Crystal of the Week, Bloodstone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Bloodstones
Nearest Bloodstone has Quartz mixed in and farthest one has very small flecks of red ~ photo by i.macy

Bloodstone, or Heliotrope, is one of the most gorgeous Jaspers, ever. Of course, it gets its name from the oft-repeated legends where the blood from Jesus’ wound from the spear in His side whilst on the cross fell upon a green Jasper and the other story is of when, during the crucifixion, His blood fell to the Earth and formed the stone that way. Either way, I’m sure perhaps some Christian readers may be annoyed with my surmisel but that was true alchemy, real magick. No matter how Bloodstone came to be born, I’m glad it was. It is regarded as a gem of noble sacrifice and can offer courage and solace to all who are called to give of themselves for the good of others. It elicits the highest, most altruistic character of those who wear or carry it.

Of course, Bloodstone existed much earlier in time than Christ’s death… or even His birth, for that matter. The ancient Mesopotamians used the crystal as a healer for detoxifying the blood and organs some five-thousand years previous. Apparently, it was also used to draw out snake venom, staunch wounds, and to cure tumours. Ever since, Bloodstone has been carried by many as a preventative to disease.

Magickal:
Bloodstone is thought more of as a healer, not most readily thought of for magick. However, it does have many magickal qualities. It is a crystal of protection but most importantly, its protection qualities benefit those whom are being bullied, teased, and victims of both physical and verbal abuse. It is recommended to sew a bloodstone into the lining of a coat or jacket of a child or teenager whom is being bullied. This may partially be because the Bloodstone is amazing for helping give courage to and to soothe anxiety for anyone at the end of their tether.

Bloodstone heightens ones’ intuition and therefore a good crystal to have with you if you read tarot, cast runes, ogham, or do pendulum dowsing. It is an excellent crystal to have with you if you engage in lucid dreaming.

Bloodstone’s magickal properties allow one to draw upon the power of the weather for personal healing, such as tapping into the winds to bring change or the rain to wash away sorrow.

Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magickal masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Bloodstone, Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water, and Red Jasper was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

If you are having a baby, Bloodstone may come in useful to help bond after the baby’s birth, particularly if mother and child can’t be together right after birth. Most amazingly, this crystal also works with all animals this way.

Healing:
Associated with birth and birthing processes, Bloodstone is a great crystal for women during the childbearing years. It stimulates nutrient-rich blood and hormonal balance and is thought to help prevent miscarriages. It assists in easing the birthing process, providing strength during labour and supportive vibrations so the baby travels easily through the birth canal. It is also believed to alleviate symptoms of PMT/PMS and menstrual disorders, and to stabilise hormones through menopause.

Bloodstone dipped in cold water and applied to an afflicted area is highly beneficial in staunching blood flow, particularly nosebleeds. Keep the stone wet and re-dip as necessary.

Carry a Bloodstone to be used to boost the immune system and to purify the blood, spleen, liver, kidneys, bladder, and intestines, neutralising and eliminating toxins from the body. It benefits blood-rich organs, regulates and stimulates blood flow, and aids circulation. It is conducive to healthy bone marrow and may be used in the treatments of blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, tumours, acute infections, and over acidification.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Element: Earth
Natural Birthstone: Taurus
Gender: Masculine
Chakras: Base/Root chakra, and Heart chakra
Energies: Healing, Protection, Longevity, Courage
Deity: Brigit, Dione, Bona Dea, Gaia, Callisto, Clota, and Persephone
Other Names: Sun Stone, Christ’s Stone, Heliotrope

Many thanks for reading our blog today! I hope it was informative to all. Many warm blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009)
Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011)
George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971)

Crystal of the Week, Red Jasper

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

Once upon a time, Red Jasper was an expensive stone because it was so sought-after. It is a stone of great antiquity, having been named in the Bible and was the first stone in the breastplate of Aaron, the High Priest. Red Jasper was called the blood of Mother Earth by Native American tribes and was used to stimulate health and re-birth, innovative ideas and strategies, and increase one’s sensitivity to the earth when dowsing for water or calling in rain. Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, and is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colours, but may be used to describe other opaque colours of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green, orange, and black. Jasper is almost always multi-coloured, with unique colour patterns and habits. A very special stone which seems to have fallen from grace with too many people these days! A favourite crystals shop of mine says they can’t give them away it seems. And I have literally witnessed punters pick one up, put it back, and move on to fancier crystals and stones. They don’t know what’s good for them, I say.

