Archive | November 2016

Lapis Lazuli

 

Lapis Lazuli is a rock composed mostly of Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite. It is deep blue with gold flecks from the pyrite and white streaks from the calcite. The more prized Lapis is that which has more intense blue, whereas lower grade Lapis is slightly paler blue with more white than gold flecks, and is referred to as Denim Lapis. Its name comes from the Persian word ‘lazhuward’ meaning ‘blue’.

Lapis Lazuli

 

Lapis Lazuli has been used by healers, priests and even royalty since ancient times, to bring wisdom and power and for ability to develop psychic abilities .

 

tutankhamun's mask

 

Lapis Lazuli was mined in Afghanistan as early as 3000 BC. Through trade, Afghanistan was the source of Lapis for the ancient Egyptians and later the Greeks and Romans. This prized stone was used by the Pharaohs and used around the eyes and for the eyebrows on the well known funeral mask of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun, and beautiful amulets made from the stone were discovered in his tomb.

 

tutankhamun's scarab amulet

 

Lapis Lazuli began to be exported to Europe towards the end of the middle ages for the valuable ultramarine dye obtained by grinding it into powder. Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments and was used in the paintings of some of the most renowned artists of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

High grade Lapis Lazuli is becoming harder to find as many of the best deposits have already been mined. Whilst some mines have been found in Chile, Italy, Russia and the USA, some of the best Lapis comes from the ancient mine in Afghanistan.

Lapis Lazuli harmonises the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the body. Imbalances between these planes can lead to dis-ease, a sense of lack of purpose and depression. Once harmony is restored, it brings about multi dimensional cellular healing and a deep inner self knowledge. It echoes the vibrations of truth and enlightenment, representing the universal truth.

Lapis Lazuli is related primarily to the brow chakra, opening the third and balancing the energies of the throat chakra, the voice of the body.

 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli showing the glistening gold coloured pyrite

Spiritual Benefits

As a stone for the third eye, or brow chakra, the energy of Lapis Lazuli assists in developing intuition, channeling and psychic abilities and powers. By opening the third eye and activating the pineal gland, it can open your connection to the angel and spirit realms. Its powerful energy promotes spiritual growth and spiritual health. A healthy and balanced brow chakra allows us to see clearly. It heightens our perception and intuition, our thoughts come with depth and clarity giving profound conviction and faith and trust in oneself. From this begins enlightenment. Lapis Lazuli facilitates spiritual journeying and dream work, bringing information from ours dreams into our consciousness where they impart wisdom.

A stone of communication, Lapis Lazuli balances the throat chakra. As the voice of the body, the throat chakra allows us to express the energy of our other chakras. If the throat chakra is blocked or out of balance, it affects our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings. A healthy throat chakra allows free expression with your words aligned to your personal truth. Lapis Lazuli teaches power of the spoken word and can reverse curses or disease caused by not speaking out.

As a protection stone, Lapis Lazuli protects from psychic attacks, recognising and blocking them before returning the negative energy back to its source.

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent stone for meditation and manifestation. Draw in this strong manifestation energy by placing on the third eye whilst meditating on a that which you wish to manifest. Mentally picture your desires as already having been fulfilled.

 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli showing the white calcite and gold pyrite inclusions.

 

Emotional benefits

Lapis Lazuli is a powerful thought amplifier. It stimulates the higher mind, enhancing intellectual ability and memory, increasing concentration and assisting in the process of learning. It helps to bring objectivity and clarity to our thoughts, supporting our knowledge, understanding and awareness of truth.

As already mentioned, Lapis Lazuli is a stone of communication. It brings harmony in relationships, encouraging honesty, understanding, compassion and self expression. It can be particularly useful in homes with children suffering from autism, attention deficit disorder or Asperger’s syndrome, providing a calmness and assisting them to express their feelings and thoughts.

Lapis Lazuli can help with anger by dissipating the anger and associated negative thoughts. It can help to bring suppressed thoughts and emotions to the surface, enabling them to be rationally resolved. It can quickly release stress replacing it with a sense of peace.

Lapis Lazuli helps to develop a strong sense of inner power, courage, confidence and hope. This makes it an excellent stone for helping to deal with the feelings and emotions that may come from grief, trauma, abuse and the anxiety and depression that often follows such traumatic events.

 

Lapis Lazuli

 

Physical benefits

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent stone to help with physical issues in the throat and head. Benefiting the throat, larynx, vocal chords and thyroid it also helps with migraine pain (as well as pain in general), hearing loss, vertigo, and other issues related to the ear, nasal and sinus passages and tubes.

Lapis Lazuli is known to benefit to the nervous, respiratory and immune systems. Said to purify the blood, lower blood pressure and improve circulation and caridac rhythm it is also an excellent stone for the cardiovascular and circulatory systems.

