Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a form of chalcedony. The classic bloodstone is a deep green with crimson inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. The red spots resemble blood, giving rise to the name “bloodstone.” The term heliotrope is often used when referring to bloodstone that has yellow inclusions, rather than red. It is called plasma stone.
The name heliotrope is derived from the ancient belief the polished stones reflected the sun.
History and Lore
- In ancient times, bloodstone was believed to give off audible sounds giving guidance to the holder.
- In ancient Christianity, it was believed bloodstone was created when the blood of Christ dripped from the cross onto a green stone.
- Albert the Great called it the Stone of Babylon. He also referred its magical properties.
- Pliny the Elder said that magicians used it as a stone of invisibility.
- Damigeron wrote about its property to make rain, solar eclipses, and its special virtue in divination and preserving health and youth.
Bloodstone is considered a healing stone.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- stopping bleeding
- aiding in circulation
- cleansing and purifying blood
- stimulating the immune system
- alleviating pain, especially stomach pain
- heightening intuition
- increasing creativity
- increasing prosperity
- increasing wisdom
- revitalizing love, relationships, and friendships
- helping to remove mental blocks
- increasing power, strength, and courage
- giving protection from the evil eye, negativity, and intruders
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge bloodstone, let warm water run over the stone. To recharge it, place it among clear quartz crystals. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.
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