Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral with a hardness of 6 to 6.5. Its crystal patterns are cubic, pyritohedral or octahedral. Pyrite can also be massive, granular, botryoidal, stalactitic or nodular. The name Pyrite is derived from the Greek word for fire, because striking two pieces against one another 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 is excellent for increasing the power of the third chakra in both men and women. It imparts an immediate increase in vitality and gives one a boost for accomplishing challenging tasks in the physical world. It enhances will power, assisting one in overcoming bad habits and establishing new patterns of health and positive energy. It aids one in overcoming fear and anxiety and helps one establish a ‘can-do’ attitude about whatever one has decided to attempt. It can screen out negative influences in one’s environment and give one the courage to banish such influences from one’s life. Pyrite can be a helpful tool for balancing polarities and creating harmony within the auric field. In body layouts, it should be used on the third chakra, in the hands and at the base chakra.
Pyrite stimulates creativity in art, mathematics, sculpture, architecture, science and many other disciplines. It feeds the qualities of ambition, commitment and persistence. It helps one to ‘hang tough’ and carry things through to completion. It increases mental clarity and focus, making it an ideal stone for students. Pyrite’s enhancement of male energies can benefit both men and women. It supports one in taking assertive action, protecting other humans and the Earth, and developing the inner warrior for the benefit of the community.
Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.