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cjtarot
31-07-2002, 01:36
Hi all,

I figured we should start looking at stones..one of my favorites is Hematite. I love the look but had no clue how to use it.

According to the book:

Folk Name: Volcano Spit
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, grounding and divination.

"To ancients, hematite was what waht we now know as bloodstone, so , so virtually al magical information relating to "hematite in old books refers to bloodstone. This hematite, though, when worked on a lapidary wheel, "Bleeds" and produces stains that look much like blood or so I'm told .

Magical Use:

Hematite is said to be powerful in drawing illness from the body. As with all stones, it is held in the hands while visualizing, then placed on the skin directly over the afflicted area. A necklase of samll sstones can also be worn for healing.

Hematite is worn for grounding and stabilizing purposes, and to foucs the attention on the physical plane.

A scrying: In a darkened room, light a red candle. Settle before it and hold a large piece of hematite so that the candles flame is reflected on it. Gaze at the reflection and visualize a question. The answer will come to you."

WoW..maybe I should read this book cover to cover..lol when...

The quote is from the book I mentioned when I said I wanted to start the group "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystals, Gem, and Metal magic" by Scott cunningham.

So what is your feeling on Hemetite and how would or do you use it.

cj

Fiona Blackwolf
31-07-2002, 02:43
Hematite is fabulous for grounding. It absorbs negatie energy. I usually use a large peice to meditate on when I am feeling bad and focus on putting my negative energy into the stone.

One caution. I have been told by a reputable stone afficionado that hematite can lower blood pressure, so anyone with low bp to begin with may want to be careful.

Also, much of what is sold as hematitenowadays isnt true hematite. Mostly it is hematine. looks the same but i am not 100% sure on the property differences. If I have gotten any it seems to have worked fine for me.

jema
31-07-2002, 03:39
i also like hematites a lot.
like black silver:)

but, i once had one in my coat pocket for a whole winter and found out later that it might have been one of the reasons i was so very sad and slow and moody and tired. it is a very grounding stone and i don't think i will ever wear it for any long periods of time again.

some extra info on lore:
In Egypt it is said it was used to reduce inflammation and treat hysteria.

Use for: Healing, grounding, divination, calming to the emotions, strength and favorable legal judgements

and a reminder to cleanse this stone often since it does pick up a lot of energies.

lunalafey
31-07-2002, 04:33
Originally posted by cjtarot

"To ancients, hematite was what waht we now know as bloodstone, so , so virtually al magical information relating to "hematite in old books refers to bloodstone.
cj

I have never heard this before, also this statement confuses me. According to the statement we are NOW calling Hematite, bloodstone AGAIN? HUH? I'm sorry.
Here is my 2cents on Hematite. Currently as far as I know the dark silvery stone is being called Hematite. There is another stone that is called Bloodstone, it is an agate type and is a nice emerald color green with specs of bright blood-red.

Fiona Blackwolf: you are right to caution people about the quality of commercial Hematite. True Hematite is very heavy and almost feels like metal. There are beads out there these days that look exactly like hematite, but they are GLASS. There is the Hematine as you mentioned as well as reconstituted Hematite( ground up & pressed back together)
I know about stones from the scientific side and not so much the metaphysical...sorry for not including anything per it's healing properties and magical uses.

the hermit
31-07-2002, 10:21
Originally posted by lunalafey


I have never heard this before, also this statement confuses me. According to the statement we are NOW calling Hematite, bloodstone AGAIN? HUH? I'm sorry.
Here is my 2cents on Hematite. Currently as far as I know the dark silvery stone is being called Hematite. There is another stone that is called Bloodstone, it is an agate type and is a nice emerald color green with specs of bright blood-red.
:) Welcome to the wonderful and confusing world of rocks and minerals.
Hematite was sometime called blood stone because it sometimes 'bleeds' when it is polished and leaves a red streak when scratched against a pale surface (a quick way to test to see if your rock IS hematite). Rouge, as in the powder sometimes used to polish rocks, is ground-up hematite and has a reddish hue, hence the name. All of these properties are a result of the red iron ixode in Hematite. The word hematite comes from the greek 'haima' which means blood.

