Crystal Closeup: Malachite

“MALACHITE.
The sudden spoon is the same in no size. The sudden spoon is the wound in the decision.”

– Gertrude Stein, “Tender Buttons”

I would be remiss to discuss malachite without bringing up Gertrude Stein. Well, perhaps that’s not exactly true, but ever since I read “Tender Buttons” in college malachite has immediately brought the section of the poem above to mind. Malachite has actually been quite inspirational to authors, so, for the first time, there’s a literature section at the bottom of this crystal closeup post.

Malachite contains copper, and historically it was smelted, as well as used to create pigments, glazes, jewelry, and decorative pieces. Its name comes from the Greek word for “mallow” and it is known for its bands of bright green color. Malachite is found in many parts of the world with some of the best coming from the Congo, Morocco, Arizona, France, and South Australia; massive deposits have been found in Russia in the Ural Mountains. Malachite grows in many formations including fibrous aggregates, botryoidal or encrusting masses, and stalactites; it often grows with azurite as well. Unfortunately, cheap, synthetic malachite is being produced; real malachite won’t be nearly as inexpensive.

Crystal: Malachite

Astrology: Capricorn, Libra, Scorpio, Taurus

Element: Earth

Family: Carbonates; copper carbonate hydroxide

Mohs: 3.5-4

Magickal Uses: Balance, Transformation

Metaphysical Properties: Malachite is known as the “stone of transformation,” assisting with changes. Malachite is used to clarify emotions and release negativity. It is a balancing crystal that can assist with progress toward a goal and bring transformational energy to the user. It is also used for deep energy cleaning, fidelity, and strong protection. Malachite assists with spiritual growth, emotional healing, luck (especially with money), protection, and self-work.

Suggested Activities: In Italy, malachite was worn for protection against the evil eye. This can be as a pocket rock or jewelry; however, malachite is softer than many other crystals, so be careful if you’re carrying it with other crystals. (See Llewellyn’s 2016 Witches’ Companion for information on how to deal with the evil eye.) Use malachite in spells where you want to move forward/change some aspect of your life. Think of the ripples of color on the stone like steps on a path. Add a small malachite tumble to a prosperity jar or as a part of a financial crystal grid. Incorporate it into Libra Moon activities and spells for balance. Jupiter’s movement through Scorpio 2017-18 is a great time to work with malachite. Do not use as a crystal elixir as it contains copper.

Art and Literature: Not all crystals have literature that they have inspired, but malachite is special. The image at the top of the page is of the Mistress of Copper Mountain, written about in the Russian story collection The Malachite Casket (as in box). Read more about The Malachite Casket on Wikipedia here; it includes publication history and a synopsis. The Mistress of Copper Mountain is also known as the Malachite Maid, and she appears in many stories. Her Wikipedia entry is also informative and details the stories that she is found in as well as her characteristics. Finally, you can read the story “Stone Flower,” from the collection, online here.

Sources

“Malachite” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
“Malachite” in Love is in the Earth by Melody
“Malachite” in Rock and Gem by Ronald Bonewitz

Image Credit

Header stock image via Pexels
Mistress of Copper Mountain image uncredited on Google
Tumbled malachite image by me

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