Turquoise is a traditional stone of protection, good luck, aiding in spiritual understanding. Its wonderful colour invokes inner harmony and optimism, all of which are supportive as the days are at their shortest in December. 
Turquoise is believed to have inherited its name from the French term, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because it was brought to Europe via Turkey from mines in central Asia. 
It has been highly sought of for ornamentation and adornment for its special properties by many cultures, including the Native American Indians, Incans, Aztecs, the Persians, Egyptians and Chinese who must have sensed its majestic power. 
Perceived by many as strengthening the Divine Masculine, I personally feel it anchors the warrior of light and truth within through the sacred breath which fills the lungs, opens the heart chakra, transforming anxiety and doubt into calm determination to conquer fear through the unification of higher truth and grounded logic. 
When I connect with Turquoise, I can’t help but think of Archangel Sandalphon who was believed to have been Elijah and whisked off to God to be transformed into angelic status. Sandalphon is often described as the tallest angel and when I work with Turquoise, I feel taller and stronger. Sandalphon is the archangel of Malkuth, the sphere on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life that corresponds with the material world and coincidently turquoise is said to bring heaven to earth! Sandalphon is the protector of Mother Earth and when looking at Turquoise you might imagine how Mother Earth appears from out in the solar system. 
Traditionally it is one of the birthstones of Sagittarius the fire sign known for optimism, frank communication, justice, truth and adventure. 
Keywords: calming, creativity, strengthening to the mind, body and spirit, spiritual connection, spiritual understanding, protective, purifying the lower mind and balancing the emotional body. 
Healing support for the lungs, heart, throat, thymus and the circulatory system, respiratory system, and the immune system. 
This unique turquoise hag-stone specimen is owned by friend and collector Terry Lawley. It is from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona which has some of the best quality stones that require little - if any - treatment for stabilisation using wax or epoxy resin. 
Chemical formula - CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O - turquoise is a hydrated copper/aluminum phosphate of aggregate, cryptocrystalline structure 
Hardness – 5-6 Mohs scale 
Crystal Structure - Triclinic, usually forming as a massive 
Colour – varying in the combination of blue and green 
Availability – large pieces are rare and pricey. Unfortunately, a lot of what is sold as turquoise is dyed howlite or magnesite. Both are lovely crystals but they are NOT turquoise. 
Thank you to Terry, for allowing me to connect to this beauty and take this photo. 
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