Pyrite Meaning and Benefits.



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Pyrite Meaning – General Information.

The name Pyrite derives from the Greek word “pyr” meaning “fire”. Finding that sparks would fly from it if struck against another mineral especially iron gave it its name. At the same time giving early man one means of creating fire.

Also known as “Fool’s Gold” this stone has a shiny metallic brassy yellow look and is often mistaken for gold. It belongs to the Cubic crystal system and has a hardness of 6 – 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pyrite is actually a disulfide of iron and often crystallizes in cubes or as a “pyritohedron”. These are twelve-faced pentagonal dodecahedral crystals, or octahedrons, nodules, and also occur as shapeless masses of tiny crystals and can even be found as flat discs. It is one of the most common forms of sulphide minerals.

Pyrite Meaning – History.

Even though Pyrite is abundantly available and contains a high percentage of Iron, it is not a prime source of Iron. (The primary iron ores being the Iron Oxides, Hematite and Magnetite). However, it is mined as a source of sulphur, to produce sulphuric acid, an important chemical used in industry.  The Sulphur component of Pyrite was in high demand during world war two as a strategic chemical.

In earlier times, its sparking ability made it popular for use in early firearms devices such as the wheel lock.

It has been in the jewellery industry for thousands of years, with specimens found in the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and Incas.  Jewellery made with Pyrite was extremely popular during the Victorian era in England. It is a polymorph of marcasite and is popular in costume jewellery.

Ancient South American cultures including the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas created scrying mirrors out of Pyrite. They did this by polishing one side flat and carving the rounded side with mystical symbols to assist in the scrying process. Cultures around the world carried Pyrite amulets for protection and magic. It was among the first healing stones used in a Shaman’s bag. Native Americans believed that by peering into a piece of polished Pyrite they could look into one’s very soul. Their Shamans used it as “a stone of power,” and their medicine men used it in certain healing rituals.  Pyrite has also been labelled the “Healer’s Stone”.

Pyrite Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.

The French call it Pierre de Sante, meaning “stone of health” as they say it positively affects the body’s health. The reflective qualities of Pyrite make it a wonderful meditation or divination tool.

According to legend, these metallic crystals attract money and good fortune.

Pyrite increases physical stamina, stimulates the intellect and also helps to transform thought into intelligent action. It is an excellent protective or shielding stone, as it removes negativity from the aura. Pyrite may improve the balance and flow between the right and left brain function, also helping to transform intuitive and creative (right brain) thought into logical and well-reasoned (left brain) action. It helps you concentrate.

Pyrite helps you communicate more openly and honestly. It also provides both emotional and physical protection. If you are unsure or indecisive, having Pyrite with you will help to boost your self-confidence.

Pyrite Meaning – Healing.

Containing both earth and fire energies it assists in balancing the root or base chakra. It is useful for protecting against infections and viral attacks. Balances hormonal rhythms, and eases the discomfort of menstruation. It is also useful in clearing up confusion regarding physical symptoms; therefore generating a more accurate diagnosis. Pyrite will draw pain from the body, as well as assist in easing symptoms of depression. It also helps with reducing swelling or reducing fevers when used directly on the physical body. It is useful in the treatment of bronchitis and lung disorders.


Tips for Using Pyrite.

  • Keep Pyrite around to benefit from its confidence-boosting power.
  • Wear Pyrite to protect yourself from harm.
  • Hold Pyrite for a reviving surge of energy.
  • Pyrite in your home and/or office will remove negativity and replace it with vital positive energy.
  • Put Pyrite on your window sills to help keep the sound of noisy neighbours at bay.
  • Place Pyrite under your pillow to help prevent you from snoring.
  • Wear Pyrite to stir the qualities of ambition, commitment and perseverance.
  • Have Pyrite at your desk as it is an ideal stone for students.
  • Carry Pyrite as a shield from environmental pollutants, as well as contagious diseases.
  • Use Pyrite to resist becoming angry or upset.


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First presented in the March 2011 Newsletter, and edited October ’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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