Azurite has its beautiful deep azure-blue color to thank for its name. It is a soft stone that is a copper carbonate mineral found in the upper oxidized portions of copper ore. Its saturated color can range from bright to deep blue into shades of indigo, and it may even contain streaks of light blue.
The History of Azurite
It is said that azurite got its name from the Arabic word for blue “ azul. Azurite can be found primarily in Australia, Russia, France, Chile, Mexico, Namibia, specific states in the USA, Zaire, and Morocco.
The stone has been used in ornamental objects, as a gemstone, as an ore of copper, and in jewelry for thousands of years. The color was so appealing to the ancient people that azurite has been ground into pigment to be used in paints, fabric dye, and even eye shadow. As a pigment, azurite is recognized as a major source of the blues used by medieval painters in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The Lore of Azurite
Azurite was a most potent psychic stone to the inhabitants of Atlantis and the early Egyptians. It was shrouded in mystery and was said that its secrets were known only to the highest priests and priestesses. The Native Americans used azurite which that considered sacred to contact their spiritual guide and enabled them to go on out of body journeys safely.
To the ancient Chinese, azurite was called the Stone of Heaven because they believed it to open celestial gateways. The Greeks and the Romans also revered azurite, believing it gave them visionary insights and healing powers.
The Powers of Azurite
Today, azurite is still believed to hold powerful metaphysical properties as it clears away tension and confusion. Believed to open the mind to new perspectives, this crystal stimulates the intellect. But beyond wisdom, it is said to awaken psychic and intuitive abilities.
Azurite releases stress and confusion to alleviates indecision and rid you of those lingering thoughts at the back of the consciousness.
Azurite for Healing
Azurite as a healing stone is particularly helpful to the elderly. Apart from soothing migraines and balancing vertigo, it is a good stone for degenerative brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer's or dementia.
Azurite aids in blood circulation and oxygenation the blood, working to restore blockages or any damage to the brain.
Azurite is believed to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and joint problems. It also has the power of detoxification and helpful for those have issues with their kidneys, spleen, gallbladder, and liver. Azurite is said to be useful in the treatments for spinal alignment and disorders of the vertebrae, rib-cage and malformed small bones.
How to Use Azurite
Use azurite if you want to restore balance and control over your emotions, hold the crystal and ask to be relieved of your troubling thoughts. When you wear azurite, remember to touch it often as it is believed that azurite prefers to be touched in order to release its energies.