Caeruleum; Lapis Linguis; Lapis Lingua; Stone of Heaven
Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2 Copper Carbonate Hydroxide
3 -3 1/2
Solid blue to bluish-purple transparent to opaque crystals. The beautiful blue color, called azure - hence the name, is due to the presence of copper and its coloring effect on carbonates and hydroxyls.
Azurite has been used as a dye for paints and fabrics for thousands of years. The deep blue color can even appear black in larger crystals. Smaller crystals are generally a lighter shade of blue and can be transparent, the larger the crystal the deeper the color and the less transparent it is. Azurite and Malachite are closely connected in many ways. They frequently appear together and also have a very similar chemical structure. Malachite can even replace, 'psuedomorph', azurite, copying the exact crystal structure except for its color.
Lore & History:
In the Native American tradition, Azurite is considered a sacred stone and is used to connect to spirit guides, in other traditions it is a stone of high status. Edgar Cayce, who called it Lapis Linguis, recommended it for psychic development, and advised wearing it against the skin for best results.
Ancient Greeks used it in healing ceremonies, calling it Caeruleum. Legend says it was one of the most powerful healing stones in Atlantis, where its psychic powers became shrouded in mystery.
Azurite's high copper content stimulates the thyroid gland, and it helps heal sinus problems, throat disorders, spinal alignment problems, circulatory disorders, and spasms. Also helpful for spleen disorders. Azurite is also said to help cleanse the skin of impurities.
Azurite is used to awaken the development of the psychic self and to provide insight into all areas of life, while eliminating indecision and doubts. When used in meditation, Azurite facilitates easier access to a state of 'no mind', and integrates the images which become available. The stone is said to provide exactly the right energy to an individual in any situation. Especially used for enhancing creativity; clearing, renewing, and raising the consciousness; aiding in understanding situations; and divining the truth of a matter.
Use in meditation to release old beliefs, fears and angers. Allows psychic-emotional releases.
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