Although not a crystal, Coral has a long history of use in magic and spiritual practices and was considered sacred to Aphrodite in her role as Goddess of the Sea and also to Medusa, who according to legend stained Coral red with her blood. Coral is used to enhance sex magic and spells for passionate love, though it is said that the deeper the color the more passionate the results will be. Pale Corals can be used to encourage a passionate relationship that is strengthened by mutual friendship and emotional compatability.
Coral has been used as a fertility charm since at least the Roman era, when it was very popular with childless women. A protective stone for women, especially priestesses and prostitutes, Coral was believed to contain the energy of feminine magic and wisdom and its deep red color symbolized the blood of menstruation.
Coral is, not surprisingly, linked with the powers of elemental Water and can help you to connect with that element and communicate with the magical beings of the oceans. Coral is said to reveal secrets, especially the secrets hidden in your own mind. Meditating with Coral can help you to overcome fears, phobias and doubt and to bring the light of reason to your deepest, darkest shadows. Used in spells for magical concealment, it is said to hide your works and desires while revealing the magical workings, hopes and dreams of others.
According to one old text, Coral protects from 'storms, tempests, lightning, spells, enchantments, assaults of the devil' and many other perils, both natural and supernatural. It is a powerful protective charm for babies and young children. A necklace of Coral hung on the crib of a new-born is said to drive away any evil and bring the child under the protection of the Mother Goddess.