From the Greek, haimatites, “bloodlike'” in allusion to vivid red color of the powder. Noted by Anselmus Di Boot, court physician to Rudolph II of Germany to be used to staunch haemorrage (1609); De Boot also comments that “good and bad angels” may enter gemstones, and can guard men from dangers, or procure special grace for them.
Alternative Names: Haematite
Chemical Formula: Fe2O3
Crystal System: Trigonal (hexagonal)
Habit:Tabular, sometimes platy, botryoidal
Birthstone for: Aries and Aquarius
Aligns with the Root (Base) Chakra
Properties: Hematite is an iron ore. The ancient greeks associated iron with Mars, the god of war, and soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before battle, probably to make themselves invulnerable. It was also noted by Anselmus Di Boot, court physician to Rudolph II of Germany, to be used to staunch haemorrage (1609). It grounds, protects, strengthens the will, and because of its reflective quality, promotes awareness of personal issues and patterns by encouraging inner reflection. It encourages the ability to survive and the desire for further development. Because of its high iron content, it is used in the treatment of anaemia and circulatory problems. It clears and re-aligns lower Chakras, allowing any unwanted or unnecessary energy to drain down and out of the body. Hematite also draws off heat, and can be useful in treatment of fevers.