Lapis lazuli is a beautiful stone that has been prized in many cultures for its deep, saturated blue color as well as its energetic qualities. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs were often buried with objects made of lapis lazuli, and it was even used to make eye shadow. In Renaissance Europe, it was used as a very valuable blue pigment. According Buddhist tradition, lapis lazuli can help one find inner peace and relief from negative thoughts. It’s often made into jewelry and has been carved into decorative and practical objects, including sculptures, combs, and bowls. It's a favorite crystal to use for feng shui applications, as well.
What Is Lapis Lazuli?
Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock containing several minerals, including lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. The most valuable lapis lazuli is a deep, uniform blue, sometimes with gold flecks of pyrite distributed throughout. In this form, it has a resemblance to a starry night sky. The calcite in lapis lazuli can also lead to white streaks, which generally makes the stone less valuable.
Properties of Lapis Lazuli
- Color: Blue
- Chakra: Throat, Third eye, Crown
- Number: Vibrates to 3
- Planet: Venus
- Zodiac: Sagittarius, Ox
- Bagua areas: Gen (Knowledge), Qian (Helpful People)
- Elements: Metal, Wood
- Origin: Afghanistan, Chile, Middle East, Russia, USA
Meaning and Uses of Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is a powerful stone for thinking and spirituality, and it has a very high vibration. It’s believed to increase self-knowledge and awareness of one’s own thoughts and can help you to trust your inner wisdom. It also enhances psychic and intuitive abilities, and connects the spiritual realm with the physical. It can help with creativity, self-expression, and communication. In addition, lapis lazuli can help to harmonize and balance the yin and yang aspects within yourself.
Uses in Feng Shui
Activate Gen, the Knowledge Corner
When you want to work on cultivating self-knowledge or spiritual wisdom, you might want to take a look at Gen, also called the Knowledge area of the feng shui bagua. If you stand at your home’s front entrance looking in, Gen position is the near corner on your left-hand side. This area is connected to skills, knowledge, and self-cultivation, as well as the earth element and the color dark blue. One way to activate this area of your home and enhance these aspects of your life is to place a lapis lazuli stone in the Gen position of your home.
Activate Qian, the Helpful People Corner
Qian is the area of the feng shui bagua that is connected to helpful people, benefactors, and travel. It may be helpful to place lapis lazuli in this area if you’d like to invite more support from people in your life, or more support from non-physical realms. To locate Qian, again stand in your front doorway facing in, and then find the near corner on your right hand side. Qian is also related to the metal element, which is connected to communication and speech. Because lapis lazuli can aid in self-expression, deep listening, and communication, it can help to enhance metal element qualities like clear communication and speaking up appropriately.
Activate Your Meditation Area
If you have a meditation room or area in your home, lapis lazuli is a great stone to add there because it can expand awareness, self-knowledge, and intuition. It’s also said to aid in the recognition of repeating thoughts, and in knowing how to proceed with those thoughts, whether they need to be explored or released.
Activate Your Workspace
In feng shui, your workspace represents your career. If you can, it’s best to have a dedicated room or area that you use when you are working. Once you do have an area dedicated to work, you may want to add lapis lazuli here to enhance your awareness, creativity, and communication in your work. If you are an artist of some kind and have a space where you practice your craft, lapis lazuli would also be a beautiful addition to that area.
Wear Lapis Lazuli
Feng shui doesn’t have to be only in your home—you can also apply the same principles to your body! Another way to work with the energy of lapis lazuli is to wear it on your body. Because this stone also has a very serene energy and a high vibration, it can be a very supportive stone to carry with you through your day.