Portobello and the Power of Pyrite
I stopped at the stall where lots (but not too many) Crystals were all respectfully laid out with their little stories.
It was a gold coloured planet that sparkled at me: a large sphere of pyrite. As I spoke to Matt Forster of Venusrox, the owner of the stall, I learned that this ball was from Peru and represented the 3rdChakra in the solar plexus.
The reason, however, I was attracted to it, is that it reminds me of my father. I already have a much loved piece of pyrite, which he gave to me many many years ago.
It was always a big joke because for a very long time after, I was convinced it was a lump of gold. It is not that far from the truth as pyrite is also known as fool’s gold. Its name is a derivative from the Greek word pyr, meaning Fire as it was used to create sparks a long time ago.
Matt explained to me that I might have been attracted to the beauty of the crystal or to a story that resonated with me, but without knowing it consciously I was attracted to the purpose and power of the crystal itself.
I rather liked that idea, so I read the card that came with my new purchase; a birthday present from The Angel. It said “Pyrite is an excellent stone for manifestation, assisting one to take action to create abundance in one’s life. It strengthens commitment, persistence and ambition, helping to drive things through completion.”
Just what I need as I realise the mountain I need to climb to populate this website of mine, I thought. One of its properties is also said to be the reduction of fatigue.
Apparently it is an ideal stone for students as it increases mental clarity, improves memory and recall and stimulates the flow of ideas. Again, I think this metallic looking ball must have mind reading properties. It is now nesting on my desk as it is also said that pyrite energises the area around it.
As I stood and absorbed the energy banter of the surrounding stones and crystals, a tourist asked which stone could help with cancer. Matt promptly picked out a number of stones.
But what was most exciting for me is that she had already casually picked up the very stone with the most power for this type of healing: Galena. It is said to be a stone of transformation and great to protect against radiation.
As I wondered home, I read the sticker on my new purchse: “It is important to trust your gut instinct when choosing a crystal, as each person will be drawn to the energy most needed at that particular point and time in their lives.” That lady certainly had a great instinct.
I don’t know much about crystals, yet, but my curiosity on this subject was first awakened when I met Judy Hall at workshop on a totally different subject. It was then that I discovered she was the author of the Crystal Bible, volumes I & II.
Until that workshop, my crystal collection was simply a bowl full of pretty colourful spheres and a drawer full of Navajo turquoise jewellery that I have been attracted to and buying over the last 20 years. Part of my long love affair with Navajo jewellery is that each piece is unique.
My crystal collection started accidentally when my brother bought me the most beautiful Lapis Lazuli sphere. Neither of us knew then how fitting its story was. It is considered to be the stone of friendship and protects from physical danger and encourages dignity. Buddhists believe it brings peace of mind to the wearer.
It then grew as once in a while at an antiques fair or on a market stall, a crystal would catch my eye. As I buy and enquire about each stone my fascination increases.