Our stone of the month for April is, appropriately, “Fool’s Gold” or Pyrite. Pyrite is a conductor and energizer, and as such is terrific when you are looking to tap into the power of the universe, either in a solo or group endeavor.
Key Words for Pyrite
Prosperity, protection, stability, grounding, intellect, logic, creativity, communication, optimism, mental stability, memory, psychic development, latent talents.
Pyrite’s Metaphysical Properties
Pyrite is associated with the 3rd Chakra – “Manipura” in Sanskrit, meaning “lustrous gem.” Located in the area of the solar plexus, navel and digestive system. It is the seat of the intellect and associated with power, self-esteem and vitality.
Astrologically, Pyrite is a Leo stone; as such it helps one feel good about yourself and with others. It boosts self esteem and confidence to the point of making one comfortable even with one’s eccentricities.
Used as a talisman, Pyrite helps match frequencies with other people. It draws supportive people to you and helps you to feel comfortable with them.
Pyrite is also a powerful protection stone. It reflects negative energy of all kinds on all levels and creates a positive energy field. It is particularly effective against physical dangers. Pyrites ability to protect and its prosperity generating properties make it an excellent talisman to anyone with a dangerous profession.
Overall, Pyrite is a fiery, masculine stone. It supports the intellect, logic, analysis, creativity, cleverness, and mental stability. It is said to connect the conscious and the subconscious minds allowing psychic development to flourish. When the left and right hemispheres of the brain are easily able to communicate our unique talents and abilities are able to thrive as are abilities like will power, memory, channeling, learning and perception.
Pyrite in History
Pyrite is named after the Greek word for fire, “Pyr” because it sparks when struck by steel. It is also often called “Fools Gold” because it so resembles the precious metal. Pyrite has a shiny, metallic and occasionally iridescent luster. It comes in pale brassy, sometimes grayish shades of yellow. Pyrite has been used in ornament and jewelry for millennia worldwide. The Incas made it into mirrors, some North American tribes used it for amulets, and in Victorian England pyrite jewelry was very popular.
There are significant pyrite deposits all over the world and in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.