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Red Jasper ~ photo by i.macy

We must wait for the magick because the real magick occurs in the birth of Jasper. Jasper is typically found in veins and cracks in volcanic rocks, often together with chalcedony and agate. No geodes filled with Jasper that resemble agate geodes have ever been found, so the formation of Jasper seems to be restricted to veins and cracks percolated by aqueous solutions. Veins of jasper occasionally occur in igneous rocks [for example, red and yellow Jasper in granite in the Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany]. The cracks filled out by Jasper often form during tectonic activity. These movements go on for a long time; the cracks will reopen again, the Jasper will be shattered, and the voids in between will be filled with more Jasper. This leads to the formation of brecciated Jasper, a rock that has – often repeatedly – been shattered, and is made of Jasper, and sometimes chalcedony and microcrystalline quartz of assorted colours. The image shows a tumbled specimen of unknown origin. Its deep red colour is caused by embedded haematite and you may be able to make out the black haematite streak in the Jasper pictured in my hand. You can also make out the huge quartz inclusion in the larger stone.

Hopefully, this explanation is enough to let you know how wonderfully made red Jasper, nee all Jaspers, are and why they deserve our reverence as much today as they did so many centuries ago.

Magickal:
Wear or carry Red Jasper to alleviate stress and reconnect with Earth’s grounding energies. Its cleansing effect eliminates negativity, returning it to its source, and stabilising the aura. It is an ideal worry or rubbing stone for soothing the nerves and restoring balance.

Red Jasper is marvellous for clearing the mind during meditation, prayer or contemplation. Its high spiritual energy increases focus and endurance during long ceremonies or practises and is helpful in establishing new spiritual disciplines. It is an excellent stone for shamanic journeying and astral travel and provides vivid dream recall.

A valuable stone of protection, Red Jasper guards against physical threats and assists in situations of danger. Keep in the car to prevent accidents, theft or road rage, and place in the home or office to absorb electromagnetic and environmental pollution and radiation. Wear two or three items of Red Jasper jewellery or a pouch of three small tumble stones to shield against psychic attack or when working with spirit rescue, potentially violent or psychologically disturbed individuals.

Red Jasper is a stone of passion and a token of all who consummate love. It encourages control in all things, and thus calms sexual aggressiveness, promotes sexual compatibility, and enhances tantric sex. It may assist women in overcoming a jealous love rival or unfair opposition to a relationship.

Red Jasper also stimulates passion in one’s creative work, manifesting innovative ideas and freshness, and the energy to continue a project even after the initial excitement has dwindled. Its energy brings focus and self-mastery. Red Jasper is the crystal of actors, actresses and all connected with expressive and performing arts in becoming more sensitive to their audiences.

Red Jasper may be used as a professional support stone for all jobs requiring physical strength and stamina, from police officers to trades workers, waitresses and waiters, and other high activity professionals. It also brings energy, alertness and emotional endurance to accountants, computer operators, military personnel and all who must continuously be focused and on task.

In Divination:
Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magical masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Red Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water and was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

Jasper has also been utilised for divining the future. Red and Picture Jasper are especially conducive for dream work and visioning, and it is an excellent scrying and dowsing pendulum stone.

The Divinatory meaning of Red Jasper: Be tough but kind with someone close who acts helpless and drains you of money or energy with constant demands.

Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned.

Healing:
Red Jasper helps with the sense of smell. It also promotes physical energy. Red jasper is thought to help balance the energy in the body. Red Jasper helps regulate the metabolic energies of the body, providing strength and vitality, and increasing physical stamina. It is particularly beneficial for those needing extra support during prolonged illness, injury or hospitalisation. Because of its ability to help generate muscle tissue, it may be useful in weight lifting and bodybuilding, and to enhance the effects of exercise.

Red Jasper is thought to support the circulatory system, detoxifying the blood and removing blockages of the liver and bile ducts. It strengthens the heart and enhances circulation, and may be useful in treating anaemia, exhaustion, and heart conditions, including recovery of bypass or transplant surgeries.

Correspondences:
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Element: Fire, Earth
Chakra: Base/Root
Deity: Cerridwen, Isis, Bona Dea, Chirakan-Ixmucane, Callisto, Clota
Planet: Mercury, Saturn, Venus
Energies: Grounding, Protection, Healing

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Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible, London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible, 2003
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2, 2009
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 3, 2013
Judy Hall, The Encyclopaedia of Crystals, 2013
Judy Hall, Crystals to Empower You, 2013
Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals, 2011
Wikipedia.org
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