Malachite Healing Stone
Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral that is characterized by banding of lighter and darker shades of vivid green. It is called the stone of transformation, known to ancient Egypt as early as 3000BC, it was used in ancient times in jewelry, ornaments and powdered eye shadow, (when ground to powdered form).
Depending on its copper ore content, it can be toxic in powdered form, and is recommended only worn in polished form, as a stone. However, some of the powdered malachite used in mineral makeup, such as eye shadow today, is from low concentrations.
This stone of transformation is one of the few fire element stones that are green in color. Emeralds and Jade stones were other green stones that were also used in healing energy chakras in religious and spiritual healings.
In spiritual beliefs, chakras are the seven power points of life forces in the body which circulate life and energy in a vertical alignment down the center of the body, close to the spine. Each chakra is typically represented by a color or aura, which is an electromagnetic field that indicates good health through positive and negative energy, based on the darkness or brightness of the colors.
Malachite was believed to protect from the evil eye, (Egyptian belief that an unadorned eye was susceptible to evil spirits) and cure various stomach ailments in the Middle Ages. In chakras, it is believed to influence the solar-plexus (3rd) chakra and the heart (4th) chakra, which is represented by the color green. A balanced heart chakra means freedom and growth and out of balance is indicated by lack of discipline, difficulty in relationships and co-dependence for happiness.
The color green, in stones or crystal healing, is said to give a natural energy, self-discipline and give a higher sense of consciousness and love. In ancient times, by holding the stone of transformation to the stomach, it was said to cure ailments or curb appetite in the solar plexus, while holding it against the heart gave cure to heart and blood pressure disorders. It was also used to restore tired nerves and help give energy.
Ancient Healing Quality of Malachite
Not all malachite has the same healing powers. Therapeutic malachite has crisp, straight black or dark-green bands in a light green base. For maximum healing, bands should form a bull’s eye on opposite sides of the sphere. If the bands are irregular or muddy, the healing power is said to be less. The greater the contrast, the stronger the therapeutic benefits of malachite.
In ancient times, it protected against nightmares, accidents and promoted success in business. It has been said to aid in concentration, awareness, vertigo, and promote harmony of the various body parts. Sometimes referred to as the athlete’s stone, it was used to combat symptoms of asthma, arthritis, swollen joints, tumor and broken bones or torn muscles.
Astrological and Psychosexual Influences
Malachite is associated with the number nine, and the zodiac signs of Scorpio and Capricorn. In astrological reference it is also associated with the Planet Venus, the planet named for the goddess of love. Life is said to be lived more intensely under the influence of malachite since it is a powerful energy conduit.
It is beneficial for inhibitions, shyness, detoxification of the liver and gallbladder, stress, insomnia, female sexual organs, cramps, menstrual problems and labor. Enlightenment words tied with this green stone would be leadership, creativity, confidence, protection and a healed heart. It is considered an equalizing and balancing agent.
Malachite in Makeup
Of course, in ancient Egyptian culture, malachite was commonly used for the green eye shadow that was used in the “cat eye” look. They also used gray which was derived from lead ore stones, and acted as a sun protectant. There are some eye shadows on the market today that have malachite in small concentrations. These are said to wash eye lids in liquid iridescence and shimmer and protect eyes from UVA and UVB rays.
In Egypt, Hathor, the Goddess of Love, Music and Beauty was said to wear makeup from Sinai, made of green malachite. Hathor was associated with turquoise, malachite, and the metals gold and copper in the alchemy of consciousness. Hathor has also been compared to Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Beauty. Ancient Egyptian folklore relates malachite to the beauty of Egyptian goddess makeup, and malachite is still found in mineral-based eye shadows, today.
Malachite found in today’s eye shadow is in limited form mixed with other natural ingredients such as pearl dust and used for its vivid green color and healing powers.
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