Tanzanite Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Tanzanite
Tanzanite is a stone of transmutation, shifting from lilac-blue to sapphire blue and into deep blue-violet. In faceted form it is stunning, celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th Century and first promoted by the New York jewelers, Tiffany & Co. who created magnificent pieces to showcase this stone.
It is one of the most valuable of all metaphysical crystals for spiritual exploration, bringing together all aspects of communication and psychic power. Its high vibrational energy invites protection and safety in linking with higher realms, and allows for deep profound meditation. It is particularly helpful in uniting the mind and heart, teaching one to live from a compassionate heart with an illumined mind. [Melody, 634][Hall II, 335-336][Simmons, 392]
Tanzanite is blue Zoisite, a calcium aluminum silicate, and forms in prismatic, usually striated crystals, transparent to slightly opaque, and ranges in color from deep ultramarine blue to light violet-blue. The most coveted crystals are a saturated blue with a hint of purple around it. In raw form Tanzanite occurs as blue, purple, brown and yellow. Nearly all Tanzanite is heat-treated to produce the striking violet-blue color and to remove the brownish yellow areas. Its pleochroistic property provides the shift in colors as the crystal is viewed from different perspectives. In artificial light it appears as an amethyst blue. [www.Gemstone.org][www.Gemselect.com]
Tanzanite is relatively rare and costly, occurring in only one place in the world, the Merelani Hills in Tanzania, East Africa. It was discovered in 1967 and is named for its country of origin. It is not especially durable and should be worn with care. It should never be cleaned by ultrasonic methods. [www.Gemstone.org][www.Gemselect.com]
Tanzanite Uses and Purposes - Overview
Tanzanite is an excellent crystal for novices to the exploration of psychic powers, as it is very protective and allows the clairvoyant Brow Chakra to open gradually, preventing psychic impressions from becoming overwhelming. To open the Third Eye and psychic powers, circle a Tanzanite clockwise in the center of the brow, and counterclockwise to close it. [Eason, 221]
As a workplace stone, Tanzanite is calming and soothing. Even a tiny piece is beneficial for overcoming communication difficulties. It is also practical in providing a solution to problems when there seems to be none. It is a good stone for career change. [Eason, 221]
Tanzanite aids in sharing spiritual information and knowledge from a heart-centered perspective, making it an excellent crystal for counselors or others in the position of intellectually interpreting emotional experiences. It also benefits empathetic individuals who form interpretations of emotional information they receive intuitively. [Ahsian, 393]
Worn as jewelry, Tanzanite not only stays within one's auric field and brings one's consciousness to a permanently higher state, but brings the positive self-awakening qualities to others who see its beauty. [Simmons, 392]
Tanzanite Healing Therapies - Overview
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Tanzanite Physical Healing Energy
Tanzanite is said to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the blood and improve vitality. It promotes the regeneration of cells, skin and hair, and protects against the side-effects of medical or surgical intervention. [Eason, 221] It is also believed to help bring one from a comatose state. [Melody, 635]
Tanzanite is useful in treating psychological disorders, stress, and nervous tension, and is excellent for the problem of excessive sweating. It may relieve migraine headaches, and in conjunction with other treatments such as counseling, can help in curing chronic alcoholism. [Megemont, 174-175]
Tanzanite Emotional Healing Energy
Tanzanite generates an energy of happiness and relief from worries, allowing insight into emotional issues without the need to dwell on them unnecessarily. It inspires one in feeling more compassionate, loving and centered. [Ahsian, 393]
Tanzanite helps in overcoming experiences of fear and crises, and in re-building trust. It helps solve questions related to the meaning of life, and in coming to terms with oneself. [Gienger, 84]
Tanzanite allows one to more easily speak the heart's truth with all the resourcefulness and eloquence the mind can conjure, and makes the process consistently easier over time. [Simmons, 393]
Tanzanite stimulates the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras, uniting the higher mind with intuition and communication.
Tanzanite carries a predominant blue crystal energy that stimulates the Throat Chakra, the voice of the body. It is, in essence, 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 the throat chakra is in balance and open, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions, bringing our personal 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.
The Brow Chakra, also called the Third Eye, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra. When the brow chakra is in balance our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the brow chakra. It is a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment.
