Stone of Unique Protection and Positive Shielding
It is sometimes a bit sad that this beautiful and fascinating mineral has a nickname like “Fool’s Gold”. As it does resemble gold in it’s physical appearance, that is where the similarities end. Pyrite can not be bent or shaped like gold, it is much too brittle. Striking it with steel can even cause the sulfur in it to spark! Pyrite is actually disulfide of iron, and the metallic crystal grows in cubes, nodules, masses of tiny crystals, and can even be found as flat discs.
Some have been known to confuse pyrite with marcasite, but as marcasite is also an iron sulfide, but crystallized in a completely different manner, so marcasite it unstable and often crumbles during attempts to carve it.
Pyrite is quite easy to find, it is mined all over the US, in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee to name a few. Specimens are also found in Spain, South Africa, Russia, Portugal, Germany and Peru, as well as hundreds of other locations around the world.
Scientific Gemstone Properties
Metaphysical Gemstone Properties
Pyrite helps one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. If you are indecisive, or unsure about something, carry a pyrite with you as a touchstone to help boost your self confidence. The reflective qualities of the stone make it a wonderful meditation or divination tool….just as the ancient Inca’s used it.
Pyrite increases physical stamina, stimulates the intellect and helps to transform thought into intelligent action. It is a wonderful stone for use in wealth magic or assisting in manifestation of needed energies. An excellent shield-stone, pyrite removes negativity from the aura to help one concentrate.
Healing Gemstone Properties
Pyrite is said to balance hormonal rhythms, and to ease the discomfort of menstruation. It is also useful in clearing up confusion of one’s physical symptoms so as to generate a more accurate diagnosis.
Pyrite “suns” draw pain from the body, as well as assist in easing depression symptoms. It is also said to help in reducing swelling or reducing fevers when used directly on the physical body.
Magical Gemstone Properties
Powers: Divination, Shielding & Money
Candle Color: Gold
Prized by the people of Mexico Pyrite was used to fashion polished “mirrors” that were believed to be used for scrying. Although Pyrite may be nick named “fools gold” it is in many ways magically in line with the mineral gold itself. Used in spells and rituals regarding money and wealth, and carried to bring good luck in fulfilling one’s monetary needs.
Zodiac Gemstone Properties
Zodiac Stone of: Leo
Birthstone: Not a birthstone for any month