Lapis Lazuli stems from the Greek word, “Sappheiros” and has been a part of our human evolution through the Eons-the Latin term means ‘Blue Stone.” Lapis was often confused with sapphire so there are early writings where the word ‘sapphire’ was used when the stone was Lapis.
The oldest known ‘surviving’ literature is the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia identifies Lapis in a couple of passages starting with Tablet 1, “Lift out the lapis lazuli tablet and read it, the story of that man, Gilgamesh...” This epic is also the second oldest ‘known’ surviving religious text, second to The Pyramid Texts. Lapis lazuli is mentioned in the section, “Spells for Entering the Sky (Corridor, West and East Walls).” In my research I found that Lapis is mentioned in (roughly) 100 verses in the Bible-go figure. Coolest thing of all is that lapis is a beautiful blue with shades of silver/gray...just like the Dallas Cowboys!
Ancient Egyptians used the beautiful piercing stone for jewelry as far back as 3100 BC and in powder form it was used in medicinal elixirs; moreover, Cleopatra would grind it and use it as eye shadow. They also used it to entomb Pharaohs and roughly 2500 years ago it was a stone of Royalty in China. This deep-blue metamorphic stone was mined as early as the 7th millennium BC in modern-day Afghanistan. Michelangelo would use it in his paints for when it was ground/processed it created this elaborate ‘ultramarine’ color and Buddhists recommended this stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts. Additionally, one of the rooms in the palace of Catherine the Great was made of walls of lapis-along with fireplaces, doors, and mirror frames.
Known as the wisdom stone-“The Wisdom Keeper”
· Enhances intellect and helps with teaching/learning
· Activates/enhances psychic abilities
· Enhances a desire for knowledge
· Enhances memory
· Encourages one to speak their ‘truth’
· Brings harmony into relationships
· Reveals inner truth
· Self-awareness and Confidence
· Boost immune system
· Sooth’s inflammation
· Excellent stone for problem solving
· Relieves anger/negative thoughts
· Attracts promotion and success
· Helps with headaches and throat issues (larynx/vocal cords)
· Helps regulate the endocrine and thyroid glands
· Assists in overcoming hearing loss and other issues with the ear/nasal passages
· Enhances circulation and improves cardiac rhythms
· Reduces vertigo and lowers blood pressure
· Lapis recognizes psychic attacks and blocks them-returns the energy back to its source
· Expands awareness...seriously, what else besides this would one need?
Chakras: Third Eye and Throat
Affirmation: I AM the keeper of my inner wisdom!
Traditionally referencing, fluorite experienced many names before it was known simply by Fluorite. It is also called fluorspar. The name stems from the Latin word, fluere-meaning ‘to flow’. Dubbed the most colorful mineral known as it comes in a wide variety of colors-some predominant while others balanced. The colors vary from purple, pink, yellow, green, blue, clear, and so on...it is like holding a rainbow in your hand.
In ancient Rome, fluorite was one of the most prized crystals of the “Caesars” due to its complexity and design. Emperor Nero paid for what today would equate to $300,000 for a Fluorite cup-according to historical documents;). Still today, fluorite is one of the most sought-after stones-due to its magnificent coloring/designs. Fluorite has many different locations for its creation-Germany, England, U.S. and Argentina are some of the places.
It is said to balance both hemispheres of the brain, which makes sense when you look at all the other attributes of Fluorite. It clears the environment and your aura of excess energy and/or energy that is affecting the aura. It helps one make clear decisions and assists in harnessing/releasing scattered energies culminating in a harmonious flow-an excellent emotional healer. Additionally, it can assist healers/light workers in shifting to higher levels of energy.
Other cool things attributed with fluorite include:
It is a wind element, even though it has an oceanic color to it...
You can wear it, place it on person or simply have it in your ‘space’. Again, a great assistant in helping organizing ideas and focusing on the task at hand. Another great ‘location’ for a piece of fluorite is near any Wi-Fi/electronics as it assists in clearing the electro-smog created by human devices.
