Bloodstone, also known as the mineral Heliotrope is commonly described as a bleeding stone (hence the name) The most common form of this form is typically a quartz made of green Jasper with striations or spots of red Hematite. It is important to note that while this is the most common form, it can take other colors and variations, what defines this stone is the Jasper body and the spots/striations of Silica or Hematite.
The Bloodstone was known in antiquity as Heliotrope, which stands for “Sun” and “To Turn”. This stone has been used by individuals for its magical properties dating back to the 1st century with Pliny the Elder claiming that it was used to help with invisibility with magicians. Known also as the “Stone of Babylon” (referenced as such by Alberta’s Magnus) he referred to several magical properties the stone is claimed to have, including its use in conjuring rain, solar eclipses, and it’s affinity for use in divination and preserving health and youth.
Both the ancient Roman soldiers, as well as ancient India priests believed the stone had the power to stop bleeding when placed over an injury after dipping the stone in cold water (which may be true, due to the iron oxide in the stone being an effective astringent). It was used to bring renown and favor, as a charm against venomous creatures, to strengthen the stomach, disperse melancholy, and for wealth and courage.
Uses in Magic
Since antiquity this stone has been associated with health, wellbeing, and healing, and that has not changed much into the modern times. While no longer used to help staunch bleeding, this stone is frequently used to help with physical and mental healing and fortification. Bloodstone is closely related to the elements of water and earth, as such it is used in modern times as protection against and during earthquakes, as well as with multiple forms of weather magic. While not as popular nowadays for use in divination, it is one of the best stones to use in divination for natural disasters and for health related reasons.
Care and Handling
Bloodstone is a pretty hardy stone, rating a 6-7 on the Mohs Hardness Index. That being said, this stone should not be stored in contact with others to help prevent scratching, but should instead be stored in a cloth bag.
Bloodstone, while not too sensitive to light, should not be left in the sun or light for extended periods of time to prevent the stone from losing it’s coloring.
Bloodstone is safe to wash with warm water, liquid soap, and a VERY gentle brush. This stone should NOT be cleaned in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner to prevent the stone from losing integrity.