This stone is reportedly beneficial for women suffering from issues related to female hormones, such as menstrual irregularities, pms, menopause and relieving the associated cramps.

Lapis Lazuli aids the nervous system and brain disorders, and is believed to help with autism, attention-deficit disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and anything else that my fall on the autistic spectrum.

 

Lapis Lazuli bead

 

How to use.

To get the most benefit from Lapis Lazuli, wear or place it at the throat or third eye or position it anywhere between sternum and top of head.

Alternatively, a gem essence or crystal elixir can be made with the stone, however it should be made using the indirect method due to Lapis Lazuli being a soft porous stone and also containing copper and sulphur (from the pyrite inclusions). For details on how to prepare a crystal elixir using the indirect method please see this post Making a crystal elixir .

 

Please note that although crystals are thought to assist us as described above, they should not be considered as a cure should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical advice and treatment, though they can be used alongside these. Please always seek a doctors advice with any medical concerns.

 

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Citrine

 

What is citrine?

Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges in colour from a pale yellow through to a smokey brown, sometimes it contains rainbows and has a shimmer or sparkle to it. Natural citrine is relatively hard to come by, most of the citrine on the market is in fact heat treated amethyst. A way to tell the difference is that natural citrine is usually a pale honey or straw colour, if it is heat treated amethyst, the yellow colour will be most concentrated at the tip but white at the bottom. Heating the stone doesn’t change its molecular structure, i.e. it is still Si0₂, however the colour is changed from the violet to the yellow frequency and so it resonates a different vibrational frequency or energy. A point to note also it that citrine fades in sunlight. It is thought that paler shades of the natural stone govern the physical body whereas darker shades connect with the subtle spiritual bodies.

 

citrine (heat-treated)

This citrine point is likely heat-treated amethyst – note the deeply coloured point in contrast to the white base.

 

A powerful cleanser

Citrine is a powerful cleanser and re-generator that carries the power of the sun. Natural citrine is one of the two crystals that never requires clearing or cleansing (the other is kyanite) as it transmutes, dissipates, and grounds negative energy rather than accumulating it.

 

The stone of abundance

Citrine is commonly referred to as the ‘merchant’s stone’, ‘abundance stone’ or ‘success stone’ due to its said ability to manifest abundance and success in many aspects, particularly financially and in business and commerce. Citrine helps to stimulate creativity and imagination, assisting the manifestation of hopes and dreams. In Feng Shui, citrine would be placed in the wealth corner of your home or business premises (far left corner from the front door to the building or room). Try placing some inside your cash box or a small piece in your purse to both acquire and maintain wealth.

 

tower of coins

 

Physically

Citrine has a warming, energising and recharging effect, imparting energy, invigorating the physical body and increasing stamina and circulation. It is a valuable stone for those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. It is thought to aid in reversing degenerative disease and as such would be a recommended stone for anyone suffering from alzheimers. It also is thought to have benefits on the nervous system and in fortifying the nerves.

Citrine is said to be excellent for the liver, spleen, gall bladder and stimulating the digestive system. Thought to inhibit infection in the kidney and bladder, this stone may also prove useful in the treatment of bed wetting. As an eliminating stone, it may help with removing toxins, relieving constipation and is also said to help combat cellulite.

Supporting the endocrine system, it may assist in regulation of the activity of cells, organs and hormones, such as balancing the thyroid and encouraging proper metabolism. It helps maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair and may alleviate skin irritations and allergies. When taken as an elixir, citrine can help with hormone imbalances and relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Citrine can also be helpful for sleep disturbances or when suffering nightmares.

 

citrine tumblestones

Natural citrine tumblestones.

 

Mentally and Emotionally

Citrine is a happy stone. Not only does it remove negative energies and emotions, it replaces them with positive ones. It is particularly useful for people who are sensitive to environmental and other outside influences. An excellent stone to relieve depression, self-doubt, self criticism, anger, self destructive tendencies and phobias as citrine raises self esteem, self confidence and self worth. It assists in letting go of the past and moving forwards without the fear of being judged by others, assisting in being able to verbalise thoughts and feelings and bringing a confident and optimistic outlook to the future. Citrine is useful in settling and smoothing disharmony and disputes within family or groups.

 

citrine tumblestone

 

Spiritually

Citrine acts to open, cleanse and energize the chakras, particularly the solar plexus and navel chakras. In cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies, it realigns them with the physical body. Activates crown chakra and opens the intuition. Known for its ability to protect the aura by clearing negative energy and influences, it is useful in psychic and spiritual development.

In activating the solar plexus, it clears and magnifies personal energy, opening up the intuitive mind and helping with decisiveness. This focused intent and inner strength assists with manifesting what you want in life on the physical, emotional and material planes.

 

How to use

Try wearing around the finger, throat or in contact with the skin or placing in the wealth corner of your home as described earlier. Alternatively, use as an elixir.

 

 

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