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Heliotrope - meaning and bearing

In the time of change from outside to inside, from light to dark, the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) helps to ward off unwanted influences and to separate ourselves. If unforeseen circumstances occur, one can react to them more quickly thanks to the heliotrope and thus keep control.
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Mineralogical profile Heliotrope

Chemical formula: SiO2

Mineral class: oxide, quartz group

Evolution: Magmatic, as nodules and fissure fillings

Heliotrope is formed when silica is released by weathering and solidifies by drying to form chalcedony. Additional solutions containing iron and magnesium then cause a mixture of green magnesium iron silicate and red iron oxide, thus red dots in a green matrix of Chalcedony.

Color: dark green with red spots

Mineralogically, the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) forms the link between the Chalcedony and the Jasper (green). The green part of the heliotrope is a chalcedony colored green by iron silicate, the yellow and red spots are - as in Jasper - quartz crystals, Hematite and other iron oxides.

Glossiness: dull

Crystal system: trigonal

Moh hardness: 6.5 to 7

Cleavability: No fissility, conchoidal fracture

Localities, main supplier countries: The most important deposit of Heliotrope is in India, from which also comes the bulk of the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) on the market. Australia, Brazil, China and the United States are other important places of discovery.

Appearance: dense, homogeneous, opaque masses

Origin of the name Heliotrope and synonyms

The name "Heliotrope" means "solstice stone" (from Greek heliou tropai = solstice). Known synonyms are blood jasper, blood stone, Hildegard jasper, martyr's stone and xanthus. In medieval writings dealing with the use and effects of stones, the Heliotrope is also called green jasper or bloodstone.

Hildegard von Bingen and Heliotrope

Already Hildegard von Bingen (1098 to 1179) writes about the effect of heliotrope; at that time, the mineral was still simply called "jasper":

"If a man struggles in spirit about something or wants to take thought to where it draws him with zeal, if he has great things in mind or needs advice, he takes a jasper in his mouth. Then the power of the stone passes into his mind and strengthens the mind and restrains it, so that it is not scattered and lost in distractions and does not find a clear point of view, but that it becomes of real use." (quoted from: Michael Gienger: The Healing Stones of Hildegard of Bingen, Verlag Neue Erde). Well-known are the ear-olives of heliotrope, which go back to Hildegard of Bingen.

Meaning and effect of Heliotrope

Heliotrope is one of the classic gemstones in the jewelry and mineral trade. The dark green stone helps to protect, delimit and shield against unwanted influences. If circumstances change unexpectedly, the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) helps to adjust to them and thus not to give control out of hand.

Other themes of heliotrope are calming, vitalizing and stimulating dream activity.

Usage of Heliotrope in gemstone healing

For stone healing applications, the Heliotrope is either worn as a piece of jewelry or laid as a flat stone; especially popular here is the area of the thymus gland.

As a chakra stone, the Heliotrope is assigned to the thymus chakra. The mineral supports the themes of protection and demarcation as well as the strengthening of the energy system in chakra work.

The gemstone astrology uses the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) to help Libra-born to delimit themselves as well as to promote strength and stability of the Virgo-born.

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