By the way, carnelian is often also called bloodstone because of it's red color.

napaea
31-07-2002, 11:09
CJtarot, once again you rock! (lol)
Thanks so much for starting this discussion group!!!
I have been collecting gems/rocks for a while now, not really knowing what all of them are or why i have chosen them.
I just bought a hematite (i hope!! now i'm not so sure it's the real thing) about 3 weeks ago. good timing for this discussion. i haven't really used it at all, just cleansed it, so i'll be excited to read more about everyone's ideas.

thanks BlackWolf, for your info on Blood Pressure. I do tend to be low, so that was a helpful piece for me!! :)

the hermit
31-07-2002, 12:35
Hematite comes in lots of forms. It's one of the most common 'rocks' on earth because it is an iron ore. It can be black, gray, brown, red. It isn't magnetic, but will become so if heated to a high enough temperature. I've found that many rocks sold as hematite are actually magnatite, which won't leave the red streak and IS magnetic.

Most of hematite's shapes are brittle and/or scaley, but two forms are quite interesting and are collected more often for their metaphysical qualities.
They are, respectively, 'iron roses' from the Alps (who's form is almost identical to the 'desert rose' because the crystals form into petal and flower shapes) and 'kidney ore' from Cumberland, England who's shape is the familiar lumpy, rounded, kidney shaped stone seen in some shops. The latter is most often the beginning form of many of the polished hematite rocks sold.

None of the U.S. deposits of this plentiful mineral are as spectacular as the 2 mentioned above.

And again, if you aren't sure it's real hematite, it will leave a red streak (no matter what color the rock itself) if you scrape it. If you don't have anything else, try the patio concrete. Just be gentle so you don't scratch the rock too badly.

the hermit
31-07-2002, 18:56
Fiona Blackwolf points out that hematite is believed by some to lower blood pressure. In fact, in 1609 Anselmus De Boot, court physician to Rudolph II of Germany, writes “… we have proof of this power in the carnelian, the hematite, and in the jasper, all of which when applied, check hemorrhage…” (all of these were at one time or another referred to as bloodstones).

Jema mentions the use of hematite by ancient Egyptians for hysteria and inflammations. Another very common use that they put many stones and minerals to was amulets, with certain stones being used for a specific amulet or amulets. Hematite amulets were apparently most often of the ‘heart’ type, called an ‘ab’, and are found in museum collections in numbers that are only surpassed by the carnelian hearts. In Egyptian lore, the heart was not only responsible for blood flow, it was also believed to be the seat of the soul. The symbolic representation of the heart was the ‘scarab’ and many hematite scarabs have been found in the various tombs of Egypt.

The virtues of hematite are also sung by Mithridates the Great, King of Pontus about 70-60 b.c. as written in a gem-treatise for him by Azchalias of Babylon. Azchalias taught that human destinies were influenced by certain precious stones and asserted that hematite, when used as a talisman, would bring favorable hearings before kings and in lawsuits and judgments.

As an iron ore, it was associated by the romans with Mars, the god of war, and was considered invaluable to a warrior in battle and as with the lodestone, was believed to bring invulnerability when rubbed over the whole body (but if you miss a spot…).

The Pueblo tribes of the southwestern u.s. also used (and still do) hematite. Very often it was/is the base stone for many of the amulets that showed their greatest inlay work, especially with turquoise. ‘Thunderbird’ amulets (one of the ‘sky’ gods) have been found in the abandoned pueblos with the turquoise bird inlayed around a cylinder of hematite, which has an apparent ‘blood of the earth’ symbolism for them.

As cjtarot mentioned, scrying is another long time use of hematite. In both raw form in the past and in polished spherical form more recently—including in Japan, where hand polished spheres of hematite have been used by village shamans for at least 2 or 3 centuries—hematite was used for meditation and divination.

lunalafey mentions Hematine which is not a mineral that I’ve ever heard of (geology is my college field of study), but I have seen this so called ‘rock’ in shops. On examination and after questioning several shop owners I believe that this is often what lunalafey refers to as ‘reconstituted’ hematite. The ones I looked at streaked red as hematite should.