Chakra Affiliations: Heart, Third Eye, and Crown
Mantra: I am, just as I am
Emerald is a green variety of Beryl with a luminous history. The name “Emerald” comes from the Greek word for green, “Smaragdus” and Rome’s Pliny the Elder (1st Century) addressed Emerald in his work, Natural History—“...nothing greens greener” and regarding the work of those that engraved, cut or polished stones (lapidaries)-“...have no better method of restoring their eyes than by looking at emerald, its soft, green color comforting and removing weariness and lassitude (lethargy).” The history of Emerald goes back to the days of Babylon and Ancient Egypt.
First mined in Egypt emerald was known to be the favorite gem of Cleopatra; however, it gained global recognition in the 1500’s when the Spaniards reached South America and saw the native leaders wearing emeralds. Fascinated by the stone, the Spaniards quickly embraced and dominated the emerald trade markets. Today it is primarily found in Columbia but also Brazil, Russia, and parts of Africa.
The Romans viewed the stone as a symbol of fertility as emerald is the stone of Venus, the goddess of Love/Beauty. The oldest known emerald to exists is 2.97 billion years old. Christian’s view(ed) emerald as the stone of resurrection and we can’t forget about the writings of Hermes Trismegistus-The Emerald Tablets or if you prefer a different take, the Emerald Tablets of Thoth;).
Emerald is a water element, which is cool when you think it takes water to make the grass green and it is during this time of year when many are out and about working on making their lawns green.
Since other stones have surfaced in the awareness of humans, emerald may have lost a step of ‘glitter’ in those with eyes that only see ‘bling’ but never underestimate the power of emerald. It is a powerful heart stone as it opens the heart and strengthens/clears the physical and emotional energies of the Heart. Listen up, this stone (Emerald) opens up the heart to accept love for self and others-it brings about abundance-abundance of all kinds. Abundance is not money, that is only a form but know there are many with a lot of money that are miserable within. Emerald captures the full spectrum regarding abundance.
Other benefits of Emerald
-Compassion/Love (self and others)
- Acceptance of others and situations without judgment
- Enhances partnership as it encourages loyalty/unity
- Helps with claustrophobia
- Helps with mental clarity, it is this that really opens the pathways for everything else to flow
- Strengthens memory; heals with addressing negative energies
- Helps the sinuses, lungs, and spine muscles
- Soothes the eyes; improves vision
- Increase patience; promotes good self-esteem
Uses: This really comes down to choice...your choice. You can wear emerald as jewelry as it comes in various shades of green; you can meditate with it; place a small piece in your pillowcase and allow the universal energies to come into harmony with your energy; carry a smaller piece in your pocket/stone pouch for there is no wrong answer, just your answer.
Affirmation: The Universe provides me with all that I need for each path along my journey
Flower Agate is a type of plume agate with inclusions of chalcedony that resemble flowers in 3rd dimensional formation. This beautiful stone is native only to Madagascar and was not discovered until 2018. Flower Agate is a perfect tool to welcome Spring, not only is the name fitting but its metaphysical properties as well.
Like Spring, Flower Agate stimulates the passion and lights the way assisting you in choosing the correct path to manifest your intentions. Simultaneously, it will protect you from self-doubt and fear--enhancing confidence and self-love. It aids in releasing emotions from a past event or trauma that you may not even appreciate you are carrying, allowing you to function at your fullest potential. Flower Agate has a nurturing feminine energy as it awakens the triple goddess within-those who resonate with the more ‘male’ energies, do not be discouraged, this stone is for everyone.
Other benefits of Flower Agate:
-Opens the Heart Chakra to Self-Love
-Helps one bloom to their full potential
-Helps balance emotions and reality
-Great for emotional healing and support
-Helps one to live life to the fullest
-Releases unwanted emotions
-Aids with motivation, inspiration, and self-growth
-Excellent for starting a new business or career
-A calming stone that washes away stress and fear
Chakra: Heart and Root Chakra
Uses: The palm stones are excellent meditation partners. Place a tower, sphere, or any carved piece in a workspace for motivation and manifestation or in a meditation space. Carry a tumbled piece in your pocket, purse, or wear as a piece of jewelry to keep it in your energy field. You choose what is best for you, there is no wrong answer.
Affirmation: I am on MY path
Thanks to the programming of Valentine’s Day, February is known, well it’s known as many things, as the ‘love’ month. Rose Quartz is a great ‘love’ stone, but it is not the only ‘love’ stone available. I chose Mangano Calciteas the stone for February because of its special connection with the Heart Chakra.
