Colour: silver, gold.
Found in: Austria, China, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa.
The brassy-yellow metallic colour of Pyrite has in many cases lead to people mistaking it for Gold, hence the common nickname ‘Fools Gold’. Pyrite is quite easy to distinguish from Gold, it is much lighter, but harder and cannot be scratched with a fingernail or pocket knife. The name “Pyrite” means “Fire stone”, because it forms sparks when it is struck, and has been used since the Stone Age to start fires.
It fosters intelligence, mental stability, logic, analysis and creativity. It encourages communication between the conscious and subconscious minds, and between the left and right hemispheres. Pyrite is a very protective stone, shielding the user from negative energy of all kinds. Pyrite blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears. Carry pyrite in your pocket to protect you from both environmental pollution and physical danger. Pyrite can be used to bring a feeling of increased vitality during times of hard-work or stress. Pyrite is also great for balancing one’s energetic fields.
Health: Aids circulation, body acidity imbalances and depression. When worn as a pendant, it is said to be beneficial in easing bronchitis. Hold or place beside the bed when suffering from a fever as this stone is said to bring the temperature down to a normal level. Good with lung infections and diseases, easing them.
WARNING: Always wash hands after handling, especially degraded material. Avoid inhaling dust when handling or breaking. Never lick or ingest.
Chakra: Used on the Third Eye, Pyrite strengthens mental abilities and awareness of higher forms of knowledge.
Colour: Silver-gold with black
Found in: Germany.
Good for energy. Aids blood, cells ways and neural fibres to work at their best.
Very rare blue-green colour. A protective stone. Eases depression.
Enables one to move forward after feeling that life has stagnated a little. Said to be good at removing psychosomatic illness. Strengthens the digestive system, neutralises toxins, and improves the respiratory system.
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Geinger M (2007): Healing Crystals.
Hall J (2013): Crystal Bible 3.
American Mineralogist (1977): 62: 1168-1172.
American Mineralogist (1989): 74: 1168.
Extra Lapis No. 11, Pyrite (1996).
Photograph: taken from Mindat, copyright © Rui Nunes 2014
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