Friday, February 14, 2020

13 Essential Gemstones Series: Hematite

In this series, I will be exploring 13 common minerals and gemstones used in the Craft, dissecting their meaning from science, history, culture, and my own experiences.  



Color: Gray, black, or silver, sometimes with a reddish hue.
Appearance: Sometimes metallic or iridescent in appearance, sometimes multicolored.
Hardness: 5-6
Other Notable Qualities: 

Scientific Correspondence:
Grounding - Mars

Iron, the core component of hematite, is the most common element by mass found in the earth's outer core.  This means that having a sample of hematite connects you to the ground beneath, making it a fantastic stone for grounding.

It is the most common mineral found on the planet Mars, which is where the Red Planets gets its red color.  This fact links the stone to Mars.

Historical Correspondence:
Death - Blood - Spirits

Hematite is well recognized by its red streak and reddish hues, so much so that its name is derived from the Greek word for bloodhaima.  Various cultures throughout history would link hematite with blood and death.  Ancient Egyptians would use it to stop bleeding and create amulets out of it for their tombs.  They would even ground hematite up to use as a red pigment for the tombs of pharoahs.  Graveyards dating back as far as 80,000 years ago have traces of hematite within the grounds.  Hematite jewelry rose in popularity during the Victorian period where it was used as a symbol of mourning.  As such, hematite could be called a chthonic stone useful for death, the deceased, and contact with ancestors and spirits.

Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):

Nowadays, we most associate ores of iron with the age of progress, from the iron age to the creation of steel.  Hematite is representative of our progress as intelligent beings, from the Iron Age to industrialization to today's steel-heavy cities and factories.

Sigil to Invoke Hematite

Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of hematite if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

References Hematite Hematite
Origin Stones: Hematite
Bernardine Fine Art and Jewelry: Hematite
University of Minnesota: Hematite
New World Encyclopedia: Hematite

**Images of the gemstone were found via a search labeled for reuse.
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