The Power of Alchemy: Cinnabar

101 Power Crystals: The Ultimate Guide to Magical Crystals, Gems, and Stones for Healing and Transformation - Judy Hall 2011

The Power of Alchemy: Cinnabar

Chakra correspondences: Base and sacral

Physiological correspondences: Blood, reproductive system

Vibration: Earthy


In ancient Egypt, alchemy was not a search for gold, the philosopher’s stone, or an elixir of eternal life (the quest that drove medieval and Chinese alchemy), but a process by which the power of the gods was circulated and creation maintained. Alchemy symbolized a soul dying to the material world and being reborn again in spiritual splendor: a process in which the microcosm, the soul, reflected the glory of the macrocosm, the cosmos.

The Egyptian alchemist Cleopatra stated, “the highest descends to the lowest, and the lowest rises to the highest,” paraphrasing the aphorism from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus.

It doth ascend from earth to heaven; again it doth descend to earth and unites in itself the forces from things superior and things inferior . . . This thing is the strongest of all powers, the force of all forces, for it overcometh every subtle thing and doth penetrate every solid substance. Thus was the world created.

To the ancients, Cinnabar magically produced “quicksilver” (mercury) from within itself. In the first century B.C.E., Vitruvius tells us that Cinnabar, when struck with a hammer, shed tears of quicksilver. Extraction of mercury was also an alchemical process. Out of the red stone came shining metal that magically separated and recombined itself.

The Leyden Papyrus gives a recipe for using Cinnabar to prepare gold ink to control the gods, and Cinnabar’s use in Stone Age cave paintings may have a magical basis. The ancient Persians called Cinnabar dragon’s blood because of its fiery nature. In the East, Cinnabar was traditionally kept in cash boxes to attract abundance. Cinnabar is a stone for Archangel Michael.


Despite Cinnabar’s toxicity, Chinese medicine has used the stone for over five thousand years. It enhanced fertility. In the Middle Ages, mercury treated venereal diseases, although the cure was more dangerous than the disease. Crystal workers today use Cinnabar to purify the blood and increase strength and vigor.


Cinnabar facilitates physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual alchemy, and reminds you that the body is a crucible for the soul. Heightening assertiveness without inducing aggression, it releases energy blockages and realigns the chakras. It lets you recognize the divinity of all things and see that higher dimensions interpenetrate lower. Cinnabar enables the soul to raise its vibrations to the highest frequency, harnessing the power of the gods. (Note: Wash hands thoroughly after use.)



Place tumbled Cinnabar stones on your base and crown chakras to activate your central energy channel and stimulate spiritual alchemy at your core.