Lapis Lazuli ~
Represented the night sky and the power of the gods to the ancient Egyptians. The Primeval Ocean tells us, “Lapis is the god and the god is Lapis,” and the stone symbolizes cosmic correspondence. What is below is a reflection of what is above, carrying the same powers of sharing the same energetic signature.
Lapis symbolized royal power for eons, In Mesopotamian legend, the goddess Inanna (Venus) wore her Lapis regalia when she went into the underworld to comfort her sister goddess whose husband had died;
From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below . . .
Inanna abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld . . .
She tied the small lapis beads around her neck.
Let the double strand beads fall to her breast . . .
And took the lapis measuring rod and line in her hand.
The Lapis rod measured the natural worlds cycles, and Inanna’s beads symbolized eternal life. In the underworld, she was stripped, flayed , and hung on a peg. We can interpret this myth in many ways. Pragmatically, it depicts seasonal changes or the temporary disappearance of Venus as it transforms from the evening to the morning star. Psychologically, it represents the death of the ego. Spiritually, it describes the soul’s journey to Earth, an initiation ritual of dying to the old self, or even basic chakra cleansing as Inanna is stripped of seven items. The myth signifies that rebirth follows death and the spirit can be transformed – a PROCESS facilitated by Lapis Lazuli, which restores the energy of the core self. Lapis’ high electrical conductivity channels the pureness of being, sensitizing you to higher vibrations. Lapis sets your soul free to express itself fully.
A close up in it's raw form.
Fashioned and polished it makes a nice stone for jewelry.
A polished and detailed scull.