Learn about the metaphysical and spiritual healing properties of Hematite, which is also called the stone of the mind or blood ore.
Alternate Names & Spellings for Hematite: Stone for the Mind, Blood Stone (uncommon), Blood Ore
Crystal Meanings, Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of Hematite:
Keywords: Stability, Grounding
Spiritual and Psychic Properties
Hematite is a stone that is most commonly -- and most strongly -- used to ground or stabilize and for protection. In spiritual work, hematite is an excellent stone to help keep yourself also connected to the Earth plane, as some would say via the silver cord, so that your spiritual learnings and travels can be done safely and things learned can be brought back to daily life more easily.
Red Ochre is variety of hematite used for permanent coloring, and particularly in ancient spiritual drawings, medicine pouches, and related spiritual uses.
Hematite can be used at the corners of a room or property as a simple but protective spiritual crystal grid.
Mental and Emotional Properties
Hematite is used to bring mental organization and is very grounding and calming. It can help with original thinking, logical thinking, and mathematics, any type of thinking which requires significant mental organization.
Emotionally, hematite decreases negativity. This lowering of negativity can benifit by helping balance the body/mind/spirit connection. It also is said to balance the meridiians, boost self-esteen, and self-confidence.
Physical Conditions Properties
Physically it has been used in complementary crystal healing to cool the body, blood disorders, Reynayd's Syndrome, nervous problems, stress and insomnia, spinal alignment, broken bones. It is also an excellent stone for anxiety relief, particularly in its botroydal form. Please note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Hematite contains iron which though a necessarily micronutrient can cause iron toxicity in large amounts. I suggest using the indirect method if creating gem elixirs with this stone.
Hematite is associated with the root (base) chakra, Muladhara.
Rock Lore & Tidbits:
Hematite gets its name from Latin meaning "blood stone". In modern times we're more familiar with polished, silvery gray-black hematite, so the name blood stone seems strange. However, when found naturally, most hematite - an iron oxide ore - is red with rust, so that's how it got its name.
Hardness (Mohs): 5-6
Color(s): Silvery-Gray-Black, Red, Black, Gray
Lustre: Metallic, Earthy
Common / Notable Locations: Worldwide
More on Hematite From My Personal Perspective
During my first trip to the Tucson Rock and Gem Shows, I was surrounded by crystals of all kinds, even in my sleep. The crystal energy was overwhelming, as wonderful as it was. I carried a piece of hematite around in each pocket to help ground me from all the strong crystal energy there. Hematite is oustanding at grounding out excess energy and acting as a stabilizing force.
Hattip to Mindat.org and Mineral Zone for mineral information on hematite, and Love Is In The Earth by Melody, Laurence Hargrave, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, for select metaphysical information. View hematite information at www.mindat.org
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