Stone of the month October 2023: Heliotrope - Meaning and Effect
In nature, the signs point to retreat and rest. The days become shorter after the equinox than the nights, the time of introspection and reflection begins. In us, the desire for (more) closeness and community can grow during the dark season.
In the time ofchange from outside to inside, from light to dark, the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) helps us to ward off unwanted influences and to separate ourselves. If unforeseen circumstances occur, we can react to them more quickly thanks to the heliotrope and thus keep control.
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Chemical formula: SiO2
Mineralogical profile Heliotrope
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.
Crystal system: trigonal
Moh hardness: 6.5 to 7
Cleavability: No fissility, conchoidal fracture
Resources, 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.
Ersappearance: dense, homogeneous, opaque masses
Name 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
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." (Source: 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.
Use in stone 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.
In the Stone Beings in the Medicine Wheel by Stephan Bergmann and Frank Girulat, the Heliotrope (Bloodstone) is assigned the affirmation "Moved deep within me, I feel comfortable expansiveness and lightness." assigned.
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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