Hematite Meaning and Benefits.



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Hematite Meaning – General Information

Hematite crystals are rhombohedral, tabular, or sometimes prismatic or pyramidal; this member of the oxides group has a trigonal crystal structure. Its colour ranges from red, brown-red, grey and black, it is opaque with a metallic to dull lustre. Most commonly recognised in its polished metallic silvery grey colour. This stone is created from oxidized iron; So scratching a piece of it against a hard surface will leave a red residue. In its soft powder or sedimentary form this crystal is known as ‘red ochre’.

It is relatively dense and heavy because of its mineral makeup. The first thing you notice when picking it up is that it is heavy for its size. In fact, it has a 50% higher density than most other gemstones. It is mostly iron and oxygen and in its purest form, Hematite is 70% iron and 30% oxygen. On the Mohs hardness scale, it rates at a medium 5 to 6.5.

Meaning – History

Hematite, or Hæmatite in older texts, has its name come from the Greek word for blood. Also, with acknowledgement as a “bloodstone”, it was a useful amulet against bleeding. Native American folklore says that war paint made with Hematite will make one invincible in battle. Roman soldiers wore it for protection. Early Egyptians used it as a talisman to calm hysteria and anxiety. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hematite jewellery was worn during mourning. With its red colouring and brittleness, it was one of the first writing tools known to man. In Ancient Rome, Hematite was popular as jewellery, accessories and also home decor. It became popular for use in jewellery again in the Victorian era. Nowadays, Hematite is used to make a fine grain called rouge, which is a compound for cutting and polishing metal.

Hematite Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.

Hematite is useful for grounding and protecting. Considered to be a symbol of life energy, Hematite allows for more confidence, willpower and boldness. Moreover, it helps us adjust to being physical and encourages our survival instincts. It helps bolster low self-esteem and also to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, and stability, and also brings awareness back to the body and helps maintain a sense of self. During astral travelling, it protects the soul and grounds it back into the body.

Known as a ‘stone for the mind’, it brings mental organization and clarity as it helps with original thinking, logical thinking, and understanding of mathematics and with technical knowledge. It also enhances concentration and memory. Very grounding and calming this stone decreases negativity and harmonizes the energies of body, mind and spirit.

Hematite also improves awareness, hearing and general receptivity to vibrations and it increases alertness and vigilance.

A calming and transformational stone, Hematite offers support for your hopes, dreams, and desires. It also reminds you that the only limitations that exist are those you place upon yourself.

Meaning – Healing.

Hematite has a powerful connection to the blood; it restores, strengthens and regulates the blood supply. It can draw heat from the body as well as help keep it cool. Aids the absorption of iron in the small intestines and benefits all fluid functions in the body. This mineral is excellent for the kidneys, anaemia, and tissue regeneration. Because it has an overall calming effect it is helpful for insomnia and anxiety. It aids spinal alignment and fractures and also treats leg cramps. Helps you regroup after jet lag, stress, birth and anaesthesia. Do not use in cases of inflammation.

Tips for using Hematite.

  • Wear Hematite to enhance your personal magnetism.
  • Hold on to a Hematite to ground you when you feel spaced out.
  • Keep Hematite close by to stimulate your mathematical skills when you work with numbers.
  • Hold or wear Hematite when you need strength to cope with a situation.
  • Carry Hematite when you are flying in order to alleviate the symptoms of jetlag.
  • Wear or carry Hematite to improve your mental processes, including memory and clarity of thought.
  • Keep Hematite in your pocket or purse to boost your confidence.
  • Hematite kept nearby can also absorb and transmute negative energy.
  • Wearing Hematite can assist you with seeing the positive side of situations.
  • Hold Hematite to maintain a grounded connection when doing spiritual work.


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First presented in the JuneMay 2010 Newsletter, and edited May ’22 for inclusion here.

© Ron and Sue Windred.
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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