Hematite (also spelled haematite) is the mineral form of iron(III) oxide. It’s found in colors from black to steel, brown to reddish brown, or red.
The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood, αἷμα aima because the powdered form of hematite is red. The English name for the stone comes from the Middle French, Hématite Pierre, which comes from the Latin, Lapis Hæmatites, which in turn comes from the Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos) meaning “blood-red stone.”
History and Lore
- Powdered hematite, known as red ochre, is a pigment. It was used by prehistoric people to create cave paintings.
- Ancient Egyptians used hematite stones to decorate their tombs.
- The stone has been found in almost every pharaoh’s tomb.
- During the Middle Ages, it was known as the “blood stone” because the water used to polished the stone turned red.
- During the 18th and 19th centuries, people wore hematite during periods of mourning.
When hematite forms circular layers, it’s known as an “iron rose”. In addition, when regular hematite stones are arranged in the form of petals around a central object it’s also called an “iron rose”.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- clotting blood
- stimulating iron absorption
- reducing stress
- improving relationships
- increasing intuition
- protecting the spirit and soul during astral projection
Keep hematite away from inflammations as it may aggravate them.
Discharging & Recharging
To recharge hematite, place it among tumbled clear quartz crystals. Do not discharge in water. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.
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