Lapis Lazuli Healing Properties, Meanings, and Uses

Welcome to the Crystal Encyclopedia page for Lapis Lazuli. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this crystal including Lapis Lazuli healing properties, Lapis Lazuli metaphysical properties, using Lapis Lazuli in meditation, Feng Shui, spiritual work, and much more!

Quick Overview of Lapis Lazuli


Lapis Lazuli ˌlæpɪsˈlæzjʊlaɪ



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Lapis Lazuli Meanings and Introduction

Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought-after stones in use since man’s history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth.

In ancient times Lapis Lazuli was most highly regarded because of its beautiful color and the valuable ultramarine dye derived from it. Its name comes from the Latin lapis, "stone," and the Persian lazhuward, "blue." It is a rock formed by multiple minerals, mostly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite, and Pyrite, and is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks (pyrites). Lower-grade Lapis is lighter blue with more white than gold flecks and is sometimes called denim Lapis.

Lapis Lazuli was among the most highly prized tribute paid to Egypt, obtained from the oldest mines in the world, worked from around 4000 B.C., and is still in use today. Referenced in the Old Testament as sapphire (unknown in that part of the ancient world), Lapis Lazuli is most likely the fifth stone in the original breastplate of the High Priest, as well as those of later times.

The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with Lapis, as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It was used extensively in scarabs, pendants, and other jewelry, and ground into powder for dyes, eye shadow, and medicinal elixirs.

"Lapis Lazuli, resembling the blue of the heavens, was believed to counteract the wiles of the spirits of darkness."

In the dry, barren land of the Egyptians, this deep cobalt blue color was a spiritual contrast to their arid desert hues. The gold flecks were like stars in their night-time sky and by meditating on these colors they felt supernatural forces would transform their lives. The garments of priests and royalty were dyed with Lapis to indicate their status as gods themselves.

In ancient Persia and pre-Columbian America, Lapis Lazuli was a symbol of the starry night and a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient for protection from the evil eye. Lapis was much used in Greek and Roman times as an ornamental stone, and in medieval Europe, Lapis Lazuli, resembling the blue of the heavens, was believed to counteract the wiles of the spirits of darkness and procure the aid and favor of the spirits of light and wisdom.

Ground and processed into powder, it produced the intense, but expensive, ultramarine color favored by the painter, Michelangelo. Buddhists recommended Lapis as a stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thought, and during the Renaissance, Catherine the Great adorned an entire room in her palace with Lapis Lazuli walls, fireplaces, doors, and mirror frames.

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Healing Benefits Overview

Lapis is an excellent stone for executives, journalists, and psychologists, stimulating wisdom and good judgment in the practical world. It aids intellectual analysis in archeologists and historians, problem-solving for lawyers, and creates new ideas for inventors and writers.

Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth, and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory.

A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. Wear it for all forms of deep communication. It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony to relationships. A Lapis grid brings calm and loving communication for a home with temperamental teenagers, or children with Asperger’s syndrome, autism, or attention-deficit disorder.

For fame in a creative or public performance-related area, wear or carry Lapis Lazuli to auditions. In the workplace, it attracts promotion, success, and lasting recognition in your field.


Healing Properties

Lapis Lazuli healing properties can help with physical, emotional, and spiritual balance and issues. It has healing powers to help with physical ailments and emotional issues. It is also used in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing. Lapis Lazuli crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the throat, revealing truth, and balancing the Throat Chakra. The therapeutic uses of Lapis Lazuli have a long and well-documented history. Meditation with Lapis Lazuli can bring higher awareness.

Physical Healing Properties

Physical Health

Lapis Lazuli is beneficial to the throat, larynx, and vocal cords and helps regulate the endocrine and thyroid glands. It overcomes hearing loss and other problems with ear and nasal passages.

Lapis Lazuli enhances circulation and improves cardiac rhythm. It reduces vertigo, lowers blood pressure, and may alleviate insomnia.

Relieve oozing or septic sties and other eye infections by rubbing the area with a piece of Lapis heated in warm water. Once cooled, the water can then be used for an eye bath. A Lapis heated in sunlight reduces bruising and is helpful for skin problems and insect bites.

