Learn about the crystal meanings and metaphysical and healing properties lore of malachite including transformation, protection and more.
Alternate Names & Spellings of Malachite: Green Carbonate of Copper, Molochites, Mountain Green, Pilot's Stone, Peudoemerald, Silver Peak Jade
Hardness (Mohs): 3.5 - 4
Color(s): Bright green, with bands of darker greens that may be nearly black.
Lustre: Vitreous, Silky, Dull, Earthy
Common / Notable Locations: Namibia, Peru, Russia, USA
Rock Lore & Tidbits: Malachite was named for the Greek word for "mallows" as relating to the green of the leaves. It is a common secondary copper mineral and has a significantly variable habit. It's often found banded ,as crystalline crusts or aggregates, as botryoidal clusters, and even stripes. Malachite dust is toxic and proper protection must be used when handling, cutting or carving the rough.
Crystal Meanings Lore of Malachite
Keywords: Transformation, Love
Malachite is a stone of transformation. Whether the transformation is demonstrated on this plane as balancing pure love and one's well-being, protection, or spiritual evolution, it brings positive transformation again and again. Malachite also assists in making these transformational changes with a gentleness of the heart, easing the transition from one state to the other.
Malachite is a stone of good fortune and prosperity / abundance, too. This is a facet of transforming a physical or mental state of lack into abundance. It can also assist this by bringing productive and lucrative work or career into play. This can bring great self-confidence and success. These vibrations release and diffuse those of victimization by demonstrating the power of oneself.
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. It is also an excellent protection stone during flying and other travel.
As a stone of transformation, malachite helps with spiritual evolution. Meditation or intentional use of this stone in spiritual practices can bring along heightened and pervasive spiritual growth. This releases energy blockages formed in the mind / body / spirit that have been entangled with the lessons of growth. This spiritual growth and evolution brings wisdom as it progresses.
As a part of spiritual growth, malachite can ease the transformation from life to death, helping one make this trip gently and without fear.
Mentally, Malachite is an excellent aid to concentration and intellect, making it a beneficial stone for students and workers of all kinds. It can enhance one's ability to multi-task by helping concentrate on each task serially without loss of information of the others.
Using this stone, one can counteract self-destructive romantic tendencies and help encourage true, pure love. As such, it helps balance pure love, romance, and one's own well-being. Malachite is also good for enhancing emotional stability and balance in general., and can bring inner peace and hope, including relief from anxiety and stress. It also clears out negativity and negative thinkingin part by transforming the energy to bring the better hidden things to the fore.
Malachite is used in folk and crystal healing to decrease one's tendency to radiation illness, adrenal glandsasthma, arthritis, pregnancy, childbirth, acid reflux (GERD), immune system, epilepsy and seizures, headaches, circulatory system, bones, skin disorders, vertigo, teeth, gums, rising throat problems, tissue regeneration, and tumors. It is also used for general healing by way of transforming illness and dis-ease to a state of well-being. In natural combination with azurite it is also used for compulsiveness, anxiety, stress, asthma (as with malachite alone), cancer, astral projection, clairvoyance, Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Malachite contains copper, which though a necessarily micronutrient, can cause copper toxicity in large amounts. I suggest using the indirect method if creating gem elixirs with this stone.
Malachite can clear and activate all chakras, as well as balance them. Malachite is a stone that bridges the energy of the heart and root chakras. It is particularly useful for balancing and clearing the heart chakra. Its primary energy is generally associated with the heart chakra.
From my personal perspective
Malachite is a divine stone. It brings a sense of playful contradiction, as evidenced by its banded light and dark greens, that reaches into its energy of transformation. It is always moving... dark to light, shriveled to evolved, contracted heart to expansive love. Its energy is always protectively gentle, though, until that last tiny push which may be needed to move one on to the next state of being.
Hattip to Mindat.org for mineral information on Malachite. View Malachite information at www.mindat.org
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