Alternative Names: None
Origin: notably Morocco, U.S.A. and Namibia
Mineral Species: Azurite
Mineral Group: Carbonates
Chemical Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Colour: Light to dark azure blue
Typical Appearance: Typically as tabular to prismatic crystals, often clustered or stacked.
Chakra Alignment: Throat; Crown, Third Eye and Bindu Visarga; Heart
Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Persian lazhward, meaning "blue", in allusion to the color.
Azurite is related to malachite, and is distinguished by its 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.
Azurite is more 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.