Because inexperienced prospectors have mistaken Pyrite for
gold, it is often nicknamed, "fool's gold." Those who work
with it, though, find that it yields its own treasures.
One of Pyrite's characteristics is its reflective qualities,
an attribute it shares with Hematite. As Hematite was used
as a mirror by the ancient Greeks so in ancient Mexico Pyrite
was used for this purpose. Hematite's reflectiveness is
considered to protect the person who carries it, wears it,
or meditates with it from the negativity of others, and
Pyrite is also often assigned that quality.
Pyrite forms in clusters of cubical formations. Although
the shape of each cube is precise, they are scattered randomly
throughout the cluster, helping to create Pyrite's unique
These geological qualities also indicate its most valuable
properties. By combining precision and randomness, pyrite
helps us to blend our creative and intuitive abilities with
the powers of logic and reason.
It is generally considered to be a stone which can spark
creative thinking and open one to new ideas. Such ideas
are characterized by not only being innovative but possible
Because its colour is gold. it is often related to abundance;
its relationship to this lies in its ability to stimulate
ideas which, if fulfilled, can lead to abundance.
Although its glitter deceived many prospectors, the more
experienced miners knew that where Pyrite was found a little
more searching could yield gold.