The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head, and is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence and is the source of universal energy and truth. When the Crown is in balance, we know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life. Imbalances of the Crown chakra are treated with Light Violet crystals. Their violet rays have the universal life force of magic, dreams, inspiration, and destiny.Â
Tanzanite is also the most effective stone for linking and attuning the Heart Chakra to the Third Eye. Bringing the heart into cooperation with the mind expands one's search for wholeness and keeps one centered in compassionate humanity. [Simmons, 392]
Tanzanite Spiritual Energy
Tanzanite's high vibrational energy and shifting colors raises one's consciousness, linking to the angelic realms, spirit guides, Ascended Masters and Christ consciousness. It provides an ease in entering altered states, in receiving information from the Akashic Record, and allows a deep profound meditation. It assists in multi-dimensional cellular and karmic healing in preparing the soul for ascension. [Hall II, 335-336]
The Blue of Tanzanite reflects the color energy of the sky. It marks the beginning of life and emotion. Blue crystals bring trust, faith, patience, and respect, lending the focus we need to become more sincere, act more responsibly, and become more trustworthy.
Light blue crystals help us accept the life we have, develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They're excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful. Light blue crystals also assist in dealing with grief, letting go of the past, and curing guilt. Darker blue talismans enhance the respect and compassion we have within ourselves. They teach us humanity, discretion, and honor, and encourage us to act more charitably and focus our efforts on service to others.
Violet Tanzanite takes on the darker hue of winter's majesty, the time just after the winter solstice. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, nobility and luxury. It is one of the most powerful rays in nature, helping us interpret our dreams and inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments. Dark violet crystals are dream talismans, providing insight and giving us a window to the soul beyond ordinary understanding. Lavender talismans, the lighter shade of violet, provide not only the wisdom of self, but focuses on our feelings and understanding our hidden yearnings. They're crystals of the free, unfettered intellect and heart.
Tanzanite's deepest shade, Indigo, combines the intuition of the violet ray with the trust of the pure blue ray. It brings wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery. A stone of judgment and long life, it promotes introspection and can result in profound wisdom when used well. Dark indigo crystals provide honesty and are especially good for religious and spiritual journeys, while light indigo crystals connect us to the natural world and improve our appreciation of others.
Tanzanite's high vibrational energy provides for a deep profound meditation and for ease in entering altered states of consciousness. It facilitates inner and outer journeying and is highly conducive for linking to higher realms. [Hall II, 335]
Meditating with Tanzanite opens the channels to one's spirit guides, and is a highly beneficial tool in connecting with deceased loved ones, especially in the early days of bereavement. [Eason, 221]
The Divinatory meaning of Tanzanite: Trust your intuition - it is guiding you in the right direction, even though others may be blinding you with facts and figures to the contrary. [Eason, 221]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Tanzanite of the color listed 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.
There are other Angels that are partial to Tanzanite. The table below gives you the information about them.
Crystals of violet and indigo honor Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified. She is the story of being lost then regained, the wisdom of understanding, doubting, and spiritual exploration without dogma.
Tanzanite may also be used to honor Athena, the Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom. She is always depicted in armor and is known as a skilled fighter and strategist, and for her superb logic and intellect. She enjoys blue and purple crystals, associated with fairness, wisdom and loyalty.
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. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Due to its popularity, Tanzanite was added to the list of birthstones for December in 2002 by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). [www.Gemselect.com]
Tanzanite which is blue in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as the world 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.
Tanzanite which is violet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born at the time when the year is new, just after the winter solstice (December 21 - January 19). Violet crystals bring you intuition, magic, dreams, and imagination.
Tanzanite which is indigo in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in midwinter (January 20 - February 18). Indigo crystals are rare and valuable. They bring you wisdom, truth, dignity, and spiritual mastery.
Tanzanite is not associated with any zodiac sign; however, Pisces and Aries will be soothed by its sparkle and iridescence. [Megemont, 175]
Tanzanite Amulets and Talismans
Tanzanite is a Dispeller Unifier crystal. Dispeller crystal lattices act like a radiator with sharp points from which energy can flow easily outward, carrying with it the undesirable elements in our life. They are helpful talismans to relieve the everyday concerns of our physical, mental and spiritual problems. Dispellers are also known as Restorers. They put things right again after they are out of balance.
Unifiers' molecules bond in pairs or small groups, allowing their energies to focus on relationships, between two people or within a family. They amplify our efforts to connect with another person, and aid in keeping people together and happy. Unifiers are also great talismans for community group efforts. They support working together, allegiance and loyalty.
Tanzanite utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use blue 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.
Tanzanite's violet hues activate Fire energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.
Tanzanite in Ancient Lore and Legend
Tanzanite was originally discovered in 1967 in the Merelani Hills below Mount Kilimanjaro, and named for its country of origin, Tanzania, East Africa. Popular legend regards Tanzanite as a gift from the gods, as its discovery is attributed to Masai cattle herders who first saw the blue stones after brown zoisite crystals on the ground were burned in a bush fire caused by lightning. [Eason, 221]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
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