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Malachite

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Malachite's name is thought to have been derived from the Greek word "malache" meaning "mallow" (a green herb), or possibly from the Greek word for "soft" which is "malakos". Either way, it's name would be very fitting, not only from its obvious green hues, but because Malachitee is also a very soft stone. Malachite is fragile and easily scratched or chipped, and sometimes may becomes dull over time through handling.

Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids and varying in color.

The Malachite natural form was being replaced by its synthetic form, verditer amongst other synthetic greens.

It is also used for decorative purposes, such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage, which features a large malachite vase.

"The Tazza", one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library.

Malachite has a long history with the Egyptian cultures going as far back as 4000 B.C. Mining Malachite began as early as 4000 BC by ancient Egyptians. Malachite was ground into powder and worn as eye makeup as far back as 3000 BC. This very same powder pigment is used by painters under the name of "mountain green."

Malachite has been dubbed "The Magic Stone" for it is said to bring good luck, safe travel, and protection. It is also believed to bring good health, success, and constancy of affection.

In the Middle ages, Malachite was worn to protect from black magic and sorcery.

In Ancient Greece amulets for children were made of Malachite.

In the New Stone Age came the discovery of the possibility of extracting certain metals from the ores in which they generally occur. Probably the first such material to be used was Malachite, then already in use as a cosmetic and easily reduced to copper in a strong fire. Malachite is impossible to be precise about the time and place of this discovery, but its consequences were tremendous. Namely it led to the search for other metallic ores and to the development of metallurgy.

The ancient Egyptians obtained their malachite from the Sinai peninsula and used it most often in amulets and statues.  In the Egyptian Book of the Dead it is said that the goddess of the sky "drops stars on the earth in the shape of green stones."

The stone was one of the prime gemstones used for power by the upper class in Egypt, the headdresses of pharaohs were often lined with malachite, as this was said to raiser the ruler's vibrations to a higher level and open him to wise council.

Malachite is often referred to as the Peacock Stone, as it was considered sacred to the goddess Juno, whose sacred bird was the peacock; as well, the eye like pattern within the stone resembles the eye like pattern on peacock feathers.

Malachite is associated with the powerful love goddesses, who could be either benign or vengeful — one being Our Lady of the Mountains, worshipped in central Russia. This goddess was associated with the Roman goddess Venus, who, if appeased, would protect the miners from harm. Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty, was another associated with the beauty of Malachite.

Astrological : Virgo and Capricorn

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Malachite is a lovely, natural amalgam of minerals, which helps the wearer to remember and renew the connection to the All.  It freshens the outlook and allows us to touch our core self without the fear that generally holds us back. It allows us to touch our child within and to be reborn into the light.  It is soothing to the soul, and releases stress to help create new beginnings.

Malachite is great for increasing ones concentration skills and is quite beneficial to ones physical, as well as psychic, vision. Malachite helps to find a balanced path between the desires of ego and of our higher Will, aiding us in removing blockages and inspiring us with ideas which will help to manifest those goals.

It is particularly useful for balancing and clearing the heart chakra. As such, it helps balance pure love, romance, and ones own well-being. Malachite is a stone of good fortune and prosperity/abundance, too.

Malachite is also a very protective stone, being especially helpful for general protection, protection from evil, protection during pregnancy and childbirth, and protection for children.

Malachite is also an excellent protection stone during flying and other travel.

Using this stone, one can counteract self-destructive romantic tendencies and help encourage true, pure love.

Malachite is also good for enhancing emotional stability and balance in general. It provides insight to the basic disorders within the body, mind and spirit.

Malachite can help one to look deep within the self and to acknowledge the reasons supporting an illness, further guiding and supporting one in the release of the emotional causative factors.

Malachite is an equalizing and balancing agent; it can create an unobstructed path, leading to a desired goal.

People living near nuclear power plants should keep pieces of Malachite in their homes, since Malachite may expel plutonium. A warning: Malachite in raw form has dust particles that are highly toxic and their ingestion should be avoided

HEALING PROPERTIES

Malachite promotes growth and builds up strength in many ways.  It is the stone of pregnant woman, and additionally it is a successful remedy against heart pains and cardiac asthma.  The optic nerves in the eyes can be strengthened with daily bathing of the eyes in malachite water.

Malachite has wonderful healing properties, and because of the high copper content of the stone it has a very steady pulsing electromagnetic energy field. Stimulates physical and psychic vision, concentration. For heart and solar plexus centers: Stomach, liver, kidney stones, lungs, immune system, radiation, MS, circulation.

Malachite balances mood swings and heals cramps.  It facilitates labour, alleviates menstrual disorders such as PMT and period pains, as well as menopause.

Boosts the immune and nervous systems.  Malachite lowers blood pressure, treats asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, fractures, swollen joints, growths, travel sickness, vertigo, tumors, the optic nerve, pancreas, spleen and the parathyroid.

It aligns DNA and enhances the immune system.  Malachite stimulates the liver to release toxins.

Malachite should not be used in healing without careful consideration of who is doing the healing. It is useful for relaxation and neurological disorders as well as tissue regeneration.

Malachite is said to awaken healing qualities and useful in fighting mental illnesses. Said to stimulate the optic nerve, help the pancreas, spleen, parathyroid, and help dyslexia. .

Malachite rough and facet stone