Pyrite’s name comes from the Greek, pyrites lithos, “the stone which strikes fire.” By striking it against metal or stone, Pyrite creates sparks. The crystals form in the Isometric System; cubes, octahedrons, pyritohedrons and combinations of these and other forms. It also may be found in radiating disks, hair-like crystals, concretions and massive lumps. Pyrite sometimes also contains small amounts of cobalt, nickel, silver or gold. Large clean lusterous cubes are available from Spain, pyritohedrons from Washington State, a variety of forms from Peru, and Pyrite “suns” from Sparta, Illinois.
Pyrite is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. Radiating with the Solar Plexus Chakra, it brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.
As a talisman, Pyrite is a unique protector, drawing energy from the Earth through the physical body and into the aura creating a defensive shield against negative energies, environmental pollutants, emotional attack and physical harm. It also supports one with a spirit of boldness and assertive action when protecting others, the planet, or in standing up for important issues of community. It stimulates both, the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, and provides enhancing will power and the ability to see behind facades to what is real.
Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus Zodiac: Leo Vibrational Number: 3 Mohs Scale: 6-6.5