Natural crystals are having a moment right now, and for good reason! The restorative properties and colors of stones and crystals have many connections to feng shui concepts, and they can be a beautiful tool to enhance the energy in your home. One crystal that you may have come across is bloodstone, also called heliotrope.
What Is Bloodstone?
Bloodstone is a type of dark green quartz with red flecks. Its other name, heliotrope, comes from the Greek word for solstice. It’s a popular crystal often used for strength, presence, and courage.
Properties of Bloodstone
- Color: Dark green with red flecks
- Chakra: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart
- Number: Vibrates to 4 and 6
- Planet: Mars
- Zodiac: Aries, Libra, Pisces
- Bagua areas: Zhen (New Beginnings), Dui (Completion)
- Elements: Fire, Wood
- Origin: Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Russia, Scotland, USA
Meaning and Uses of Bloodstone
Bloodstone is a very calming, grounding stone, making it a helpful ally for difficult situations. It encourages presence, as well as persistence in continuing towards a goal even when the path becomes challenging.
Bloodstone is often used to increase courage, motivation, and creative energy. It’s also beneficial for endurance and physical strength. In addition, bloodstone can remove blocks that are keeping us stuck, which can help to revitalize our energy and create a clear path forward.
Uses in Feng Shui
Activate Zhen, the New Beginnings Area
The Zhen area of the feng shui bagua, also called New Beginnings or Family, has to do with getting started on new projects. Often, in order to kickstart something new in your life, it’s first necessary to clear out any blocks and stagnant energy so that you can move forward with clarity and purpose. If you’re starting something new, you may want to place bloodstone in the Zhen position of your home to help you break through any blocks that are keeping you stuck and increase your motivation to move forward. To find Zhen, imagine a three-by-three grid (like a tic tac toe board) laid over your home or bedroom. When you’re standing in the doorway to your home or bedroom facing in, Zhen will be the middle left section of the grid.
Activate Dui, the Completion Area
Opposite Zhen on the bagua map is Dui, which is also called Completion or Children. Sometimes, it’s easy to get started on new projects but hard to stay motivated and finish them. If this is something you struggle with, you may want to activate the Dui area of your home. To find Dui, imagine the same grid laid over your home or bedroom. Dui will be the right center section of the grid. Try placing a bloodstone here with the intention of helping you stay present with your project and persistent in working towards your goals.
Activate Tai Qi, the Health Area
The center of the bagua map is called Tai Qi, and it’s related to overall wellbeing. Because it’s in the center, it touches every bagua area surrounding it. Likewise, your wellbeing affects every area of your life, so this is a really foundational area. If you are feeling ungrounded, it can be helpful to look at Tai Qi. Bloodstone is a very grounding and calming stone, and it really encourages us to stay in the present moment, so it can be very supportive in Tai Qi. One way to activate this part of your home is to place a bloodstone here to support your intentions of grounding, centering, and strength.
Activate Li, the Recognition Area
The Li area of the bagua, also called Recognition or Fame, is connected to the fire element. Fire is related to passion, inspiration, and being seen. Fire is also the most yang of the five elements, meaning it is very active. The color red is an expression of the fire element, and bloodstone is connected to the fire element because of its red flecks. Because bloodstone also includes the color green, it’s also connected to the wood element. In the five elements cycle, wood feeds fire, so both wood and fire elements are supportive in Li position. To find Li, stand at the front door facing in and imagine a three-by-three grid laid over your home, and locate the far center area. Try placing bloodstone in Li position to invite more fire element qualities, like visibility and inspiration.