Stone Series: Hematite


Uncut hematite (Image from NASA)

Rarity: Common
Color: Metallic grey to red

Associations
Birthstone: (non-traditional) March, December
Zodiac sign(s): Aries, Aquarius
Chakra(s): Base/root
Planet(s): Mars, Mercury
Element(s): Fire, Earth

About Hematite
Although most people say that hematite is a metallic grey or black stone, it can actually come in variations of red as well, though this is far less commonly seen than the grey or black variety most often sold in stores.  Hematite is a fairly common stone to find on the market, and is most often sold in the form of jewelry.

Hematite is associated with the planet Mars in part because the mineral was found in abundance on Mars by the Mars rovers a few years back.  Hematite also has magnetic properties and connections with iron, as the dominant element in this stone is in fact iron.  The association with fire comes from its reddish color and with its association with blood and the planet Mars, while the association with earth is due to the stone’s strong grounding properties.  This stone is more connected to male energy than to female because of the excess of iron, which is typically a male-associated element, but that doesn’t mean the stone can’t be used effectively by women, as iron in the blood provides a connection to all regardless of sex.

The chakra related to hematite is the base or root chakra.  Not only does this association come from hematite’s natural red color, which matches the red of the chakra, but this stone also relates to some of the chakra’s main functions.  The base chakra is the chakra of stability and is the one that is most utilized when grounding or connecting to the earth, which is a function of hematite.  Both the stone and the chakra also are connected to the kidneys and blood flow.

Uncut hematite with natural red color (Image from Wikipedia)

Uses
With hematite being connected to magnetism and iron, it is thought that this particular stone can influence the natural magnetic qualities of the body and the iron in our blood.  Hematite can help to focus and calm energies of the body and mind, and is very good for grounding and protection.  These properties can then be applied to help with blood problems (such as anemia), support key organs for filtering blood, and help in releasing tension in muscles and improve blood flow.  For use in protection, people often use hematite to construct a shield or use reflective properties, but caution is required when utilizing reflective properties, as you can reflect negativity back at yourself.  Still, the reflective qualities of hematite (as seen when the stone is tumbled and shiny) can be turned to the purposes of protection and shielding by reflecting negativity back to the sender.

I have most often found that hematite is best for grounding.  While I find the best placement to be a ring worn on the left hand (the thinking being that it’s closer to veins that lead to the heart), it can also be worn in necklaces or bracelets.

Hematite is a strong stone, and it’s recommended that you pay close attention to how you feel while wearing it for longer periods of time (more than a day or two wearing the same piece).  Keep hematite away from water.

I’ve heard in the past that hematite works best for people who are earth signs, and that the stone will often break for people who aren’t an earth zodiac sign, especially for those who are water signs.  Being a Virgo, I’ve never had trouble with any stones, but I’ve heard from a few water and air signs that their hematite rings did indeed break; one had hers break on the first day wearing it.  I don’t know if this was due to shoddy craftsmanship or to hematite’s strong connection with the earth and grounding, but it’s certainly something to think about.  This doesn’t mean that non-earth signs can’t use hematite, but it may mean that caution and care should be used when handling hematite if you’re naturally a water or air sign.  Fire should have better luck since hematite is also connected to fire.

Other Resources:
Charms of Light: http://www.charmsoflight.com/hematite-healing-properties.html
Emily Gems: http://crystal-cure.com/hematite.html
Sunny Ray: http://www.sunnyray.org/Hematite-stones.htm

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