A copper carbonate mineral often found in massive form inter-grown with Malachite and other copper based minerals.
Hardness: 3.5 – 4
Chakra: Third Eye Heart
Found: Namibia; Bisbee, Arizona; Australia
Goddess Association: Athena, Juterna, Sophia, Isis
Azurite is a soft stone named for its deep “azure blue” color. It is a copper carbonate mineral found in the upper oxidized portions of copper deposits. Azurite is a secondary mineral formed by the action of carbonated water acting on copper-containing minerals. Over time, as it absorbs water, it changes into the mineral malachite. Thus, the two are found together, creating a brilliant deep blue stone with flashes of green or vice versa.
Much Azurite was mislabeled Lapis Lazuli, a term applied to many blue pigments. Due to its incredible color, Azurite was used in the making of pigments. When mixed with oil it turns slightly green; when mixed with egg yolk, which is how Tempera paint used to be made, it turns green-grey. Older examples of Azurite pigment may show a more greenish tint due to weathering into malachite. As chemical analysis of paintings from the Middle Ages improves, Azurite is being recognized as a major source of the blues used by medieval painters. This makes sense as Azurite was a common mineral in Europe at that time; Sizable deposits of Azurite were found near Lyons, France – It was mined since the 12th century in Saxony, in the silver mines located there. True Lapis Lazuli, on the other hand, was chiefly supplied from Afghanistan during the Middle Ages, and therefore not readily available.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
Azurite awakens inner visions and higher perceptions, raising ones consciousness, and can be used to clear blockages in the auric field. It aids in releasing old beliefs, fears and anger as well, and is a magnificent tool in assisting with past-life memory work. It is also excellent for clearing the mind in meditation.
It may also be used to activate the Third Eye in cleansing the subconscious of emotionally charged thoughts or negative feelings, restoring a higher and clearer mental state. It assists in dissolving egocentric traits – dispelling conceit, arrogance and vanity – and instills a willingness toward flexibility and individuality, based on a universal connection to “All.”
Azurite embodies the Blue Ray with the exact frequency of the third eye, says Robert Simmons, awakening psychic ability, insight and intuition, and is helpful to readers and psychics as it assists in the interpretation of intuitive information.
Legends claim Azurite to be one of the most powerful healing stones in Atlantis where its psychic powers were so potent the secrets to its use were known only to priests. It became so shrouded in mystery many of its secrets are now thought to be lost. In ancient Egypt, Azurite was valued by high priests and priestesses to raise their awareness to a god-conscious state, using the pigment to paint the protective eye of Horus, the young sky god, on their foreheads. Ancient Romans, as well as the Egyptians, used Azurite for greater insight, for visionary powers, and particularly for hypnosis. Called Caeruleum by the ancient Greeks, Azurite was used in healing ceremonies. In many civilizations, it was considered a symbol of status.
Works well with…
Azurite has a strong connection to the third eye. The best stones to combine with Azurite are ones that are found in combination with it in the natural word. Malachite plays nicely with Azurite and helps to enable better communication. Pairing both Azurite and Malachite with Chrysocolla creates a powerful triad of wisdom. Chrysocolla opens one up to cosmic powers while Azurite helps to perceive those powers and Malachite grants the ability to communicate those perceptions to the people around you.