Malachite is a green, copper carbonate, mineral. Malachite has been known about for centuries, often being carved into giant vases and various ornamental sculptures. The word Malachite comes from the Greek word ‘malache’, this translates in ‘mallow’ and is likely because of the similarity in colours between Malachite and the mallow leaf. Some dispute that the name Malachite actually comes from the Greek word ‘malakos’, meaning ‘soft’, due to that fact that Malachite is a relatively soft gem. Malachite is well known for forming interesting formations, such as hairy-needle like structures, botryoidal, and stalactites. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, all used Malachite as a green pigment, often used as an eye shadow. As Malachite is a copper-based mineral, it often forms along side other similar minerals, such as Chrysocolla and Azurite. Some of the most famous specimens of Malachite are in combination with Azurite and came from the Tombs of various Pharaohs across Egypt.
Malachite is known for its various healing properties, but it is most well known for its protective energy, helping to deflect away negative energies and helping to reinforce your natural aura; creating an invisible shield around you that will prevent harm coming to you. This physical protection extends upwards through the Third Eye and Crown chakras, providing you with a layer of psychic protection which is vital to those who do psychic readings or physical therapists. Malachite will create a ‘bubble’ of energy around your heart, providing a level of protection for our emotions and personal wellbeing, helpful if you’ve recently been experiencing emotional trauma.
Malachite is well known for helping to strengthen the sacred bond between mother and child. Malachite can be a helpful stone to keep with you when carrying a baby but as it is a copper based mineral you should aim to keep it close and not in constant direct contact.
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