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Precious coral has been revered since early civilizations for its color, luster and texture. Red and black coral symbolizes attachment; and is believed to aid against natural disasters, disease, bad luck and jealous friends. The distinguishing characteristic of precious red corals and black corals is their durable and intensely-colored skeletons. Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. Coral grows on rocky sea bottom with low sedimentation, typically in dark environments - either in the depths or in dark caverns or crevices.

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Interested in learning more about the scientific, mystical, healing, and magical properties of coral as well as zodiac and chakra classifications? [ Expand / Collapse ]

General Gemstone Details
Once thought to be a plant, coral has been called the "garden of the sea". The ancient Egyptians placed pieces of coral in tombs as a protection against evil spirits because they believed that each piece truly contained a drop of divine blood.


According to Greek mythology, when Perseus chopped off the head of the Gorgon Medusa, some drops of blood splashed into the sea, and thereby solidified into coral.

Records dating back thousands of years confirm that coral was used in decorative art objects as well as jewelry. Ancient legends tell us that people once believed that Mars was composed of red coral due to its striations and colorings. Coral symbolizes joy and happiness, it enables the wearer to enjoy life.

Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 3 with a trigonal crystal structure.

Coral is created of the skeletal remains of marine animals called coral polyps. These tiny little creatures live in colonies that form branching structures as they grow, eventually forming full coral reefs and atolls. The surface of these branches has a distinctive pattern made by the original animals, either striped like or like wood grain.

Most corals (red, pink, white and blue varieties) are made up of calcium carbonate; black and golden corals are made of a hornlike material called conchiolin.

Red is the most valuable and has been used for thousands of years in jewelry design. Dull at first, all coral has a vitreous luster once polished but it is quite sensitive to heat and acids and may fade with time.

Mystical Properties:

Since coral is a stone of organic origin, it can be used to reconnect with nature and the variety of its wonders.

Red coral was considered by the Pueblo Indians to be one of the four element stones. Among the Hopi and Zuni, the Road of life is symbolized by four "elements", coral, jet, abalone and turquoise.

Coral is said to quiet the emotions and to bring peace to within the self, it facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. Coral helps one to both understand and use the qualities of the mystic. It can bring one into communication with the Ancient Ones of the world and expedite and accelerate the transfer of knowledge.

Healing Properties:

Coral symbolizes life and blood force energy in many cultures. Dark red coral is used for heating and stimulating the bloodstream. Pink shades restore harmony to the heart. The red or white varieties have long been considered useful in healing mental disease, as well as anemia. It strengthens the circulatory system and the bones of the body. It can be used to stimulate tissue regeneration.

Magical Properties:

Energy: Receptive

Element: Water, Akasha

Deities: Isis, Venus, the Great Mother
Powers: Healing, regulating, agriculture, protection, peace, wisdom

Coral has played an important role in the religious an magical rites of many cultures throughout the Pacific Islands. Often placed on graves to guard the deceased, and temples were often built of lava rocks and coral.

Because coral is neither a stone nor a plant substance, but the skeletal remains of a sea creature, many people object to its use in magical rituals. But we've gone beyond the time when we have to sacrifice living things, in this instance coral, to practice magic.

An organic material that has washed upon the beach from the sea has not harmed anything. The commercial harvesting of coral is another matter. It is up to each individual to decide if they wish to use commercial coral in their magic.

Coral is used quite frequently in magic today. When worn so as to be plainly visible, it is meant to be a protective amulet. Protection from the "evil eye" demons, furies, succubi and incubi among other ills. It guards against accidents, acts of violence, poison, theft, possession and sterility.

Zodiac:

Associations: Venus

Not a traditional birthstone for any month.

Stone of Pisces, to dream of red or pink coral foretells recovery from an illness. Red coral specifically with Scorpio, black with Capricorn and pink with Taurus.

Chakra Classification:
Red coral should be used on the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra, black coral on the 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra, and pink on the 4th, or Heart Chakra.


 

Information Sources:
Some content reproduced with permission of Jeane Margherite
Shimmerlings.com

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003

Wheels of Life
 by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000

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 by D.J. Conway, 1999

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 by Cally Hall, 1994


Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic
 by Scott Cunningham, 2002

Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness
 by Keith Sherwood, 2005

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing
 by Cassandra Eason, 2003

Healing Crystals and Gemstones
 by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002

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