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The Magic of Rocks and Stones
Written and compiled by - Patricia Jean Martin
is also known as Heliotrope. The
name Heliotrope is derived from the Greek words meaning "sun" and
"turning" because of a notion that when the stone is immersed in water
it would turn the sun red. Polished
stones were escribed as reflecting the sun.
The more common name of Bloodstone was derived by the stone's appearance;
usually a very dark green with splotches or veins of red resembling droplets of
sometimes called Blood Jasper in the trade, is not quite a jasper but rather a
dark green Chalcedony which is a cryptochrystalline variety of Quartz, and which
contains inclusions of red to brown. Although
the color is not consistent, the red spots are caused by iron oxide and the
green color is from chlorite particles or Hornblende needles.
Bloodstone is primarily found and mined in India, Australia, United
States, Germany, Scotland, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, and Russia.
is the variety name given to fine cryptocrystalline Quartz, of which Bloodstone
is one. In this variety, crystals are too small to be seen with the
unaided eye or even with an ordinary microscope. Instead, the crystallinity is determined with the use of an
electron microscope. Chalcedony
occurs in almost any color or combination of colors.
Varieties include Agate (colored bands), Moss Agate (milky-white
background with dendritic green or brown inclusions), Carnelian (orange to
reddish brown), Sard (light to dark brown), Chrysoprase (apple green), Tiger's
Eye (banded yellow-brown), Flint or Chert (white, dull gray, or black), Jasper
(opaque red), and of course Bloodstone or Heliotrope (green with red flecks).
Today, finely powdered Bloodstone is used as an aphrodisiac and medicine in India.
SiO2, Silicon Dioxide. Chalcedony, a variety of Quartz with nodules of
red iron oxide distributed throughout its mass.
Opaque dark green with red to brownish spots or veins.
Glassy to waxy.
Habit: Cryptocrystalline. Forms in
6.5 - 7
Gravity: 2.58 - 2.64
Characteristics: Highly sensitive to heat.
Occurrences: India, Australia, United States, Germany, Scotland.
Field Indicators: Crystal habit, color and hardness.
Mineral collection specimens, ornamental stone and sculpture.
Myth & Lore:
to be a very magickal stone, in ancient times Bloodstone was thought to have the
ability to stop hemorrhages by merely touching the stone.
Ancient warriors often carried a Bloodstone amulet which was intended to
stop the bleeding when applied to a wound.
the Middle Ages, special powers were attributed to Bloodstone because it was
believed to have been formed when some drops of Jesus' blood fell and stained
some Jasper at the foot of the cross. From
that time on, this stone was used in sculptures representing flagellation and
martyrdom, leading it to be dubbed "The Martyr's Stone."
Believed to have great healing powers, the stones were crushed into
powder and mixed with honey and egg whites; a concoction believed to cure
tumors and to stop bleeding. Alchemists
used Bloodstone to cure blood poisoning as well as draw out the poison from
Bloodstone was used by the Babylonians in divination, and both they and the
ancient Egyptians used it to magickally defeat enemies, usually by employing the
stone's abilities to increase personal strength and yet make one
"invisible" when they wanted attention focused strategically
elsewhere. The Leyden Papyrus
declared that "The world has no greater thing than bloodstone," it
opens all doors for its owner, breaks down the walls of prisons and averts many
disasters. Also known as a Mother
Goddess stone, it is associated with images of Isis and Horus and the Black
is used in weather magick. It can
also be a good charm for athletes who require added strength.
It can be used to dispel bewilderment and clarify obscure thought,
allowing you to recognize the beneficial aspects of "turmoil prior to
with Aquamarine, Bloodstone is the traditional March birthstone.
Astrological Sign's: Pisces, Aries
self-esteem and self-appreciation.
love of family.
matters and business.
physical aid in treating: Blood disorders, anemia, and circulation. Detoxifying.
Strengthens immune system. Relieves
menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Liver, kidneys, bone marrow and intestines.
Stone therapy should NOT take the place of medical evaluation and
procedures, and should be used merely to enhance one's health and well-being.
My own thoughts and experiences:
in the company of Bloodstone, it is not unusual to feel a strong vital force;
something which reaches into the far recesses of our ancestry, while at the same
time piercing straight into your very own core.
Looking at the "bloodlines" or rich red spots on an otherwise
deep field of dark earthy green, you can almost feel the stone pulsate with the
life force inherent in us all.
another excellent healing and grounding stone, I have three names for
Bloodstone... "the Rock of Ages"... "the Now & Then"
stone... and "the Motivator"... all of which I feel tap into this
stone's more emphatic qualities. In
regard to the first, this stone can help you reconnect with your ancestral line
and the Ancients. For the second,
it can simultaneously connect your present thoughts or feelings (your Now) to
those who came before you (their Then),
the two so that you come to know no space and time between you and the
Ancestors. Here you may reach into
the treasure chest of deep-seated knowledge and pull forth the necessary healing
and/or proper judgments in answer to your questions.
As "the Motivator," Bloodstone possesses the uncanny ability to
swiftly reach the root of an issue by bringing you abruptly to the core of
whatever issue is in your Now; it enhances your perception of the "fight or
flight" survival syndrome; and finally, it bestows whatever fire, courage
or resolve is needed to move you into beneficial action.
It is a beneficent Mother Dragon of stones. Listen closely and let her take you on the journey through time. But be prepared to visit the intense realms of both Fire and Earth.
Crystal Bible" ~ Judy Hall
Is In the Earth" ~ Melody
& Minerals" ~ Discovery Publications
© Patricia Martin 2006
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
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