Legends Behind the Bloodstone

Bloodstone, as the name suggests, has a long history of association with blood. In the past, the mineral was also known as “heliotrope,” from the Greek word “helios” for sun, and the word “trope” for direction or turn. Literally, the name means “sun-turning.” This comes from an ancient belief that a bloodstone immersed underwater can turn the water reddish so that the reflections cast on it by the sun are rendered as bloody red images. It is also believed to stop the flow of blood from wounds and prevent hemorrhages. It is for this reason that warriors of old carry bloodstones around for safe-keeping. The power to cause natural phenomena like thunder and lightning was also attributed to this mysterious-looking stone.

The bloodstone‘s appearance must have been the reason for its long-standing affinity with blood. It is also called as bloodjasper by some, though many would argue that this is a bit of a misnomer. Bloodstone is a form of chalcedony, which is essentially, a mixture of dark green quartz with spots of red or brownish iron oxide that provide the “bloody spots” that the bloodstone is known for. This stone is usually sourced and mined from the countries of India, United States, Australia and Germany. Other minor sources include Brazil, China, and the Isle of Rum in Scotland.
By the Middle Ages, the myths surrounding the stone have gained religious undertones. The drops of red is believed to be the blood of Jesus Christ that flowed from His wounds to a piece of jasper below the cross. With this myth, people have started regarding the bloodstone as a symbol of martyrdom and sacrifice. “The Martyr’s Stone,” (as the bloodstone is called by the religious at the time) is now frequently portrayed in religous works of art like paintings and sculptures. “The Descent from the Cross” a carving done by Italian sculptor Matteo del Nassaro, featured the Crucifixion of Christ with the bloodstone’s red spots representing the drops of Christ’s blood.

People also found other uses for this special stone. It is the March birthstone – bloodstone, which along with aquamarine, symbolizes strength and healing. The zodiac signs Pisces and Aries have both claimed it as their birthstones. Warriors and athletes alike treasure the stone for its power to increase physical strength and to calm anxieties. Diseases of the blood, like anemia, blood circulation problems, and menstrual symptoms can be relieved through the use of this stone. It can also be used for the detoxification of the body.

Other uses include psychological ones. Possession of a bloodstone can help increase self-appreciation and self-confidence, and it also gifts the owner with clarity of thought and wealth-attraction. It can also promote love among family members and can help guarantee success in legal matters.

The bloodstone is a very special kind of stone. The Leyden Papyrus (a codex written in Greek during the 3rd century AD) has this to say: “The world has no greater thing than bloodstone.” The Papyrus might just be correct. For all its uses and special properties, the bloodstone is a great thing to possess.