The name Azurite comes from the French word azure, meaning "blue."
Commonly crystallized, azurite occurs in elongated or tabular prismatic crystals (often highly modified), intergrown rosette like aggregates and granular or concretionary masses. Color ranges from light blue to dark blue to almost black. The copper-based minerals create the stunning blue colors. Azurite is heavy, fragile, semi-hard (3.5–4), and is transparent to translucent with a vitreous luster tending to adamantine.
Azurite forms mostly as a secondary copper mineral in sulfide deposits associated with carbonate rocks, and is almost always associated with malachite and other secondary copper minerals like calcite, chalcocite and chrysocolla. Azurite frequently alters completely or in part to malachite. The finest crystal specimens have been found in Chessy - France; Tsumeb - South West Africa; Calabona and Rosas - Sardinia; Laurium - Greece; Bisbee - Arizona, as well as Australia, Chile, Siberia, Persia, Romania and Mexico. It is valuable as an ornamental stone and of interest to scientists and mineral collectors. It is generally not faceted. This is one of my favorite minerals, there is no deeper blue in nature that I know of.
So, how is this mineral used for healing and spiritual growth?
Azurite stimulates the spleen, thyroid, pineal and skin tissue. It is effective in the treatment of diseases of the bone (like arthritis), inflammation of the skin tissue, and stagnation associated with the thyroid such as hypothyroidism. It will also aid in better assimilation of copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Azurite activates a general expansion of consciousness in people, especially in healers, having their natural healing abilities amplified. The etheric body is strengthened, the mental body is activated to increase sensitivity, and the spleen and abdominal chakras are opened. The sixth chakra is also stimulated and the pineal and pituitary glands are brought into relationship energetically.
According to Edward Cayce, azurite stimulates psychic abilities, higher inspiration, clearer meditation, and greater mental control so that it is easier to make decisions. Others feel that this mineral clarifies dreams, stimulates thinking, aids in communication by fostering a willingness to listen and the ability to put ones points across more effectively, softens stubbornness, aids in hypnosis, and can help ease mental disorientation and depression.
- David D. Chittenden III
This information is not meant to replace any medical treatment.