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Stone of Courage and Healing
Medieval Christians are said to have believe that Bloodstone was first formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained Jasper at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion. These Christians often used to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs into the bi-colored stone, which lead to the stone being named the “Martyr’s Stone”. The ancient Greeks and Romans carried and wore Bloodstone during athletic competitions to ensure endurance and secure favor of those in power-to help ensure the athlete’s fame. Later the Gnostics believed that Bloodstone brought the bearer untold wealth as well as prolonged life.
Bloodstone is part of the Chalcedony Quartz family, and is also known as Heliotrope, due to the fact that in ancient times the stones (once polished) were described as a reflection of the sun, perhaps reminding the ancients of the dark red sun setting on the ocean. It is in fact a Green Jasper that is dotted with red splotches of iron oxide; it was treasured and long served as a birthstone for March in ancient times.
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure
Bloodstone is named Heliotrope as well, (which is a formation of two Greek words:helios, meaning the Sun and tropos, meaning To Turn) is often used to carve amulets and cameos due to the depth and striking difference in colors. It is interesting to note that in smaller pieces of the stone, often the red color does not appear.
Bloodstone has been found primarily in India, but has additional locations in Australia, Brazil, China and the United States as well.
It has often been told that Bloodstone has the power to predict future events by causing extreme meteorological happenings. And it was also told that this prophecy might be enhanced by dropping the Bloodstone in water and then placing the water in direct sunlight.
The eternal message that lies within the Bloodstone is for one to “be present now”, bringing mystical energies to increase adaptability and organization by lessening anxiety and confusion, thus amplifying concentration, allowing one to be more ‘present’. It is said to grant one the power of renewal, physical, emotional as well as mental. Told to offer powers of providing for the revitalization and renewal of all relationships in friendship and love as well.
Said to strengthen one’s self-confidence and open one’s senses to inner guidance, helping to keep calm, especially during survival situations. Bloodstone is said to be useful against bullies, whether it is physical or emotional bullying. Ancient Babylonians carried the stone to overcome enemies, the Egyptians to open doors, break bonds and even to cause the physical destruction of stone walls.
It helps one to demonstrate unselfishness, accessing the principals of mysticism, and providing for insight into the immediate spiritual situation, offering the truth through intuition, to transcend ordinary understanding. Bloodstone assists in demonstrating idealism, creative efforts and strengthens self-confidence, opening one to a larger sense of inner assistance, intuition, and guidance.
Bloodstone has been known since antiquity to help with the cleansing of blood as well as any organ related, or connected with the flow of blood in the body. It was said to be a wonderful detoxifier for the body in general, and initiates healing and renewal on almost all levels. Bloodstone was beleived to increase energy emotionally and physically, assisting in overcoming depression as well as emotionally inflicted pain, but is most prominent use is to halt bleeding.
This stone was frequently carried by soldiers either to offer magical first aid or to avoid initial wounds all together. A Bloodstone held to a bleeding nose is said to stop the flow of blood almost immediately. An excellent women’s stone, as it relieves not only symptoms of menstrual and menopausal pain, but also assists women with strength and stamina while in labor and childbirth. Also a popular stone with athletes to enhance physical strength as well as to win favor in their competitions.
Finely powdered Bloodstone is often used as an aphrodisiac, and this stone is worn to cure fevers, help with the spleen, kidney, liver, bladder and intestines, as well as general health, to keep the blood healthy and assist in curing blood related diseases as well as to lengthen one’s lifespan. Quite a remarkable well rounded healing stone.
Deities: Black Madonna, Isis
Powers: Halt Bleeding, Courage, Victory, Wealth, Power, Invisibility
Candle Color: Red
The gem Bloodstone has been known to be used magically for at least 3000 years. It is recognized as assisting the magician gain quick control over negative spirits, as well as guarding the bearer against deceptions and from being cheated by others. The Ancient Egyptians used this stone to appear to make all words spoken to be believable. It can also be used to dispel general states of bewilderment, confusion, and obscure thoughts, assisting one toward the direct union with the Divine through deep contemplation, intense meditation and love.
Traditionally Bloodstone is told to assist in casting spells as well as predicting the future by causing extreme meteorological events such as winds, storms, thunder and lighting, which appear to announce the coming events. This spells power was said to be enhanced by placing the stone in water and setting the water in direct sunlight.
As with any magic, one does not posses the right to deliberately attempt to control another’s day, or destiny with magic. It is a universally known truth that the backlash from such an action would not truly be worth the effort. However if the spell or cast is favorable, and one believes they are in the right in doing so-this being not just the opinion of the caster– and if one is sincerely willing to accept responsibility for any repercussion or wrong actions as well as then repairing those wrong doings, then a Bloodstone can assist powerfully in this type of magical workings. It is especially useful in Goddess rituals, as well as for exploring past lives, specifically in dreamwork.
Bloodstone in a cash register draws money towards the merchant, carried in a pocket/purse or worn, the Bloodstone attracts wealth to it’s bearer. In so much that food and money are connected magically, Bloodstone has been a talisman for farmers since the middle ages, worn during the time of planting to increase the crops yield.
To recharge the Bloodstone, either running water or sunlight may be used.
Zodiac Stone of: Aries
Birthstone: Traditional, Ancient and Ayurvedic Birthstone for March, Mystical Birthstone for February, not a Modern Birthstone for any month.
Stone of Aries, also told to be a stone of Pisces and Scorpio as well, Bloodstone is said to lengthen life, give fame, bring money, and aid one in being unnoticed when desired.
Bloodstone is said to link the the 1st, Root/Base Chakra and the 4th, Heart Chakra, in turn awakening and stimulating the uniformity within the vibrations of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Chakras, which then encourages the building of the powerful Kundalini energy. For this reason Bloodstone must be used with caution.
It is able to assist one in accepting the change in energy fields as well as recognizing the beneficial aspects of turmoil prior to perfection. But once again, must be used with attentiveness and restraint.