|Azurite – International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.gemzworld.com/
|Origin – the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.|
|Azurite is a crystal of secondary formation that is formed from copper carbonate and found in the upper oxidised portions of copper ore. It is often found mixed with another copper carbonate mineral, Malachite which has a bright green colour compared to the deep blue of the Azurite.
The crystal can be produced in smaller forms by quickly mixing a few drops of copper sulfate solution with a saturated solution of sodium carbonate and leaving it to settle overnight. The weathering of copper ore deposits produces the natural version of Azurite.
All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Agate crystals belong to the Monoclinic system.
|History – the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.|
Azurite has been known of since Ancient times and was mentioned under the Greek name Kuanos in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History. It was known as the Stone of Heaven by the ancient Chinese who believed it opened the channels and gateways to the Celestial realms. It was also respected by the Greeks and the Romans for its healing power and insight.
The stone was revered by the early Egyptians, Mayans, early Americans and the people of Atlantis for the higher wisdom properties it was thought to possess. In fact the Native Americans used it to contact their spiritual guide to enable them to understand the sacred messages that were imparted.
|Specification – the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.|
Azurites appear to the naked eye as dark blue prismatic crystals. This soft stone can dissipate in colour as weathering occurs over time.
It has been used as a colour pigment through the ages and can be seen in paintings from the middle ages. It is occasionaly used as a jewellery stone and the crafting of beads however its softness and heat reducing colour acts as a deterrent for this purpose to be wholly popular. Instead it is coveted by collectors who advise to store it in a setting similar to its natural one in a sealed, dark and cool storage environment.
|Varieties – a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.|
|There are no varieties of Azurite, instead the stone is sometimes mistaken for lapis lazuli .
|Esoteric Attributes – a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.|
|Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.
Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.
The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Azurite crystals.
|Mental: Azurite is said to increase self- awareness and recognition making you increasingly critical and reflective.|
|Emotional: Azurite aids in the ability to sort out the solid ideas from the unexamined ones giving you the ability to discard the adopted ideas and create your own.|
|Physical: Azurite aids in improving reflexes and is a stimulant to the thyroid gland, brains, nerves and liver.|
Crystal Chart – Azurite
|Mineralogy:||Alkaline Copper Carbonate Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2|
|Birthstone:||Azurite is the Zodiac stone of Sagittarius and will also have a connection with Taureans.
It is a natural birthstone of those born as the vernal equinox is imminent and in the Spring.
|Appearance:||A soft stone with a deep blue hue that lightens as it weathers over time. Azurite is tabular, stalactitic, prismatic with a conchoidal fracture and a vitreous lustre.|
|Aura:||Azurites are used by healers to help them open up the channels for clear psychic messages enabling greater energy clearings. It is very harmonic with Blue Ray and rainbow souls.|
|Colour:||Azurite colour is an extremely deep blue that fades when exposed to the heat and light for long periods.|
|Chakra:||Azurites energy opens the pathways to spiritual guidance through attunement with the Third Eye Chakra. It also allows for greater verbal propensity through the Throat Chakra.|
International Crystals – References and resources:
Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014
World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001
New Oxford American Dictionary