Keywords: Alchemy, Magic, Transformation, Insight, Manifestation, Wealth, Mental agility
Chakras: Root (1st), Sexual/Creative (2nd), Third Eye (6th)
Cinnabar is a mercury sulphide mineral with a hardness of 2 to 2.5. Its crystal system is trigonal. Its color is vermilion red, or brownish when impurities are present. Cinnabar forms in thick tabular, rhombohedral and prismatic crystals which are often twinned. It forms around volcanic vents and hot springs and may also occur in sedimentary rocks associated with recent volcanic activity. Cinnabar is the principle form of mercury ore and is processed to produce refined mercury. Since mercury is a toxic material, caution should be used in handling Cinnabar.
Cinnabar sometimes forms in conjunction with Quartz, and Cinnabar Quartz is perhaps the most beneficial forms of Cinnabar for metaphysical use. The silication of the Quartz protects and binds the Cinnabar, as well as magnifying its energetic properties.