The Blue Stone and the Lion's Gate
Updated: Aug 22
Crystal of the Month: Lapis Lazuli
Deep blue and flecked with gold, Lapis Lazuli resembles the night sky. The stone’s name came from the Latin word Lapis meaning stone, and Lazuli from the Persian word Lazhward meaning blue, linked to the word Azure in English and Azul in Spanish, so the meaning is “Blue Stone”.
This crystal is reputed to help open the third eye and balance our throat chakra. It may enlighten the mind and enhance dream work, assist us in our spiritual journeys and regaining personal power. The stone quickly releases stress bringing deep peace. Lapis Lazuli is a protective stone that is reputed to guard against psychic attack, returning any unpleasant energy to its source. It teaches the power of the spoken word. It reveals inner peace, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back or compromising. Lapis Lazuli reportedly helps to overcome hearing loss, purify blood, and strengthen the immune system. It may alleviate insomnia and vertigo, as well as potentially lowering blood pressure.
Lapis is often attractive to individuals with past life connections to ancient Egypt. Meditating with the stone can assist them in recovering past memories of those lives, as well as aiding evolution and the current life. It is one of the best-known minerals for activating the higher mind and psychic abilities. Coincidentally, some past life memories of ancient Egypt came to me, and I will incorporate them into a book - although the line of books I'm writing is long, so I don't know when I will be able to share this.
Lapis was used to decorate the tombs of ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. As a stone of royalty and spirituality it was unsurpassed. It still carries the vibration of the in the King or Queen that lies buried in each of us, according to Richard Simmons in “The Book of Stones”. For those who wish to awaken that aspect of their selves, Lapis is a steadfast aid in the deep and the journey. Lapis often attractive to individuals with past life connections to ancient Egypt. Meditating with the stone can assist them in recovering past memories of those lives, as well as aiding evolution and the current life. It is one of the best-known minerals for activating the higher mind and psychic abilities.
Crystal skulls are considered many to embody and depict the inner wisdom of the earth. The combination with Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful tribute to this symbolism.
Affirmation: “I claim the sovereignty and the power of my highest self, and I align myself with my highest truth.” (Naisha Ahsian, from “The Book of Stones.”)
Position: Lapis may be placed or worn at the third eye or throat level. It should be positioned above the diaphragm, anywhere between the sternum and the top of the head.
This fascinating Lapis Lazuli pendant was made by a local craftsman in silver. The silver bird reminded me of a sacred bird of ancient Egypt, the AKH Bird, the crested Egyptian ibis. The Egyptians saw this bird as a symbol of magic, healing, and protection.
Sometimes the akh bird is linked to the myth of the phoenix (also called the Bennu) . An imperishable body and the idealized state of being, AKH was one's link to the circumpolar "Imperishable Stars" - those stars that circle the North Pole and never set.
The Lion's Gate
Lapis Lazuli is one of the crystals associated with the so-called “Lion’s Gate” period, which some believe take place from late July and culminating around 8 August when the star Sirius rises with the Sun in Leo. This was seen as a crucial time and the new year for the ancient Egyptians. Some say that Sirius is our ‘Spiritual Sun’. This cycle starts while the Sun is in the Zodiacal sign of Leo (the lion). The energy peaks on the 8th of August (8 8), when it is said that the three stars of Orion’s belt align with the three pyramids at Giza, Egypt. Lapis Lazuli connects us by symbolic resonance to Ancient Egypt, the stars, intuition, and spiritual downloads. I made a crystal grid for the Lions Gate, featuring Tiger’s Eye, Lapis Lazuli, Citrine and Amethyst.
During the period from July 3 through Aug. 11 Sirius (the Dog Star of the constellation Canis Major) rises in conjunction (or nearly so) with the sun. As a result, the classical Greek and Roman belief was that the combination of the brightest luminary of the day (the sun) and the brightest star of night (Sirius) were responsible for the extreme heat that is experienced during the middle of the northern summer.
In ancient Egypt, the New Year began with the heliacal rising" (appearing to rise just prior to the sun)
Or return of Sirius, the "Nile Star" or the "Star of Isis" of the early Egyptians. ”
When the ancient Egyptians saw Sirius rising just before the sun, they knew that the "Nile Days" were at hand. Its annual reappearance was a warning to people who lived along the Nile River. The star always returned just before the river rose, and so announced the coming of floodwaters, which would add to the fertility of their lands. People then opened the gates of canals that irrigated their fields.
Some new age thinkers associate this period with increased availability of energy and celestial “downloads” and “upgrades” to receptive individuals.
This crystal grid works with the geometry of the so-called Metatron's Cube, which contains all 5 Platonic Solids hidden inside, symbolizing the underlying patterns of our universe. I fine-tuned this grid after taking the photo.
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