‘Reconstitution’ is a controversial gem process only when the buyer is not made aware that is what the stone is and what it means. This process is most often seen with turquoise, where leftover or normally discarded (because of flaws or small size of bits) turquoise bits (or other mineral) are crushed and then basically heated and glued together to form a stone. There is nothing wrong if the buyer understands. This often allows the purchase of a very nice looking turquoise ‘stone’ or piece at a much lower price. I personally have a turquoise bear that is carved from reconstituted stone. If it had been made from a single ‘true’ turquoise rock, it would have cost a fortune. For me, it was the magick of the carver that I wanted. I would have bought it if it had been sandstone. But I was able to by a beautiful turquoise standing bear (as opposed to a ‘fetish’ bear which is normally walking on all fours) carved by a Zuni artisan at a reasonable price for me.

Whether reconstitution effects the magick properties of a stone is for each to judge.

One last word… you will sometimes see ‘haematite’ in some older European field guides, gem stone and gem lore books. Same mineral, just spelled more closely to the Greek root word.

catlin
31-07-2002, 19:47
Thanks, hermite, for all this precious information.

I just want to add that ppl should avoid wearing haematite when an inflammation is at hand as it will increase it. I usually put a haematite in my amulette bags for protection and to absorb negativity. All my ritual jewellry is made of haematite.

You can use haematite chips to cleanse your gems and jewellry but do not forget to charge the jewellry in a bowl of rock /clear quartz afterwards.

cjtarot
01-08-2002, 01:06
The Hermit,

"They are, respectively, 'iron roses' from the Alps (who's form is almost identical to the 'desert rose' because the crystals form into petal and flower shapes) "

This stone sounds lovely...do you have a source that you can recommend for "the real deal"?

OH,

Thank you everyone for making this such fun and informative

Cj

starfish66
01-08-2002, 05:34
You guys, this is so wonderful! I am so thrilled that this discussion has begun.

Now, my question is, I suffer from HIGH Blood Pressure - would hematite help lower it?

:THIER Starfish

Laurel
03-08-2002, 06:27
I just picked up a pretty inch by 1/2 inch hematite stone last night at an occult store I was visiting to celebrate all the interesting stuff this SG is teaching me.

Now that I have my Hematite... what should I do with it? Today its just sitting on my desk in front of my moniter here at work along with the Thoth "Star" card (my study card for the day).

Laurel

the hermit
03-08-2002, 08:09
Originally posted by cjtarot
The Hermit,

"They are, respectively, 'iron roses' from the Alps (who's form is almost identical to the 'desert rose' because the crystals form into petal and flower shapes) "

This stone sounds lovely...do you have a source that you can recommend for "the real deal"?

OH,

Thank you everyone for making this such fun and informative

Cj

If you're asking for a source for an 'iron rose' here's 1. I've never dealt with them, neither have I heard bad things... so 'caveat emptor'

Alpine Mineral Co. (http://www.alpineminerals.com/hematite1.html)


Alpine Mineral list his specimens as coming from the Alps and Pakistan.

I wasn’t aware of the Pakistani find, but new mineral deposits open up all the time.

I think that the 6th, 7th and 9th specimens (counting down the left side from the top) on the Alpine site are some of the best examples of the iron rose that I've seen.

Notice also that the 9th specimen is a much larger rose than 6 or 7 (the roses themselves are only a small part of these entire specimens)

the hermit
03-08-2002, 08:28
Originally posted by Laurel
I just picked up a pretty inch by 1/2 inch hematite stone last night at an occult store I was visiting to celebrate all the interesting stuff this SG is teaching me.

Now that I have my Hematite... what should I do with it? Today its just sitting on my desk in front of my moniter here at work along with the Thoth "Star" card (my study card for the day).

Laurel
Laurel:
Congratulations on your acquisition!
What would you like to do?

If you're just interested in letting the stone work for you without any ritual or metaphysical exercises then carry it in a pocket or purse. I have a small bag that I put various stones in and keep in my pocket.

