Lapis lazuli, often shortened to simply lapis, is a semi-precious stone. It’s a rock formed largely from the mineral lazurite, but also contains calcite, sodalite, and pyrite. It’s an intense blue that’s often mottled with white and yellow.
Lapis is Latin for “stone” and lazuli is the genitive form of the Medieval Latin lazulum, which is from the Arabic لازورد lāzaward, which is from the Persian لاژورد lāzhward, which is the name of a place where lapis lazuli was mined. All together lapis lazuli means “stone of Lāzhward.”
History and Lore
- Most ancient cultures used this stone.
- Predynastic Egyptians made lapis jewelry.
- The oldest drinking straw (found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E.) was a gold tube inlaid with lapis lazuli.
- Lapis beads have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and Mauritania.
- Cleopatra used powdered lapis as eye shadow. (How cool is that?)
- Romans used lapis as an aphrodisiac.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- relieving stress
- promoting peace throughout the body
- helping to balance the function of the thyroid gland
- strengthening the neck and vocal chords
- helping to remove emotional baggage
- enhancing dreams
- promoting intuition
- strengthening awareness
- promoting understanding
- blocking psychic attacks
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge lapis, once a month place the stone in a bowl with hematite. To recharge, place that among a mass of clear quartz crystals. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.
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