Pyrite is an iron sulphide mineral with a cubic crystal system. The name Pyrite is derived from the Greek word‘puritēs’ meaning ‘of fire’, because striking two pieces together can produce sparks. Pyrite’s shiny yellow metallic appearance has earned it the nickname ‘fool’s gold’. The ancient Incas used Pyrite as mirrors.
Pyrite enjoyed brief popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms, most notably the wheel lock, where the cock held a lump of Pyrite against a circular file to strike the sparks needed to fire the gun.
Pyrite is said to be protective against ongoing control, cynicism and manipulation by a partner, parent or employer, giving the power to resist without becoming angry or upset and so change the balance of power. Carry or wear Pyrite as a protective amulet when you are away from home.
Pyrite inspires leadership qualities and should be kept near you is you are a manager or working towards a promotion as it can deter the user from making unwise financial business decisions. Pyrite is said to be useful for colds and flu, and other viral attacks, digestion and lung disorders.
Types of Pyrite
Feather Pyrite imparts confidence and the stamina to succeed.
Iridescent Sun Pyrite is thought to be 350 million years old. Gazing into it helps you focus your intuition.
Pyrite with Gabbro is a powerful combination that keeps you protected and grounded.
Pyrite in Magnesite relieves anxiety and frustration and boosts self-confidence.
Pyrite in Quartz protects you when you have to venture into dangerous places.
Pyrite with Sphalerite teaches you how to see behind a façade to what is really going on.
Russian Rainbow Pyrite is considered a good luck stone and most potent for making wishes.
Snakeskin Pyrite is great for anyone undergoing energetic change.
Zodiac: Aries and Leo
Birthstone: March and August
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Sources: Italy, Spain, Peru
Hardness: 6 – 6.5
Empowerment: I accept only what is positive in my life.