Pyrite (also known as Fool’s Gold) is an iron sulfide. Its metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname. The name of this mineral is derived from the Greek word for “of fire.” That is a reference to the fact that pyrite produces sparks when struck with steel. Pyrite usually forms cuboid crystals. Sometimes the crystals grow close together to form raspberry-shaped masses called framboids. In Illinois, a pseudofossil form of pyrite used to be mined. In addition to the beauty it adds to any mineral collection, pyrite has many industrial uses and can be found in Canada, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.
Pyrite is a very protective stone. It shields the user from negative energy of all kinds. Pyrite blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears. Carry it in your pocket to protect you from environmental pollution and physical danger. Pyrite also promotes good physical health and emotional well-being. Traditionally, this mineral is known to be lucky. Pyrite attracts abundance, wealth, and prosperity to the user. It does this through its creative energies of manifestation and its ability to encourage one to follow their dreams. This quality makes pyrite excellent for grid work and rituals. Pyrite not only deflects negative energies. It also helps to release negative and inhibiting patterns of behavior. Pyrite can enhance one's will during challenging times and supports the action necessary for personal growth and success. It affects all of the chakra; however, the solar plexus chakra is associated with pyrite the most. Metaphysically, pyrite is helpful for any type of infection and can purify the systems of the body. It can be used to bring a feeling of increased vitality during times of hard-work or stress. Pyrite is also great for balancing one's energetic fields. Those with Leo as their astrological sun sign will benefit most from the metaphysical effects of pyrite. Hold pyrite and affirm: “I succeed in all endeavors.”