Pyrite is known as “Fool’s Gold” because it has a gold or silver metallic sheen. The crystals are cube shapes which form a mass of geometrical bundles or towers. The more large and precisely the cubes are formed, the more sought after it is for specimen and ornamental pieces. It can also form flat sunburst shapes but these are much more rare. Pyrite means “Fire Stone” and it was once used to ignite fire, as it forms sparks when struck. Therefore it was considered to be a magic stone and used since ancient times for amulets and healing. It is the stone used in marcasite jewellery, in place of marcasite which is more brittle. Another way it is used to fool us !

In the same way that Fool’s gold tricks people into thinking it is real gold, Pyrite can help us with un-tricking ourselves about our own thinking and behaving. We like to think we are pure gold and blameless but if you want self-realisation, pyrite is one of the stones which can help us see into our own character, light and dark and greyish. It uncovers secrets and memories that were held back, so that we can be more open and honest with ourselves, which inevitably leads to healing and forgiveness with others. The pyrite suns even go so far as to make us laugh at ourselves and stop thinking thoughts of misfortune, misery and anguish !

Physically, Pyrite clarifies the causes of certain life circumstances and illnesses, enabling us to make changes towards health and happiness. It can also clarify confusing presentations of diseases and unclear symptoms, showing the causal symptoms of illness. It’s good for the liver, intestines and detoxification and excretion.

I read a quote from the recently passed on Terry Pratchett, which seems to me to be very much on this pyrite wavelength.

“The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.”

Or what about this one :

“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”

I love that quote from the great man of fantastical, comic imagination, it’s just exactly how it feels to me much of the time. Any help we can get with self-knowledge is a good thing. A stone may not unveil the whole mysterious plot of our life but if it can clear away a little of the fog and give us tools to face it more clearly, I think it’s worth investigating. I’m going to leave you with one more quote from Terry.

“The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.”

Have a great April and don’t get fooled on APRIL FOOLS DAY ! Keep your rocks handy !

Article by Donna Mills

Research on the therapeutic qualities of the gemstones carried out by Michael Gienger.

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