Bloodstone Properties and Meanings
Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of jasper, where the dark green colour of the stone is flecked or cut through with red. This gives the appearance of blood on a green surface, which is where it received its morbid name!
The red spots on the bloodstone are caused by hematite, the form of iron oxide that causes rust to turn bright red, or the stone in places like Prince Edward Island, Georgia, or even Mars to be coloured red.
Bloodstone is found primarily in India, although there are also sources of it in Central Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and, interestingly, the Isle of Rum in Scotland.
Because the colouration of bloodstone is caused by the inclusion of another mineral within the matrix of the stone as a whole, no two pieces of bloodstone are the same.
Each one has a unique pattern, and many include small deposits of other minerals too, meaning that some pieces of bloodstone are actually quite brightly and multi-coloured.
The blood-like appearance has made this stone central to a vast quantity of lore. The Ancient Greeks called it the Sun Stone (which is where its alternative name heliotrope comes from). It was said to confer the power of the sun upon anyone who possessed it.
Additionally, it was associated with the vitality of life because it appeared to actually have blood within it. The blood colour that ran through it represented its power as a living thing in Greek natural philosophy.
Later, Medieval Christian lore said that this stone was formed at the site of the Crucifixion, when Christ’s blood fell on a piece of green jasper that lay at the foot of the cross. It became a great stone for representing sacrifice, and was worn as a symbol of piety and a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.
Today, it continues to be a powerful symbol of sacrifice, and is often still used in religious Christian contexts, or worn by people who wish to be reminded of martyrdom and sacrifice. It is a stone that provides solace in difficult times.
Why Would You Use Bloodstone?
Because of its connection to the Crucifixion, in modern thought, the main use of bloodstone is its connection to sacrifice.
It is often used as a reminder of the maxim “life is pain,” and we should not allow struggles to overwhelm us, but instead embrace them as a part of life and a way to make us stronger.
Wearing bloodstone can be highly comforting during intense struggles, such as the death of a loved one.
The stone can actually absorb some of the pain of the situation into itself, meaning that although you are still conscious of the pain, you have a certain disconnect between yourself and it.
Bloodstone for Protection
Bloodstone is also a very protective stone, and is especially useful if you are being threatened.
Whether with physical violence, blackmail, or just a negative person in your workplace threatening to make your life difficult, bloodstone can create a psychic barrier between yourself and the threat. It gives you the insight to tell when to retreat and when to confront the danger, and strength and courage to work through whatever decision you make.
A note: if you are being threatened, attacked, or extorted, the person doing these may be subject to legal action. Do consult the police or a lawyer to protect your safety. Bloodstone can only take you so far!
Additionally, this stone, which is associated with the root chakra, will assist in grounding you in the physical world, which relieves depression and anxiety and will keep you focussed on the “here and now,” and the “next steps” that you need to take in order to solve a problem.
It will encourage you to take action and give you the courage and personal strength to do so, if you feel apathetic, lethargic, or trapped in your own inability to take action.
It is a very strong stone of emotional support, so should definitely be integrated into your life in difficult or emotionally traumatic times. Its powers to relieve emotional turmoil should not be understated.
How Will Bloodstone Help You?
Bloodstone is one of the most useful stones that you can use when you are having emotional struggles. While many other stones are highly beneficial when your life is okay but not great, bloodstone is one of the ones that can really pack a punch when life just seems terrible.
If you feel as if you’re constantly being kicked when you’re down, bloodstone can help you pick yourself back up and carry on in a positive and constructive manner.
It can serve as a reminder of the importance of courage and wisdom, and help you to a better person in this way at times when you are struggling to do so.
If you feel like all your “good behaviour” isn’t making a difference, and the world is just continuing to treat you badly, using bloodstone can help you to get past that feeling and continue to make positive contributions to the world.
If you identify with the Christian religion, bloodstone is one of the best stones that you can use to remind yourself of the sacrifice of Christ.
This stone will help you to be mindful of the suffering He endured for humanity, and help you use His teachings to make yourself a better person.
It is also a good stone if you feel confused and overwhelmed, especially by a range of emotional concerns and other people’s emotional needs.
Sometimes we become so worried about dealing with other people’s feelings that we can’t deal with our own, which, ironically, only renders us incapable of dealing with other people’s as well.
Bloodstone can give you a bit of a mental kick when you start to stretch yourself to thin, and give you a reminder of the importance of diligent, mindful self-care.