Some folks perform rituals or spells with their rocks. If you're interested in that then I suggest you look at "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystals, Gem, and Metal magic" by Scott Cunningham.

There are other books available both for magickal applications and healing as well as simple rock, mineral and crystal information. I think I'll start a thread for that seperately.

starfish66
12-08-2002, 06:26
I was wondering... is it possible to feel too grounded? How does one undo being too grounded?

:T10C Starfish

the hermit
12-08-2002, 11:28
Originally posted by Starfish
I was wondering... is it possible to feel too grounded? How does one undo being too grounded?

:T10C Starfish
An interesting question Starfish.
I suppose that would depend on what you believe "grounded" means.

The most common definition of "grounding" or "to ground" or "grounded" is the simplest. Without quoting a dictionary, it is generally meant to establish or re-establish contact with the ground (literally) or with the basics, to go back to the beginning, to re-affirm one's basic tenants or beliefs, to return to a balance of positive and negative.

Within occult and magickal circles it is generally meant in much the same way.
That is, to re-affirm one's contact with the Earth or goddess Earth or god/dess to replenish one’s psychic power or strength, to return to balance with Earth, god/dess, karma, etc.

So, can one be "too grounded"?
Not given how I define the term. In fact, I think that a feeling of “too grounded” might actually be sign of imbalance, of not being well enough grounded.

But, if you mean can the energy of an object, such as a stone, cause you to become imbalanced?
I would say certainly!
Like anything else, too much of a good thing (or bad) can cause one to become out of balance. Which then might require "grounding".
Hope this is helpful...

starfish66
12-08-2002, 12:12
Thanks, Hermit! :)

I knew you could help clarify things for me. I think your description of a feeling of being too grounded is really being imbalanced is perfect and makes a lot of sense!

:T10C Starfish

napaea
27-08-2002, 09:21
i so love you guys :*
ok, have to share. i'm sitting here in the library instead of at my home pc. i was posting 2 readings i did this morning, when all of a sudden the energy just drained out of me and i felt very faint adn light headed.

this happens to me alot when i'm shopping places, i feel very funny all of a sudden, and i think either someone has syphoned energy off of me, or i am picking up weird somethings from someone (have to learn how to manage this)

sorry, anyway! i just so happened to have my hematite stone in my purse, so i got it out and held it. then i put it on my third eye chakra. woooo! i could feel that energy shift pretty much immediately on the third eye area. i felt more stable, less shaky, and when i took the stone off it was hotter than a *********!

yay! learning in action!!!

Strega
10-09-2002, 03:49
A very grounding stone... helps maintain balance between body, mind, and spirit... calming to the emotions... very cooling to the physical body... used to reduce fever or inflammation... gives strength and favorable legal judgements... also allows for mental clarity... and alleviates worry and anxiety. :)

DarkElectric
12-09-2002, 04:50
My runes are hematite, as well as a beautiful antique bracelet I have (from the 60's). I also have a few polished ones around. When I purchased my runes, they felt pretty inert, but I cleansed them anyway, then bonded with them. They picked up the charge immediately, and now are innundated with a really wonderful energy, which grounds and stabilises, as well as transmits. (They buzz in my hand when I pick them up. It's a really nice feeling!) To me, hematite is a lot like the third prong of an electrical cord. It grounds, but allows orderly flow.

jade
12-09-2002, 10:58
i don't like using this stone because of it's reflective properties.

but if i did, i would think that the mirror effect that it creates would have to be a big part of it's abillities. seeing the truth in yourself and others. mirroring healing energy thru the stone in another (or self)

i would think that runes would be great in this stone :D since you are attempting to see into yourself with runes. i would love a set like yours!

jade

DarkElectric
12-09-2002, 12:05
From what I've seen, hematite rune sets are pretty much a readily available item, at least in this area. I got mine in one of the shops around here. I'm sorry I don't have any weblinks to runestone dealers or anything. Maybe you can ask our resident runeman if he knows where you can get a set. I really like mine a lot. And I do find them to be self reflective.