What is Pyrite?
Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral with a metallic luster. It has and a brassy coloring that is similar to gold, because of this resemblance it is also known by the name Fools Gold. It comes from the cubic crystal system and has an opaque transparency and a brittle texture. Pyrite's meaning is purity and unblocks creativity.
Anything but a Fool's Gold
Not all that glimmers is gold as Pyrite proves with its precious hues and potent protective properties. Pyrite meaning comes from the Greek word for Pyr, which translates to fire – an echo of how the light catches on the surface of the stone, or perhaps in testament to the strong masculine energy and sense of perfect passion.
Despite its illustrious name, Pyrite is actually an earth stone rich in iron sulfide – hewn from the far reaches of Namibia, the mystical heartlands of Peru, the golden mountains of Spain and Mexico, and the icy distances of Canada. With shades of pale brass or a richer gold color, Pyrite is a pretty stone that holds its own when it comes to a dazzling metallic luster. In homage to its name, it’s one of the only healing crystals that can also strike sparks If struck hard enough and has a similar look and feel to it as Marcasite. Pyrite has earnt the nickname Fools Gold, thanks to its visually striking similar appearance to the precious metal. But far from foolish, anyone who holds Pyrite close to their heart will find their personal powers are multiplied.
At its heart, Pyrite is all about protection. It’s a stone that wants to shield and protect its wearer in every way possible. Whether keeping you safe from emotional vamps or protecting you from psychic attacks, cutting through negative vibrations, clearing EMF smog or simply stopping those toxic thought patterns from running through your head, Pyrite is ever eager to keep you pure. When we are able to free ourselves of those toxic ties, we find that life loses its facades and we are able to see straight through to the truth and live in sweet authenticity. If you want to know more about the healing powers and protective properties of Pyrite keep reading.
If Pyrite doesn’t strike a fire in your heart, find a stone that moves you. Check out our Guide to Essential Healing Gemstones and pick a crystal that calls to your soul.
Pyrite Healing Properties
Pyrite is all about keeping you strong and stable and ever free from the shackles of control. It seems to have an intuitive quality that works to keep you out of harm’s way – both spiritually and emotionally. It is also a stone that inspires creativity and brings a dash of added sparkle. It encourages strength and leadership qualities, inviting you to step up to your own potential because your willpower and well-being are ever in check.
Physical Healing Properties
When it comes to physical healing, Pyrite is all about building up your strength and stamina. Remember, it’s a healing stone that leans on its masculine energy. Because of its love of protection, Pyrite is an incredible stone for cutting down on environmental pollution and the effects of this on the body. It’s said to be a useful tool in fighting viral infections, reducing fevers, and strengthening the immune system along with the respiratory system. Pyrite is said to improve lung health and can even be useful for those who suffer from asthma and other breath related ailments. It also keeps the blood in healthy flow and can stimulate the endocrine function and help with fertility issues.
Mental & Emotional Healing Properties
When it comes to emotional strengthening this is where Pyrite truly lights a fire in the soul. Once we feel protected from outside elements it's so much easier to feel safe and secure in one's own skin. You will notice confidence levels starting to creep up, you will be able to bring out those natural leadership qualities you could have had stashed away, and you will easily be able to see beyond pretence and to live in the light of authenticity.
Pyrite seems to set the spirit on fire – in a good way! It rekindles any lost drive or distant passion and makes you feel like you are ready to embrace life once again. If you have been tangled up in depressive thoughts or residing in anxiety, Pyrite is here to help you step away from those thoughts and fears, to overcome all that is holding you back, and to take action to live the life you were born for.
Positive energy runs rampant in the Pyrite stone. It’s all about clearing away cobwebs of negative energy and ensuring that you never fall into the darkness but instead feel strong and compelled to step into the light. To help facilitate this inner strength and za zoom for life, Pyrite works on strengthening and clearing out the solar plexus chakra and the sacral chakra. These are the chakras that hold our deep-set passion and energy for life, our sexual prowess, and our perfect love of creative thought and action. When they are blocked we can feel as though our senses are deadened, but when awakened, we suddenly feel like we can soar.
When it comes to Pyrite’s destiny being written in the stars, the glimmering golden stone is known for being an amazing match for Leo. Like the lion's roar, Leos are known for their fiery nature and even for being born leaders. All their traits of being strong, proud, and ever ready for action are beautifully complemented by the golden nature of Pyrite. In fact, Pyrite even works to fill in the gaps, helping those strong-headed Leos to stay protected when they may be veering over into aggressive territory. Its earthly nature balances out the fire element of the Leo, ensuring that no matter how far they leap, they stay grounded and ever-present.
