Pyrite, also known as ‘Fool’s Gold’, is an iron sulphide mineral. It is usually gold in colour, has a metallic lustre and is often found in the shape of a cube due to its cubic structure.
Pyrite is associated with the solar plexus. It increases vitality, willpower and positive energy. It helps to overcome anxiety and bad habits, encouraging new patterns of health. It gives courage to recognise and banish negative influences as well as deflecting harm and danger.
Pyrite inspires artistic creativity. It also encourages ambition, commitment and perseverance. It is a good stone for students as it increases mental clarity, focus and recall.
Pyrite is said to be good for fighting colds, flu and other viruses as well as helping with skin diseases and fungal infections. It has also been known to lessen fever and reduce inflammation. Pyrite helps strengthen the respiratory and circulatory systems, is beneficial to the lungs, treating blood disorders and stimulating the endocrine function. It can also be used to help with male infertility.
Pyrite enhances the protective and assertive male energies in both men and women. It boosts women’s self-worth and helps overcome tendencies toward servitude and inferiority. For men, it instils a feeling of confidence in one’s masculinity and supports the enthusiastic expression of male eroticism. [Simmons, 315][Hall, 150]