Malachite Lore

MALACHITE

malachite lore

HISTORY AND LORE

  • Name comes from the Greek word malache, meaning “mallow” (a green herb).
  • Gem for the Zodiac sign of Taurus.
  • Mining malachite began as early as 4000 BC by ancient Egyptians.
  • It was ground into powder and worn as eye makeup as far back as 3000 BC. 
  • Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants.
  •  Malachite has been dubbed “The Magic Stone” for it is said to bring good luck, safe travel, and protection.
  • Believed to bring good health, success, and constancy of affection. 
  • Believed to heal on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body.
  • Malachite is said to stimulate dreams and bring memories vividly to life.
  • In the Middle ages, malachite was worn to protect from black magic and sorcery. 
  • In Ancient Greece amulets for children were made of malachite. 
  • The pharaohs often lined the inside of their headdresses with Malachite, believing it helped them rule wisely.
  • 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.
  • The Egyptians used Malachite for protection and safeguarding  pregnancy.
  • This stone 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. 
  • Lore and legends associated with malachite include the belief that it could protect against the evil eye.
  • Malachite was considered a calming, balancing, and healing stone that protected travelers, breaking to warn of impending danger.
  • In Russian lore, people believed that anyone who drank from a goblet made of malachite would be blessed with the power to understand the language of animals.
  • In the Middle Ages, malachite was thought to impart protection from sorcery.
  • Malachite, worn or carried, was believed to assist one during times of change or disruption.
  • Malachite is believed to form a protective energetic boundary around its wearer, impenetrable to undesirable energies.
  • It is said to activate its wearer’s ability to sense danger, while at the same time keeping one from being noticed by those who may cause harm.
  • Another said protective function of malachite is its tendency to increase certain “coincidences,” or synchronicities, which act to keep the wearer safe.
  • Malachite is said to aid in the regeneration of body cells, creates calm and peace, and aids one’s sleep.
  • This stone is also said to be effective in treating heart problems, asthma, rheumatism, circulatory system, arthritis, mental disorders and eye disorders.
  • 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.
  • Believed to stimulate ideas and imagination.
  • Wearing a malachite amulet upon which the symbol of a rayed sun has been carved has long been thought to increase a magician’s magical powers. 
  • Carrying a malachite is believed to banish negative vibrations and to ward off nightmares. 
  • Today, the mineral Malachite is mined primarily for its copper content, and in addition to a gem used in jewelry, Malachite is used in electronic equipment, appliances, ammunition, and coins.
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