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.