Self-care doesn’t just refer to “taking a day off” and watching TV while doing a face mask (although this can be fun!), but also to paying attention to your own emotional cues, recognizing your problems so that you can go about solving them, and reminding yourself that you cannot put pressure on yourself to be everything to everyone all the time.
The energy of bloodstone will help you to grow, become stronger, and deal with the world in a courageous, head-on fashion.
How to Use Bloodstone for the Best Results
Bloodstone should be worn as jewellery that you can be physically conscious of, such as a heavy pendant or necklace, bracelets that move quite a bit or have some heft to them, or earrings that swing and pull on your ears slightly.
It’s a well-documented fact that anxiety can be relieved by physical pressure, which is why massages are relaxing, why we swaddle babies up tightly, and why we’re compelled to sleep underneath a blanket even when it’s way too hot out.
If you are using bloodstone in any way related to relieving anxiety or calming turbulent emotions, therefore, it should constantly give you a sense of weight or pressure.
Wearing bloodstone jewellery can protect you against both external and internal enemies, and give you the strength to deal head-on with the dangers or problems that you are facing.
Any type of jewellery is beneficial here – whether you’re wearing a necklace or a ring, it will have the same effect on your mood and aura.
If you have a child who is being bullied at school, sew a small piece of bloodstone into their coat as an amulet of protection.
This will give them the strength to deal with the bully, either by standing up to them, or by demanding intervention from an authority figure. It will also give the child a stronger, more intimidating aura, which the bully may be less likely to want to confront.
If you are interested in divination, bloodstone can be a very useful stone for predictions about the future, especially when it relates to the natural world. A modern person, especially one living in a city, may not have as much reason to want to know about the future weather as an ancient person living off the land, but it can still be beneficial if you decide to pursue it!
Bloodstone, naturally, is very connected to issues of the blood and circulatory systems. If you are interested in pursuing the physical healing properties of bloodstone, then soak it in cold water overnight and drink the water to help ease your symptoms and improve bloodflow.
Take note, however, that this is absolutely not a replacement for medical attention. If you are concerned about your circulatory system, blood, or any other aspect of your health, consult a medical professional.
The Best Combination to Use with Bloodstone
Bloodstone is best combined with powerful stones for dispelling negativity, and for introducing joy into your life. In fact, it is far better to combine bloodstone with these stones rather than using it on its own.
When bloodstone is used entirely alone, it can sometimes result in a martyrdom complex.
While you will have the strength to deal with your problems, you will still be hyper-conscious of the negativity in your life, which can lead to feelings of bitterness.
When you introduce a strong stone for dispelling negativity, such as shungite, then you will become much more effective at actually removing toxic people and situations from your life, rather than just “dealing with” them.
Additionally, it is invaluable to introduce a stone that promotes positivity and joy, such as diamond, chrysoprase, or turquoise.
This is a necessary part of the puzzle for actually actively developing a positive attitude towards life. Without this, although negativity may be purged from your life, you may still be left with feelings of emptiness, and may not be sure what to do with yourself.
Introducing gems and crystals that give you a sense of joie de vivre will dispel this emptiness and fill you with a new desire for life and energy for bringing good things into the world.
Bloodstone is also well-paired with the highly cerebral amethyst. Bloodstone is a visceral stone, connected to the root chakra, while amethyst is intellectual, and connected to the crown chakra.
They form the perfect balance for addressing concerns with the entire spectrum of your energy.
Bloodstone’s energy can also, as always, be enhanced by the use of a quartz crystal, which acts like a magnifying glass for its power. If you have a serious, debilitating problem that needs to be dealt with right now, then combine bloodstone and a clear quartz point for the ultimate punch of energy right to the core of the negative situation.
Smoky and rose quartz can have similar benefits, but with a greater focus on either dispelling negativity, or improving positivity, respectively.
Choose based on the specific nature of your problem, or use a combination of all of the above if you need it! When you’re really in a rough spot, more is more when it comes to crystal power.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Bloodstone
Bloodstone is a powerful mineral that should not be underestimated in the quantity of power that it can confer upon its user.
While many stones are focussed on bringing your life up from a baseline of “average,” bloodstone is one of the few that is really meant to bring your life up from a baseline of “bad.” It is one of the most efficient and effective stones for helping you deal with serious, immediate problems and dangers.
Because of this, bloodstone can be a tricky stone to work with, and has been known to cause problems such as the martyrdom complex described above.
Acquiring a piece of bloodstone and then spending some time “getting to know it,” as well as researching combinations that address your specific concerns, can mitigate these issues.
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