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Lapis Lazuli is a blue stone of psychic development and initiation. The Latin meaning of Lapis Lazuli is Sky Stone or Blue Stone. Lapis Lazuli is a sodium aluminum silicate with a hardness of 5.5. This crystal’s specimens will generally consist of Lazurite, Calcite, Pyrite, and Quartz. Lapis has been mined since the Neolithic age in Afghanistan. It was used as a seal of royalty and decoration for ancient Egyptian Pharaoh tombs.

Lapis has also been revered as a source of the pigment Ultramarine. Both Ancient Egyptians and Renaissance European artists utilized Ultramarine as an exotic blue dye. As there was no abundant source of Lapis Lazuli within Renaissance Europe, the price for Lapis and thus Ultramarine was as expensive as Gold. If you feel a resonance with the color blue, or want to improve your throat chakra capabilities, then Lapis Lazuli is the stone for you. 

Origin

Lapis Lazuli in a wall of stone
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Lapis Lazuli has been treasured by ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and China. Merchant caravans from Afghanistan would move Lapis throughout the ancient world. Lapis was historically prized for its rarity and exquisite deep royal blue color. Nowadays, modern-day trade has made Lapis much more accessible to the common market. Lapis can be found in various forms such as mineral specimens, bowls, beads, cabochons, rings, wands, amulets, and other intricate art pieces. 

Appearance 

Lapis Lazuli is typically a deep blue speckled with gold and white streaks. Each specimen will have a unique combination of Lazurite, Calcite, Pyrite, and Quartz. The gold streaks within Lapis Lazuli consist of the mineral Pyrite. Pyrite resonates with the solar plexus chakra and can be used to boost the user’s self-confidence. Depending on the mineral variation of your Lapis specimen, you may be able to boost both the throat chakra and solar plexus chakra simultaneously. This energy combination is fantastic for people who work in public speaking, sales, writing, and teaching. If you are a shy, soft-spoken person, then Lapis may be a great crystal ally to help benefit your communication skills. 

Properties and Meaning 

The deep royal blue of Lapis inspires both the throat chakra and third eye chakra within the user. Lapis with pyrite will also boost the manifestation capabilities of the Solar Plexus chakra. The combination of the throat, third eye, and solar plexus chakras in one stone allows the user to have a better sense of mind-body awareness.

Wearing Lapis near the throat will help to benefit the vocal cords, thyroid, and thymus energetically.  Lapis is attributed to the Air element of flexibility and higher knowledge. It invokes the deep blue of a vast sunny sky. It resonates specifically with the Astrological signs of Libra, Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Taurus. These astrological signs may utilize Lapis to initiate higher learning, dispel life stagnation, and meet new business contacts.

A string of round lapis lazuli beads

If you are attracted to studying Magick, Alchemy, Wicca, Hermetics, Tarot, or Astrology; then Lapis is one of the best stones to wear while studying. Lapis is a fantastic ally for people who need to decipher Magickal texts that are filled with confusing doublespeak. The activation of the third eye and throat chakra will help the reader see beyond the words of the manuscripts and think with an active imagination. During meditation, Lapis can be used to facilitate visions and psychic development.

Lapis can be utilized to foster the metaphysical abilities of telepathy, psychic knowing, and dream journeying. Wearing Lapis Lazuli throughout the day may allow your higher self to speak through you. It is possible for the ancient spirit of the Lapis stone to bestow universal higher knowledge to the user through mental impressions, or channelings. Lapis may be utilized in the work place to facilitate effective team communication. Salespeople may utilize Lapis to increase interactivity with clients and boost charisma. 

Common Uses 

Divination Enhancer

Lapis Lazuli is one of the best stones to have in a working Magician’s toolbox. Tarot readers, Astrologers, and Shamans can benefit from wearing Lapis during their spiritual work. Wearing Lapis while delivering a Tarot reading can increase the clarity of the reading for the client. When delivering a Tarot reading, ask your Lapis specimen to activate your higher Throat chakra for effective accurate reading. Lapis can help a Tarot reader practice an impersonal stance while delivering a reading to a client. Combine Lapis with Shungite to boost the accuracy of your spiritual channeling. Shungite will aid you to ground the message of your higher self during a divination session. 

Learn Tarot with Lapis Lazuli

If you are having difficulty understanding Tarot or any specific card, then utilize Lapis to break through the mental block. Simply pull the card you wish to understand more and place your Lapis stone upon it. You may leave this card on your altar, nightstand, or desk for as long as needed. This ritual can be amplified by including crystal gridding or smudging to set the space. You may find that through this ritual you begin to “live the lesson” of the Tarot card you placed upon your altar with Lapis. This method can be utilized with a daily reading to facilitate a better understanding of Tarot

Crystal Elixir – Indirect Method

It is generally not safe to create a  crystal elixir with Lapis by directly inserting it into water. The pyrite inclusions within Lapis may contain toxic sulfur. Lapis’ energy can be transferred to the water with the indirect method of placing the crystal next to your water container. Lapis elixir water will awaken the throat chakra and can be used as a catalyst for divination sessions. 

How to Choose Your Lapis Lazuli

Setting an Intention 

People who wish to initiate lucid dreaming, meditation, psychic development, and communication may look to Lapis as a stone of support. Lapis also resonates with reconnecting with the ancestral spirit within us all. Small tumbled specimens make for the best daily usage as they will be more resistant to damage. A Lapis wand can be utilized to facilitate directed energy to dispel chakra stasis, and activate grids. Energetically scrubbing your aura with a Lapis wand can help to awaken the energy body.

 Lapis pyramids and spheres can be used as crystal grid centerpieces to augment the energy of a crystal grid. Lapis pyramids can be used for intention setting. Simply write your wish or intention on a piece of paper, and then place your Lapis pyramid above the text to facilitate moving your intention to the active universe. Meditating near your wish and pyramid will consecrate the ritual with your energetic signature. The best Lapis jewelries is necklaces and earrings as they will be worn physically close to the higher chakras. Lapis earrings can facilitate psychic hearing, and a necklace can activate the voice of your higher self. 

Where to Buy 

Lapis Lazuli is widely available across metaphysical stores, geological shops, and jewelers. Rough Lapis and tumbled Lapis are the two most commonly found specimens in stores. Massage wands, towers, pyramids, and spheres are also commonly available in crystal stores. Artists may be able to find Lapis based pigments in art stores if they feel a connection to using Lapis as a painting medium. 

How to Cleanse 

Most tumbled Lapis specimens are safe to clean with water, sunlight, and moonlight. A rough Lapis specimen may be damaged by water due to its porous nature. Avoid exposing your Lapis to harsh prolonged periods of Sunlight as the blue hue may fade. Smudging with sage, sweetgrass, or palo santo may also be used to energetically cleanse your specimen. Large Selenite wands or Quartz clusters may be used to charge your Lapis as well. Simply place your specimen on or next to a larger crystal to initiate the charging sequence.  

Additional Information on Lapis

GIA Lapis Lazuli History and Lore

Lapis Lazuli Gemological Information

Lapis Lazuli Metaphysical Information

Devon Delatour

Devon Delatour is a student of Esoteric Occult Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbology, and Acupuncture. He specializes in dissecting the Occult symbology of the world we live in. His favorite hobby is to help people realize how much Occult information they already have installed in their subconscious mind. He is an avid Crystal collector, Tarot reader, and Hermetic Alchemy enthusiast.

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