A Writers Guide to Pyrite



Pyrite or iron pyrite is an iron sulfide. Its shiny metallic luster and brassy-yellow color makes it look like gold. For this reason, its nickname is “fool’s gold.”

The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρίτης (puritēs), which means “of fire” or “in fire.” Striking pyrite with steel will cause sparks.

Pyrite suns are unique formations caused when the pyrite forms between tightly spaced layers of shale forcing it to grow laterally compressed and radiating outward. In mystical terms, it is the strongest form of pyrite.

History and Lore

  • Cultures in ancient Mexico made mirrors out of pyrite by polishing one side flat. It’s believed they were used for scrying.
  • In the 16th and 17th centuries, pyrite was used as a source of ignition in early firearms.
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pyrite sun

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • relieving pain
  • overcoming fatigue
  • increasing physical stamina
  • removing mental blocks
  • creating an energy shield to block out negativity
  • energizing the room or area in which it’s located
  • helping to see through imagery
  • helping with meditation
  • helping with divination

Discharging & Recharging

To clean, discharge, and recharge pyrite, place in dry sea salt. Place pyrite in the sun to develop its glint. Always avoid 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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  1. I used to go panning for gold and found some of this. It's still pretty 🙂

  2. I love fools gold. Or I'm a fool for loving gold? Either way…
    Happy P Day!

  3. This is interesting…I didn't know pyrite will spark. I'll have to try it. And it has many helpful properties, too!

  4. Fool or no fool, I've always like the sparkly look of pyrite.

  5. This stuff is all over the mountains here in Colorado. I've loved it since I was a kid. Anything with the name “gold” in it got my attention. 🙂

  6. Wow, if all that stuff is true, I need to get me some.

  7. i LOVe Pyrite! I wish i had some in front of me right now so i could fiddle with it.
    I've never seen a pyrite sun before, and i now i want one of those formations too!

  8. Oooo, it helps remove mental blocks…all writers could use pyrite on their desks, lol!

  9. I love pyrite! I especially love the way it develops in those squared off crystal shapes. And I had no idea that they were scrying in ancient Mexico–I totally thought that was an ancient arabia thing–fascinating the things that come up in multiple cultures!

    I'm thinking I need some of this… pain relief and removing mental block sounds perfect!

  10. I wouldn't say this is one of my favourites, but it's still interesting!

  11. You had me fooled! When I 1st saw the word Pyrite I thought of Pyrex & wondered why there wasn't a picture of a casserole dish! 🙂

  12. Fool's gold! Is it worth anything at all?

  13. Hi Holly .. very interesting again .. and I had to look up scrying – now I know .. I learnt more than one thing – I've probably got a nugget of fool's gold here somewhere.

    Am loving this series .. thanks ..Hilary

  14. Very interesting. I had fools gold when I was little it was in a little pouch. I use to play pirates with my sister with it. =)

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  15. Neat that it could be polished into a mirror. I don't think I would have the patience for that.

  16. Cool! I've always wondered what fool's gold really was. It's pretty.

  17. Such cool information! Thanks for sharing, Holly! :o)

  18. Another fascinating natural wonder.

    I like it because it looks so metallic.

  19. Imagine how much they must have had to polish it to get it flat enough to use as a mirror! Very interesting post.

  20. I knew about fool's gold, but not about the correct name.

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