Hardness: 5 – 6
Found: Brazil, Morocco, England and the U.S.
Goddess Association: Aradia
Hematite is an iron oxide mineral with a hexagonal crystal system. It can be found all over the world but is most commonly found in Brazil, Morocco, England and the USA. It has a shiny dark color with a metallic sheen caused by iron inclusions in the genetic makeup of the crystal. The name Hematite is derived from the Greek word ‘haimatites’ meaning blood. This is because when Hematite is found naturally the iron content causes it to rust giving it a deep red, blood-like color.
Archeology studies suggest that Hematite has been used for over 164,000 years, first being used by prehistoric humans during the Stone Age as chalk to adorn cave walls in what is now South Africa. It has also been found in graveyards from 80,000 years ago though it is not exactly known what their purpose was. Used by Ancient Egyptians to stop a wound from bleeding, it was also included as amulets in their tombs. It was referred to as the blood stone in the Middle Ages for the red tinge left behind in water after it was washed and polished as if the stone itself had bled.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
Aligning well with Smoky Quartz, hematite has an earthy energy making it one of the premier grounding stones that allows one to harness the power of the element of Earth to lend strength and dispel negativity. It absorbs negative energy, transforming it into positive vibrations. Use Hematite during meditation when you feel the need to ground yourself in your body and the physical world. It’s significantly calming effects allow for astral travel and communication with the spirit world which are only possible once you have achieved a quiet and attuned mind. Hematite brings about self-control and balances the body, mind and spirit.
Hematite balances the auric field and aligns all of the chakras. It pulls any stray energies down through the meridian system of the root chakra transforming them into more positive vibrations.
It clears and focuses the mind, enhancing memory and clarity of thought.
It can also assist in bringing one’s dreams and aspirations into physical reality.