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Magnetite Stone

MAGNETITE STONE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Origin of the name: From Mount Magnetos in Greece where many of these stones are found, “Magnès” meaning “magnet”: magnet stone.
  • Chemical composition: Iron oxide, Fe3O4
  • Hardness: 5.5
  • Crystal System: Cubic. Free crystals or in rock (Rhombododecahedra or octahedra)
  • Deposits: Very numerous throughout the world, particularly in iron mines: South Africa, Germany, Brazil, United States, Finland, France, Russia, and Sweden.
  • Colours: Black, matte metallic lustre.

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MAGNETITE STONE: ITS HISTORY, ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION, AND ITS LITHOTHERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES AND VIRTUES

HISTORY OF MAGNETITE STONE

Known since the Iron Age, magnetite stone was first mentioned in 77. That is the first trace of this stone. In 1845, Wilhem Karl Ritter von Haidinger described it. Its name comes from Mount Magnetos in Greece which houses a great number of this stone. “Magnetos” means “magnet”. The history of magnets coincides with the first discoveries of stones with magnetic properties. They are part of the same section. The stone looks like mineral black iron combined with oxygen sulphide which develops naturally through volcanic activity and has its own properties. 9,600 sites offer these minerals in different sizes.

Early six centuries B.C., the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus noticed the effects of these magnetic stones. In Aristotle’s theory, he wrote a junction where he explains that these stones have a soul because they can move and attract iron. For the Greeks, this force corresponds to a characteristic of the psyche. The name derives from “lithos magnes” which comes from Pliny. In the book “Naturalis Historia”, the iron rod and the nails in the shoes of the shepherd Magnes were attracted by these stones. In Thessaly, the seaside resort Magnesia is more likely to be at the origin of its name. It was mentioned by Lucretia in a didactic poem published by Cicero after his death. Among other possible origins is the city of Magnesia in Asia Minor which was a colony of the great Macedonian tribe. Its properties were tested in China in pre-Christian times. Hanfucio developed the first compass that indicated North and South during the Warring States Period. The spoon-shaped stone indicated symbols and lines in the metal on a flat square bronze or copper surface. After each rotation, the spoon would point to the South and not to the North, which was considered to bring misfortune by the local population.

ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION OF MAGNETITE STONE

Magnetite stone is mainly composed of two elements: iron (II, III) oxide with the formula Fe304. It also contains traces of other elements such as magnesium Mg, zinc Zn, manganese Mn, nickel Ni, chromium Cr, titanium Ti, vanadium V and aluminium Al. It is a ferrimagnetic material. Varieties that are rich in titanium are called “titaniferous magnetites” or “titanomagnetites”. Its crystals can be biomineralized by living species that use them to orient themselves in space like a photograph.

The stone that takes its name from the Greek word “magnès” due to its main characteristic: it is a true natural magnet. The shape of its crystals makes it easily identifiable since they are generally in octahedrons, dodecahedrons or perfect rhombohedrons derived from a cubic habitus under which this mineral species is rarely found. Seen on a picture, its black and shiny faces are striated parallel to the sides of the triangles or to the diagonal of the rhomboids that they draw. Magnetite stone often appears as compact or granular black iron masses with a submetallic lustre. Belonging to the spinel rubric, the structure of the stone is formed by a regular assembly of face-centred cubes (with an edge of 0.839 nm) materialised by oxygen sulphide ions. The cations occupy the interstices or in other words, the octahedral and tetrahedral sites of the assembly.

LITHOTHERAPEUTIC VIRTUES AND PROPERTIES OF MAGNETITE STONE

MAGNETITE STONE’S PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

The stone will help you to communicate as it will encourage communication between individuals. It is therefore able to solve your problems as a couple and develop your seductive powers. At the level of the chakras, in jewellery or pendant, it will help you to restore the balance between the base and the superior chakras. It will repair the energetic body. Magnetite stone connects utopians and dreamers to the earth by taking them back to reality. It also allows them to be anchored.

Like malachite stone, this mineral is excellent to fight against pain that is repressed in the heart of the earth’s magma. It brings Mother Earth’s compassion back to individuals. The stone will help you compensate for iron deficiency in the blood. Concerning oral administration, according to the rules of homeopathy, it can be taken in the form of elixirs at high dilutions. However, there are contraindications to its use. One disadvantage of this stone: magnetite is not recommended for people who wear a pacemaker or metal bone prostheses. The conditions of use must be monitored. For test pure magnetism, it is advisable to experiment with iron/nickel meteorites capable of moving the needles of a compass. This experiment is unique and will surprise you. We can therefore conclude that the stone will help people to find their way back. Because it is a stone of attraction, it will help people to develop friendly and love relationships and keep them over time as if you were connected by a cord. Magnetite stone diffuses precise shape waves, so we can use it in peripheral crystal geometries (PCM).

MAGNETITE STONE’S PHYSICAL BENEFITS

Thanks to its strong magnetism, the stone is used to relieve joint pain, fractures, stiffness in the neck and joint disorders. It will relieve your cramps. It is a real root chakra booster which is decisive for the muscles and the venous system. Thus, it can heal traumas and injuries with used as a piece of jewellery or a pendant. The stone will relieve pain in your knees and bones. It is a good anti-inflammatory and a powerful and natural pain reliever. Your blood circulation and nerves will be toned up. You will feel warmth and energy in your body thanks to the stimulation of your cells regulation. Its effectiveness has been proven in respiratory, pulmonary and inflammatory disorders. The stone conveys Mother Earth’s magnetism by creating a contractual bond with her. It helps to convey energies to the upper chakras and will heal the body’s wounds thanks to its effect on the root chakra. It will facilitate energy channelling between the chakras thanks to the spinal cord, as well as fluidify and amplify the circulation of energies in the meridians.

Naturally magnetic, magnetite stone is strongly anchored to the telluric energy. It balances the polarities and reinforces the sense of orientation. It is effective in preventing over-energy and exhaustion by restoring your strength. It stabilizes mood swings and will reduce emotional disturbances that are caused by the hormonal changes associated with puberty and menopause. The energy of the liver and pancreas is stimulated. It will oxygenate your blood and improve your blood iron levels. Associated with lapis lazuli, the stone can relieve cramps. Used with malachite, it will relieve joint pain. The stone attracts love and will help you to keep your contractual friendly relationship in the form of a cord. This one is particularly appreciated by magnetisers. Be careful though when you use this stone as it has one disadvantage: this stone can be dangerous if you wear a pacemaker or a metal prosthesis.

MAGNETITE STONE SYMBOLISM

  • Mysterious and irresistible attraction.

 

MAGNETITE STONE TRADITIONS

  • Egypt: Magnetite is the stone of Horus, the sacred stone that regulated the movements of celestial bodies.
  • Black magic: It is the talisman of love.

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