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Stories and legends

Lapis lazuli is one of the stones that has the most legends and myths about it. The first traces of this fabulous blue stone date back to at least 7,000 BC.

Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock with variations in its composition. Belonging to the silicate family, lapis lazuli is made up of limestone and approximately 20 to 40% lazurite. It is this presence of lazurite which gives the stone its beautiful deep blue color.

Furthermore, it also contains veins of pyrite, which give it yellow flashes. This pyrite has sometimes been confused with gold. Sodalite, calcite and augite are also present in this stone.

Lapis lazuli has a low hardness of 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale. For comparison, diamond has a hardness of 10 on this same scale.

Lapis lazuli is a magnificent blue stone. The fewer pyrite veins or calcite shards it contains, the more valuable it is.

The name of this stone comes from the Latin “lapis” meaning stone and “lazuli” meaning azure. Literally, the translation of its name is “azure stone”. However, the stone has had other names.

It has even been confused with sapphire. The greatest geologists and naturalists have made the mistake. This is the case of Theophrastus, (371 - 288 BC), Greek philosopher and naturalist, of Pliny the Elder (23 - 79 AD), Roman naturalist writer and of Georgius Agricola (1494 - 1555), father of the mineralogy and metallurgy. The latter evoke a star sapphire because of this magnificent blue and these golden spots.

Many archaeological sites have highlighted the existence of this stone since 7,000 BC. Many objects, jewelry, amulets and other daggers were discovered. It seems that this incredible stone was the subject of trade between Afghanistan, Mesopotamia and Egypt.

During the Bronze Age (2700 to 900 BC), lapis lazuli was nicknamed “the stone of stones” by the Sumerians. Superb artifacts have been found in the tombs of the Royal Cemetery of Ur in Iraq and the Royal Palace of Ebla in Syria. It evokes the celestial vault and is reserved for elites, princes and gods.

In the Middle East and Egypt, all kinds of objects were then made (statuettes of animals, seals, amulets, and jewelry). Lapis lazuli then becomes a stone with powerful virtues. Stronger than evil, this stone is the symbol of perfection. She becomes the embodiment of spiritual, political and physical power. Then, it is used to represent the eyes of deities. Furthermore, Tutankhamun's mask has lapis lazuli inlaid at the eyebrows.

The Romans attributed aphrodisiac benefits to it and used it as an antidote against stings and bites from insects or snakes. Crushed, this stone is used as cosmetic.

In Europe, in the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was ground to make ointments with strong healing powers. From 1400, lapis lazuli was used as a pigment for painting. We find it in the sky of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. This pigment has a relatively high cost so it will be replaced by a synthetic pigment in the 19th century.

Today, this lapis lazuli pigment is still available and can reach a price of €20,000 per kg. The price varies depending on its quality and origin.

The deposits

The main deposits are located in Afghanistan, Egypt, etc.

Lapis lazuli and its benefits in lithotherapy

Its psychological benefits

Lapis lazuli is a stone of openness to others. It develops communication and facilitates friendly exchanges. This allows you to overcome your shyness. It encourages people to express themselves without restraint, without fear of reproach or criticism.

This stone provides the necessary assurance to take charge of one's life and no longer be subject to anyone's domination. It restores self-confidence and generates emotional healing.

Blue represents serenity: this stone brings calm, represses negative emotions and fights against stress. Lapis lazuli helps combat anxiety, buried fears and past trauma. It is recommended during episodes of intense sadness.

Lapis lazuli is a stone of intellectual and artistic stimulation. It develops imagination, ingenuity and creativity. Thus, it is perfect for all people who need to create (artists, writers, authors, composers, etc.).

This stone allows its wearer to spread tenderness, kindness and happiness. It facilitates introspection and helps identify psychological problems. It gives the strength to fight the hidden causes of the discomfort felt.

Lapis lazuli is invaluable during complicated times, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, job dismissal, etc.

