Alternative Names: Iron Pyrites, Fools Gold
Origin: Worldwide, notably Mexico, Peru
Mineral Species: Pyrite
Mineral Group: Sulphides
Chemical Formula: FeS2
Crystal System: Isometric
Colour: Pale brassy yellow
Typical Appearance: Crystals typically cubic or pyritohedral (pentagonal dodecahedral), and combinations are common. Less frequently octahedral, most commonly massive or granular.
Chakra Alignment: Solar Plexus
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in antiquity from the Greek "pyr" for "fire", because sparks flew from it when hit with another mineral or metal.
Pyrite means "fire stone" as it creates sparks when struck, and has been used for thousands of years as a means of starting fires, by knocking it against flint. Historically it was considered a magic stone and a stone of protection, and was worked into amulets.
It encourages self-realisation, showing us both our light and dark sides. It is also useful in clarification, on both emotional and diagnostic healing levels, and for uncovering suppressed memories. It is considered still to be a stone of protection, and can shield one against negative energy on many levels. As the crystals form cubically, pyrite makes a powerful also grounding stone (the cube being a symbol of Earth), giving the wearer or holder a sense of containment. Many believe it bestows the blessing of abundance.