Pyrite is used to build up Yang energy, the vital force that enables us to be active in the world, to 'take life in our hands.' In all of us, balance is needed between active, outward and directed Yang energy and passive, inner and reflective Yin energy. It is easy for physical vitality to become depleted, diminishing our confidence to shape our own destinies. Pyrite helps to reawaken our ideas and gives us the energy to make them a reality. It clarifies mental processes, and combats confusion while shedding light on problems, encouraging decision making and taking action.