Ruby, the gemstone of Alchemists
The word “Ruby” comes from the Latin “rubeus”, which mean “red”. But it most certainly is also derived from the word “rebis”, or “double thing”, which gave birth to the word “rebus”.
This word suggests that rubies hold a secret meaning: that of the Philosopher’s Stone, the final stage of which is called… rubedo (reddening).
Ruby, the Stone of Fire and blood
Rubies surpass even the most ardent stones and release rays resembling incandescent coal, which the dark forces cannot put out.
Remy de Gourmont, Mystical Latin – Paris, 1913 according to the Bishop Marbodius
Also known as “carbuncle”, which means “coal” or “incandescent ember”, rubies are symbolically derived from fire. It is said that they chased dragons away.
But they also represent blood through its color and, as a result, life. Case in point, its reddish hue is called “pigeon blood”…
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What does ruby mean?
In Antiquity, this gem was considered the stone of happiness. It was also called the “Lovers’ Gem”. They said that it was a bad omen if it changed its hue but that misfortune would go away as soon as it regained its original color.
Rubies and their benefits
Traditions attribute many virtues to this stone. For instance, wearing it is said to slow down hemorrhages, clarify the blood, be beneficial for our memory, protect the heart and boost our vigor. It is also thought that this gem chases sadness and negative thoughts away…
The ruby is said to be useful in detoxifying the body, blood, and lymph, and is useful in the treatment of fever and infections. It can benefit the kidneys and spleen, and it helps improper circulation or the flow of energy in the feet and legs. It can also be used to help with weight regulation, especially when emotional nutrition is a cause.
In days gone by, there was a notion that the ruby allows the sharing of loving energy despite the pains of the past, bringing up anger or negative energy for transmutation.
It would give strength to rise from martyrdom and choose to live or not in anguish, anguish, or suffering, and encourages a positive and more courageous state of mind, with a powerful liberating power from emotional fangs, and is a powerful stone to develop a more loving attitude towards oneself and towards the physical body.