Lapis Lazuli Meaning

Lapis Lazuli Crystal Tumbled Stones
Lapis lazuli crystal tumbled stones. Photo by A.D. Joyce.

Lapis lazuli is one of the first gemstones to be worn as jewelry. It has been a prized stone for many centuries.

Lapis lazuli ranges in color from deep blue to light blue, violet, greenish blue, and gray. The stone is opaque and often has gold and white inclusions.

Before the era of synthetic paints, lapis lazuli was ground and mixed with a binding agent to make watercolors, tempera, and oil paints. For example, the famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer used lapis lazuli pigment.

Girl With a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is painted with a natural pigment made from lapis lazuli.

Key locations of lapis lazuli deposits are Afghanistan, Russia, and Chile.

Metaphysical Benefits

Lapis lazuli is related to both the throat chakra and the third eye chakra. The throat chaka is associated with the color blue and generally is linked to all forms of communication. The third eye chakra is associated with the color indigo and is related to intuition and psychic abilities.

Lapis lazuli vibrates to the frequency of spiritual truth. This stone is particularly good to use during meditation. It enhances self awareness and helps one to speak their truth from a basis of integrity, honesty, confidence, and Divine guidance.

This stone may help enhance psychic abilities and intuition. Lapis lazuli can create strong spiritual connections by bridging the physical plane with the celestial plane. It is said to help connect with spirit guides and angels.

Lapis lazuli is said to create mental clarity, quiet a busy mind, and increase concentration. It  enhances self expression and increases creativity, particularly in writing. It is also thought to aid in automatic writing. It is said that this stone can help overcome shyness. It is considered to be a stone of friendship and to encourage harmony in relationships.

Lapis lazuli is also considered a protection stone, and helps fend off psychic and physical attacks.

Lapis lazuli is a high vibrational stone that emits a strong energy. While some people adapt to the energy quickly, some may find it to be overwhelming at first. If that is the case for you, use the stone for short periods each day, then gradually build up to longer periods of time.

Astrological signs associated with lapis lazuli are Sagittarius and Pisces.

Physical Benefits

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Lapis lazuli is said to heal problems in the area of the throat and third eye, as well as the pituitary gland, the heart, the spleen, bones, the thyroid, bone marrow, and the thymus. It is also said to help strengthen the immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system.

Specific problems that lapis lazuli can help with include sinus ailments, cancer, migraines, speech problems, body strength, virility, pain relief, autism, depression, epilepsy, hearing loss,  insomnia, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, and tuberculosis. Lapis lazuli is also said to purify blood, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, alleviate insomnia, and relieve eye strain.

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