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LAZURITE (LAPIS LAZULI)
SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Lazurite is a silicate of sodium calcium and aluminum,
with some sulfur. It is a member of the sodalite group. It's chemistry is (Na,
Ca)8(Al,Si)12O24(S,SO)4. The color ranges in shades of blue from violet blue and
azure blue thru greenish-blue. Lazurite is distinguished from sodalite by its
deeper color and fine grain. It is also softer and lighter in weight than
lazulite. It is dull to greasy and the streak is pale blue. The hardness ranges
between 5 and 5-1/2.
ENVIRONMENT: Crystals are rare. It is usually granular, compact, massive. It
forms in association with pyrite, calcite, and diopside in hornfels of contact
metamorphic rocks. The opaque, vivid blue, light blue, greenish-blue, or
violet-blue stone, consisting largely of lazurite but with appreciable amounts
of calcite, diopside, and pyrite, is a rock called [lapis lazuli.] The stone is
usually veined or spotted. Its value depends largely upon excellence and
uniformity of color and absence of pyrite, although some purchasers prefer lapis
OCCURRENCE: Lazurite is a rare mineral in North America, but it does occur on
Italian Mt. in the Sawatch Mts. of Colorado; on Ontario Peak in the San Gabriel
Mts., Los Angeles Co., and in Cascade Canyon in the San Bernardino Mts., San
Bernardino Co., California. The finest lapis lazuli has come from Badakshan in
Afghanistan, and less valuable material has come from Russia and Chile.
NAME: The name is from the Arabic [lazaward], "heaven," which was also applied
to sky-blue lapis lazuli.
LEGEND and LORE: Lapis Lazuli was a favorite stone of the ancient Egyptians. In
the past Lazurite has been burned and ground to form the pigment "ultramarine."
It was consider an aid to childbirth, and has long been associated with altered
states of consciousness and trance work. Lapis is sometimes designated as a
birthstone for December, although turquoise is most common.
MAGICAL PROPERTIES: To quote Cunningham: "This stone is used in rituals designed
to attract spiritual love. Take an untumbled piece of lapis with a sharp edge.
Empower the stone and a pink candle with your need for love. Then, using the
lapis lazuli, carve a heart onto the candle. Place the stone near the
candleholder and burn the candle while visualizing a love coming into your
life." Actually, the most important magical aspect of lapis is it's ability to
strengthen psychic awareness. Cunningham says "Despite its somewhat high price,
lapis lazuli is one stone every stone magician should own and utilize."(2)
HEALING: This stone is used at the Ajina, the Brow Chakra. It's related gland is
the pituitary. The pituitary gland is also referred to as the "master gland"
because it regulates all of the others. This location is also the center for the
eyes, ears, nose and brain.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I don't often use Lapis for physical healing, unless I feel
that there is a "link" between what is manifested as disease, and some conflict
of the "higher self". I have used it for brain disorders (tumors, inflammation,
etc.) More often, I use it in layouts where the client is trying to achieve an
altered state of consciousness.
1. Scientific, Environment, Occurrence and Name are from (or paraphrased from)
"The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".
2. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.
3. Some of the healing information may come from "Color and Crystals, A Journey
Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.
4. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks,
by Tandika Star.
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