Lapis Lazuli is a member of the Sodalite group, it forms in metamorphic limestone and is composed of the minerals Lazurite, Calcite and Pyrite.
The name "lazur " is Arabic for "blue" and "lazaward" means "toward heaven". Ancient Sumerians valued Lapis above all stones. It was sacred to their goddesses Ereshkigal of the Underworld and Inanna, Goddess of the Heavens and Love. Sumerians also paid tribute to Egypt with this stone, as Egyptians also found Lapis to be spiritual and noble. It is mentioned in the Gilgamesh Legend and in Egyptian Papyrus, sacred to Isis. Lapis was also the "Sapphire" of the ancient Greeks. It was one of the stones in the High Priest's Breastplate. Ultramarine Blue, the artist's pigment, is powered Lapis. Modern Lapis is from Afghanistan, Russia and the Chilean Andes.
A stone of Venus and the heavens, Lapis Lazuli awakens intuition and psychic awareness. Used as talismans for protection or empowered with a deity's energy, it is a powerful stone. In meditation it focuses the mind for insights and wisdom and clarity. It helps with understanding emotional issues and the release of these as one reaches a higher level of consciousness and spirituality. It may aid memory, concentration and creativity. A stone to access timeless wisdom, foresight and inner truths. It strengthens and shields the aura, and aids in astral travel, past life work and the study of ancient sacred texts. A stone of friendship and divine love.
Chakras: Throat and Brow.
Composition: Sodium calcium aluminum silicate.