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Lapis Lazuli stone meaning
Lapis lazuli has such a diverse history that one could devote a thick book solely to this stone.
Lapis lazuli is also called "lapis" or "lazurite". The name by which we know it today was different in the past, although the stone has been known by that name for almost 2,000 years.
The Babylonians used lapis lazuli to cut cylinder-shaped seals with which they could seal their clay tablets covered with cuneiform writing. In ancient Ur, about 5,000 years ago, kings sharpened their weapons with this stone to protect them from injury in battle.
Also in ancient Ur, people liked to wear this stone as jewelry, as archaeological excavations have revealed. This stone was often placed in the grave as a necklace or as an inlaid stone in jewelry.
In Ethiopia, around 3'500 BC, people came to the conclusion that lapis lazuli led to insights of a high spiritual level because the Priest-Astrologers wore this stone.
But the real reason why the Astrologer-Priests wore this stone was because it symbolized the night sky and the distant dwelling place of the gods "Enlil" and "Anu", who were believed to live in the Sirius System. The latter was known to the Ethiopians as the "House of Lapis".
The ancient Egyptians called this stone "Xesbet", in Hebrew it was called "Sappir", the ancient Greeks spoke of "Sappheiros" and also of "Kuanos" (= blue stone) and the Romans of "Sapphirus".
This explains why the Old Testament mentions sapphire, a kind of corundum with a pronounced blue color, where it should actually be called lapis lazuli.
Around 1400 BC, the ancient Egyptians did not yet know about blue corundum (= sapphire) from Sri Lanka and India. Therefore, this stone was not known to the people who collected the Old Testament texts either.
There are no blue sapphires in the various museums with an Egyptology department, but there are many amulets made of lapis lazuli.
In Ancient Egypt, it was believed that lapis lazuli would remove the sickly consequences of incest. For, it was thought, how else could incestuous Pharaohs maintain their divine purity except by wearing a lapis lazuli.
Lapis lazuli was believed to be a stone from heaven that brought health, peace, wisdom and love to human beings.
The name lapis lazuli comes from Arabic where "Azul" means blue or sky, and partly from Latin where lazuli is the Latinization of "Azul".
The word lapis (= stone) was added to indicate the difference with "Pulvis" (powder) because lapis lazuli powder, in Latin "Pulvis Lazuli", was used as a dye.
This powdered dye was given the name "ultramarine blue" and painters who still work today with the original colors of our old masters (like Rembrandt) still use lapis lazuli for the ultramarine blue color.
The monk Hildegard von Bingen described lapis lazuli already in the Middle Ages, but she used the name "Sapphire".
In the region where the Persian language was used, the name "Lazardi" is found, which means "blue color", but few people think that the name lapis lazuli would come from there.
In 1271, Marco Polo visited the rich lapis lazuli mines in the mountainous region of northeast Afghanistan. He describes with passion the mountains filled with the purest blue.
The French Sun King, Louis XIV, perceived the enormous power that lapis lazuli carries within it. This stone almost became the national stone of France.
Napoleon also knew this power and wrote that it was thanks to his scarab, cut from the finest lapis lazuli, that he was never wounded on his many battlefields.