Otherwise known as “Iron Pyrite” or “Fool’s Gold”, this iron sulfide mineral crystallizes in the form of cubes, stalactites and masses. It sometimes occurs as a secondary mineral inside quartz, turquoise and lapis lazuli. Pyrite is a powerful protection stone which eliminates any influence of negative energy as it cleanses the physical, etheric, and emotional bodies. As it is also a strong determination stone which resonates directly with the solar plexus chakra to activate willpower, pyrite stimulates the intellect and strengthens memory – all the keys to achieving your goals. While it will not magically bring you wealth or success, it provides all the tools needed to manifest your dreams. Try meditating with pyrite while saying out loud what it is you wish to accomplish and this stone will help you stay on track until you succeed. Pyrite has been used by many ancient civilizations throughout history and is still a famous stone today. It was often used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Native Americans who believed the stone contained healing powers and pure magic within. With archaeologists having unearthed many fascinating pyrite artifacts over the years, one can only imagine the rich history associated with this stone. Here are seven things you didn’t know about Pyrite.
Planet: Mars, Sun
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Element: Fire, Earth
Vibration Number: 3
Deity: Persephone, Ra
Colors: metallic, pale brass, pale yellow, “gold”
1. Pyrite, the Origins of a Name
With its first discovery recorded by Dioscorades in 50 AD, the name Pyrite comes from the Greek word pyro meaning “fire”. It is said that this association came from the fact that striking the stone against another material such as iron would cause sparks. In early times, this gave man a way of creating fire; in later times, this stone’s ability made it popular for use in early firearm devices. Even today, it is still used in the production of sulfuric acid. The term “fool’s gold” comes from the simple fact that pyrite was often mistaken for gold because of their striking resemblance. Curiously enough, gold is often found adjacent to pyrite deposits. It would be foolish to find pyrite and not look a little further.
2. Pyrite, a Divination Stone
Next to obsidian, pyrite is another stone which was often used in scrying practices. The Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas of Southern Mexico would polish large slabs of pyrite until it gained a mirror-like surface upon which they would gaze and search for messages regarding the future. The Native Americans also believed that they could look into one’s very soul when peering into the surface of a polished piece of pyrite.
3. Pyrite, a Stone of Power
Frequently used by North American Indian shamans in amulets, pyrite was believed to hold a special magic. They called it “the stone of power” and as medicine men would often use it in healing rituals, it was also sometimes called “the healer’s stone”.
4. Pyrite in Chinese lore
The ancient Chinese believed the earth was a golden cube, covered by a round sky. This vision was well emulated by pyrite. They also believed that pyrite could guard against crocodile attacks.
5. Pyrite, a Stone of Good Fortune
For thousands of years, it has been believed that pyrite is a stone of good fortune which attracts wealth and prosperity. The theory is that if it is well cleansed and touched by no one else but the owner, a piece of this stone kept in the pocket will bring abundance and luck. Interestingly enough, when mining for pyrite, if one digs a little further they will be sure to find actual gold.
6. Pyrite in Spiritual Healing
Aside from being a great stone for attracting wealth, pyrite is said to be a great enhancer of determination and manifestation. It also creates balance and flow between the right brain and left brain functions. This helps to transform intuition and creativity from thoughts into rational and logical actions.
7. Pyrite in Physical Healing
Pyrite is believed to have many benefits where the physical body is concerned. It is said that this stone protects against viral attacks, infections, and a good overall sense of health. “The Sleeping Prophet”, Edgar Cayce, recommended carrying a piece of carbon steel in the pocket, preferably near the groin to prevent catching a cold or infection. Pyrite, similar to carbon steel, claims the same benefit. Increasing oxygen supply to the blood and strengthening the respiratory system, pyrite is a great stone for asthma sufferers.