Mangano Calcite, also called, Manganoan Calcite and/or Pink Calcite, is a manganese calcium carbonate mineral that is a part of the calcite family. It was first found 1846 in Baska Stiavnia mining district Slovak Republic and is now found all over the world. Mangano Calcite’s color ranges from light to dark pink some are banded or included with white calcite. This calcite will fluoresce under black light. Try it, it’s cool!
It is known as the heart crystal connecting to the universal love energy. A heart healer and protector, it is very beneficial for heart break. It brings in unconditional love to help one except and love themselves, releasing any pain or grief from the past. It allows love to flow freely to open up new opportunities and/or relationships.
Other benefits of Mangano Citrine:
-Helps with connection to the angelic realm
-Aids with compassion towards others
-Releases fears created from the past
-Aids in self-worth
-Eases nervousness and anxiety
-A soothing stone that releases tension
-Attracts new opportunity
-Assist in accepting self and actions
-Boosts immune System
-Great for PTSD
Uses: May wear as any form of jewelry (some say wearing near your heart chakra is most effective). You may carry in pocket, purse, medicine bag, bra, etc;) to have in your energy field or you may choose to use as a worry stone. Place near your bed or in pillowcase to relieve insomnia and nightmares.
Affirmation: I am perfect as I am
(Yes, you are!)
Clear Quartz is one of the planets most common minerals with its global footprint. It is also known as Rock Quartz and ranges from “crystal” clear to milky white in color - a natural form of silicon dioxide. The name Quartz is of Greek origin meaning Ice. Quartz has the piezoelectric effect, meaning it will conduct electricity when squeezed or stressed. It also has reverse piezoelectricity, if you run electricity through it, it will squeeze itself and vibrate.
Clear Quartz is the perfect crystal for January 2021 as it encourages clarity, to assist you in making clear intentions for the New Year.
There are two types of crystals-hard crystals and liquid crystals. Obviously, the hard crystals are the ones you carry in your pocket or have displayed around your office/home. The liquid crystals are found in digital watches, laptop computer screens, and your body. Therefore, quartz is used in many electrical devices to include ultrasound, microphones (which are now in many devices to include phones and computers), record players, printers and much more. As Dr. Bruce Lipton shared in his book, “The Biology of Belief,” you have liquid crystals throughout your physical body.
Metaphysically Clear Quartz is considered the Master Healer of all crystals. It is highly programmable able to store and amplify any intention that you desire. It can also amplify properties of other stones, and clear negative energy. One of the best for manifesting your intentions. Multiple uses of your choice. Clear crystal-add intention…new intention, no problem-just repeat the process.
Other benefits of Clear Quartz
-Enhance communications with guides
-Amplifies psychic abilities
-Stimulates the nervous system
-Sooths pain especially nerve
-Heightens spiritual awareness
-Cleanses and enhances all organs
-Unlocks hidden memories
-Stimulates the immune system
***It is the most powerful healing crystal able work with any condition (I could go on and on with the benefits)
Chakra: Balances all chakras; however, it is most frequently associated with the Crown Chakra
Uses: The most versatile crystal that has many uses, from wearing as jewelry, carrying in pocket, place in pillowcase for vivid dreams, excellent for gridding, assists energy healers, used in making points of wands, clusters in homes for cleansing, balance and harmony.
Affirmation: I am clear with my intentions
There are a couple of reasons that I chose “Bloodstone” as the December 2020 Stone of the Month; however, the underlying theme falls within western ideologies and the correlation to the month of December.
In my quick, but thorough, research I found two sources with different renderings. One is the red represents Christ’s blood and the green color represents the earth on which it fell. The second finding was stating that the blood (Christ’s) actually fell upon some jasper, thus creating ‘bloodstone.’ The second reason is that Bloodstone is the perfect stone for these times of adversity and change, by providing courage and vitality and the feeling of safety here in your place on Earth. An uplifting stone that calms the mind so that one can see the whole picture clearly, especially in time of change, assisting one in making the correct decision. In addition, helps one to overcome loneliness.
