Monday, June 25, 2012

Hematite is an iron-based mineral. Hematite is found as a shiny black, silvery gray crystal known as Specular Hematite or Specularite and also as a brown earthy red mass known as Red Ocher. No mater what the form or color of the Hematite, it will typically have a rust-red streak.

Hematite can also be spelled Haematite, and is the mineral form of Iron Oxide.

Chakras - Base Chakra
Zodiac - Aries, Aquarius
Planet – Mars
Element – Fire
Typical colors -Black to steel or silver-grey, brown to reddish brown, or red

Hematite grounds and protects. This mineral strengthens our connection to the earth, imparting a sense of security.  It can also give us courage, strength, endurance and vitality.  Considered a stone for our minds, Hematite fuels concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.

Hematite utilizes the magnetic qualities of the yin-yang energies to balance our bodies and maintain a stable equilibrium within the nervous system.  It focuses our energy and emotions to promote balance between the body, mind and spirit.

Hematite drains negativity and prevents us from absorbing the negativity of others.  Hematite has strong properties, supporting timidity, boosting self-esteem and survival instincts, enhancing willpower and reliability, and delivering confidence. It helps overcome compulsions and addictions like overeating and smoking.

Hematite restores, strengthens and regulates our blood supply, assisting in the healing process for blood conditions like anemia.  It supports the kidneys and regenerates tissue,  stimulates the absorption of iron and formation of red blood cells.  Hematite is also used to treat leg cramps, anxiety and insomnia.

Mineral Facts About Hematite

• Surface Color: Black, Silver, Red

• Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Rust Red

• Group: Iron Oxide

• Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals' structure): None

• Fracture (where the crystal breaks randomly not on a cleavage): Conchoidal (concave clam-like break like glass)

• Luster: Earthy or Metallic

• Transparency: Opaque (no light goes through)

• Crystal System: Trigonal (3 equal axis)

• Crystal Habit: Tabular (broad and flat)

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