Today’s crystal feature is Hematite! I use Hematite a lot in my bracelet stacks as an accent. Hematite is best known as one of the main iron ores. Hematite is usually seen as a dark black, brown, or red dull to metallic mineral, but it also is seen in a shimmering form called Specular Hematite and a rare naturally rainbow iridescent form called Rainbow Hematite. This crystal was thought by the Romans to protect them so the soldiers would crush it and rub it on their bodies before battle while Native Americans created war paint with it as it was believed to make them invincible.
Hematite's metaphysical properties include that it promotes love and personal magnetism, encourages strength and courage, boosts memory, mental process, thoughts, and mathematics, is strongly protective and stimulates the Root Chakra. Its zodiac association is Aries and Aquarius, its planetary association is Mars and its elemental representation is Earth.
*resources: The Citrine Circle