Lapis is beneficial for women suffering from menstrual irregularities and relieves cramps, stiffness, and lumbago.

Lapis Lazuli relieves general pain and inflammations and is especially effective against migraine headaches. It aids the nervous system and brain disorders and is believed to help with attention deficit disorder, autism, and Asperger’s syndrome.

Emotional Healing Properties

Emotional Health

Lapis Lazuli is a crystal of truth in all aspects. It reveals inner truth and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows for them to surface; helping to diminish uncomfortable feelings or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.

Lapis encourages dignity in friendship and social ability. It encourages the qualities of honesty, compassion, and uprightness when dealing with others. It provides an awareness of one's motivations and beliefs and gives a clearer perspective of one's whole life. It reveals not only one's limitations, but the opportunities for growth and to utilize one's gifts and abilities.

Chakra Healing Properties

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Lapis Lazuli activates the psychic centers at the Third Eye Chakra and balances the energies of the Throat Chakra.

The Third Eye Chakra is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra.

This chakra balances the important and the unimportant, sorting meaning from data and impressions. It commands the energy flow within the body. When the Third Eye Chakra is in balance, we see clearly and understand what we see. We can interpret visual cues and our perception is high. Our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. Shop for Third Eye Chakra Items >>

The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When this chakra is in balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions.

When the Throat Chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path, enabling free expression and natural release. Shop for Throat Chakra Items >>


Benefits for Spirituality

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Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man; used by healers, priests, and royalty, for power, wisdom, and to stimulate psychic abilities and inner vision. It represents universal truth.

Lapis quickly releases stress, allowing for peace and serenity. Placed over the Third Eye, Lapis expands awareness and conscious attunement to the intuitive self, stimulating enlightenment and enhancing dream work.

Lapis Lazuli permits spiritual journeying and tapping into personal and spiritual power. It provides a connection with dream forces that are working to both guide and counsel during altered states.

As a protection stone, Lapis Lazuli recognizes a psychic attack and blocks it, returning the energy back to its source.


The Color Energy of Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli's dark blue energy is perfect for enhancing respect and compassion in ourselves. Dark blue crystals teach us humanity, discretion, and honor. They help us act more charitably, and focus our efforts on service to others. They teach us grace, sensitivity to the needs of others, and tenderness in our dealings.


Meditation with Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli is a visionary stone, bringing information to the mind in images rather than words. It can be a catalyst for higher awareness and often aids those with past-life connections to ancient civilizations. These include Atlantis, Egypt, Peru, Sumeria, and India, among others.

Meditating with this stone can assist in recovering memories of those Lapis Lazuli past lives, help regain lost knowledge from those civilizations, and inspire evolution in the current incarnation.


Lapis Lazuli Meanings in Divination

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The Divinatory meaning of Lapis Lazuli: It is the right time to get yourself noticed in a positive way; a high-profile presentation of your talents is the key.

Dreaming of Lapis Lazuli signifies faithful love.


Crystals and Angels

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If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Lapis Lazuli can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.

Date Crystal Color Name of Guardian Angel
June 16 - 21 Blue Caliel
July 28 - August 1 Light Blue Haaiah

There are other Angels that are partial to Lapis Lazuli, too. The table below gives you more information about them.

Purpose Crystal Color Name of Angel
Aids you while dealing with Anger Blue Af
Protector and Ruler of the dates June 16-21; Gemini Blue Caliel
Ruler of Earth/Snow Blue Shalgiel
Understanding Angel Tree of Life, the Ruler of Saturn, and the Guardian of Thursday Blue Tzaphiel
Mercy Angel; Tree of Life, Ruler of Thursday, and Jupiter. Zadkiel also helps you Heal Memory Dark Blue Zadkiel (Zadekiel)
Ruler of the Moon Dark Blue Jarahel
Guardian of the Twenty-Third Mansion of the Moon; Capricorn Dark Blue Requiel
Raguel helps you to Heal Relationships Light Blue Raguel
Protector and Ruler of the dates July 28-August 1; Leo Light Blue Haaiah

Lapis Lazuli for the Goddess

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Lapis Lazuli honors Hera, the Greek Goddess of Marriage, and the Queen of all Gods and Goddesses on Mt Olympus. She is a source of inspiration for wives and lovers and for standing up for what is right.

