Bloodstone, also known as Heliotrope, is a form of Chalcedony. It has a trigonal crystal system and is in the mineral class of oxides in the Quartz group. It is the connecting link between the Quartz families of Chalcedony and Jasper.
The classic Bloodstone is green Chalcedony with red inclusions of iron oxide or Red Jasper. The red inclusions are supposed to resemble spots of blood; hence the name Bloodstone. Heliotrope from the Greek, Helios – sun, and Trepein – to turn, derives from various ancient notions about the manner in which the mineral reflects light. These are described back in the writing by Pliny the Elder. In ancient times these polished stones were described as reflecting the sun; perhaps the appearance of the gem reminded the ancients of the red setting sun, mirrored in the ocean.
Bloodstone was treasured in ancient times and served for a long time as the birthstone for March. According to legend about the origin of Bloodstone, it was first formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained some Green Jasper at the foot of the cross. Medieval Christians often used it to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs, leading it to also be dubbed The Martyr’s Stone. A beautiful example of carved Bloodstone with the seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II can be seen at the Louvre in Paris.
Bloodstone is also known as a Stone of Courage and is commonly referred to as The Hero’s Stone, as it is said to provide courage and strength in the face of enemies. This stone is also able to protect us from ourselves by instilling resistance to personal desires that may cause danger.
It is considered a powerful healing stone with many magical properties. In ancient folklore, Bloodstone was said to have been an ‘audible oracle’ giving off sounds as a means of guidance. It gives the ability to banish evil and negativity of all kinds. Bloodstone has been used as an amulet to banish and to protect against the evil eye. Bloodstone is the symbol of justice.
In old texts it was referred to as Green Jasper or Blood Jasper and was recommended for healing infections, inflammations and poisoning. For those reasons many soldiers carried a Bloodstone amulet with them into battle to either avoid wounds or to heal them.
Because both optimism and luck are promoted by Bloodstone, many believe that carrying one in the wallet will promote wealth.
Bloodstone reminds us that change often has benefits and must be endured in order for life to improve.It helps us to modify our patterns of behaviour and to rebuild in a healthier way.
The primary message of Bloodstone is to be present in the here and now. It can revitalise love, relationships, and friendships. It helps to let go of selfish behaviour, and renews an idealistic outlook on life. It also enhances your natural abilities, talent, and creativity.
According to traditional Indian medicine Bloodstone is an intense healing stone, balancing the base, navel, sacral, and heart chakras. Even today, finely pulverised Bloodstone is used as a medicine and aphrodisiac in India.
In ancient times, Bloodstone was thought to be able to stop haemorrhages with the merest touch. The detoxification properties of Bloodstone are said to aid in the healing of diseases of the blood, kidneys, liver, spleen, bladder and intestines. It regulates blood flow, and benefits all blood rich organs in the lower body. Bloodstone relieves stomach and bowel pain, and has a positive influence on a bladder.
Bloodstone is an energy cleanser and is one of the best immune boosters for infections. It stimulates the flow of lymph fluid and metabolic processes, reduces the formation of pus, detoxifies and neutralises over-acidification. It re-energises and rejuvenates when body and mind are exhausted.