African Bloodstone meaning if often misunderstood by many Crystal enthusiast… Due to it’s similar dark green color like the Green Jasper. Unlike the Green Jasper Crystal, the Bloodstone has magical properties which helps with our health and overall balance of our body.
Bloodstone is a type of quartz called chalcedony and it comes in two varieties – plasma and heliotrope. Plasma comes in a dark and deep opaque shade of green; it is usually speckled with spots of red.
Heliotrope on the other hand is translucent and has a reddish core; its name, like many stones, has Greek origins – helios means “sun” and trépein means “to turn”. It was named as such as its color looks like that of a sun setting at dusk. The stone itself got its name due to the red spots of iron oxide which look like blood spatters.
This red patches on the African Bloodstone actually caused by the presence of Iron Oxide impurity in the stone itself. Due to it’s oxidative nature, it oxidizes when expose with air thus turning them reddish-brown in color.
African Bloodstone Meaning #1 – Prevent Excessive Bleeding
The stone is known to exemplify justice. It is believed to have been formed during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when his blood dripped on some jasper, another type of quartz gemstone. It is because of this that Christians strongly believe in its magical and spiritual powers.
In ancient times, Christians used it to document the crucifixion of martyrs, therefore deeming it as the martyr’s stone. Back then, warriors also carried the stones around as amulets as they believed that it could prevent excessive bleeding or hemorrhages.
Babylonians used the stone as a way to predict their futures or make prophecies. Ancient Egyptians called Bloodstone the “Mother Goddess” stone; this was believed to enhance their strength and make them invisible at well, helping them to defeat their adversaries.
In today’s context, it can also be used as a stone to stop your emotional bleeding. Unlike the past, the battles that we face today are no longer physical. Out battles are fought through words and emotion. If you are someone who got hurt emotionally recently, it would be good to have a Bloodstone Crystal, to help plug the sense of lost and despair. The Bloodstone will help to prevent your “life force” from leaving your sacred space and your emotional energy field.
African Bloodstone Meaning # 2 – Prevent Anemia and Improves Blood Circulation
As per its name, Bloodstone is believed to provide physical healing regarding blood problems. It helps to prevent anemia, nosebleeds, leukaemia, tumors, and improves blood circulation as well. The Bloosdstone is also be used to enhance the body’s immune system and detoxify the blood, liver and kidneys, helping the body to release harmful toxins.
It has also been used during birthing or pregnancy as it is believed to improve hormonal balance and prevent miscarriages. When giving birth, Bloodstone can be used to ease the process and allow the baby to come out effortlessly. On a similar note, it can also deter PMS symptoms and other menstrual problems. The stone can be crushed into powder, mixed with egg whites and honey then applied onto the troubled areas. In the past, it was also used in this form to take out the venom from deadly snakebites.
The color Green, on the Bloodstone symbolizes healing and the restoration to balance. Whereas the Red color on the stone represents blood – which is our life force and the ability to let our body breathe. Many elderly in Asia (specifically Japan) carries this Crystal in their pocket wherever they go. As it is believed in their culture that the Bloodstone can bring them vitality thus giving them a longer life. That could perhaps be one of the reason why the average lifespan in Japan is so much longer than the other parts of the world.
African Bloodstone Meaning # 3 – Boost Self-Esteem
It would be useful for those who are currently experiencing stressful and difficult times, such as those who are being bullied or those who have felt abandoned by their loved ones.
History tells us that was used by Roman soldiers during combat and war. It is also associated with the planet Mars. It has a very projective energy that grants the bearer to “hold their grounds”. Very suitable for someone who is currently in a very competitive environment. If you need that kind of “strong” and “competitive” energy, this Crystal is definitely for you.
It supplies emotional support, as well as more determination, which will aid in overcoming such circumstances. Additionally, they provide the wearer the willpower to make the right decisions which would provide long-term benefits, instead of a “shortcut” to their problems.
More importantly, it helps to remove emotional and mental blockages which can set you back on your goals. Bloodstone can give you a renewed sense of energy that can overcome grief and other barriers and help pave the way to security, wealth and success.
