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Magnetite; stone of manifestation

Magnetite is a mineral that forms in crystalline form in metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks. It is found in at least small quanities almost the world over but is mined mainly in Austria, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States (Arkansas, Franklin, New Jersey, Utah, Vermont).

The most common colors of magnetite are black, brown and gray and it tends to have a metallic color or almost glass like appearance. The form it takes is somewhat dependant on the quantities it is found in. When found mixed with other minerals or stones, it tends to form as grains or crusts, but when found in large quanities it often take the shape of octahedrons, rhombdodecahedrons, crystals and dendrites, but can also be masses of granular formations.

Magnetite is strongly magnetic and while science tends to see magnetite and lodestone as the same stone, the metaphysical community sees them as 2 different stones. The difference being that lodestone has a specific polarity within its magnetism and magnetite does not have a specific polarity. From a metaphysical standpoint, lodestone has the charateristics of magnetite, plus characteristics that are unique to it. We will cover those unqiue characteristic in an article specifically about lodestone at a later date.

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Among the many metaphysical properties of magnetite, it is perhaps best known as a stone of manifestation. It's magnetite properties attract and capture things, much as if you had tossed out a net and captured the things you wanted or needed in your life. If you are lacking anything in your life, whether it be a material item or an emotional need that has not be filled or is lacking in your life; magnetite can help draw it to you.

Many people speak of using magnetite to align the chakras and while it does help to align the chakras, it is more temporary in nature. In most cases, they are actually using lodestone which is much better at chakra alignment.

Magnetite is a grounding stone, but instead of just grounding out negativity, it serves as a connection to the energies of the earth and other worlds, allowing an exchange of energies with the negative aspects of the unwanted energies being removed from the body and aura and then being replaced by the positive aspect of the same energy.

This is somewhat unique in grounding stones, allowing for exchanges such as ridding the body of the stress associated with fear while replacing that negative with the positive of being quick thinking and acting in a fearful situation.

Magnetite has been used in amulets and talisman's since ancient times as a strong protection stone. It's connection with the earth provides the wearer with a magnification of their positive aspects needed most when protection is needed, such as enhanced endurance, the tenacity to keep going and the right words and actions to take to help to remove yourself from the unwanted situation.

Crystal healers use magnetite for situations and illnesses such as any type of disorder of the blood and or circulatory system. It can help to prevent excess bleeding or bruising and is often taped to the injury site after a fall to help reduce or prevent bruises from forming. In the case of nose bleed, placing a magnetite on each side of the nose has been used to help stop nose bleeds. It has also been used to alleviate pain and boost the immune system.

Persons who suffer from any type of nervous system disorder, especially those that result in the nervous extremes such as severe agitation or severe depression, often find relief by spending time with a Megnetite stone. Meditation while holding a magnetite can help one to connect with the universal energies to not just ease what causes the extremes but to also allow one to see how to prevent the situations that caused the original problems.

Main Chakra: Base

Planet:

Vibrates to the number: 4

Element: Earth

Astrological Sign: Aries, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Virgo

Magnetite Technical Details

Chemical Composition and Name - Fe++Fe+++2O4

Hardness - 5.5-6

Specific Gravity - 5.15 gm/cc

Refractive Index (R.I.) - 2.42

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