Lapis Lazuli honors Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld. She journeys into the underworld carrying her Lapis Lazuli rods and measures time and the length of a person’s life.

Lapis Lazuli honors Nuit, the Egyptian Goddess of Heaven and Sky. She swallows the sun each evening and gives birth to it again each morning. She is the protector and mother of life on Earth.

Lapis Lazuli honors Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love (also called Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty). She was one of twelve Olympians who governed all aspects of human life and is known for her beauty and passion.

Lapis Lazuli is also used in devotions to Dana (Danu), the Celtic River Goddess.


Lapis Lazuli Birthstone

There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. Finally, many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.

In this section, you will find information on all three approaches.

Traditional Birthstone

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Lapis is not a traditional birthstone.

Natural Birthstone


Lapis Lazuli, with its deep blue color, is one of the natural birthstones of those born as the world Lapis Lazuli awaits the vernal equinox and spring (February 19 – March 19). This is a time when new life is about to burst forth, a time of faith and trust. Blue crystals bring you patience and respect.

Zodiac Crystal for Sagittarius

Lapis Lazuli is associated with the planets Neptune and Venus, but primarily with Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21). Sagittarius is the ninth sign in the zodiac and is associated with the 9th astrological house.

This sign also oversees foreign travel and foreign countries and cultures, religion, the law, higher education, and all things which seek to expand one’s experience, freedom, and journeys.


Meaning in Talismans and Amulets

Lapis Lazuli is a valuable talisman for gaining respect, keeping negative energy away, and helping us to remember to be humble in our dealings with others.

Lapis Lazuli is an Enhancer Filter crystal. Enhancers have internal crystal lattices of perfect cubic symmetry and internal harmony. As "building block" talismans, their internal structure helps focus our efforts to build on our successes and enhance our lives. They concentrate our energy on the improvements we desire and thought patterns that will produce the actions needed to bring them about.

Crystals with the earth power of a Filter, absorb positive energy flow but work to keep negative energy away from us. They help us view the world in a glass-half-full outlook, to see the best in others, the beauty in life, and the good in humanity. They keep us focused on the positive in situations and not be overwhelmed by the negative. In our technological world, Filters also work to keep harmful electromagnetic transmissions from sapping our energy and health.

When found in a lighter blue color, Lapis Lazuli is a superb talisman for finding peace and calmness through acceptance and enjoyment of the earth's bounty.


Using Lapis Lazuli in Feng Shui

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Lapis Lazuli utilizes Water Energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies possibilities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings the power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life.

Use Lapis crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.


Meanings in Ancient Lore and History

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Lapis Lazuli was considered a cure for melancholy and for “quartern fever,” an intermittent fever returning each third day, or fourth day counting in the previous attack. It was also said to cure apoplexies, epilepsies, diseases of the spleen, and dementia. It was worn around the neck as an amulet to drive away frights from children, strengthened sight, prevented fainting and abortion if taken near the time of delivery.


Lapis Lazuli was used extensively in ancient Egypt and Assyria for amulets carved with various symbols, scarab seals, signets, and cylinder seals. It was the material for the image of Truth (Ma), which the Egyptian chief-justice and High Priest wore around his neck suspended with a gold chain.

The earliest recorded instances of semi-precious stones used for religious purposes come from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a ritual ceremony for safe passage and protection from evil for their deceased. Lapis Lazuli, named chesbet by the Egyptians, was used in many amulets to be placed on the body, including the tet, a mason’s table symbol placed on the neck for protection. It could only be reunited with the body after being weighed in the balance of the underworld.

Two special chapters were engraved on Lapis Lazuli, the 26th chapter referencing the heart, and the 140th chapter on the symbolic eye, made from Lapis and ornamented in gold. It was an amulet of great power, and an offering was to be made to this symbol to the supreme god Ra.

"Lapis Lazuli was one of the seven gemstones placed in an ornament to be worn on the breast of the king as an amulet."

