Also known as Magnetite, Lodestones are a naturally magnetic form of iron ore. Their natural magnetic properties were inexplicable to ancient cultures, who considered Lodestones sacred and magical. Once people discovered that a sliver of Lodestone floated in a bowl of water always turns to point in the same direction (because the stone aligns itself with the Earth's magnetic field) the first compasses were created and these 'magical' tools, a gift from the Gods, allowed more comprehensive - and safer - exploration of land and sea.
Lodestones have been used in spells to increase the power of attraction for centuries. Lodestone charm bags are believed to help draw love, wealth, luck or happiness into your life and a piece of Lodestone can be added to any other charm or spell to increase the power of other crystals and ingredients used. It is a common belief that Lodestones should be carried in pairs - one to attract positive energy and one to repel negative energy.
Lodestones and iron kept together (often in a charm bag hidden under a matress) are believed to encourage fidelity, boost sexual desire between a couple and improve sexual prowess and performance. Lodestone worn around the area of the genitals is reputed to increase a man's virility and encourage plenty of interest from the opposite sex. Carved Lodestone belt buckles are still popular in some cultures today and are worn not just to increase sexual vigor but also to increase success in business, gambling and money matters. Lodestones were a favorite charm of Roman prostitutes, who carried a pair of stones to attract wealthy, influential clients.
Lodestone is often used in magic to increase general health and wellbeing and to boost physical, mental and spiritual energy levels. Whenever Lodestones are used in magic, even in charm bags, they should be removed regularly, cleansed and replaced. Lodestones key power is its ability to attract and this metaphysical magnetism can cause the stones to become saturated with the energy they have drawn in.