If you want to know which stone is best suited for your own star sign, take a look at our zodiac guide to picking the right gemstone for your astrological sign.
How to Use Pyrite
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Despite its gold-like appearance, there’s no need to hoard Pyrite away. This stone will bring plenty of power to your soul and your surroundings and is pretty enough to be on show. Pyrite makes a perfect partner for balancing out your feng shui and when worn as like protective amulets in gemstone jewelry can send those healing vibes straight to where they are needed the most. Take a look at these ways you can say yes to more Greek fire in your life…
Home & Office
Pyrite is a strong Feng Shui player thanks to those massive protective properties. If you want to keep your abode beautifully protected from any negative forces, place a piece of Pyrite by entryways to mop up any bad juju before it even gets the chance to seep in. Beyond the protective vibes, Pyrite isn’t just about blocking but is also savvy when it comes to funneling the right kind of energy into your home. It’s a great stone for attracting wealth, abundance, and lashings of good luck and for those reasons, pieces of Pyrite will do well when placed in workspaces, studios, and any spot where creative thinking takes place.
One of the best ways to bring out the energy of the Pyrite crystal is to wear it as an amulet or talisman. By picking a Pyrite Energy Bracelet or other jewelry style that places Pyrite close to the skin, you aren’t blocking this brilliant crystal from doing its essential work. By having direct skin contact, you are giving Pyrite the best chance for nourishing the body with its healing energy and you are getting the stone at the very top of its power game.
Other stones that work wonders when paired with the protective and healing powers of Pyrite include Obsidian. Obsidian is another of the great protectors in the crystal world. Born from the quick cooling of volcanic lava, this stone is sheer raw energy and this lends it a huge amount of natural power. Black Obsidian is one of the strongest stones that will work with Pyrite on protection, truth-seeking, and gorgeous grounding. Other stones include sunny Citrine with its potent positive energy, ever ready to lend a slant of light to those darker days. Carnelian also brings its ruby fire bright energy and can work in harmony with Pyrite to lift those lower chakras, tap into creativity, and stir up sexual or life force energy. Lapis Lazuli brings its mystical and higher vibrations to work well with Pyrite’s third eye connections. Fluorite is another crystal that brings extra powers to Pyrite, as this is another stone all about intuition, truth-seeking and having your finger on the pulse of positivity. Angelic Selenite, Calcite, and lucky Jade are two more stones that you could pair with Pyrite too.
How to Cleanse Pyrite
Keeping your crystals clear and charged is the best way to bring out their healing powers. All crystals (and especially those working as protectors and mopping up negative energy) can get full and tired at times. You can bring them back to life through very simple cleansing methods. While some crystals and stones react well to being rinsed with soap and warm water, Pyrite isn’t such a stone to enjoy this kind of treatment. Iron Pyrite, if it gets it can discolor or even rust. You want to keep your Pyrite sparkling. Instead of washing with water, you can smudge it with sage or other herbal smoke. By smudging your Pyrite you are wafting away that bad energy and as this stone is connected to the fire world (remember the name Pyrite comes from fire), it reacts extremely well to a smoke centric cleansing.
To recharge Pyrite you can place it in the earth to let it grow richer in its natural element. You can also bury it in sea salt for a few hours to let it go through a truly deep cleanse and recharge. Salt is of the earth and Pyrite reacts well to this. If burying your crystal in salt seems too much, you can always just place it next to a bowl of salt and even though the two don’t touch, the salt will still be able to absorb that negative energy.
Final Thoughts on Pyrite
Pyrite is an amazing crystal ever able to tap into endless possibility and can certainly bring out the best in your soul. For those who find themselves enchanted by the glimmer of this stone and for those who feel like they can cut down on paranoia and suspicious thoughts by knowing that they have protection at all times, Pyrite makes for a worthy investment. As mentioned, it's not all about throwing up walls of protection with Pyrite. It’s also a stone that welcomes abundance, luck, joy, truth, and many amazing qualities that help your soul to sparkle.
What do you think of the sulfide mineral bright Pyrite stone? Does it fulfill your soulful fantasies or is it closer to fools gold? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.