle-ages used Lapis to remove evil spirits. This way they would create a pathway for the entities of light, compassion, and wisdom.
Later on, they transformed Lapis Lazuli in a powder called “ultramarine”. This is a derived pigment which is still very valuable and used in many works of art throughout history.
It seems that Michelangelo used this dye for some of his paintings.
There are many references where Lapis Lazuli is present in the Epic Of Gilgamesh and Buddhist texts.
It is one of the few stones that has been around from ancient times. Many cultures believe, even today, that it has healing and mystical properties.
What Are The Healing Properties Of Lapis Lazuli And 3 Benefits To Remember
Lapis Lazuli can work very well in repelling negative energies and protecting against unwanted people.
It brings the “practicability” of its mystical properties into the physical realm.
It helps stimulate the energy flow and activation of the throat and third eye chakra. Of course, it works over the whole body but resonates the most with the two.
At The Physical Level
Lapis Lazuli has the main attribute of stimulating communication and speaking the truth. It is a powerful stone that can enhance the desire for knowledge as well as intellectual performance.
Remember: communication is the physical vocalized manifestation of our deep emotions and thoughts.
Lapis Lazuli has the power to stimulate:
- Fast thinking and problem-solving;
- Desirability to learn. Grow one’s knowledge and wisdom;
- Intellectual analysis and good judgment;
- Inspiration for new ideas, inventions, and artistic creations;
That’s why Lapis Lazuli is popular among, but not limited to, lawyers, psychologists, journalists, writers, inventors, historians, and scientists. It attracts success, appreciation, and respect within their work environment.
The Emotional And Spiritual Level
Lapis Lazuli helps you boost your confidence level and the honesty of your expression through words and intentions.
It has the ability to bring tranquility and harmony within relationships. It attracts the desire to communicate in a calm, loving manner.
Laspis Lazuli can transform chaos into order.
Its energetic structure helps improve your life by concentrating energy on success.
If you are ready, at a spiritual level, this stone can activate latent spiritual potentials from within the Ajna and Vishuddha chakra.
With time, through meditation and with the help of crystals and stones like Lapis Lazuli, you can develop the ability to tap into dormant skills that can change your life.
Here are the 3 main benefits of Lapis Lazuli:
- Helps activate your communication and intuition;
- Has the power to cleanse and bring harmony;
- Stimulates truth and creativity;
How To Cleanse Lapis Lazuli
One of the easiest ways to cleanse Lapis Lazuli is with Reiki.
- Activate your palms and hold the stone each day for 10-15 minutes;
- Visualize how it becomes engulfed with light and love;
- This will purge any negative thoughts, energies and/or entities;
- Use Reiki symbols to further cleanse and activate it;
- Incense sticks or frankincense can also help. They will release any accumulated negative energies;
- Even washing it with water (avoid hot water) and soap will have an energetical cleansing effect;
The 2 Chakras Lapis Lazuli Works Best With
Although Lapis Lazuli enhances the energy and vibration of all energy fields and centers, there are two chakras this stone resonates with.
The throat chakra – Vishuddha;
The third eye chakra – Ajna;
When properly cleansed, Vishuddha is responsible for helping us verbally manifest our thoughts, emotions, and experiences harmoniously.
To achieve this, you need to activate the chakra. A powerful stimulant such as Lapis Lazuli is one of the best ways to do it.
- Place one Lapis Lazuli in the pit of the throat;
- This will help you relax and stimulate the activation of the throat chakra;
- At the physical level, it will influence the thyroid gland and balance the energies that govern it;
Ajna handles wisdom, intuition, and intellect.
When properly cleansed, Ajna can become an incredible tool for spiritual evolution and Divine inspiration.
Therefore, it needs attention, care, and beneficial stimulant. Lapis Lazuli is highly recommended for Ajna. Amethyst or white quartz work very well too.
- Lay down with a Lapis Lazuli on the third eye chakra and close your eyes;
- You will quickly be able to enter a meditative state;
- Doing so will help you understand the potential that lies beyond what you normally see;
- It will help activate the chakra and its inert structures. These are useful for your growth as a spiritual being;
Lapis Lazuli And Reiki
I believe Lapis can enhance the self-treatment and treatment of others.
Its particular healing properties can boost the vibration of the throat and third eye chakra.
Be sure to activate the Reiki symbols on the stone as well as your chakras before using it. This will significantly increase its power and beneficial effects.
NOTE: If used with white quartz, Lapis Lazuli can cleanse all your energy fields and stimulate your chakras.
The white quartz can heal all the chakras and cleanse the energy fields by itself. Using it in conjunction with Lapis Lazuli will amplify the cleansing power.
This combination is an amazing tool for emotional and mental healing.
Where Can You Find Lapis Lazuli And How Much Does It Cost
There are many websites that sell crystals and gemstones.
While some can be more reliable than others, I always recommend going into a physical shop. It’s always better to see and touch the stones and crystals. Local conventions and fairs can be an excellent choice as well.
Taking the time to look at them will allow you to feel their intense energy and vibration. You get to hold them in your hand and make an informed decision when choosing the right one for you.
Besides this, you get to inspect it and know if it’s real or not.
Just so you know, Lapis Lazuli is not a cheap stone, but there are quite good deals if you have the patience to search.
I had the opportunity to buy a small one for about $3.00 in a shop in downtown Sarasota, Florida. I guess there are many options across the country. http://www.pixiedustsarasota.com
It’s one of the oldest stones used in spiritual practices as well as jewelry.
I like to use it in therapy, specifically for activating the throat and third eye chakras.
Apart from its beautiful color, for me, it’s a stone that’s full of mistery. Its long history gives me more confidence when using it.
I’m sure it works differently for each and every one of us. therefore I encourage you to explore it as much as you can.
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