Lapis Lazuli

Properties: Lapis Lazuli is the stone of ancient knowledge and wisdom. Lapis resonates on a very high, harmonious level as it brings peace and deeper understanding when looking inward. It therefore, encourages inner self-knowledge, encourages self-awareness and will show you inner truth, when you really choose to look. A wonderful stone to work with for self-acceptance. It’s deep blue color is like looking deep into an ocean of possibilities providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality seeking balance.

Lapis encourages creativity. It opens one up to self-expression, stimulating objectivity, clarity and self-realization. When used at the Throat Chakra, Lapis will help you in speaking the truth and therefore, inspires confidence. By speaking your feelings and emotions, it often allows for greater self-expression and revelation, especially when it does no harm. It helps balance the function of the thyroid gland while strengthening the neck and vocal cords.

Lapis promotes clear understanding through the power of intuition. When applied to the Third Eye Chakra, this stone helps to open up the ability for psychic attunement. Lapis makes this center more aware or responsive to our own insightful nature. Your mission, as an adult, is to start trusting this insight. Lapis is a stone of protection that may be worn to guard against psychic attacks. It shelters the wearer like a shield. Lapis is a powerful thought amplifier and is helpful in aligning all the elements of the body and mind. Can guide you in the direction of mental and spiritual purity.

Folk Remedies: Historically, lapis has been beneficial to the respiratory system, especially the throat and lungs. It has been used as a stone for detoxing and cleansing the organs and the nervous system. A good stone for blood purification and for boosting the immunity. Lapis has been used over the centuries for relieving stress and anxiety, as well as related symptoms of restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and depression.

Feng Shui: This is a great stone for the Center area for health and balance. Use in the Northeast area for Skill and Knowledge.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1

History: Lapis Lazuli,(Na,Ca)8(AlSiO4)6(S,SO4,Cl), is a relatively rare semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. The main component of lapis lazuli is lazurite (25% to 40%), a feldspathoid silicate mineral. Most lapis lazuli also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue), and pyrite (metallic yellow). Lapis is the Latin word for “stone” and lazuli is the genitive form of the medieval latin lazulum, which means “heaven” or “sky“. It is the “stone of heaven” or “sky stone”. Lapis lazuli was being mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan as early as the 3rd millennium BC and has been found as far east as Lake Baikal in Siberia. Lapis jewelry has been found at Pre-dynastic Egyptian tombs and sites and ancient Sumerian sites, as well as, at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania in West Africa. Lapis lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, where the Sar-e-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years.

Looking Within

Lapis promotes clear understanding through the power of intuition. Lapis helps us to look within ourselves for greater self-examination, self-realization and self-transformation. It helps us to pay attention to who we really are, but have trouble expressing.

Lapis makes this center more aware or responsive to our own insightful nature. Your mission, as an adult, is to start trusting this insight. Lapis is a stone of protection that may be worn to guard against psychic attacks. It shelters the wearer like a shield.

Associations

Angels: Zadkiel
Associated Crystal: Metamorphic family
Birthstone: December
Color: Blue, Indigo
Chakra: Third Eye Chakra
Element: Air
Flowers: linden, lavender, lilac, orchid, violet
Gods/Goddesses: Athena, Hera, Inanna, Nuit
Planet: Jupiter
Zodiac: Libra
Sabbat:  Mabon, Yule
Tarot: The Hiierophant, Wheel of Fortune, The World

Easy Lapis Eye Pillow

Step 1: Mix 1 cups flax seed with 2 cups rice in bowl.

Step 2: Put a few drops of lavender oil and several small lapis lazuli stones.

Step 3: Pour ingredients into a sock or small cloth bag

Step 3: Tie a knot at the open end of the sock or bag.

Step 4: Rest with the eye pillow for 15-20 minutes and look within!

Cleansing & Charging Lapis Lazuli

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1

The Power of Color

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