Alternative Names: Peacock Ore
Mineral Species: Chalcopyrite
Mineral Group: Sulphides
Chemical Formula: CuFeS2
Crystal System: Tetragonal
Colour: Brassy gold, iridescent when tarnished
Typical Appearance: Broken or polished surfaces initially appear brassy yellow, but may later form an iridescent tarnish, and it is therefore sometimes referred to as “peacock ore” – a name more correctly attributed to bornite, which has a similar characteristic.
Chakra Alignment: Solar Plexus
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in 1725 by Johann Friedrich Henckel from the Greek "chalkos", copper, and "pyrites", strike fire.
Chalcopyrite combines the warmth and expansion of copper and the sunny disposition and clearing properties of sulphur with the warrior-like strength of iron. It does not ground and protect as strongly as pyrite, but still imbues a sense of presence in the physical body, and encourages a strong and upright posture. Its inner warmth and expansion strengthens Chi (life force), so we are less vulnerable.
Chalcopyrite is extremely clearing for the Crown Chakra, but this does not stop with the Crown, so it can be used to clear, align and balance all chakras, especially in its multi-coloured iridescent form.
It can also balance male/female energy. After balance comes flow. As with other copper ores, it draws off inflammation, and is sometimes used to reduce fever. When held in meditation, it calms the mind, leading to a deeper meditative state.
In Chinese medicine, it aligns with the Pericardium Meridian, and specifically to the Labour Palace point in the centre of the palm of the right hand, a point used to reduce high fever, calm the mind, and clear heart fire.