Bloodstone is a type of green jasper/chalcedony that contains flecks of red hematite, which has attracted the attention of magic users since ancient times. Pliny the elder claimed it was the stone of invisibility, and Damigeron believed it control weather and eclipses. Bloodstone was also called the “Stone of Babylon,” because the ancient Babylonians believed so strongly in its magic that they used it to make important artifacts like seals and amulets. It has also been used in various ways for divination. In modern times, bloodstone has come to be associated with doing well in competitive situations, such as legal battles and athletic contests.
Lore: Bloodstone is also known as heliotrope, a name associated with some pretty remarkable beliefs about this stone that come down to us from ancient times. Heliotrope means “sun-turner,” and not only did they believe this stone had the power to turn the sun’s rays red, they believed this would initiate other magical happenings. At various times, people have believed this stone could make water boil, change the weather, and make an amulet that would render its wearer invisible, detect the presence of poison, and produce blood from water. This is only one of the ways it has been associated with blood. Remarkably, it’s been used to stop bleeding–even hemorrhaging–in cultures too far removed to have had any contact, such as medieval Europeans and pre-contact Native Americans. To use it for this purpose, a healer would press the stone up against the wound or, if the wound was internal, press it between the patient’s shoulder blades. People still use it in this way to stop nosebleeds.
Properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for cleansing the blood, for general healing of the physical body, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to aid in receiving guidance from the inner self, for grounding, for protection, to encourage dreaming, to increase vitality and vigor, to promote feelings of courage and confidence, to facilitate brave actions, to aid in trusting one’s intuition and acting upon it, to stimulate the immune system, to ease matters of the heart, to detoxify the physical body, and to aid in the proper blood circulation.
Care and cautions: Bloodstone contains iron, which can rust, so it’s best to keep it dry. It should not be used for elixirs.