Colour: sky-blue, blue-green, apple-green.
Mohs' hardness 5-6
The name turquoise means "Turkish stone" because the trade route that brought it to Europe used to come via Turkey. Pure blue colour is rare; mostly turquoise is interspersed with brown, dark gray, or black veins of other minerals or the host rock. Turquoise is a porous stone; heat, moisture and chemicals will affect the colour. Turquoise imitations include howlite, chalcedony, baked glue mixture, glass, porcelain and plastics. Synthetic turquoise has been marketed since 1970.
Properties: Turquoise, being one of the oldest stones, carries a great wisdom of basic truth within it.
Turquoise unites the earth and sky, making it particularly valuable in spiritual work. It aids the search for who you really are.
Turquoise symbolizes a time to be honest with yourself, by calming the mind and emotions, revealing your true self. It allows for better communication in sharing your visions with others, reminding us to walk the talk. In relationships, turquoise's greatest contribution is helping to tune in to, and understand other people.
Turquoise is a stone that one attunes to, not the other way round. It is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner. Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Carry turquoise for luck and to attract good fortune.
Turquoise was used by the Egyptians to ward of the evil eye, therefore protecting the wearer of negativity. Turquoise is also used to protect horse and rider from stumbling. It is still used in the Middle East to protect horse or camel and rider.
As a purification stone, Turquoise dispels negative energy and protect against outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere. There is a belief that the colour of turquoise changes if the health and safety of the wearer is in danger.
Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. Traditionally turquoise was a stone that was received as a gift, strengthening the bond of friendship. It is given to loved ones about to embark on a journey. The stone would protect the wearer from harm and bring good fortune.
It also brings peace to the home. The Pueblo tribes of North America always placed a piece of turquoise under the floor whenever a house was built to ensure the well-being of those who lived within.
Turquoise helps with psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world. Turquoise attunes to the higher realms by aligning all chakras, thus creating a clear channel for the nurturing and creative energy of this sacred stone to flow through. Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm. It gently urges the wearer to seek out answers and knowledge. It has a purifying effect, uniting energies of earth and sky, promoting spiritual attunement, thus providing profound healing of the spirit and soul.
Turquoise is very beneficial for creative problem-solving using analysis and intuition. It helps to understand how things work and where you fit into the scheme of things. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion; it also has the power to prevent panic attacks. Turquoise placed on or around the head will help relieve a tension headache. Gem elixir provides healing energies for the whole body.
On a Physical Level:
- Supports new tissue regeneration especially after illness
- Turquoise protects body from the effects of pollution
- Eyes - eases tired, inflamed, and strengthens
- enhances physical and psychic immune systems
- Turquoise strengthens heart, eliminates nervousness and fears
- Relieves migraines, and inner ear disorders
- Lung, chest infections, asthma and other allergies
- Eases cramps and neutralizes stomach acidity
- Gives the body resistance to fight viruses and infections
- stimulates and balances heart, throat, and brow chakras
- Use turquoise if you have a fear of public speaking
- Turquoise is recommended by crystal healers for detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution
The Great Spirit (American Indian), The Great Spirit, also called Wakan Tanka among the Sioux, The Creator, or The Great Maker in English and Gitchi Manitou in Algonquian, is a conception of a supreme being prevalent among some Native American and First Nations cultures.
Jupiter, the Supreme God of the Roman pantheon, ruled over all other Gods. The biggest planet - Jupiter is devoted to it. Wisdom of Jupiter was embodied on the Earth in tin metal, which promotes a passage from the inner world to social spheres, keeping within the law and loyalty.
Hathor - was an Ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as "Mistress of the West" welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.
She will bring renewal, joy and a love of the good things in life to you. Honour her with music, turquoise and malachite stones, and she will bring you a new life of joy and prosperity.
Buddha - In Bhuddism, the Buddha refers to Siddhattha Gautama. Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism. In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age, "Buddha" meaning "awakened one" or "the enlightened one."
Tara or Arya Tara is a female Bodhisattva typically associated with Tibetan Buddhism. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Bodhisattvas of similar aspect. The most widely known Taras are:
Green Tara, known for the activity of compassion
White Tara, also known for compassion, long life and serenity
Red Tara, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things
Black Tara, associated with power
Yellow Tara, associated with wealth and prosperity
Blue Tara, associated with transmutation of anger
Estsanatlehi - Native American Goddess of Change - Estsanatlehi is the Apache and Navajo name for the Great Goddess known as the Changing Woman or Turquoise Woman. Her name means "self-renewing one." This is because she's able to make herself young whenever she begins to age. Whenever she grows old, she walks towards the east until she sees her younger self coming. She then becomes her younger self again. Call upon Estsanatlehi when you want to feel younger and to renew yourself. She can show you the ways to find yourself again and enjoy the gifts of the earth, Honour Estsanatlehi with Turquoise. Use Turquoise to help renew yourself and your outlook on life. Remember Estsanatlehi with her symbols of renewal: hopes, rainbows, and mountains.
