Meaning and Uses of Hematite in Feng Shui

hematite crystals

The Spruce / Anastasia Tretiak 

Hematite is rich in iron and known as a protective stone that's often used to balance and support the healing of your body and your home when used with feng shui intention. The dark color can be used to absorb any negative energies in your home. It's also connected with the root chakra, so it's grounding and stabilizing.

Hematite is an easy-to-find stone that can be used to enhance the feng shui of your home. The qualities of this stone can invite more balance and support your body, mind, and spirit.

What Is Hematite?

Hematite is an iron ore; in its purest form, it is made up of about 70 percent iron. It comes in a variety of colors, ranging from red to brown to gray to black, all with a metallic luster. The name hematite comes from the Greek word haimatitis, which means blood red. When powdered or used as a drawing instrument, hematite has a red color. It has also been used as a pigment in red paint.

Properties of Hematite

  • Color: Gray, black, brown, red
  • Chakra: Root
  • Number: Vibrates to 9
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Zodiac: Aquarius, Aries
  • Bagua areas: Gen, Tai Qi, Kan
  • Elements: Earth, Water
  • Origin: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Liberia, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, US, Venezuela

Meaning and Uses of Hematite

Hematite is a very grounding and balancing stone, often used to help connect one back to the body. Because of this, it can be used to maintain a connection to the physical body and to the earth when doing spiritual work. Hematite can also be helpful in reminding you to take care of your physical body, making sure your needs for things like food, water, and sleep are met. It has also been used to balance energy meridians in the body.

It’s also very beneficial for the mind, helping to enhance memory and other mental abilities. Hematite has a calming effect, making it a helpful stone for addressing repetitive and unhelpful thought patterns. Working with hematite can help uncover limiting thoughts that may be blocking you so that you can move past them. Hematite can also absorb and transmute negative energy, and it can assist you in seeing the positive side of situations.

closeup of hematite crystal
The Spruce / Anastasia Tretiak  

Uses in Feng Shui

Activate Gen, the Knowledge Area

Gen is the area of the feng shui bagua map that is related to knowledge, skills, and self-cultivation. If you are standing at your front door looking in, Gen will be in the left corner closest to you. Because hematite has an affinity for the mind, it’s often recommended for mental pursuits and study. If you’re working on developing your skills or knowledge, try placing a piece of hematite in Gen position in your home or bedroom. As you do this, set an intention that hematite will help you as you cultivate your desired skills. 

Activate Tai Qi, the Health Area

The center of the bagua map is called the Tai Qi, also known as the Health Area. It relates to your overall health and wellbeing, and because it’s in the center, it also touches every area of life. This makes sense, because taking care of our physical health sets the foundation for every other aspect of life. It’s challenging to fully be present for your family or career, for example, if your body isn’t feeling well. Tai Qi is connected to the earth element, and it is a good place to focus on when you’re in need of stability and grounding. You may want to add a piece of hematite in this area of your home with the intention of creating more balance and harmony in your physical body, and as a reminder to take care of your body’s needs. 

Activate Kan, the Career Area

Hematite can also be supportive in Kan position, or the Career area of the feng shui bagua map. Kan position is in the center front of your home, and it’s an area that you might look to if you are seeking more clarity around your career or your path in life. You may want to place hematite here with the intention of transmuting any negative energy that is getting in the way of you following your path in life. You can also set an intention that hematite will remove any repetitive thoughts or self-imposed limits that are causing you to experience blocks or challenges in this area of life. Hematite that is black in color will be especially supportive here, since black is connected to Kan. 

Activate Your Meditation Area

Because of hematite’s abilities to calm the mind and help us move past repetitive, unhelpful thoughts, it’s a great stone to meditate with. If you have a meditation space or altar in your home, you can place hematite there to support you in your practice. 

Activate Your Vision Board

While vision boards aren’t traditionally used in feng shui, they can be fun tools to create and have in your home. If you don’t have a vision board yet, you can create one by making a collage out of images that inspire you and represent things that you are working towards. Once you’ve created your vision board, you may want to place a hematite stone nearby to help you gain more mental clarity around your goals and move past any self-imposed limits that may be getting in your way. 

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