Description: These are natural, bright Pyrite Sun from Sparta, Illinois. Very aesthetic and energetic. You will be delighted. These come from a mine in Illinois that has ceased production and has been shut down. This disc-shaped pyrite “sun”, also known as pyrite dollars, exhibits striations radiating out from the center like rays of the sun. These unique specimens were recovered from underground coal mines near Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois USA, where they occur in narrow, compacted seams of slate interbedded in 300 million-year-old Pennsylvanian Period coal deposits.
The origin of pyrite suns has been a subject of speculation and debate. While some authorities have speculated they originated as fossils that were subsequently replaced with pyrite, the current consensus is they are concretions spread out under pressure and forced to grow in a laterally compressed, radiating manner in the seams of slate. You will receive the exact item shown.
Source: Sparta, Illinois
Size: 83 x 82 x 7 mm. Weighs 114 grams.(3.3 x 3.2 x .3 inches. Wt: 4 ounces.)
Primary Uses: Pyrite is a well known talisman and meditation crystal. Its golden color and reflectiveness allows it to serve as a mirror to our true financial situation. It is a crystal that is used to enhance financial well being. Use it to find ways to increase your wealth and security.
Pyrite is most noted for its nickname, “Fool’s Gold,” the glittering rock notoriously mistaken by naïve prospectors as real gold. It was also used by dishonest mine owners to salt their mines for the purpose of convincing people they were still gold-producers. Although similar in hue, Pyrite is lighter in color than Gold, and is harder and more brittle. It can’t be scratched with a fingernail or knife.
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Quick Healing Overview: Pyrite is a crystal of positive energy and is extremely helpful for melancholy and thoughts fixed on misfortune and despair. It relieves anxiety and frustration and, as a mirror to the self, reveals the causes behind these emotions and promotes a search for solutions. Pyrite also allows one to see beyond pretense to what truly lies behind words and actions. It provides the insight that often, things that disturb us in others are also present in us. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality, and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion. It is a well-known stone for wealth, prosperity, and abundance.
Birthstone & Zodiac Uses: Pyrite is not a traditional birthstone. Pyrite, gold in color, is the natural birthstone of those born in the magical month of midsummer (July 22 – August 21). Pyrite is not associated with any zodiac sign.
Uses in Meditation: Holding a Pyrite in each hand during meditation can bring instant rebalancing and refreshing energy. It is also ideal for ending a meditation to bring the energy fully into the physical realm.
For Chakra Balancing: Pyrite is particularly stimulating to the Third, or Solar Plexus Chakra, the energy distribution center and the chakra of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel and controls the immune and digestive systems. When the Solar Plexus is out of balance spiritually, we feel fear – of the disappointment or displeasure of others or of subordinating our life and pleasures to the will of others. Spiritually, when the solar plexus is in balance, we can interpret the world through our thoughts and emotions and not live in fear of violating the dictums of others. Golden Pyrite also identifies with the Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It controls the flow of energy and is the body’s center of gravity. It is the center of the body’s Life Force and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body.
Crystal Color Energy: Pyrite reflects the energy of Gold, bringing success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power. Light Gold crystals provide us with the simple pleasures of life – cheerfulness and contentment. Dark Gold crystals have a deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with mature enthusiasm and the ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.
Associated Goddesses: Gold crystals honor Persephone, the Greek Goddess of Spring. She represents celebration and the Earth alive with new growth.
Feng Shui Uses: Pyrite utilizes Earth energy, the energy of stability, patience, honesty, balance, and resourcefulness. Use Pyrite to enhance any space that is a resting place where you need to be firmly in control, safe, and protected. Earth energy is traditionally associated with a home or room’s Northeast and Southwest areas. Pyrite also resonates with Fire energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination, and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion, and passion – of ideas, concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.
Uses in Divination: The Divinatory meaning of Pyrite: A seeming bargain arrives at the time most needed. It could be the answer but check carefully.
Talisman Energy: Pyrite is an Enhancer Mirror crystal. Enhancers have internal crystal lattices of perfect cubic symmetry and internal harmony. As “building block” talismans, their internal structure helps focus our efforts to build on our successes and enhance our lives. Mirror crystals are sulfides, usually volcanic in origin and opaque with a metallic sheen or luster. Their mirror-like surfaces have the power to reflect what is normally hidden and are excellent aids for seeing ourselves as we truly are rather than how we perceive ourselves. They strip away pretensions, reveal truths, and help us avoid being deceived by appearances.
What Other Crystal Authors Think: Other practitioners report that pyrite helps overcome fear and anxiety and gives one confidence. In the Book of Stones, Robert Simmons suggests that pyrite should be held in each hand during meditation to provide instant re-balancing and refreshment. Dorothy Roeder in Crystal Co-Creators reports that pyrite will help you open your heart to the beauty of the earth. Gail Butler in Crystals & Gemstone Divination notes that pyrite can help warn you of an enemy about to be revealed.