Sophia - Goddess of Wisdom. She is the central pivot of creation and represents the feminine aspect in all things. She is Wisdom Incarnate, the Goddess of all those who are wise. Sophia (pronounced sew-fee'ah) in Greek, Hohkma in Hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Celtic goddess-figure Sheela-na-gigs - all mean wisdom. The Judeo-Christian God's female soul, source of his true power is Sophia. As Goddess of wisdom and fate, her faces are many: Black Goddess, Divine Feminine, Mother of God, The Gnostic Christians, Sophia was the Mother of Creation; her consort and assistant was Jehovah. Her sacred shrine, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Her symbol, the dove, represents spirit; she is crowned by stars, a Middle Eastern icon, to indicate her absolute divinity.
In honouring Sophia, you must honour yourself and your personal spirit. We cannot offer a crystal or group of crystals as the right ones to honour her. Rather we can only suggest that you seek within yourself for her. When the crystals that are right for you appear, you will know. For many, we find that violet, turquoise, and indigo coloured crystals seem to be best.
Whope - is the Lakota Sioux Goddess of Peace. She is a Star Maiden. Her name means "Meteor." Sometimes she is called" Falling Star" because as each star falls she can grant a wish or mediate a problem between friends. Perhaps our practice of making a wish on a falling star is based on the Sioux honouring of Whope. Whope is an accessible Goddess that can grant wishes when a star falls and can help you with friendship problems. Even with no problems with your friendship she can still bless your friendship so nothing goes wrong. Whope is strongly associated with Turquoise. Turquoise is used for healing, bringing rain, and personal protection. You can also honour Whope with Chalcedony, helps promote friendships and is considered a sacred stone by Native Americans.
Yemoja is the African Goddess of the Ocean and the patron deity of pregnant women. She is honoured not only in Africa but in Brazil. She is the creator goddess of the Yoruba tribe. This goddess went with the members of the Yoruba tribe when they were captured and taken to various areas in the world as slaves. She then became very well known and given different names. This is why she is honoured in Brazil and also how she is associated with Virgin Mary. Use necklaces of seven turquoise beads and clear quartz beads to honour Yemoja. Pregnant women should wear such a necklace as a talisman of protection for the unborn baby. Place turquoise along with seashells and coral on her altar.
Use with copper to increase the power of turquoise.
Protects animals and birds from being stolen or straying; guards against financial, professional or personal misfortune and malpractice by others.
Use for spells for power, leadership, earthy success, connection with ancient wisdom; for travel, to discover truth, and to overcome any organisation or individual who holds power over you and is seeking to silence or intimidate you.
Turquoise is used regularly to gain wealth, and it used or worn during money attraction spells. Perform this rite a few days after the New Moon when the crescent is first visible in the sky. Avoid gazing at the Moon until the proper time.
The stone is also utilized in love spells and magic. It can be worn, carried or given to a love one. It is frequently used to promote marital harmony. Given as a gift, turquoise bestows wealth and happiness to its receiver. It is told that if the colour of the stone fades, so has the love of the recipient.
Discharge turquoise once a month in a bowl of dry tumbled hematite stones and recharge overnight among rock crystals - out of the light of the sun!
Called "sky stone" or "stone of heaven" by some Native Americans, the vibrations of turquoise can build a spiritual bridge between worlds and give strong psychic powers to the bearer. Apache Shaman's medicine bag contained turquoise stone as part of their tools.
Use Turquoise to attune to the spiritual plane or provide protection during vision quests or astral travel.
Turquoise encourages self-expression, especially when used at the throat chakra.
Turquoise opens the heart chakra to giving and receiving.
Element: Air, Earth, Fire
Planet: Venus, Jupiter, Neptune
Birthstone: December, June, July (Ancient)
Zodiac: Aquarius, Capricorn, Pisces, Sagittarius (Ancient) Scorpio
Numerical: Vibration: 1,4,6,7
Empowerment/affirmation: I do not fear power in myself or others.
Gemstones of the World, Walter Schumann
Crystal Workbook, Sheril Berkovitch
Health Essentials, Crystal Healing, Simon Lilly
Complete Book of Natural Magick, Cassandra Eason
Illustrated Guide to Crystals, Judy Hall
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, Scott Cunningham
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