About Goethite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations 

Mineralogy and Geology of Goethite

Mineral formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)

Grouping: a member of the Diaspore Group

Crystal system: orthorhombic

Crystal habit: Variable: Prismatic and striated; also flattened into tablets or scales. Velvety aggregates of capillary crystals to acicular and long prismatic forms often radially grouped. Massive, reniform, botryoidal, stalactitic. Bladed or columnar. Compact or fibrous concretionary nodules. Oolitic.

Cleavage: perfect on {010}

Fracture: irregular/uneven

Color: brownish black, reddish black, yellow-brown

Streak: yellowish brown, orange-yellow, ocher-yellow

Luster: adamantine, silky, metallic, or dull

Diaphaneity: opaque

Moh’s scale hardness: 5 – 5 ½

Specific gravity: 4.27 – 4.29

Named after:  the German poet, novelist, playwright, philosopher, politician, and geoscientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in 1806 by Johann Georg Lenz

Type locality:  Hollertszug Mine, Dermbach, Herdorf, Altenkirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Geological occurrence: a common secondary weathering product; also occurs as a primary hydrothermal mineral, and in bog and marine environments.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

For such an earthy, heavy mineral, goethite is surprisingly good at assisting with all psychic and spiritual endeavors. It is held to facilitate clairaudience, and communicating with the angels and all beings in all worlds. As such goethite may help with divining and prediction. It is also held to enhance the ability to concentrate and focus.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – root or sacral chakra, depending on color, with energy extending to the crown chakra
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 44
  • Planets – variable, depends on the type
  • Zodiac – Aries
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – iron is the traditional wedding gift for the 6th anniversary, so a specimen of goethite would be highly suitable


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.