Why is Hematite one of the Most Popular Stones in Feng Shui?

The appetite for hematite — protecting, centering, calming, and cooling are just a few of the properties of hematite

Hematite is a very popular feng shui stone. In fact, after jade and citrine, most feng shui cures use hematite in one form or another.  You can find a variety of feng shui figurines made from hematite — from Fu dogs to the laughing Buddha. Many feng shui bracelets for protection and good luck also use hematite in their design. The most popular feng shui figurine made from hematite is the turtle, and there is certainly a good reason for it. Hematite has a strong grounding and protective quality to it, which perfectly matches the use of the turtle symbol in feng shui. Being one of the four feng shui celestial animals —  the green dragon, the red phoenix, the white tiger, and the black turtle — the essential protective energy of the turtle is perfectly expressed in the energy of hematite.

The name hematite comes from Greek for blood, so some people call it bloodstone which is not correct. The bloodstone is a different stone altogether.  Hematite owns its name to the fact that when opened, the stone is blood red color inside, thus the name. The most prominent energy property of hematite is its strong grounding, clearing, and protective quality. You can literally feel its energy grounding you, just hold a hematite tumbled stone in your left hand for a while to experience its energy.

It is an amazing stone that, lucky for us, is widely available; this makes hematite very affordable. I encourage you to get yourself at least a couple hematite tumbled stones. The color black in its essence is very magical and protective, so most black stones — black obsidian, black tourmaline, and black onyx — have a protective quality to them. The reason the black color is considered very protective is because by its nature black is an energetic void, an absence of color (as opposed to white which contains all colors).

The uniqueness of the protective energy of hematite is in its almost mirror-like shiny surface, which further repels negative energy. The energy of hematite, with its crisp and cooling quality, can also help with stronger focus, clarity, and concentration. How can hematite benefit you? Should you wear hematite as jewelry or should you go for a hematite feng shui cure for your home, such as a small carving? Maybe just a tumbled hematite stone can do the job?

Here are 3 basic ways to benefit from the unique properties of the hematite.

1. You can go for several tumbled stone that you might choose to carry with you as needed. For example, wear one in your pocket or purse; have one in your car, etc.

2. Feng shui carvings placed in specific sports in your home can create a more protective quality of energy. The best use of a hematite carving or a stone is in the North (Career bagua area) because it fits the requirements of the Water feng shui element of this area.

3. Hematite jewelry can be an excellent choice for many occasions, just be sure to choose wisely. It is always best to wear hematite on the lower half of the body versus the higher part. This means that having your hematite in an arm bracelet, in your belt design, your bag adornments or as an ankle bracelet is much better than wearing hematite as earrings or as a pendant over the heart area. The choice is certainly up to you.  And, because hematite is so affordable, why not go for all three choices — a tumbled stone, a feng shui carving, and a piece of jewelry?

To sum it up, here are the main properties of hematite:

Protective
Grounding
Centering
Cooling and calming
Clarity-enhancing
Emotionally balancing

It is important to know that these qualities do not apply to the magnetic, or magnetized hematite, which is man-made. Even though magnetic hematite jewelry has its own healing uses, its structure and properties are different from those of the real hematite stone. So, there you have it, all the basic info to ignite your appetite for hematite!

Photo sources: PineBranchDesigns

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Rodika Tchi

Rodika Tchi is a feng shui expert, writer, and published author. Her company, Tchi Consulting, provides feng shui services internationally. Rodika's book "The Healing Power of Smudging: Cleansing Rituals To Purify Your Home" is published by Ulysses Press and available in all major bookstores.

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