Hematite is a grounding stone that helps manifest dreams into the physical world. Its earthly grounding energies dissolve negativity and connect one to the loving universal light energies. It promotes balance of the polarities such as: balancing one’s masculine action energies with the feminine creative flowing energies, balancing the light and dark, balancing the soul and body, etc. Hematite is known as the stone for the mind because it helps one integrate and sort out mental thoughts, ideas, and dreams. In addition, it is a great stone to work with for memory enhancement, expanding knowledge, and cultivating original ideas.
Chakra: 1 Root
Chemical Formula: Fe2O3
Hematite is an iron oxide, composed of iron and oxygen. Earth’s surface contains hematite on both the ocean floors and on the land. It can be formed via metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous processes. Hematite leads to the creation of steel, which provides stability in buildings, roadways and railroads. Hematite is also used in radiation shielding, weapons, paints, and makeup. Typically, these rocks will be a grey metallic color and in powder form or when infused with other minerals, it is a rich rusty red color. The planet Mars, gets its red color because of the abundance of Hematite. Iron and oxygen are both vital elements for the human body. Iron makes metabolism possible and it is present in red blood cells. Without healthy red blood cells, we can’t get enough oxygen and therefore, become fatigued. Oxygen is an essential for life to exist.
The name Hematite derives from the Greek word haima, which means blood. Rumor says that Hematite formed on battlegrounds where soldiers lost blood and were injured. In Egypt and Mesopotamia, Hematite was used to heal wounds where there was an overabundance or restriction of blood flow. Egyptians also put Hematite inside tombs. In the Middle Ages, Hematite was called bloodstone. Over 40,000 years ago, Hematite was found as the paint for ancient cave paintings.