Tiger Iron:
Walking Lightly on the Earth

A beautiful stone with black, golden, and red stripes, tiger iron blends the properties of three important grounding stones: hematite, red jasper, and golden tiger's eye.

Hematite, a first chakra stone, is best known for its emotionally protective qualities. It helps people from absorbing the emotions of others. When we're around someone who's very (and vocally) depressed, agitated, angry, or expressing any strong, negative emotion, we often find their moods are contagious. We feel their negativity seeping through our pores. Later on, we might say, "I was in a good mood; then suddenly I got unhappy."

It's almost as if we've surrendered our will to that of someone else without thinking about it. Hematite, which helps to deepen the connection between spirit and body, grounds us in our sense of self and purpose.

Because of its color, red jasper, a second-chakra crystal, relates to emotions, but unlike a crystal such as ruby, which can foster volatile emotions and passion, red jasper is much quieter in its effects. Considered in some Native American cultures to be the symbolic blood of the earth, it grounds us by connecting us to the deep, stabilizing energies of the earth.

It's an emotionally calming stone and can be an excellent one for those who like change to be a gradual, unfolding process. In its stabilizing effects, it can help people to be less susceptible to the emotions of others, thus enhancing the effects of hematite.

Patience and a sense of timing are other aspects of grounding which relate to our ability to live with appreciation and joy on the earth plane. Many believe our purpose in being here is to translate nonphysical energy into the realization of our dreams. Tiger's eye, whose colors are gold, representing the ability to manifest, and brown, symbolizing earth energies, helps us in this purpose.

It specifically assists us by helping us to have more confidence in our ability to realize our dreams through the recognition of the inner resources we can use for accomplishment.

The combination of hematite's emotional clarity, red jasper's stability, and tiger eye's enhancement of the creative force of self-appreciation makes tiger iron one of the most important crystals to have in your collection.

Reach for it when you're feeling vulnerable, when your self-esteem has slipped, when your dreams seem unreachable. With tiger iron as your companion, you can learn to tread through life with power, certainty, and grace.

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