‘Lapis Lazuli’ by William Butler Yeats

(for Harry Clifton)
I have heard that hysterical women say
They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow,
Of poets that are always gay,
For everybody knows or else should know
That if nothing drastic is done
Aeroplane and Zeppelin will come out,
Pitch like King Billy bomb-balls in
Until the town lie beaten flat.
All perform their tragic play,
There struts Hamlet, there is Lear,
That’s Ophelia, that Cordelia;
Yet they, should the last scene be there,
The great stage curtain about to drop,
If worthy their prominent part in the play,
Do not break up their lines to weep.
They know that Hamlet and Lear are gay;
Gaiety transfiguring all that dread.
All men have aimed at, found and lost;
Black out; Heaven blazing into the head:
Tragedy wrought to its uttermost.
Though Hamlet rambles and Lear rages,
And all the drop scenes drop at once
Upon a hundred thousand stages,
It cannot grow by an inch or an ounce.
On their own feet they came, or on shipboard,
Camel-back, horse-back, ass-back, mule-back,
Old civilisations put to the sword.
Then they and their wisdom went to rack:
No handiwork of Callimachus
Who handled marble as if it were bronze,
Made draperies that seemed to rise
When sea-wind swept the corner, stands;
His long lamp chimney shaped like the stem
Of a slender palm, stood but a day;
All things fall and are built again
And those that build them again are gay.
Two Chinamen, behind them a third,
Are carved in Lapis Lazuli,
Over them flies a long-legged bird
A symbol of longevity;
The third, doubtless a serving-man,
Carries a musical instrument.
Every discolouration of the stone,
Every accidental crack or dent
Seems a water-course or an avalanche,
Or lofty slope where it still snows
Though doubtless plum or cherry-branch
Sweetens the little half-way house
Those Chinamen climb towards, and I
Delight to imagine them seated there;
There, on the mountain and the sky,
On all the tragic scene they stare.
One asks for mournful melodies;
Accomplished fingers begin to play.
Their eyes mid many wrinkles, their eyes,
Their ancient, glittering eyes, are gay.
W. B. Yeats, “Lapis Lazuli” from The Poems of W. B. Yeats: A New Edition, edited by Richard J. Finneran. Copyright 1933 by Macmillan Publishing Company, renewed © 1961 by Georgie Yeats. Reprinted with the permission of A. P. Watt, Ltd. on behalf of Michael Yeats.
Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)

THE WISDOM STONE: LAPIS LAZULI

Lapis lazuli is a deep balancer and works especially well with the brow and throat areas. It can remove deep levels of stress and trauma from the system, although some discomfort during the clearing process may be experienced. Lapis brings the spiritual qualities of deep silence and perspective that can be unnerving to those unfamiliar with these sensations. It is in this space, however, that profound intuition and inspiration can arise.

Energy: truthful, serious

Colors: deep blue, often with flecks of pyrite or mottled with white calcite

Uses: Lapis lazuli is an excellent stone for psychic development, divination, protection, self-knowledge, wisdom, creativity, magical power, prosperity, doubling out, which is being in the physical world and the “other” world at the same time, shielding and shapeshifting. Lapis Lazuli is a thought amplifier; it expands awareness and is propitious for personal empowerment. Lapis Lazuli boosts energy and the immune system; it is helpful for respiratory or nervous disorders.

Star Sign: Sagittarius
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Fire
Chakra: Brow

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TIPS FOR LAPIS LAZULI

Carry lapis lazuli to enhance your natural abilities

Put lapis lazuli in your bathroom to promote relaxation

Give lapis lazuli to your partner to cement your relationship

Lift your spirits with the energy of lapis lazuli – a “feel better” stone to bring you out of depression

Keep lapis lazuli around your home and office to help you organize your life more efficiently

Place lapis lazuli under your pillow to relieve insomnia

WISDOM-ENHANCING LAPIS LAZULI BRINGS WONDERMENT

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Lapis lazuli is a stone that protects from both physical and psychic attacks.

Lapis lazuli can help one say just the right thing, as if by magic.

It is an uplifting stone that will boost your psychic awareness.

Lapis lazuli gives the wearer protection and courage.

Lapis lazuli promotes gentleness in the wearer.

Lapis lazuli is used to contact guardian spirits.

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Lapis lazuli promotes healing, love, joy, and fidelity. Lapis brings truthfulness, openness, inner power, intuition, creativity, virility, and manifestation. It strengthens the mind and body as well as increasing awareness and spiritual connection/evolution. It can help organize daily life as well as organizing and quieting a busy or restless mind (erratic thoughts or high-strung personalities). However, it can be intense and should be used cautiously with nervous persons or those with high energy levels.

Lapis lazuli brings spiritual love and is known for enhancing love and fidelity within marriage.

LAPIS LAZULI DETECTING FAKES

Being exquisite and magical has its price.  Lapis Lazuli has become one of the most faked gemstones in the world.  It’s not easy to tell the difference between fake lapis and the real gemstone.  Each day the imitations are becoming better.

Imitation Lapis Lazuli is very common.  In more recent times large volumes of synthetically produced lapis have flooded the market place.  The imitation techniques are getting better each day.  Some of it is such a good quality that it is hard to tell apart from the real thing.

Many cheap minerals and gemstones can be dyed to imitate lapis.  Poor quality jasper, white howlite, spinel, sodalite or calcite can be used for this purpose.

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HOW TO DETECT FAKE AND REAL LAPIS LAZULI

The best way to detect fake lapis is by only looking at it.  Although you probably better be an expert because the imitations are so good that you can be easily fooled.

Primary Test

Magnification will reveal a totally unnatural appearance to this material.  Here is where you’ll see the perfect golden specks patterns the fakes have.  The flat blue and the white streaks when scratched will also be present.

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Lapis has that intense deep dark blue (ultramarine) color.  It is like looking into a well of water.  The fake looks flat dark blue.  Only the very best top quality lapis is a uniform blue color with virtually no fool’s gold.  This lapis is incredibly rare deeply sought after and costs a fortune.  This is the type of lapis you only see set into the finest 18k or 22k gold settings.