Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Nicknamed “Fool’s Gold,” Pyrite is a brassy-gold iron sulfide mineral formed in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks around the world.
Its name derives from the Greek pyr or pyros, meaning “fire” because of its ability to start a fire if struck against metal or another hard material.
Pyrite was prized by Native American tribes as a healing stone, polished into mirrors for gazing and divination. Popular during the Victorian Age as Marcasite jewelry (faceted pieces of Pyrite in silver), it was carved into rosettes, shoe buckles, snuff boxes, and rings. During World War II, it was mined to produce sulfuric acid used in industry.
A masculine crystal containing both Earth and Fire elements, Pyrite is said to help one see what needs to be done while imparting the confidence to do it. In the workplace, it alleviates tiredness, enhances clarity, and helps workers to focus.
Pyrite isn’t terribly expensive, and its uses are many. Wear Pyrite in necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. Meditate with Pyrite prayer beads. Carry a Pyrite worry stone. Place a Pyrite figurine on your desk.
On the physical level, Pyrite is used when every every other avenue has been exhausted. It’s said to ease blood and bone disorders, fungal infections, skin disorders, reduce inflammation, and enhance blood oxygenation. On the emotional level, Pyrite is believed to boost self-esteem and provide healing from anxiety, fear, despair, and worry.
While not a zodiac stone or birthstone, Pyrite is said to be especially beneficial for those born between July 22 and Aug. 22, bringing them energy, power, and success.
Pyrite resonates with the second and third Chakras (sacral and solar plexis), helping us to fight infections and the fear of others’ disapproval. It also boosts intuition and the pleasure of life.
Feng Shui experts prize Pyrite for its ability to attract money and abundance. Often featured in cubes or clusters, its shiny surface brings an optimistic energy to wherever it’s located.
If using Pyrite for healing, clean it often with mild soap in tepid water and dry thoroughly. A 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10 range), Pyrite can be scratched if rubbed against other stones.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!