African Bloodstone Meaning # 4 – Spiritual Guidance
Many believe that the stone helps to provide spiritual guidance as well. This may be due to their vibration, which helps to develop the intuition. As it originated from the body of Christ, it is believed to ground Christians’ faith and belief by bringing out their true spirituality into their everyday lives. It allows them to become better practitioners of the faith and help spread the love and generosity of Christ.
It also provides protection of the soul by increasing intuition, reducing confusion and defending against negative illusions and unwanted entities. One of its powerful uses is to be able to enter spiritual realms between worlds and communicating with one’s ancestors.
African Bloodstone Meaning # 5 – An Aphrodisiac
Other than warding off evil and other negative entities, it has interesting uses as well. For instance, in ancient Indian societies, Bloodstone was used as an aphrodisiac intended to increase one’s sexual desire and passions.
It was believed to symbolise trust and thus help to reduce tendencies to get jealous and possessive. In bed, it stimulated the imagination as well as enhanced patience. If you’re looking to have a good time with your man or your woman, this is the stone for you.
Overall, Bloodstone can either be worn as an amulet or pulverised and applied to affected areas. It can also be made into an elixir to maximise its blood-healing capabilities. It can be used by those going through tough times, by athletes, or by children, to provide a general protective aura around them.
African Bloodstone Meaning # 6 – Creating Boundaries
The African Bloodstone is a Crystal that teaches you to say “No”. I am sure there are times and situations where it is difficult to reject someone or reject a decision. Everyone faces this problem. But what separates those who make sound decisions and those who just give in politically, is the ability to stand your grounds.
You see, the color Red means “stop” in nature. Certain animals and plants have red color by nature to signify to other animals to stay away. Therefore, the Bloodstone also grants you this ability to keep danger away from you and acts as a protective reminder.
Where Is BloodStone Found
Bloodstone can mainly be found in India. There are also deposits in other parts of the world such as Russia, Australia, Brazil, China, the United States and the Czech Republic. Due to the high demand for the stone, there are many counterfeit stones being sold on the market. To identify it, one just has to rub it against porcelain – if it leaves blood red marks, it is genuine Bloodstone. The stone is associated with the zodiac signs of Aries, Libra and Pisces, and is also the birthstone for March.
How To Use Bloodstone Crystal
The Bloodstone Crystal is usually worn as a talisman by people who are seeking better health. People who are living in Japan usually wear this Crystal for longevity and vitality. It can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or even carrying the whole Crystal in your pocket.
Personally, I carry a tumbled piece in my pocket to help me with my communication with others. It allows me to stand my ground and feel that sense of rejuvenation even after a whole day of work. Based on my experience, Bloodstone isn’t very soluble in water, thus making it an excellent piece for bringing it outdoor. You won’t have to worry if your sweat will errode the structure your Crystal.
Summary of Bloodstone Magical Properties
- Prevents excessive bleeding.
- Prevents Anemia and improve blood circulation.
- Improves self-esteem, giving you the courage that you need.
- Provides you with spiritual guidance
- An aphrodisiac.
How To Cleanse Bloodstone
Just like any Crystal, the Bloodstone needs constant cleansing and charging. Cleansing refers to the discharging/removing of negative energy which is absorbed by the Crystal. Whereas Charging refers to the introduction of positive energy which is to be held by the Crystal.
Cleansing the Crystal can be done in many different ways, such as using spring water, incense and even using a Singing bowl. My preferred way of cleansing is to use a Singing Bowl because it is a more efficient and non-invasive way of cleansing my Crystals all at once. However, this method of cleansing is not suitable for Crystals which are brittle, eg. Geodes or Crystal Clusters.
As for charging your Bloodstone, you can place your Crystal under Moonlight overnight. The moonlight allows the infusion of positive energies into your Crystal. You can place it under direct moonlight as moonlight isn’t like the harsh sunlight… where the strong UV may cause discolorations in your Crystal.
If you would like to read more in detail on how to cleanse your Crystals, you can read it here.