Pyrite, also called “iron pyrite” or “fool’s gold”, is a common, naturally occurring iron disulfide mineral. It is a beautiful mineral and extremely interesting. Its main quality is that it resembles gold, hence it is called fool’s gold because it can resemble gold nuggets.
Pyrite occurs in large deposits all around the world.
Traditional legends, folklore and healing properties of Pyrite
Pyrite has been used in jewellery for thousands of years and specimens have been found in the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and the Incas. The Incas are believed to have used it as a meditation stone. Nodules of pyrite have also been found in prehistoric burial mounds. The name comes from the Greek word pyr meaning “fire,” because it emits sparks when struck by steel, and it was used in early rifles.
Pyrite is thought to increase physical stamina, stimulate intellect and help transform thought into intelligent action. It is said to help one to communicate more openly and honestly, and it is believed to provide both emotional and physical protection. Some believe that it is a beneficial stone for use in meditation, wealth magic, and assisting in manifestation of needed energies. Pyrite is also thought to remove negativity from the aura and can help with concentration, and it is used as a touchstone to help boost self-confidence and help with indecision.
The French call Pyrite “Pierre de Sante”, meaning “stone of health” as they say it positively affects the body’s health. Pyrite is believed to balance hormonal rhythms, and so eases the discomfort of menstruation. It is also said to aid in reducing swelling and fevers. Some healers use it to overcome lethargy and fatigue and it is thought to increase the oxygen supply to the blood and strengthen the circulatory system. It is also believed to be beneficial for the lungs and thought to alleviate bronchitis and asthma.