Alternative Names: Iron Pyrites, Fools Gold

Mineral Information

Origin: Worldwide, notably Mexico, Peru

Mineral Species: Pyrite

Mineral Group: Sulphides

Chemical Formula: FeS2

Hardness: 6-6.5

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.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Leo

Chakra Alignment: Solar Plexus

Element: None

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.

Additional Information

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.