Lapis Lazuli & Crystal Energy
Lapis lazuli is the ultimate metaphysical rock and the key to personal and emotional change (Hall, 2007). It is associated with the crown and the throat chakras (Mercier, 2005; Hall 2007).
- This is a high-vibration stone, able to induce enormous serenity and conferring a protective aura. It harmonises the body, emotions, mind and the spirit. It is known for facilitating inner selfknowledge and multi-dimensional cellular healing. As a thought enhancer, the energy embodied in lapis lazuli encourages higher mental faculties, creativity, self-expression, active listening and harmony.
- It is known to be beneficial to the immune, nervous and respiratory systems. Therefore it is associated with balancing hormonal shifts, metabolic disorders associated with the thyroid, thymus, blood pressure skeletal regulating processes (Hall, 2007).
- It is thus evident that since lapis lazuli is beneficial to the body systems that support the skin, it will have a positive effect on the latter. Lapis lazuli is a rock, not a mineral, as it is composed of more than one mineral (Lilly & Lilly, 2004).
- Lazurite is the main constituent of lapis lazuli, ranging from 25 to 40% of its mass.
- Other components include a felsdpath silicate mineral composed of sodium, aluminium, silicon, oxygen, sulfur, and chloride. Its formula is (Na,Ca)8(AlSiO4)6(S,SO4,Cl)1-2 (Lilly & Lilly, 2004).
- Most lapis lazuli also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (metallic yellow). Other possible constituents are augite, diopside, enstatite, mica, hauynite, hornblende and nosean.
- Some contain trace amounts of the sulfur rich lollingite variety geyerite.
- The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with pin-point amounts of pyrite, giving the impression of gold incrustations. White calcite present should be restricted to small inclusions. Stones that contain an abundance of calcite and pyrite are less valuable.
- The best quality of Lapis Lazuli originates from Afghanistan, in the province of Badakhshan (Kokcha Valley, Sar-eSang) where it has been mined for 6 500 years (Bancroft, 1984; Bowersox & Chamberlain, 1995).
- Its striking colour and texture made it one of the most sought after stones since antiquity.
- It was used in architecture for cladding walls and columns, as well as in ornaments. In particular, the ancient Egyptians, left remarkable examples of its use in their pyramids and temples. It became particularly popular in Europe during the Renaissance, as it was used as a pigment for tempera paint known as ultramarine (Oldershaw, 2003).
- The name lapis lazuli has an interesting origin. Lapis is the Latin name for stone and “lazuli” is the genitive form of the Medieval Latin lazulum, derived from the Arabic lazaward, which itself derived from the Persian lajward, the name of the place where lapis lazuli was mined. The English word azure as well as the Portuguese and Spanish azul are cognates.
The name lapis lazuli thus means, “stone of azure” or the blue stone (Senning, 2007).