I like to think of hematite as a dual mineral.

Hematite is a mineral that expresses itself one of two ways: 1) as a reddish-brown, earthy mineral and 2) as a dark metallic, somewhat blocky mineral. Other than luster and, occasionally, habit, the two types of hematite act the same. Hematite will streak reddish-brown. Hematite will be around 5-6 on the Moh’s Hardness scale. Hematite will always have the same birefringence and chemical formula regardless of how it expresses itself.

My friend usually has candles burning when I go over to her house at night. I think she likes the light and the petal-soft feeling candles provide. My friend tells me that she’s probably psychic, but she says it in the way that makes me believe her, even if I don’t necessarily believe people can be psychic.

In the candle light, under the pattering of rain on the skylights above us, she takes out a box of tarot cards, calculates my life path number, and sets to work deciphering the card.

There’s a lot of “hums” and “mmms” and she covers her mouth as she thinks.

And finally she says, through all of my reincarnations I have always faced a split of passions.


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