The Power of Magnetism: Hematite

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

The Power of Magnetism: Hematite

Chakra correspondences: Earth star, base, past life, crown

Physiological correspondences: hemoglobin, formation of red blood cells, circulation, absorption of iron, liver, triple heater meridian, temperature regulation, kidneys, blood-rich organs

Vibration: Earthy; Specularite (Specular Hematite) and Hematite with Rutile have higher vibrations


According to Greek myth, Hematite was created when Saturn killed his father, the tyrannical god Uranus. This ancient “cycle myth” describes the destruction of the old to make way for the new. Hematite was often called bloodstone because it looked like blood when pulverized or heated. When polished, magnetic red Hematite magically becomes silver and has a noticeable attraction or repulsion effect depending on the polarities.

In the Alexander Romance, an early mythobiography of Alexander the Great, the magician Nectanebo cast a crystal birth chart to foretell Alexander’s conception. Hematite represented the planet Mars. The act set in motion a deception by which Nectanebo pretended to be the sun god Amon Ra and impregnated the Queen. Thus, the stone has always had a reputation for aiding deception or manipulators to gain advantage.

Pliny tells us the Mesopotamians believed Hematite cured diseases of the eyes and liver. As a talisman in lawsuits, it brought about favorable outcomes, although not necessarily just ones. Pliny also writes that the Babylonians made a paste out of Hematite, which when smeared on warriors, ensured success in battle—not surprisingly, as the stone was closely associated with Mars, the god of war.


One of the earliest Mesopotamian healing remedies uses Hematite to cool the blood. The 3,500-year-old Egyptian Ebers Papyrus recommends using it to control bleeding and reduce inflammation. In ancient Egypt, Hematite was powdered and mixed with honey and oil to treat stomach ailments. Al Biruni suggests using Hematite for palsy and paralysis, especially facial. Crystal workers today still employ Hematite for ailments connected to blood, including anemia, hemorrhage, and circulatory problems. The stone also draws off heat from the body in conditions such as inflammation and arthritis. A powerfully yang (masculine) stone, it balances yin (feminine) energy.

Useful for past-life healings that involve war, wounds, and bloodshed, this powerful stone also assists in overcoming addictions rooted in emotional cravings or unfulfilled desires. Hold Hematite to ground the soul back into your body after journeying or spiritual work.


This stone’s power overcomes weakness or timidity of any kind and enhances self-esteem. Wearing it strengthens personal power and magnetism, bringing out your latent charisma.



Carry Hematite in your pocket to create a power shield that protects you from electromagnetic smog and geopathic, physical, or mental stress.