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Location & Composition of the Crystal
Lapis Lazuli, the “The Wisdom Keeper” and “Stone of Truth”; was originally known as Chesbet by the ancient Egyptians. It is said to have been mined in Egypt since around 4000 BCE. The name Lapis comes from the Latin word for stone and Lazuli from the ancient Persian word lajavard (in Arabic lazuward), meaning blue.
Lapis Lazuli is a commonly found crystal from Afghanistan, America, Chile, Egypt, India, Italy, Pakistan and Russia. It is a Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate of the silicates class of minerals and is largely made up of Lazurite, Sodalite and Calcite with gold flecks of Pyrite. It comes in various shades of medium to royal blue with golden flecks and is opaque in appearance.
General Information & Legends
Lapis Lazuli is generally called Lapis for short and is known as the “Stone of Truth” as it encourages honesty in both the spoken and written word as well as honesty with ourselves. It is a good crystal for writers of any kind to help with bringing forward new ideas, problem solving and analysis of those thoughts or other written material.
It may be carried by actors or speech makers to aid memory, bring recognition of their abilities, potential promotion and success. It will help to sharpen the mind but, conversely, will also calm down an overactive mind if it prevents sleep, allowing the mind to clear of stress and constant chatter.
Carry a Lapis crystal with you if you are a “glass half empty” kind of person, it will help with absorbing positive energy and to detract from negativity. It can also help with EMF (Electromagnetic Fields) from Wi-Fi and other technological equipment which may drain energy and have an adverse effect on health. It also protects against psychic attack and will return any negative vibrations back from whence they came.
It is thought that Lapis has been in existence since the birth of time. It was used to decorate the tombs of King Tutankhamun and other famous Egyptian Pharaohs, because they believed that the crystal would help bridge the gap between the physical world and the spiritual realm and allow them safe passage after their death (The Egyptian Book of the Dead describes in detail the importance of Lapis in funeral rituals).
Ancient Hebrews, priests and royals, dyed their clothing with Lapis to indicate their high status and it is believed that the Sapphire spoken of in the Bible was actually Lapis. Cleopatra used the crushed powder of Lapis in her cosmetics to create the signature eye makeup design that symbolises an Egyptian pharaoh.
During the Renaissance, Catherine the Great adorned a room in her palace with Lapis walls, fireplaces, doors and mirror frames. It was also ground into powder to produce the intense ultramarine colour used by Michelangelo.
Reference was made to Lapis in the old Assyrian texts of Assur over 2,000 years ago. It is said that Lapis was one of the seven gemstones placed in an amulet worn on the breast of the king. It was also worn on the yellow girdles of the Chinese emperors of the Manchu dynasty during the services in the Temple of Heaven.
Connections: Goddesses & Angels
Lapis Lazuli is associated with the following Goddesses: Athena, the Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom, Dana (Danu), the Celtic River Goddess, Hera, the Greek Goddess of Marriage, and the Queen of all Gods and Goddesses on Mount Olympus, Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld, Nut, the Egyptian Goddess of Heaven and Sky, and Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty (who is known as Aphrodite by the Greeks).
Lapis Lazuli is associated with Archangel Zadkiel the Angel of Compassion and Forgiveness and the patron angel of all who forgive. Zadkiel means Righteousness of God.
Lapis Lazuli is primarily associated with the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha), relating to communication; and is from where you speak your truth. Its secondary Chakra is the Third Eye or Brow Chakra (Ajna), relating to insight, intuition, awareness and guidance.
Healing: Physical, Emotional & Spiritual
In crystal healing, Lapis Lazuli is said to help with symptoms relating to the following illnesses and areas of the body: aches, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), AIDS/HIV, Asperger's syndrome, asthma, autism, birthing problems, body detoxification, bone disorders, bone marrow, brain disorders, cardiac rhythm, chronic pain, circulation, coma, cramps, dementia, dental problems, dizziness, ear infections, endocrine glands, epilepsy, eye disorders and infections, fainting, fever, headache and migraine relief, hearing problems, herpes, high blood pressure, immune system strengthening, inflammation, insomnia, labour pain, laryngitis, menopause, menstrual cramps, nervous system, pain, PMS, pregnancy, shingles, sleep apnoea, spleen, throat, thyroid, toothache, vertigo, vocal cords and vomiting.
Emotionally, Lapis Lazuli is said to assist with anxiety, calming, criticism, depression, despair, emotional abuse, emotional healing, grief, hope, insecurity, melancholy, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, perseverance, reducing stress or tension, repressed anger, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-worth, suicidal thoughts. It is also reported to help with symptoms or thoughts relating to abuse.
Spiritually, Lapis Lazuli is said to aid appreciation, aura balancing, communicating and connecting with spirits, inner vision, intuition, karma, meditation, psychic abilities, psychic attack, psychic protection, reincarnation, spiritual protection, spiritual upliftment and wisdom.
Birthstones & Anniversaries
Lapis Lazuli is an ancient and a modern birthstone of those born between the 19th February and the 19th March which corresponds to the Zodiac sign Pisces. It is also a traditional and modern birthstone of those born between the 21st November and the 21st December which corresponds to the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.
Lapis Lazuli is listed as a crystal for the 9th anniversary and on the alternate list it is a 7th anniversary crystal.
Lapis Lazuli is a perfect crystal for meditating with as it allows the user to feel calm and protected whilst connecting with spirit guides and also assists spiritual journeying. It is said to bring information to the mind in visual format and to help regain lost knowledge for those with past-life connections to the ancient civilisations such as Atlantis, Egypt, Peru and Sumeria etc.; and therefore help spiritual growth and development in this incarnation whilst awakening us to our true destiny and divine purpose.
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Important to Know
WARNING: Lapis is relatively soft and porous so can be easily chipped, cracked or scratched when knocked against something hard, take special care with Lapis jewellery to protect it from chemicals such as perfume and hairspray etc.
As with all crystals you use regularly, don’t forget to cleanse and recharge it at least once a month.
For crystal healers who use crystals in their work, they should be cleansed after each client to remove any negative energy prior to being used on someone else.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Although the powers of crystals and stones are well documented and have been proven to help bring positivity into people's lives, they are never a substitute for medical advice.
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