Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of jasper, where the dark green colour of the stone is flecked or cut through with red. This gives the appearance of blood on a green surface, which is where it received its morbid name.

 The red spots on the bloodstone are caused by hematite, the form of iron oxide that causes rust to turn bright red,or the stone in places like Prince Edward Island, Georgia, or even Mars to be coloured red.
Bloodstone is found primarily in India, although there are also sources of it in Central Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and, interestingly, the Isle of Rum in Scotland.

Because the colouration of bloodstone is caused by the inclusion of another mineral within the matrix of the stone as a whole, no two pieces of bloodstone are the same.
Each one has a unique pattern, and many include small deposits of other minerals too, meaning that some pieces of bloodstone are actually quite brightly and multi-coloured.
The blood-like appearance has made this stone central to a vast quantity of lore. The Ancient Greeks called it the Sun Stone (which is where its alternative name heliotrope comes from). It was said to confer the power of the sun upon anyone who possessed it, just like Prasiolite.
Additionally, it was associated with the vitality of life because it appeared to actually have blood within it. The blood colour that ran through it represented its power as a living thing in Greek natural philosophy.

Later, Medieval Christian lore said that this stone was formed at the site of the Crucifixion, when Christ¡¯s blood fell on a piece of green jasper that lay at the foot of the cross.
It is worth noting that it is also the birthstone for March.

It became a great stone for representing sacrifice, and was worn as a symbol of piety and a reminder of Christ¡¯s sacrifice.
Today, together with Angelite, it continues to be a powerful symbol of sacrifice, and is often still used in religious Christian contexts, or worn by
people who wish to be reminded of martyrdom and sacrifice. It is a stone that provides solace in difficult times.
Because of its connection to the Crucifixion, in modern thought, the main use of bloodstone is its connection to sacrifice.
It is often used as a reminder of the maxim ''life is pain,'' and we should not allow struggles to overwhelm us, but instead embrace them as a part of life and a way to make us stronger.
Wearing bloodstone can be highly comforting during intense struggles, such as the death of a loved one.

- The stone can actually absorb some of the pain of the situation into itself, meaning that although you are still conscious of the pain, you have a
certain disconnect between yourself and it. 

Bloodstone is also a very protective stone, and is especially useful if you are being threatened.
Whether with physical violence, blackmail, or just a negative person in your workplace threatening to make your life difficult, bloodstone can create a psychic barrier between yourself and the threat.
It gives you the insight to tell when to retreat and when to confront the danger, and strength and courage to work through whatever decision you make.

A note: if you are being threatened, attacked, or extorted, the person doing these may be subject to legal action. Do consult the police or a lawyer to protect your safety. Bloodstone can only take you so far!

- Additionally, this stone, which is associated with the root chakra, will assist in grounding you in the physical world, which relieves depression and anxiety and will keep you focussed on the ''here and now,'' and the ''next steps'' that you need to take in order to solve a problem. It will encourage you to take action and give you the courage and personal strength to do so, if you feel apathetic,
lethargic, or trapped in your own inability to take action.
It is a very strong stone of emotional support, so should definitely be integrated into your life in difficult or emotionally traumatic times. Its powers to relieve emotional turmoil should not be understated.
Bloodstone is one of the most useful stones that you can use when you are having emotional struggles.

While many other stones are highly beneficial when your life is okay but not great, bloodstone is one of the ones that can really pack a punch when life just seems terrible.
If you feel as if you¡¯re constantly being kicked when you¡¯re down, bloodstone can help you pick yourself back up and carry on in a positive and constructive manner.
It can serve as a reminder of the importance of courage and wisdom, and help you to a better person in this way at times when you are struggling to do so.
If you feel like all your ''good behaviour'' isn¡¯t making a difference, and the world is just continuing to treat you badly, using bloodstone can help you to get past that feeling and continue to make positive contributions to the world.

- It is also a good stone if you feel confused and overwhelmed, especially by a range of emotional concerns and other people¡¯s emotional needs.
Bloodstone can give you a bit of a mental kick when you start to stretch yourself to thin, and give you a reminder of the importance of diligent, mindful self-care.
The energy of bloodstone will help you to grow, become stronger, and deal with the world in a courageous, head-on fashion.
Bloodstone also has the capability to revitalize friendships and romantic relationships.
Bloodstone is renowned for its magical and mystical properties. It¡¯s believed to affect and influence the weather, as well as banish evil and negativity.

During ancient times, Bloodstone acted as an audible oracle that gave off sounds for guidance.
Bloodstone enhances your intuition while protecting, grounding, and deflecting undesirable influences.

It¡¯s a stone of courage that gives you the strength and support to face the daily challenges of life.
Bloodstone is also capable of reminding those undergoing difficulties who feel that no end is in sight that their efforts will be rewarded one day.
Bloodstone is a powerful mineral that
 should not be underestimated in the
 quantity of power that it can confer
 upon its user.

- While many stones are focussed on
 bringing your life up from a baseline of
 ''average,'' bloodstone is one of the few
 that is really meant to bring your life up
 from a baseline of ''bad.''

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