Lodestone & Magnetite

Properties: Lodestone has the ability to attract to it, small pieces of magnetite and iron. It is considered “auto magnetized, which is the process of making a substance temporarily or permanently magnetic due to the insertion of a magnetic field. You can usually identify lodestone because it is often covered with small particles of iron, magnetite and other magnetic materials. These properties of magnetism, make lodestone unique.

Metaphysically, lodestone has been used for grounding energy, clear thinking, and focused, detailed work, as well as, helping one with making decisions. Lodestone is very effective at the Root Chakra for a feeling of being grounded, centered and protected. This stone can be held in your hand for meditation or placed around you in order to experience their subtle, magnetic pull.

Lodestone or what is sometimes call, “lovestone” has been used as a powerful amulet to “draw and attract” love, money, power, wealth, and prosperity to its user. It is used as an all around good luck charm for “pulling in” all that you desire.

This polarizing stone will balance both male and female energies.

Folk Remedies: This stone electro-magnetically pulls toxic blocks and pain from the body and helps clear the Chinese acupuncture meridians. I still use this in my acupuncture practice today. When a patient is afraid of needles or if a female patient comes in, who is close to or in the middle of their period, I use pieces of lodestone (either adhered to the body or laying the stones on them) to get the same results as the needles, if they were inserted in the acupuncture points.

Feng Shui: Use this stone in the Center area for health, overall wellness and balance.

Crystal Cleansing: Lodestone should never be cleansed with water as it will rust. AVOID some poor advise I have been seeing on the Internet to cleanse it in lemon juice. These stones WILL corrode from the acid. My favorite way of cleansing this stone, is placing it on a bed of salt. You can also use black salt. I had a mentor who would also cleanse this stone in burbon. The alcohol evaporates quickly and can be effective by simply wetting a cloth and “brushing” the lodestone, gently.

History: Lodestone (Fe3O4) Magnetite is the most common form of iron oxide. Today, most iron ore is from taconite ore, which became an important resource after higher grade deposits of magnetite were no longer found. The iron ore found in taconite is extracted by grounding taconite to powder form and using a strong magnet to separate particles containing magnetite and hematite from the chert.

The Chinese are said to have been aware of some of the effects of magnetism as early as 2600 B.C. They observed that stones similar to magnetite, when freely suspended, had a tendency to assume a nearly north and south direction. Because of the directional quality of these stones, they were later referred to as lodestones or leading stones. So when these stones were freely suspended on a string, lodestone would align itself with the Earth’s magnetic field.

A recorder of Earth’s magnetism, this stone has been used to track Earth’s magnetic history from different centuries in order to reconstruct the history of change in the Earth’s magnetic field.

Magnetite

Properties:  Magnetite is a very common iron oxide (Fe3O4) mineral that is found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. These stones are manifesting stones, as they attract positive energy to its user, like a water to a sponge. These grounding and protection stones help connect us to Mother Earth. They bring in the intentions we wish for by helping us stay grounded.

Magnetite is often easy to identify as they are attracted to magnets. This metallic mineral is often found in the form of isometric crystals. It is the most strongly magnetic mineral found in nature. You can use these stones to entice your own “auric field”. Lying down on the floor, place one stone at the base of your feet or between your legs, close to your Root Chakra and a second stone at the Crown Chakra just above the top of the head.

Octahedral magnetite crystals are a common formation of magnetite. They are often seen pointing out of igneous and metamorphic rocks and sometimes seen in sediments near the magnetite source area.

It is the most commonly mined ore of iron. It is also the mineral with the highest iron content (72.4%). This material is often found in space rocks and meteorites. A similar orientation of tiny magnetite grains occurs in the settling of sediment particles, locking clues to Earth’s magnetic history into some sedimentary rocks.

For Love and Attraction

The “pull” of this stone is amazing! It has been used for centuries as a compass to point true North. Its energies align with the magnetic energy field of the earth and bring us directly to our center and help to ground our energy.

It is an excellent stone for meditation or dream work, dream recall, past life work, and can help you see your path.

This polarizing stone will balance both male and female energies. Use lodestone to attract positive energy towards you and bring in good luck, love, prosperity and “that which you desire!”

Associations

Angels: Uriel
Associated Crystal: iron oxide family
Birthstone:
Color: Red
Chakra: Root Chakra
Element: Earth
Flowers: Catnip, Marshmallow, Clover, Venus Fly Trap
Gods/Goddesses: Pele, Han, Nyx, Oshun
Planet: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Sabbat: Mabon, Samhain
Tarot: The Tower

Aura Stone

This is a wonderful “attraction stone” that has been applied to the aura for helping one find their center.

Lie down and place the lodestone at the Root Chakra (this can be at the base of the coccyx, between the legs or at the pubic bone).
Meditate with this stone at this region for an intuitive amount of time before moving it up to the Solar Plexus Chakra (directly under the base of the rib cage) and allow this stone to help you connect to your center as it “draws your energy downward to the Root or Base.

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Cleansing & Charging Lodestone

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: Lodestone should never be cleansed with water as it will rust. AVOID some poor advise I have been seeing on the Internet to cleanse it in lemon juice. These stones WILL corrode from the acid. My favorite way of cleansing this stone, is placing it on a bed of salt. You can also use black salt. I had a mentor who would also cleanse this stone in burbon. The alcohol evaporates quickly and can be effective by simply wetting a cloth and “brushing” the lodestone, gently.

The Power of Color

Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you.  A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality.  It contributes in what attracts you to it.  The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.

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