Hematite is an iron oxide mineral that forms when iron-rich liquids or groundwater reacts with oxygen. It can also form through volcanic activity. Hematite typically crystallizes in a trigonal or rhombohedral structure, appearing as shiny metallic gray to black crystals or as red to brown earthy masses.

Hematite is found in various locations worldwide, including Brazil, Australia, China, India, and the United States. It can occur in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Notable deposits are found in the Lake Superior region of North America, the Iron Quadrangle in Brazil, and the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

Metaphysically, hematite is associated with grounding, protection, and vitality. It is believed to enhance courage, strength, and resilience, helping to dispel negativity and promote balance and stability in life. Hematite is often used for energetic grounding, connecting one to the Earth's energy and providing a sense of stability. It is also believed to stimulate concentration, focus, and logical thinking, making it useful for enhancing mental clarity and problem-solving. In crystal healing, hematite is associated with the root chakra, promoting feelings of safety, strength, and connection to the physical body. It is also believed to support the circulatory system and aid in the absorption of iron in the body.

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