As part of my April A-Z blog challenge on all things mystical, here's "H"...
To take yesterday's discussion of gems and their uses a step further, today's topic will focus on the mystical properties of Hematite, a gray-black stone with a silvery cast on its surface...somewhat like a mirror. This is thought to aid in reflecting away negativity and evil. Hematite's powers lie in balancing mental capability, grounding decision-making skills, and in technical thinking and memory recall. Probably for this reason it has also been called the "Lawyer's stone."
Hematite is also commonly seen used as a "worry stone," a smooth polished rock one can hold and rub during times of heightened stress in order to relieve tension.
The ancient Egyptians believed in the power of Hematite strongly enough to use the stone to create many of their magical amulets. Ironically, though Hematite possess qualities commonly used for calming and grounding one's emotions, its lore of origins relate to Mars, the Roman god of war. The word Hematite is derived from the ancient Greek word for blood, and some cultures believed the stone was actually formed from blood spilled on a battlefied. Roman warriors used Hematite for protection in battle, some convinced its powers made them invincible. Even today, Hematite is said to have karmic and actual healing abilities for those who were warriors in their present or past lives.
Medicinal uses of hematite including the homeopathic treatment of anemia and blood or nervous disorders, leg cramps,spinal alignment, and fractures.
A handsome and inexpensive stone, Hematite makes attractive jewelry for men and women alike, particularly set in silver to showcase its own silvery reflective surface.