Bloodstone is reputed to encourage wound healing, and also to prevent wounds.
- Wear a bloodstone for protection
- Apply to the wound as appropriate (gently bind to bandages)
- Carry a bloodstone within a red charm bag
A cube-shaped lattice. Most crystals of this type consist of a number of interpenetrating cubes, rather than single cubes. Examples: garnet, pyrite, sodalite, diamond, halite, fluorite and copper. Qualities: releasing tension and encouraging creativity
This lattice is shaped like two pyramids joined base to base, with elongated upper and lower points. Examples: apophyllite pyramid, zircon, rutile and chalcopyrite Qualities: balancing and harmonizing
Shaped like a small squashed matchbox, with all sides unequal in length. Examples: danburite blade, peridot, topaz and celestite. Qualities: linking, aiding, the flow of information.
This lattice is shaped like a diamond or a barrel-shaped lozenge. Examples: sapphire, alpha quartz, tourmaline and ruby. Qualities: energizing and anchoring
Shaped like an elongated squashed matchbox. Examples: selenite wand and kunzite Qualities: affects movement and perception.
Shaped like a hexagonal prism. Examples: aquamarine, beta quartz, emerald and apatite. Qualities: organizing and supporting.
This lattice is the most variable, having no set angles or lengths. Examples: kyanite blade, labradorite and ulexite Qualities: opening and protective.
Crystals can remain unchanged for millions of years because their constituent atoms are arranged in a stable, regular pattern, called a lattice. This lattice repeats throughout the crystal and ensures that every crystal of the same mineral will show the same geometrical characteristics, with the same number of flat faces always meeting at the same angles. This precise repetition is the same no matter what size the crystal or whether it is a faceted gem or a dull, rough piece. A crystal’s external form is simply a reflection of its internal atomic structure. These shapes have a significant influence over the magickal and healing properties of a crystal.
The lattices fall into seven major types. Different minerals that share the same core pattern will have similar basic shapes. Unfortunately, these simple forms are seldom obvious from the external appearance of crystals owing to the variable conditions in which they form. However, careful scrutiny will allow you to recognize certain identifying traits (for example, the hexagonal cross-section of quartz or emerald).
The link between heavenly bodies and gems is continued in the concept of birthstones. Birthstone lists vary because some are arranged according to the zodiac and some according to calendar months. The list presented here is an abbreviated list of the most authentic traditions. However, it is always more beneficial to use a stone to which you are attracted too, rather than one you feel you should have simply because it is linked to your zodiac sun sign, which is only one aspect of your full birthchart.
Aries (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19) – carnelian, bloodstone, jasper, diamond
Taurus (Apr. 20 – May 20) – tourmaline, tiger’s eye, topaz, emerald.
Gemini ( May 21 – Jun. 20) – aquamarine, citrine, chrysocolla, tiger’s eye, pearl
Cancer (Jun. 21 – Jul. 22) – moonstone, pearl, ruby, emerald
Leo (Jul. 23 – Aug 22) – ruby, heliodor, sunstone, clear quartz
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sep. 22) – sapphire, peridot, carnelian, citrine
Libra (Sep. 23 – Oct. 22) – lapis lazuli, opal, aventurine, peridot
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) – obsidian, Herkimer diamond, topaz, aquamarine
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) – blue quartz, amethyst, malachite, turquoise
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) – jet, black onyx cl,ear quartz, black tourmaline
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) – amethyst, sapphire, chalcedony, garnet
Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20) – turquoise, pearl, rose quartz, aquamarine
This traditional names of the quartz family can be a little misleading making the varieties seem more different from each other than they actually are. Bloodstone is essentially green jasper that has the addition of red brown or yellow markings created by iron oxides. However, this tiny variation brings quite a range of healing qualities, as well as making the best specimens – with distinct blood-red markings against a deep green base a sought-after carving material.
Identification and care
- Good-quality bloodstone is used in the jewelry trade to lesser grades with smaller areas of colors are easier to find.
- Offers protection from loss of life-energy
- Helps to increase our worldly influence and prestige
- Is traditionally linked with healing wounds and stopping blood-loss-a warrior’s stone. under the influence of the planet Mars
Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth, but it is considered an essential part of any witch’s crystal collection. It is a multipurpose stone that can be included in almost any spell to bring about a positive result. Quartz is wonderful for balancing emotions, especially if you are trying to heal painful feelings such as child abuse issues or if you have problems with self-esteem. This crystal amplifies magickal wishes and will bring extra power to any spell. Use it to tap into a higher consciousness and to keep in touch with your spiritual side.