Pyrite is often called Fools Gold, but there is no foolin’ around with the energy of this iron based powerhouse.
Pyrite gets its name from the Greek word “pyrites” which literally means “of fire”. And that’s exactly what this metallic gold mineral does. Its energetic properties include protection of the aura and physical body from negative energy as well as many environmental toxins. It does so through its gold ray, igniting the entire aura with brilliant light.
Carrying Pyrite expels physical infections in the body and boosts the immune system. Because it lights up the solar plexus chakra, it also promotes strength in times of great challenges. It is known as a stone of the divine masculine, bringing that aspect into balance for guys who lack energy or for gals who need more inner confidence. Pairing with throat chakra stone such as Blue Topaz or Blue Calcite gives us confidence to speak from our hearts.
Pyrite enjoyed brief popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms, most notably the wheellock, where the cocking mechanism held a lump of pyrite against a circular file to strike the sparks needed to fire the gun. Pyrite dust, in large amounts, can be dangerous. Its been blamed for a number of underground mine explosions in the past. It was also, for a number of years, a chief ingredient in the manufacture of sulfuric acid.
Pyrite is a sulfide (Sulphur) mineral, giving it the energy of transformation and change (It lights fires after all). In more modern times, pyrite has become a chief material in batteries where it acts like a cathode or energy sender. Pyrite is a natural semiconductor and is also used in solar power systems.
When held close to the physical body, pyrite instills a sense of great empowerment and can aid in success and even enthusiasm for new ventures. Pair it with Green Jade for added luck or Arvedsonite and or Citrine for a strong manifestation of will and desire.