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Pyrite: The stone of




Pyrite is a mineral that is currently found in certain locations in Peru, Bolivia, the United States, Mexico, Romania and Spain. It is a mineral that is within the group of sulfides, since it contains 53.48% sulfur and 46.52% iron, thus becoming FeS2 in its chemical formula.


The name of this mineral derives from the Greek roots Pyr (fire), since for the inhabitants of the time when the Pyrite was discovered, they were very curious that when rubbing it with any type of metal, it produced sparks. Years after that small find it began to be used in arms of the XVI century, because when pressing the trigger, the pyrite made the necessary spark to ignite the gunpowder and make the shot.

It is known through many investigations that the Mayans, the Olmecs and the Toltecs, used in their time the pyrite to distinguish the royalty and the priests throughthe medallions made of this stone; also they used it to make mirrors.

In the same way it is known that the ancient Egyptians used it in their clothes because they believed that it had a relationship with Ra, the god of the sky, the Sun and the origin of life.


The great refrain “Not everything that shines is gold” was born in the history of pyrite by the 19th century in the United States, the century in which the so-called Gold Rush occurred. For the rumor spread that in the rivers and mines anyone could become a millionaire, since you could find a large amount of gold easily, because of this, a large sum of people went to this nation in order to fulfill the goal, to get a large fortune doing little work.

By that time there were almost no mining experts, or experts on the gold ore; there were many cases of scams that made pyrite happen as gold, charging large sums for the big “finds”, without knowing that they were really buying a very common and cheap mineral.


Pyrite is so often confused with gold that the title “The fool’s gold” or “The gold of the poor” has been placed. Despite the countless number of people confused over the years, there is a remarkable difference between one mineral to the other.

An easy way to differentiate them is that the pyrite has a metallic yellow, which when struck can be seen to be reduced to a dark grayish powder, thus dulling the initial brightness that can be observed with the naked eye. On the other hand, gold has a more vivid yellow, that is not lost, and if it is struck, it becomes a very moldable piece. It is necessary to have these guidelines very clear so as not to be part of those who have problems confusing gold with “the gold of fools”.


Beyond its history, the pyrite is also known as the Home Stone, which brings well-being and a sense of peace to homes, avoiding the passage of negative energies into your life, something as simple as placing it on a bedside table or a shelf in your home will help remove those heavy energies that pollute your home.


In meditation, this stone often helps to project the state of thought to higher spheres.Pyrite is related to the sixth and seventh chakra, but it can also be placed in the belly chakra, crown chakra (third eye chakra) or the base chakra.

This stone helps to organize the thoughts and thus be able to specify everything that we want, for this reason it is used in the chakra of the third eye, when the mind is very dispersed it helps to give more coherent form to the confused thoughts.

Although it can work in several chakras it is mostly used to basically help the intellect, but not to go to other higher states of mind; In order to reach these other states, it is recommended to accompany Pyrite with Fluorite and Calcite, since the three together help the mind to focus on a raised and expanded state, connect with the Higher Mind and order the ideas.


  • It is said that this stone has the following healing properties:
  • Help hormonally
  • Improves lung problems, infectious diseases and fever.
  • Relieves discomfort of menstruation.
  • It improves circulation, helps improve memory, as well as helps the symptoms of depression.
  • It is good to improve communication, remove anxieties and frustrations.


Traditionally stones have two ways of being washed.

  • By means of water with sea salt, they are left overnight submerged in the salt water, and the next day they are rinsed to remove the remains of the sea salt.
  • Place it in a colander over the incense smoke, this method is called Aromatic smoke and it is recommended to use it for stones that contain pores or are very fragile components, since it is not convenient to be passed through water because of the high probability that they are damaged from the contact with this.

The most convenient way to clean the pyrite is the incense, the stone is passed 3 times by incense smoke, it is recommended to use myrrh, but in case you do not have it within reach, you could also use lavender incense, the sandalwood, the rue and the rosemary, among some others.


It is very important to know that this stone cannot be placed directly on the skin, because its amount of sulfur and iron can cause irritations and rashes on it, as they can also leave black spots on the hands, which should be washed. That is why it is necessary to know that, in order to carry it as an accessory, this stone must be fixed in other types of materials, such as gold or silver.