The Bloodstone is a light green to dark bluish or grayish-green color variety of the mineral family Chalcedony in which there are some red or brown color distinguished spots are seen. The spotting appears similar to blood stains which gives its name to the Bloodstone . The spots may be very sparse to almost invisible, or they may be very dense and interlinked. Bloodstone may also have red markings as stripes or veins, though spotting is the most prevalent pattern. Bloodstone is called Raktakaant Mani or Rakta Mani in Hindi. Sometimes, it can also be called Red Jasper or Heliotrope.
Why to wear Bloodstone?
Bloodstone is a very ancient gemstone which has a long lasting significance in both astrological as well as healing purposes. Historically, it was regarded for its metaphysical aspects because of its unique appearance and name. Although the modern-day birthstone for March is Aquamarine, Bloodstone is still regarded as the traditional birthstone for March. In Vedic astrology, a Bloodstone is regarded as a substitute for Red Coral and hence represents the planet Mars (Mangal). Being a substitute for Red Coral, a bloodstone can be worn by people born in the Lagnas (ascendants) of Aries (Mesh) and Scorpio (Vrishchik). Bloodstone can also be worn by people born in the Lagnas of Cancer (Kark), Leo (Singh), Sagittarius (Dhanu) and Pisces (Meen).
How to wear Bloodstone?
Which finger is best to wear Bloodstone? Or Bloodstone wearing finger?
The Vedic astrology has assigned the ring finger (Anamika), as the best finger to wear the Bloodstone or rakta ratan.
Which hand to wear Bloodstone gemstone? or Bloodstone wearing hand?
It is most effective to wear the Bloodstone on your active hand. Active hand means the hand that you use for most of your daily routine work. So, if you are a right-handed person, you should wear the Bloodstone on the ring finger of your right and vice versa.
Which metal is best for Bloodstone?
The best metal to set the Bloodstone is Silver or Panchadhatu.
What should be the ideal weight of Bloodstone if wearing for astrological purpose?
For astrological and healing purposes, the best suitable weight of Bloodstone should be found by dividing the body weight of the wearer by 10. For example, a person weighing 60KGs should wear a Bloodstone of 6 carats or above (60Kgs / 10 = 6 carat).
Best Procuredure to wear a Bloodstone
On a Tuesday of Shukla Paksha or Gaura Paksha (Waxing Moon) period in morning during the sunrise between 5:30 am to 7:30 am, take your Bloodstone ring or pendant and place it in a clean and empty bowl. Now, add Panchadravyas (Five Sacred Elements) in the following pattern one by one to the bowl – Starting with: GANGA JAL (Holy Water),TULSI LEAVES (Basil leaves), MILK, HONEY & GHEE (Butter). Mix them together in the bowl with your finger and keep the bowl in front of you. Close your eyes and recite the Mantra Close your eyes and recite the Mantra
|| Om Kraam Kreem Kraum Sah Bhaumaaye Namah ||
108 times and pray to Lord Hanuman and Mangal Deva to give you the endurance, power, will to work hard & prosperity.
Open your eyes and take the ring out of the bowl. Dip it in another bowl of clean water and soak it in a cotton cloth piece and wear it.
Note: Please do not throw the mixture of Panchadravya in the dump. Rather, pour it in a flowerpot or Plant pot as this mixture is considered a good fertilizer too.
Other Information about Bloodstone:
The red or brown spots in Bloodstone are formed by iron oxide impurities, especially Hematite. The solid green color is caused by dense inclusions of Chlorite or amphibole minerals inside the Chalcedony. The base color of Bloodstone may be solid green, but it often has an uneven color distribution, with lighter and darker green zones, or even bluish-gray or dark yellow streaks and spots.
Bloodstone is most often cut into cabochons and beads, where it is used in bracelets and necklaces, and sometimes rings. It is only occasionally cut into other gemstone facets. Bloodstone has been traditionally used as a seal stone, and is sometimes carved into small carvings and figures.
Main Bloodstone sources include India, Madagascar, Brazil, China, Australia, and Germany.