Regardless of one’s particular take on the Judeo-Christian connection with December, “Christ-Consciousness”- is alive and well…but if that is too much just think of it as Krishna Consciousness, Universal Consciousness or whatever floats your boat;). The point to the power of the Bloodstone goes to the second part addressed above and how our programming/domestication has created these ideas of the Holiday Season, which can often leave one feeling alone, depressed, and a cluster of other ‘not-so-positive’ ways of thinking all tied to the Holiday Season.
Other benefits of Bloodstone
-Increases strength and endurance (great for athletes)
-Supports the blood and blood rich organs
-Revitalizes physical energy
-Excellent for blood ailments and hormonal imbalances
-Grounds the heart chakra energy
-Eases a broken heart
-Decreases irritability and impatience
-Transforms negative energy while purifying a space
-Freshens the mind to remove confusion
-Helps to remove ancestorial cords
Chakra: Root Chakra
Uses: Carry in your pocket or wear as jewelry for overall good health. Put at bedside or in pillowcase to stimulate dreams.
Bloodstone is also known as Heliotrope, which is Greek for sun turning as it was thought that the reflection of the sun’s rays appears on the stone or if it was held under the ocean it would turn the sun blood red. Bloodstone is in an opaque chalcedony, dark green in color with red spots. Found in India, Brazil, Madagascar, China, Australia, Czech and the U.S.
Bloodstone has been a popular stone for over 2,000 years. Ancients believed that this magical stone was able to control the weather and banish evil. It was known as a great healer of wounds; warriors would carry to stop any bleeding that might occur during battle and was once thought to be a mystical oracle that would give guidance through sounds. (that would be awesome to witness).
Affirmation: I am able to face any adversity that comes my way with courage and strength
Not only is Black Tourmaline one of October’s Birthstones it has been long known as the “Empath’s Stone” - recognized mostly for its protection and grounding. It provides a protective shield around the energy body while balancing the Aura. It is one of the best grounding stones providing stress relief as it transforms negative energy into positive loving energy. Furthermore, Black Tourmaline supports one to clear negative thinking, anxiety, fear and the feeling of being a victim-bringing this plethora of energies into balance.
This stone is a great choice/tool for paranormal investigators as it prevents unwanted attachments or entities. October is that month where everyone gets their ghost hunting groove on.
Benefits of Black Tourmaline:
- Rids the body of toxins
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boosts metabolism
- Increases energy (see above)
- Useful for physical aches and pains (you may not feel any right now but with the weather changes-you will)
- Balances the hemispheres of the brain
- Assists in dealing with lung issues
- Protects against Electromagnetic Smog
- Excellent for griding space to form a protective shield against energy that is not conducive with your energy
- Will balance and cleanse all chakras but is known to work best with your Root Chakra
Black Tourmaline, originally called Schorl, accounts for the majority of tourmaline but does come in several different colors. It is a silicate mineral that is often found in quartz and mica matrix and is abundantly found throughout the world.
Tourmaline dates back to 1400 BC and has been used by multiple ancient cultures as a protection stone.
We are all empaths to a degree; however, if you are one that takes on the energy of others then this is an excellent stone to wear as jewelry or carry in your pocket. For those who have aches and pains at night place it in your pillowcase.
Affirmation: I am grounded and safe
Citrine, an alternative Birthstone for November, is an excellent stone for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It has an uplifting energy that encourages gratitude, generosity, and compassion. Put one in a room where family or a group gathers, and it will aid in creating a harmonious environment. It aids in digestive issues and increases metabolism-perfect for overeating😉.
Citrine is also known as the ‘Merchant’s Stone’-put one in your cash drawer or wallet/purse to attract money and abundance, allowing you to share your abundance without losing it. It is an abundance stone that amplifies your willpower to manifest your desires.
Other benefits of Citrine:
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Citrine is a member of the quartz family; the yellow color comes from iron. It varies in color from pale yellow to dark orange. The name Citrine comes from the French word ‘citron’ meaning ‘lemon.’
It was used as a gem in Greece as far back as 300 BC. In the ancient times it was thought of as a gift from the sun carrying the sun’s warmth and energy. It was also thought/used to protect against snake venom and evil thoughts. See, now doesn’t it resonate as a good stone for Thanksgiving😊.
Affirmation: I AM Grateful!