Its benefits at the physical level

Lapis lazuli is a stone known to overcome insomnia, restless nights and nightmares. It diffuses sweetness which soothes tormented minds.

Placed in the bedroom, this stone provides quality and restorative sleep. It restores vitality and vigor upon awakening.

Lapis lazuli promotes the proper functioning of the solar plexus chakra.

It fights effectively against states of sadness and anxiety. This helps to eliminate stress and its consequences on the body.

Lapis lazuli and associated astrological signs

Lapis lazuli is an extremely powerful stone and the effectiveness of its benefits is felt by all natives of the zodiac. But it happens that certain astrological signs are even more receptive, in particular the following signs:

  • Aries: symbol of energy, enthusiasm and action. This sign represents boldness, leadership and dynamism. Wearing lapis lazuli allows you to get back up after a failure and not let yourself be defeated. He shows a lot of stubbornness and willpower. When he wants something, he does everything to get it. He has a very stubborn nature. Family means a lot to him and he can be very generous. Competitive, he likes to measure himself against others whatever the field. He is often first and he loves it. He is very frank and always says what he thinks. He is sorely lacking in diplomacy and can be hurtful. He is a spendthrift, also, he seeks professional success. In love, he has the heart of an artichoke and often falls in love. He likes to build relationships and explore others. Over the years, he settled down and started a family. He likes the idea of ​​marriage;

  • Taurus: symbol of earth, fertility and stability. This sign represents loyalty, willpower and jealousy. Wearing lapis lazuli soothes it and brings serenity. This sign is very reliable, it is linked to the earth and nature. He likes to own and acquire land and real estate. He is extremely materialistic. He lives in a world of celebrations and pleasures. He loves luxury and is generous. Very stubborn, it is impossible to change his mind. He is a reliable and honest person. But be careful not to betray him, because his anger will be very violent. In love, he is a great seducer and is passionate. He is very sensual. He likes to caress and be tactile. It has a magnetic charm. But he longs to start a family;

  • Virgo: symbol of method, logic and criticism. This sign represents organization, perfection and work. Wearing lapis lazuli allows him to overcome his shyness. In fact, this sign is very complex and very anxious. His anxious nature often puts him in the background. He is a real workaholic and has a huge amount of knowledge. He is often called upon for his logical mind. Concerned about the smallest detail, this sign is very demanding and very critical. He is obsessed with order and cannot stand dirt. He is discreet and his modesty is often an obstacle to his success. In love, this sign is very modest. He cannot give himself up completely. Often self-conscious, this sign prefers solitude rather than emotional failure. If he marries, it is often for the practical side of marriage and not for love.

Lapis lazuli and the chakras

Lapis lazuli is an excellent stone for balancing the throat chakra. It allows you to express yourself freely. The speech is clear, clear and concise. This balanced chakra provides quality communication. The voice is harmonious and the words are honest. It develops feelings of compassion, empathy and understanding towards others.

An unbalanced throat chakra, being too open, leads to a lack of confidence in oneself and others. The person becomes ironic and can pour out a multitude of words until they become totally incoherent. She absolutely does not listen to others.

A blocked throat chakra causes difficulty expressing oneself. The person does not dare to speak for fear of being ridiculed. It can become coarse and inaudible. She is shy and nervous.

The maintenance, purification and recharge of lapis lazuli

Since its extraction, your stone has not been able to purify itself or recharge with the elements of nature. She was even in contact with all kinds of energies. It is therefore necessary to purify and recharge it as soon as it arrives at your home.

The following operations should be carried out as maintenance at least once a month or after a lithotherapy session.

Your lapis lazuli is a stone with low hardness. It is essential to handle it with care. Quickly run it under tap water. Dry it gently using a soft cloth. You can also purify it using white sage fumigation or using a Tibetan bowl.

Recharge it in the rays of the morning sun for an hour or place it in an amethyst geode or on a quartz cluster for 24 hours.

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