Bloodstone Skull (A146)
Bloodstone hand-carved into the form of a much smaller than life human skull.
The mineral aggregate heliotrope (aka. Bloodstone) is a cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz that occurs mostly as jasper (opaque) or sometimes as chalcedony (translucent). The "classic" bloodstone is opaque green jasper with red inclusions of hematite. The red inclusions are supposed to resemble spots of blood, hence the name bloodstone. The name heliotrope derives from various ancient notions about the manner in which the mineral reflects light. Heliotrope was called "stone of Babylon" by Albertus Magnus and he referred to several magical properties, which were attributed to it from Late Antiquity. Pliny the Elder (1st century) mentioned first that the magicians used it as a stone of invisibility. Damigeron (4th century) wrote about its property to make rain, solar eclipse and its special virtue in divination and preserving health and youth. A Christian tradition states that the red spots come from blood falling upon the stone during the crucifixion of Jesus, as he was stabbed in the side by a Roman soldier. Ancient Roman soldiers believed that the stone had the ability to slow bleeding and wore it for this reason. In India holds that one can staunch the bleeding by placing upon wounds and injuries after dipping it in cold water, which may have a scientific basis in the fact that iron oxide, contained in the stone, is an effective astringent. The Gnostics wore the stone as an amulet for longevity, for wealth and courage, to strengthen the stomach, and to dispel melancholy. In the Middle Ages it was considered useful for animal husbandry. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore the stone to bring renown and favor, to bring endurance, and as a charm against the bite of venomous creatures. Greek and Roman athletes favored it as talisman for success in their games.
Bloodstone is a powerful healing stone used for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is often used to purify and detoxify the body. Bloodstone is great at grounding negative energy and cleansing the body. It assists in enhancing the functions of the mind; thereby, bringing clarity and understanding to subjects that were unfamiliar. Bloodstone has been used to increase energy and strength. It removes energy blockages, which creates a smooth and constant energy flow throughout the body. Bloodstone can help to enhance intuition and creativity. It can be used to combat fatigue, irritability and confusion. Bloodstone is good to keep in any place that needs its energy cleansed. Metaphysically, bloodstone is an energy cleanser. It purifies the blood and detoxifies the liver, kidneys, & spleen. Bloodstone benefits all blood rich organs and regulates blood flow. It cleanses the lower chakras and realigns their energies. Those with Aries, Libra, or Pisces as their astrological sun sign will benefit most from the metaphysical effects of bloodstone. Hold bloodstone and affirm: “I live in the present moment.”