In Assyrian texts, the uknu, Lapis Lazuli was one of the seven gemstones placed in an ornament to be worn on the breast of the king as an amulet. Its power was so great it was believed to constitute an ornament for the gods as well. In the Gilgamesh epic of the Babylonians, legends tell of trees that grow precious stones, and Lapis Lazuli grows from its crown. Lapis Lazuli ornamented the yellow girdles worn by Chinese emperors of the Manchu dynasty for the services in the Temple of Heaven.

In Summerian mythology, the goddess Inanna (a forerunner of Aphrodite and Venus) journeyed into the underworld carrying Lapis Lazuli rods and measured time and the length of a person’s life. It was believed crystals were the flesh of the gods and that the gods were crystal beings.

One legend holds that King Solomon was given a special Lapis ring by an angel of the Lord that allowed him to control legions of demons which he used to build his temple.

Ancient Egyptians believed the soul existed in the mind and was housed in the brain, and Lapis blue was a mental healer and soul purifier. Lapis was used to purge the soul of demonic possession by pulverizing the stone, mixing it with gold, making it into a poultice, and placing it on the crown of the head. As it dried it would draw out the demons. In extreme cases, a small hole was drilled in the skull and the mixture was poured into the head. 

More Crystal Information

What is Lapis Lazuli?

Lapis Lazuli is a blue metamorphic rock primarily made up of Lazurite, Calcite, and Pyrite. It may also contain diopside, amphibole, feldspar, and mica.

Where is Lapis Lazuli found?

Lapis Lazuli is primarily sourced from Afghanistan. Other sources include Peru, Chile, Russia, Pakistan, and some deposits in the United States.

How is Lapis Lazuli formed?

Lapis lazuli is found around igneous intrusions when limestone or marble has been changed by contact or hydrothermal metamorphism. Lazurite replaces segments of the host rock in these rocks and frequently forms preferentially within specific bands or strata.

What is Lapis Lazuli good for?

Lapis Lazuli is an effective crystal for stimulating the higher mind and improving intellectual capabilities. It enhances the need for information, truth, and understanding and facilitates learning. It is helpful for memory enhancement.

Lapis promotes friendship and social ability. When dealing with others, it promotes the virtues of honesty, compassion, and uprightness. This stone permits spiritual journeying and tapping into personal and spiritual power.

Can Lapis Lazuli go in water?

Lapis Lazuli is not water safe. Water may dissolve the Calcite in Lapis Lazuli. It also releases harmful toxins into the water when soaked. Sulfur can be released into the water by the pyrite flecks.

What does Lapis Lazuli mean?

Lapis Lazuli translates into "blue rock." It also means "Stone of the Sky".

How do you cleanse Lapis Lazuli?

Lapis Lazuli can be cleansed using any of the cleansing methods except for water. It is not recommended to let Lapis Lazuli soak in water. We recommend using sage, rice, or burying the stone.

How do you charge Lapis Lazuli?

Charging Lapis Lazuli in sunlight is the most practical option.

Can Lapis Lazuli be left in the sun?

Lapis Lazuli is safe in sunlight. It will not fade or become brittle.

How hard is Lapis Lazuli?

On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Lapis Lazuli is 5 - 6.

Why is Lapis Lazuli called Lapis Lazuli?

Lapis Lazuli gets its name from the Latin word lapis, "stone," and the Persian word lazhuward, "blue."

How to use Lapis Lazuli?

One of the best ways to use Lapis Lazuli is by wearing it as jewelry, specifically as a necklace or pendant. Another highly recommended way to use Lapis Lazuli is by placing it in your space, specifically on your nightstand.

What does Lapis Lazuli look like?

Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue stone with white swirls, banding and flecks of gold.

How can you tell if Lapis Lazuli is real?

In most cases, fake Lapis Lazuli does not contain gold specks. Fake Lapis are usually too vibrant with uniform patterns. They are made from glass or plastics, which makes them warm to the touch, while real Lapis Lazulis are cold. You can rub acetone on Lapis Lazuli to help determine legitimacy. If the acetone rubs off color, it is a fake. Conduct a scratch test. Real Lapis Lazuli will scratch glass but can be scratched by a knife.

What does Lapis Lazuli  symbolize?

Lapis Lazuli symbolizes royalty, loyalty, honor, power, wisdom, and truth.

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Written by Linda Mason

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