The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is an iron sulfide with the chemical formula FeS₂. Pyrite is the most abundant sulfide mineral. Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold. [Wikipedia] Pyrite is so named from the Greek word for fire (pyr) because it can create sparks for starting a fire when struck against metal or stone
Pyrite Metaphysical Properties
Pyrite has long been valued as a strong protection stone that shields the wearer from negative energy as well as environmental pollutants. Thus, this stone helps promote physical well-being as well. Stimulating the second and third chakras, pyrite enhances strength of mind and willpower. Pyrite inspires the universal energies to activate the nourishing energies of the body. It encourages the ideal of health, intellect, and emotional well-being. It allows one to recognise the purity of the universe. It can be used in the treatment of bones and in the healing of cell formation. It treats lung disorders and bronchitis and has been used to reduce swelling and fevers. Pyrite aids in the treatment of infective disease, whilst also providing protection from the disease for the caregivers.
Pyrite should not get wet. Because of the high iron content in pyrite, water that comes in contact with pyrite can cause it to rust or discolor, and can lower the energetic vibration of it. It is best to keep pyrite dry and find other ways to energetically cleanse it.
A sign that a pyrite crystal has been exposed to water and is slightly damaged is to look at the colors that appear on it. Your pyrite should be a metallic silvery/gold, and have a shimmery effect when exposed to light. If you notice black or brown patches, this is likely rusty coatings from iron oxides. If you notice pale yellowish patches, this is likely the element sulfur.
The above picture is a photo I took of one of my pyrite crystals that has some sulfur growth on the surface. Notice the pale yellow color.
Mild discoloration will likely not affect the energetics or beauty of your pyrite; however, if your crystal is very damaged by water, it will look black and brown, and lose its beautiful shiny luster.
This usually signifies damage has occurred and that your crystal most likely took an energetic hit in its vibration. If this is the case, you should replace it with a new pyrite crystal to use for energetic purposes.
1)Smoke- smuding with sage, incense or a smudge spray would work in place of smoke.
2)Salt- the best way to use salt to cleanse pyrite is to bury it in a bowl of sea salt for 4 hours-8 hours or overnight. Discard the salt after you do this.
3)Earth- Placing pyrite directly in or on the earth not only cleansing it, but it resets it back to its original state, before it was mined from the ground. This resets all of the programing it has been exposed, so that when you work with pyrite you two can start from a fresh, clean slate.
Take your pyrite outside and place it anywhere on the ground – whether that is a cement patio or dirt in your garden. Keep it there for 30 minutes-4 hours. Make sure the ground is not wet, or that the sun is not too hot.
The safest way to cleanse all your crystals, including pyrite, is to use your own energy through imagination and visualization. If you are just getting started with intuitive development, this could seem intimidating at first, until you become more in tune with and trust your sense of self.