Amazonite – (Heart & Throat Chakra) – (Zodiac of Virgo)
Amazonite is a really gorgeous stone with such a beautiful color. The sea-green contributes to its soothing and comforting nature. The only other gemstones with a similar color are Aquamarine and Turquoise, but Amazonite is the most reasonably priced of the three. The appearance of the stone itself varies based on its mine location. Some samples are soft, smooth, and even shimmery (like the stone on the right in the picture above). Other variations of Amazonite are a deeper blue-green with very noticeable, white albite stripes in it (like the stone of the left).
Science – This gemstone is a microcline feldspar and its blue-geen color comes from trace amounts of lead in the microcline. Some samples of Amazonite display the Schiller effect with is a shimmery, iridescent flash in the light.
Historical Significance – This stone was formally discovered in Brazil the late 1700s by Alexander von Humboldt. This gemstone adorned the tribes people of the Amazon jungle region and was therefore named Amazonite. It has been been used around the world for at least 4000 years. It was very popular in Ancient Egypt. Part of the Egyptian Book of the Dead was scribed on Amazonite, and the gemstone was also found among the treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Metaphysical Attributes – Amazonite is a stone of peace and helps create harmony within and externally in our relationships. It encourages balance in all aspects of our life. This stone’s energy aligns the body with spirit to create physical balance and improve health. It equalizes masculine and feminine energies. Amazonite is a soothing and stress reducing gemstone. It dispels frustration and irritation, and calms a frantic mind. If you have a stressful lifestyle, use this gemstone to improve work/life balance, to discover and define boundaries, and to release pent-up frustration and stress. Those who have difficulty falling asleep due to a “busy mind” would benefit from sleeping with Amazonite in their pillowcase, or on the nightstand.
This gemstone helps to heal from trauma and reduces fear and worry associated with post-tramatic stress disorder. It encourages hope and confidence while recovering from difficult situations. This is a heart and throat chakra stone, so it boosts compassion for oneself and others, along with providing the strength to stand up for your own needs. This compassion allows us to forgive ourselves and others and reduce harsh judgement or blame.
Amazonite is said to be an incredibly effective filtering stone. It filters electronic, environmental, and spiritual pollution. If your health is feeling “off” or if you are feeling overwhelmed by your environment, then hold this stone to guard you from external influences. If you work at a computer often, this is a great stone to keep nearby to ease the effect of electronic pollution. Also a great gemstone to wear if you are traveling by airplane as we encounter a myriad of germs, chemicals, security scanners, and energetic energies during airport travel.
Physical Effects – This gemstone is soothing, so it is great for stress reduction. Its filtering effects make this a good stone to wear during detox cleanses or if you’re having liver problems.
Practice Mantras – Sit in seated meditation, holding the Amazonite in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine you are supported by a warm green light emanating from the Earth. A pink light emanates from your Heart. Repeat these words. “I am Calm. I am Protected. I am ready to invite Harmony and Balance into my Life.”
Alternately, hold an Amazonite mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
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- “Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition,” by Walter Schumann
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- “Love is in the Earth: A Kaliedoscope of Crystals,” by Melody.
- “The Rock and Gem Book: And Other Treasures of the Natural World,” by DK Children
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