Pyrite (Cubes) - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Pyrite is a mineral that is also known as ‘Fools Gold’. It is a common sulfide mineral incorporating iron that is formed along with other oxides and sulfides in quartz veins, metamorphic rock and sedimentary rock settlements. It can also be found as a replacement mineral in fossils and in coal beds.


Pyrite usually forms as a cubic shaped crystal and sometimes fuses closely to appear in a framboid shape. This shape is a distinguishing factor between Pyrite and Gold as Pyrite is smilar in colour however the shape differs in that gold has an irregular shape and Pyrite has a cubic formation. This is the reason for the term ‘Fools Gold’.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Pyrite cubic crystals belong to the Cubic system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
This sparky mineral’s name derived from the Greek word ‘Pyr’ meaning fire as it was commonly used for creating sparks when struck with iron. It has been dated back to uses in prehistoric times by archeologists.


The Roman documenter and philosopher, Pliny the Elder, refers to Pyrite as a group of stones that emit sparks when struck. Specifically one which was coloured brass, which is deemed to be the Pyrite we refer to now.


The Atzecs and Mayans also used Pyrite to craft exquisitely produced mirrors using tiny pieces of pyrite melded closely together. Many of these did not last due to the iron oxidisation within. They were situated in royal and noble tombs and temples and were said to represent noble or royal heritage.


In the 20th Century, Pyrite was used in radio receivers and is also associated with low cost photovoltaic solar panels. It was also popular in the making of marcasite jewelery.

Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Pyrite has an indistinct cleavage with a very uneven and sometimes conchoidal fracture.

It has a brittle tenacity and a metallic or glistening luster. The mineral has a gravity of 4.95 – 5.10 and measures 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness.



Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Pyrite groups include but are not limited to:


  • Cattierite
  • Vaesite



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Pyrite crystals.


Mental: Pyrite is a mirror mineral and strengthens the insight that the negative things that we may recognise in others can also be present in ourselves.
Emotional: Pyrite enables us to search for the solution to conflict or disturbances with determination and tenacity.
Physical: Pyrite has the ability to determine the root cause of confusing symptom presentations that manifest from diseases and properly assess and provide remedial solutions for the ailment.


Crystal Chart - Pyrite


Crystal: Pyrite
Mineralogy: Cubic Iron Sulfide
Geometric form: Cubic
Formation: Secondary
Family: Sulfides
Birthstone: Pyrite is associated with the Astrological sign of Leo.
Appearance: Brittle tenacity and a metallic or glistening luster. The mineral has a gravity of 4.95 – 5.10 and measures 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness.
Aura: Pyrite is often used as a shield to negative energies as it is known as a protective stone that repairs leaks and auric tears. It is also used to stimulate the energies for manifestation purposes.
Colour: Gold or brassy colours.
Chakra: Pyrite is associated with all Chakras as it  establishes energy connections between all whilst also drawing the manifeatation of higher ideas into rooted reality.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary