Alternate Names & Spellings for Jasper: The "Nurturing Stone;" Many varieties of jasper have names and some such as Mookaite are often called by that name without the apellation "jaspe;.", "Make up Stone"
Hardness (Mohs): 7
Color(s): brown, white, gray-blue, gray, orange, yellow, red, pinkish, green, purple, all colors
Common / Notable Locations: Worldwide, western USA
Rock Lore & Tidbits: Jasper is a fine-grained chalcedony, a microcrystalline quartz. Sometimes other decorative stones are called jasper even if they are silicified rock, especially silicified rhyolite as in the case of Rainforest Jasper. Orbicular or eye jasper has round "eyes" in concentric circles, as in Ocean Jasper. Picture jasper looks as though it is a painted abstract or nature picture. Jasper is a common stone and comes in many beautiful colors and patterns. Its wide availability often makes its powerful energy and beauty under-appreciated, although there are collectors who specialize in jaspers.
CRYSTAL MEANINGS, METAPHYSICAL & HEALING PROPERTIES LORE OF JASPER
Jasper is known metaphysically as a stone of gentleness, comfort, and relaxation. When its protective energies are also considered, it's no wonder jasper is sometimes called the "nurturing stone."
Jasper has other facets to its energy properties, too, such as prosperity, gardening and agriculture. Historically these were related concepts when wealth was more often counted in agricultural and pastoral terms, but jasper does have prosperity vibrations in other areas as well.
Spiritual and Psychic Properties
Psychically, jasper is used to assist with astral travel. It brings a gentle but unassailable protection to the traveler and the silver cord.
It is also a powerful protection stone in general and can be used in protection magic, in talismans and other places you want a strong but gentle protection.
In some cultures, particularly Native American, jasper is traditionally used for rain making.
Jasper is used for bringing beauty, into life and specific situations. Beauty brought by jasper can be striking inner beauty as well as external beauty. This is gaining it the name "make up stone" for the way it can bring beauty to people outside as well as inside.
Jasper balances yin/yang energies. This is helpful in many areas of life and can bring healing, peace, and ease.
Mental and Emotional Properties
In the mental and emotional realms, Jasper is primarily about peace and relaxation. It enhances one's ability to relax and come to peace even in difficult situations. This helps bring in wholeness, emotional healing, kindness, and comfort.
Jasper also brings peace to endings, whether it be the end of a relationship, the end of a situation, or something else. Because of this, in addition to its general energy of peace, it is a good stone for healing grief.
Jasper is a wonderful stone for working with emotional disturbances and trauma. It can bring deep emotional healing in these areas and lead to a sense of tranquility in the present in spite of past or current disturbances.
Smoothing out and enhancing mental processes is another quality of jasper. This can help in all mental endeavors whether it be learning, work, or something else requiring mental effort. Alleviating difficulties with mental processes can also assist in restraining desires that might lead a person into dangerous situations.
Physical Conditions Properties:
In the physical realm, jasper is used in crystal healing particularly for the liver, kidney, gallbladder, stomach and intestinal problems including heartburn, IBS, and acid reflux, hallucinations, longevity, epilepsy and seizures. It is also used to enhance healing of any kind as well as pain relief.
Jasper is used to align all the chakras. Different varieties of jasper also have relationships to different chakras according to their specific energies and colors.
Jasper is a variety of chalcedony, microcrystalline quartz, so it also has the metaphysical energies of quartz and chalcedony. There are many varieties of jasper, all of which have their own energies in addition to those of general jasper. See the otherjaspers on the J page.
More on Jasper From My Personal Perspective
I repeatedly find that jasper is an under-appreciated stone. Even in cases where jasper is an top choice, people seem to overlook it in favor of showier stones. I find this sad because jasper has wonderful energy and is a pleasure to work with.
Though jasper in general is not specifically said to be a stabilizing stone, I consistently find it to be. This may be a part of its energetic mechanism for bringing peace. In any case, I have always found jaspers to be great choices for grounding and stabilizing energy.
Hattip to Mindat.org for mineral information on Jasper. ViewJ asper information at www.mindat.org. Some other reference sources are Love Is In The Earth by Melody, Shimmerlings, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.
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