Alternative Names: Dragon's Blood
Origin: Notably Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
Mineral Species: Cinnabar
Mineral Group: Sulphides
Chemical Formula: HgS
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: Red to silver-red
Typical Appearance: Usually massive or granular. Rarely, as rhombohedral crystals, often tabular in form. Also, more rarely as prismatic crystals.
Chakra Alignment: Base and Navel
Origin of Name & Mythology: From Arabic and Persian for "Dragon's Blood"
The name derives from the Middle Eastern word for 'Dragon’s Blood'. It allows us to be assertive without becoming aggressive, stimulates vitality and power, and also to have confidence in life’s plan. At its heart, cinnabar is beyond doubt mercurial, the energy flitting from one place to another, without appearing to connect with a specific energy centre or emotion. Because of its association with commerce and negotiation, plus the link of good luck and abundance with the colour red, Cinnabar can be an effective aid in improving career prospects, negotiating a better salary, or starting a new enterprise.
Cinnabar contains mercury. Always wash your hands after handling, do not inhale dust, and use caution when breaking. Do not lick or ingest the mineral, or heat in an unventilated environment, as it may emit toxic fumes. Mercury sulphide is, however, relatively insoluble and toxicity of the pure material is low. Be aware, however, that many samples of cinnabar, especially those that are massively formed rather than crystalline, also contain traces of native mercury, which is highly toxic and more easily absorbed by the body.