Bloodstone

The second birthstone for March is the bloodstone. Bloodstone – also known as heliotrope – is a form of the abundant mineral quartz. This particular form of quartz, known as cryptocrystalline quartz, exists as a mass of tiny quartz crystals formed together in large lumps that show no external crystal form, yet each of the component crystals that make up the mass is a genuine crystal. This quartz variety is also called chalcedony. Green chalcedony spotted with flecks of red is known as bloodstone.
Bloodstone is found embedded in rocks, or as pebbles in riverbeds. The best sources of this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

Lore & History

The bloodstone is a favored material for carving religious subjects, particularly the Crucifixion. One particularly famous carving was done by the Italian Matteo del Nassaro around 1525. In “The Descent from the Cross,” the carving was carefully crafted so that spots of red on the bloodstone represented the wounds of Christ and His drops of blood. According to legend, bloodstone was believed to have formed during the crucifixion of Christ. A Roman soldier-guard thrust his spear into Christ’s side and drops of blood fell on some pieces of dark green jasper lying at the foot of the cross, and the bloodstone was created.

Babylonians used this stone to make seals and amulets, and it was also a favorite with Roman gladiators. In the Middle Ages, bloodstone was believed to hold healing powers, particularly for stopping nosebleeds. Powdered and mixed with honey and white of egg, it was believed to cure tumors and stop all types of hemorrhage. Ancient alchemists used it to treat blood disorders, including blood poisoning and the flow of blood from a wound. Bloodstone was also believed to draw out the venom of snakes.

Metaphysically Speaking

Healing Properties include:
Abundance ♥ Alignment ♥ Organization ♥ Smooth energy flow ♥ Generosity ♥ Idealism ♥ Good fortune ♥ Purification

Associations

Chakras – Base Chakra
Birthstone – March
Zodiac – Aries, Libra, Pisces
Planet – Mars
Element – Earth
Typical colors – Dark green / greenish-blue with small red blood-like spots

Bloodstone is an excellent blood cleanser and a powerful healing stone. It heightens intuition and increases creativity. It is grounding and protecting. Bloodstone draws off negative environmental energy, helping to overcome influences such as geopathic or electromagnetic stress. It stimulates dreaming and is a powerful revitalizer. Gives courage and teaches you how to avoid dangerous situations. Bloodstone encourages selflessness and idealism. Assists in acting in the present moment. Bloodstone calms and revitalizes the mind, dispels confusion and enhances decision-making. Assists in adjusting to unaccustomed circumstances. Reduces irritability, aggressiveness and impatience.

Ideal for anemia, Bloodstone purifies and fortifies the blood. It detoxifies the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen and bladder. Bloodstone regulates and supports blood flow and aids in the circulation. It reduces pus formation, neutralizes toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, healing inflammations and infections. Bloodstone is also helpful in healing blood related cancers such as leukemia.

When wearing a bloodstone, be sure that it touches the skin.
If Bloodstone is worn over clothing and not touching the skin, it will take much longer to work. This is because of the somewhat unique way in which Bloodstone works. When Bloodstone touches the skin, some of its energy radiates into the aura, but most moves directly into the body, where it starts working on the blood.

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.

Love Kathy
Balance for Life: Mind, Body & Soul Healing

 

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