Key Words: Spiritual development,
psychic development, spiritual communication, self-awareness, detoxification,
pain relief

Chemical Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

Birthstone: Secondary Birthstone for Sagittarius

Chakra: Throat Chakra; Crown, Activates the Third Eye and Heart Chakras and Bindu Visarga
Element: Air and Spirit

Mineralogy: Azurite forms as a
secondary (sedimentary) mineral through the action of carbonated waters on
other copper minerals in the oxidised areas of copper deposits. It frequently
occurs with malachite. Crystals may be tabular (with crystals often stacked on
top of one another), or prismatic (with a wide variety of faces); azurite also
forms stalactitically, botryoidally, and as spherical concretions. It is
chemically identical to malachite, but the copper chromophore, Cu2+, occupies different positions in the
crystal lattices of the two minerals. As a result, azurite is blue while
malachite is green, demonstrating a change in the wavelengths that are absorbed

History and
Tradition:
From the Persian lazhward,
meaning “blue” (also the root of ‘lapis lazuli’), in allusion to the
colour. Although mined in ancient Egypt and the Sinai, it does not appear to
have been used medicinally, but was primarily used as a copper ore and pigment,
and possibly a source of blue glaze. Azurite was used for the same purposes in
Europe from the 15th to the 17th centuries. There are no
healing or talismanic traditions associated with it.

Healing Properties: Azurite is related to
malachite, but is distinguished by its colour and lower water content. Azurite
can create a strong opening of the Crown and Third Eye Chakras, facilitating
and speeding up spiritual and psychic development, as well as opening the Bindu
Visarga, aiding attunement and communication with our guides. It is sometimes
referred to as the ‘Stone of Heaven’, and promotes awareness and
self-knowledge, encouraging a quest towards enlightenment. It can help us to
achieve a deep meditative state, and is useful in astral travel. It is most
often used in meditation, but can be a useful healing stone, treating liver,
kidney and gallbladder problems, and aiding detoxification. It is also useful
in stimulating the thyroid, as well as giving insight into the cause of
illness. Because of its high copper content, it is sometimes used as a mild
pain-reliever.

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