Colour:  Red

Lustre:  Vitreous to adamantine

Hardness:  9

System:  Trigonal

Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum, coloured to chromium oxides. (The blue variety is sapphire and there are also yellow and colourless conundrums). High-quality gem rubies of rich colour and translucence are rare, hence their great value. Much more common are red and purple-blue opaque stones with a heavy metallic sheen. But even low-quality rubies have a mouth-watering beauty that makes them hard to resist. Traditionally the gemstone of the sun, ruby is believed to confer wealth and power, long life and health.

Identification and care:

  • Ruby has distinctive barrel-shaped, hexagonal crystals, which narrow toward each end.
  • The tone is sometimes cut into a cabochon to show asterism (star-like pattern), caused by inclusion of rutile.
  • Hexagonal cross-sections are most commonly used in healing.


  • Acts like the sun – as a reliable source of life-energy – and brings the wearer benefits associated with the sun (for example, vitality and success).
  • Smooths relationships with other people.

Healing functions:

  • Balances the heart, both subtly and physically
  • Helps to engender feelings of confidence, security, enthusiasm and self-esteem
  • Warms and steadies

Practical ideas:

  • To re-establish balance with the Self, use six rubies: place one at the top of the head, one below the feet, one near each knee, and one near each elbow. The effect is amplified if you lie on a yellow cloth.


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  1. Great post at Witches Of The Craft. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful info particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.


  2. Hello… my comment and questions would read exactly as Britts…. and your reply to her ,Lady A answers all the questions I have too So thank you both. Abundant Blessings and Much Love )O( BB


  3. I discovered your blog today and love it! Thank you for it. Do you have a favorite website for buying stones, herbs and oils that are good quality? Also do you have any favorite books you recommend for learned correspondences. I am a newbie and feel overwhelmed with how much I have to learn. Am so excited to learn. Do you have favorite books? Do you have any suggestions for finding local pagan gatherings?


    1. Good Morning Britt,
      It is a pleasure to have you with us. I apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions. I have alot of comments that come through the site a day. I hope you understand. You know for me it is great to meet someone new to The Craft. Your excitement and enthusiam is contagious and such a breath of fresh air. I know starting out everything can seem overwhelming but take your time. You have a lifetime to learn. In The Craft, if you ever stop learning, you stop growing. There are so many wonders and beauties to behold, just take your time and enjoy every minute of it.

      As far as books goes, I have a huge list of books I can recommend. One of my favorite authors, no matter what anyone says is Scott Cunningham. I love his work. He doesn’t beat around the bush, he tells it like it is. He has several good books ranging from Wicca for Beginners to Herbs, Incenses and Oils. Anything by him, you can’t go wrong. Also I like Dorothy Morrison. Her work is also great. She gives you hints and secrets on making magick simple. One of her books that I have is “Everyday Magick.” It would be a great book to purchase. I like to recommend it because new ones to The Craft think they have to have everything called for right off the bat. She gives you ways to use your coffee maker for making teas, potions and so much more on other household appliances (you will be amazed). As far as good online stores to purchase from, I use Ebay. In my area, there is no new age stores so I am forced to show on Ebay. I always check the seller’s ratings and comments from other buyers before I purchase anything. But on Ebay, you can find anything you are looking for. I have several friends that purchase crafty items from AzureGreen ( I have heard nothing but good things about them. They have an excellent reputation and I am sure you would be satisfied with your purchase. Now about meeting local Pagan groups in your area. I would check out Witchvox. Witchvox provides a lists of groups in different areas of the country. You can do a search and see if there are any in your area. Also take advantage of the search engines also. Type in your area and also the type of group you want to meet. You might be surprised what turns up there.

      I hope I have answered all your questions, hun. It is wonderful to have you in The Craft. I hope you enjoy your journey and if you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to ask.

      Love and Blessings to you,
      Lady A


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