Attributes: Communication, Spiritual Growth
Chakra: Throat and Heart
Element: Earth / Storm
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Mined in: USA, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Tibet.
In many ancient cultures, Turquoise was a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This gemstone has been esteemed for thousands of years as a sacred stone, a bringer of good fortune — “a gift from the gods”. Today, Turquoise still is a popular gemstone associated with protection from harm and connections to the spiritual world.
Turquoise is an aluminum phosphate mineral. The color of the stone ranges from sky blue to various shades of bluish greens. The color depends on the minerals found in the area where it grew. More copper in the mix produces a bluer stone; more iron in the mix produces a greener stone.
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Its name comes from the French pierre turquoise, which means “Turkish stone”. This is because in the old days it was most commonly sold in Turkish bazaars. Originally mined in central Asia, Turquoise reached Europe through trading routes that passed through Turkey and quickly became a popular gem for jewelry and ornamentation. Grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered in ancient Egypt, dating from approximately 3000 BC. Native Americans also found deposits in rock layers in cliffs and believed this mineral had spiritual significance and ceremonial relevance. Today, Turquoise is found all over the world in places where once volcanic activity has occurred.
Turquoise is a strong protection and purification stone; it dispels negative energies and clears electromagnetic smog. It purifies, it balances, and it instills inner calm. Turquoise promotes forgiveness, self-realization, and self-acceptance.
It’s believed that Turquoise unites the Earth and the Sky, bringing together male and female energies. It holds the wisdom of compassion and forgiveness.
Turquoise can help us attune our physical selves to the highest realms. It helps us to better understand ourselves and to bring our ideas and emotions under control so we can see them become fruitful in our reality. It activates and balances the Throat Chakra, to help us communicate honestly and effortlessly. It can help us articulate and bring forth our deepest desire and wisdom.
If you find your life is out of balance, causing anxiety and stress to govern your days rather than peace, try bringing turquoise into your environment. It can help increase serenity, balance energies and allow those within its sphere of influence to have honest communications.
- It is a symbol of friendship and good fortune
- It provides solace for the spirit and well-being for the body
- It brings peace and protection to the home
- It draws out negativity from the body and mind
- It enhances intuition and psychic abilities
- It aids analytical thinking and creative energy
- It encourages communication with the spiritual realm
- It brings great truth and wisdom
- It protects against geopathic stress*
It’s said that turquoise is a most efficient healer, especially beneficial for alleviating depression, exhaustion, and panic attacks. This stone is also believed to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, and alleviate pain. It could be beneficial for the eyes, gout, rheumatism, and the stomach.
Worn as a talisman or a protection amulet, Turquoise is said to protect and bless the wearer. Those suffering from depression can sleep with a small piece of Turquoise under the pillow to help lift the depression faster.
Placed on the Third Eye Chakra during meditation, it’s said to open this chakra and enhance ‘clear sight’ and intuition. Placed on the Throat Chakra, Turquoise can quickly activate this chakra, and stimulate communication with the Higher Self and Spirit Guides.
A Gem Elixir made with Turquoise can be used to strengthen the body and your immune system so that you can fight off viruses and infections, soak a sprained or pulled muscle, and help damaged or cut tissues to heal. In order to transfer its properties into the water, add a few rocks to a glass container of water and allow it to sit outdoors overnight where the moon can shine upon it, and then the sun can shine upon it during the day. That evening, pour the elixir into a tub of warm water, step in, sit down and allow the healing energies of Turquoise to work upon your body. For headaches, soak a cloth in the elixir and place on your forehead until the pain goes away.
NOTE: Turquoise is a very soft mineral. Therefore, it is often ‘stabilized’ before its use in jewelry making. During this process, Turquoise is crushed to powder and then mixed with resin, to make a stronger and more robust colored stone.
*ELECTROMAGNETIC SMOG A subtle but detectable electromagnetic field given off by electrical power lines, computers, cell phones, television, and microwave ovens. It can have an adverse effect on sensitive people.
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