Lapis Lazuli is a stone that has always attracted us, especially for that deep blue colour that reminds us of the starry sky and distant galaxies; just looking at it gives us peace of mind and generates a connection with the great mystery of life.
Its name comes from the composition of the Latin “lapis” which means stone, and the Persian “lazhward”, which means blue. It is a rock made up of multiple minerals, mainly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite. Lower-grade Lapis Lazuli is lighter blue with more white spots than gold and is sometimes referred to as Denim Lapis. Lapis lazuli is considered a powerful energy receptor associated with spirituality and the search for wisdom and is closely related to the fifth chakra or Vishuddha.
It has been used since ancient times. In ancient Egypt, it was a very precious stone used to adorn sacred scarabs or funerary masks. In the Middle Ages, it was used to produce ultramarine blue pigment for painters or to dye fabrics. Today it is still used mainly in the creation of jewellery and mystic subjects.
History of Lapis Lazuli
There are records on the existence of lapis lazuli, more than six thousand years old. The Sumerians praised its virtues as an amulet, and even some myths relate it to the creation of the mysterious city of Atlantis. The ancient Egyptians considered it to be a sacred stone. Its deep blue colour, similar to the night sky, where the white spots would represent stars, earned it the name of “sky stone”.
Likewise, it was a common element in Egyptian temples’ decoration and mummification rituals, while the Romans attributed aphrodisiac properties to it. Lapis lazuli powder was used in Roman women’s makeup, and centuries later, it was included in the formula of the dye known as ultramarine, used in the creation of works of art (paintings). The technique was used until the 19th century.
In the same way, astrologers link this semi-precious stone with Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn, Aquarius, Libra, the planet Venus and the element of water. However, it can be used by the people born under the other signs also, in certain circumstances.
Lapis lazuli has been used throughout time to aid the fifth chakra (Vishuddha), and it has many properties that aid communication and the inner voice. The energies it charges are of the type:
- Healing: Lapis Lazuli, while helping to open the throat chakra, helps you if you suffer from physical problems related to it, such as sore throats, larynx and vocal cord problems. Besides, it helps regulate the thyroid gland and its hormonal processes. For this, it is best to wear a necklace with Lapis Lazuli stone every day, closest to the throat area.
- Calming: Lapis Lazuli helps to calm and purify the mind to help you if you are going through times of psychological or emotional stress, helping you go through difficult processes more calmly and without so much mental turning. For that same calming power, it is a stone that is also helpful if you usually have insomnia and sleep poorly at night; for this, you can put a stone under your pillow.
- Mystique: Lapis Lazuli is considered a mystical stone granted by the gods; therefore, it has always been considered a companion in this deep search, and that together with meditation, can lead us to a higher state of consciousness and open the fifth chakra.
- Communicative: At a deep level, lapis lazuli favours integrity and sociability, helping both to tell the truth and to accept it, so it helps you at times when you need to communicate clearly and honestly with others, to have that security and confidence in speaking and expressing your true feelings and thoughts.
For practitioners of energy healing, one of the most appreciated qualities of lapis lazuli is its ability to strengthen love, understanding, and fidelity between couples and provide value and protection to the user.
In spiritual and energy healing therapies, this stone fulfils the function of harmonizing the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional bodies so individuals can find balance, besides the help with the fifth chakra, which helps us with communication, and hearing our inner voice. It is often used in alternative treatments for migraine headaches and diseases of the throat, thyroid, spleen, heart, pituitary gland, and lymphatic vessels as an adjunct to traditional medical procedures. It is also known to:
- relieve stress
- help the user contact their spirit guides
- increase intuition
- break energy blocks
- return received negativity to its source
- attract fame, universal love, and good fortune
- prevent mental disorders
- combat depressive states
When used to stimulate the fifth chakra, it can increase psychic awareness and extrasensory perception, facilitating processes such as intuition.
How to Use Lapis Lazuli
This stone especially helps you to communicate in a conscious, sincere and elevated way. For this, the idea is to wear it in the form of a necklace. It can also be like a pendant that is in contact with the centre of the heart. This way, you can boost communication with a loved one.
If you want to work intensely on opening the heart to establish more positive relationships (not just loving ones), try relaxing on your back and placing rose quartz on the heart chakra and a lapis lazuli on the throat. Visualize the flow of energy between the two, and allow your heart to trust new relationships and interactions.
It can help you release blocked emotions and promote self-acceptance. Sometimes the first chakras can also intervene in these matters. To do a complete job, you can lie on your back and place a lapis lazuli on your throat while placing a crystal for one of the first chakras on them.
If you suffer from anxiety, a grid formed by a piece of lapis lazuli and eight points of white quartz can help you. You place the lapis lazuli in the centre, and the quartz pieces around it, pointing out in all directions. The quartz will multiply the calming effect of lapis lazuli and direct this vibration, filling the entire room.