Coral is found in oceans all over the world. Almost all cultures use coral for reasons pertaining to magick, religion, and health. The ancients beleived that those who carried red or white coral could control the weather. Coral was thought to stop hemorrhaging and endow the wearer with wisdom.
The Pueblo Indian people of the Southwestern United States make beautiful animal fetishes of red coral. Hindu healers use red coral as a blood purifier, claiming it can calm anger, jealousy, and hatred when worn on the ring or index finger of the right hand. Black coral is popular in the Caribbean for talismans and amulets to absorb negativity and protect the wearer from harm. Pink coral is soothing, healing, and pleasure-giving, while white coral may be used to synchronize and stabalize the rhythms of the body-earth.
These lighter shades of coral may grow pale when worn against the skin, warning the wearer of illness, weakened vitality, or toxicity.
Generally, coral is good for the bones and central nervous system, especially the brain stem. Because it quiets the emotions, it may be beneficial in the treatment of certain mental/emotional illnesses.
Peri-menopausal women may wear red coral to time ovulation and other cycles associated with the menses, and to help regulate the hormones. The coral fades when there is hormonal imbalance and brightens again when hormones return to normal.
Coral should always be used in its whole and natural state for magickal purposes.