The Japanese deity Jizō (地蔵) is the protector of children, pregnant women,
firemen, travellers and pilgrims. He has many forms, including Mizuko Jizō (水子地蔵) or Water-Child Jizō, the guardian of children who die prematurely
due to miscarriage, abortion or any other means. It’s relatively easy to
identify this deity, since he’s often carrying a baby. He’s also surrounded by
toys left by a parent whose child has been cured of an illness thanks to Jizō’s
intervention, or a gift to help a deceased child in the afterlife.
Since time began, Malachite has been a stalwart protector of humans. Carved into lions, decorating the strong oak doors, and adorning the cavalry shields, this stone is a warrior’s gem, tried and true.
Malachite is a green stone, valued for it’s strange texture and resilient composition. The gem will instill you with bravery, strength, and passion. Too much of a good thing, however, always ends in bloodshed.
Adored in ancient Egypt for it’s cosmetic properties (and paired with Lapis Lazuli when powdered into makeup), this stone has enjoyed comfortable popularity in nearly every civilization to date. Chinese generals wore Malachite and it’s sister stone Jade into battle, it was used as ink in Rome, and the Malachite Room in St. Petersburg is a testament to both the strength of this stone and the place it holds in the hearts of Man.
Malachite is a heartstone, place it there to overcome any obstacle and bring passion to your loved ones. It is also masculine by nature, meaning it’s associated with the fervor of battle, protection of the clan, hunting, and unbridled love for family. But again, be warned. This gem can create a craving for violence and war if left unchecked.
However, the good of Malachite vastly outweighs the bad. This stone is first and foremost a guardian stone, a catch-all protector against evil and those who mean your loved ones harm. In stark contrast to most guardian stones, the protector wears the gem on their person as opposed to the ones being protected. It allows good fathers to become great fathers, mediocre friends to become best friends, and disconnected lovers to become as passionate as the first day they met.
Things associated with Malachite are sports, shields, sibling protection, fatherly love, and lions.
Zodiac signs that are amplified by Malachite are Leo, Cancer, and Virgo. All of the signs have an instinct to protect, which is helped by the power of Malachite.
Patron deities of Malachite are Ares (God of War), Nike (Goddess of Victory), Zhong Kui (The Demon Repeller), Vishnu (The Universal Protector), Guan Yu (Protector of Warriors), Hariti (The Selfish Mother) and Jizo Bosatsu (The Protector of Children).
@baileywhatever, yes, I do! :) Jizō is the protector of pregnant women and children. You often see toys at Jizō statues: the gifts of a parent whose child has been cured of an illness thanks to Jizō’s intervention, or a gift to help the deceased child in the afterlife. A little hat or bib (often red, because red is believed to drive out demons) is displayed as well, for the same reason.
Sometimes these hats and bibs are made by mothers; sometimes – at bigger temples with many statues – it’s done as a labour of love by the women of the neighbourhood / congregation.
This is a so-called Salt Jizō (塩地蔵, Shio Jizō). If you rub salt on his body corresponding to wherever you’re feeling an ache on your own body, your pain will disappear. This particular one can also cure warts: take a pinch of salt from the statue, rub it on your warts and there you go. It stands at Gochisan Henjōin Sōji-ji, commonly known as Nishiarai Daishi, in Adachi.