Friday, May 29, 2020

13 Essential Gemstones Series: Lapis Lazuli

In this series, I will be exploring 13 common minerals and gemstones used in the Craft, dissecting their meaning from science, history, culture, and my own experiences.  


Lapis Lazuli

Color: Blue, white, gold.
Appearance: Vibrant blue base with swirls of white and flecks of metallic gold.
Hardness: 5-5.5
Other Notable Qualities: Lapis Lazuli is actually made up of lazurite, with sodalite, white calcite veins, and specks of pyrite.

Scientific Correspondence:
Beauty - Purity

Lapis lazuli is well-known for its gorgeous ultramarine color.  While it has few scientific uses, the creation of paints is a relatively scientific process.  Because of its beauty, lapis lazuli has historically ground into pigment for use in ultramarine tempura paint.  Lapis lazuli was costly, however, making ultramarine an expensive pigment that was typically reserved for portraits of the Virgin Mary.  This caused ultramarine, and thus lapis lazuli, to be associated with purity, holiness, and divinity.  The modern French ultramarine paints have replaced lapis lazuli as the chief pigment but those invested in the historical restoration of paintings must use lapis lazuli-based ultramarine tempura paint in their work.

Historical Correspondence:
Divinity - The Sky

Egyptians frequently used lapis lazuli in everything from pigments to jewelry, seals to statuettes.  Its deep blue color speckled with pyrite was seen as the night sky and thus was associated with royalty and divinity.  They especially associated the stone with Isis, a maternal sky goddess of magic and knowledge who helped usher souls to the afterlife. In fact, lapis lazuli had associations with many gods and goddesses, though none quite like Isis, because of its appearance as the night sky.

Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):

Today, lapis lazuli is mostly used in jewelry.  When calcite and pyrite are visible in minor amounts - just enough to catch the eye but not enough to overtake the natural ultramarine hue of the stone - lapis lazuli is seen as an extravagant, luxurious stone useful for rings, cufflinks, earrings, rings, and watches.  It's even been incorporated into places where you might expect marble, from fireplaces to bathtubs.  Of course, in order to afford such luxuries, you might need to have some amount of wealth first.  

Sigil to Invoke Lapis Lazuli

Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of lapis lazuli if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

References Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli
Origin Stones: Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli
New World Encyclopedia: Lapis Lazuli

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I love reading about how different cultures used various stones.