Red Jasper Properties and Meanings
Red Jasper is an ancient and sacred stone that has held meaning throughout dozens of cultures since the beginning of human existence.
This is due to the combination of its relative popularity (meaning that it exists in a wide variety of locations and was readily available to the people in them), and it’s bold colouration.
The colours that jasper appears in include blue, red, green, yellow, black, or even the distinctive green-and-red speckled variety known as bloodstone.
Can you blame the ancients for seeing these stones as sacred when they come in such beautiful, unique colours?
Red Jasper is a form of chalcedony, which in turn is a form of quartz.
This means that it is present all over the world, as quartz is one of the most commonly occurring minerals in the Earth’s crust.
There is virtually nowhere on Earth in which you could not find at least some jasper. The best visited deposits in the modern day include those in India, Russia, Egypt, and the southwestern United States.
While jasper is technically a form of quartz, red jasper’s metaphysical properties are quite different from those of its parent stone.
While quartz is known for its purifying and energy-enhancing properties, red jasper has a powerful, fiery energy all its own.
There have been thousands of purported uses of red jasper, throughout history and across the globe.
Among others things, it has been said to stimulate energy, protect from misfortune (especially misfortune of a supernatural sort), and represent vigorous faith to a cause or religion.
Its popularity spread from Ancient Greece and Rome to Christian Europe over the Middle Ages, where it became a popular religious stone.
When paired with bloodstone, it represents the blood of Christ. It is also said to be sacred to the apostle Peter, “the rock,” for the strength and solid foundation that he leant to the Church.
Today, red jasper is as popular as ever, and is widely available and relatively inexpensive.
If you are seeking a protective and energizing amulet, jasper is one of your best options, and will serve you well for many years to come, as it has served people all throughout history.
Why Would You Use Red Jasper?
Red Jasper can have thousands of different meanings, depending on exactly what source you consult. If you are planning on integrating red jasper into your life, I highly recommend researching it thoroughly, in order to have a fuller understanding of its history than I could possibly provide in this brief article!
However, there are certain points that have been associated with red jasper throughout most of its history. First and foremost, it is a protective stone. The colour red is associated with luck in the east and vitality in the west – no matter who you ask, it’s a good colour to have around when you’re about to do something dangerous.
Amulets of various sorts made out of red jasper have been used for a wide variety of protective purposes, including preventing drowning, drunkenness, deception, and even demonic possession.
Red jasper is known to be sacred to the Welsh goddess Cerridwen, the goddess of inspiration and knowledge.
If you are an artistic or intellectual soul, then using red jasper in your life will honour her, especially if you have an interest in or connection to Welsh culture. It’s also been associated with the Egyptian goddess of life, Isis.
In fact, surprisingly for a red stone, red jasper has a long history of association with goddesses. In the west, red is often seen as a “masculine” colour, and yet, this stone honours the divine feminine!
Perhaps the red colour was seen as evocative of menstrual blood or childbirth – which red jasper has also been said to aid in!
Red jasper is a wonderful stone for empowerment and self-confidence, something that many people struggle with in today’s culture!
It is so easy to see yourself as weak when the media all around you is telling you that is how you should feel.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! By invoking the power of red jasper, you can gain a confidence in yourself that will give you the strength to go after your goals and desires.
How Will Red Jasper Help You?
Red jasper can be beneficial in many different fields of your life. As discussed above, it is a wonderful stone for both protection and empowerment, which is a great one-two punch of good fortune!
When you feel empowered, you will be more likely to take risks that could pay big dividends. This is the secret to success in our world – big risks have big payoffs! However, we are often reluctant to take those risks, for obvious reasons – they’re risky!
Red jasper will provide a shield against some of the consequences of your risk-taking, while allowing the payoff to come back to you just as powerfully.
Note – this is not an excuse to act recklessly! Red jasper can only do so much. Please never put yourself in life-threatening or otherwise dangerous situations relying on this or any stone to keep you safe. You need to use your common sense first!
Its red colour also aligns red jasper with the base chakra, the chakra located at the bottom of the spine that connects us with the world of physical reality.
This is a chakra that many people find is overactive, leading to feelings of spiritual stagnation and excessive aggression.
Jasper can have a healing, calming effect on the energy of this chakra, and help you develop a more balanced attitude towards the physical world, while its religious connotations help you to develop your spiritual side.
Developing your spiritual side goes hand in hand with developing your creativity, which is something else that red jasper can help you to do.
While it wouldn’t be accurate to say that all creative people are deeply spiritual, it is true that spirituality can be a huge source of inspiration for both the creation of art, and also creative problem-solving – a skill that is highly valuable in today’s economy!
Creative problem-solving is one task that will never be automated, and will always be valuable.
By bringing the power of red jasper into your life, you will find your career, your relationships, and your happiness with yourself improving. The confidence that red jasper brings will serve you well in all these fields.
How to Use Red Jasper for the Best Results
Red jasper makes an excellent stone for jewellery. For one thing, since it’s so readily available, you can choose from a wide variety of pieces to suit every mood!
For another, its bold red colour will bolster your confidence even without the metaphysical vibrations of the stone – just looking at its colour will make you feel better.
There is no place on your body that isn’t good for red jasper – whether you wear it as a brooch, a necklace, earrings, or even a navel piercing (to get it as close as possible to your root chakra!) you will feel its benefits in bolstering your confidence and poise.
You may want to wear red jasper in a place where it will be visible. This way, other people will also feel the happy, confident mood that it gives off, improving all your interpersonal interactions.
As discussed above, red jasper has a long history as an amulet. Most amulets are best worn as pendants around the neck, or carried in small bags on your person.
They can also be placed in rooms in your house, if their powers are suitable. Obviously, an amulet for personal protection won’t do much good if it’s not on your person, but one for creativity might do well right above your work desk!
If you are interested in stone carving, making your own set of red jasper amulets would be a wonderful way to imbue them with your own power and ensure that they are doing exactly what you want.
Be mindful of their power while you are carving them, and they will have a stronger magic than any other type of amulet.
Here’s an interesting fact: Medieval texts claimed that carving a man, seated on a fish, with a peacock above his head, on a piece of red jasper, and then hanging it over your head at dinner would prevent everyone on your right-hand side from becoming drunk.
I can’t say that this seems like the most practical application, but in case you ever need to keep everyone on your right from becoming drunk, and happen to have a piece of red jasper and some carving tools, now you know! 🙂
The Best Combination to Use with Red Jasper
Red jasper is best combined with stones that promote energy and innovation from an intellectual perspective.
Amethyst is excellent in combination with red jasper, because it will give you insight and wisdom, while red jasper will give you the bravery to take action and challenge the status quo when it needs challenging.
Because it is strongly tied to the root chakra, red jasper can also be used as a chakra stone, and therefore combined with other stones that represent the power of your other chakras.
Developing your own set of chakra stones is an excellent thing to do if you are very interested in crystology, and jasper will not steer you wrong if you include it!
When paired with other chakra stones, jasper can effectively address a wide range of problems that are affected by the power of your root chakra.
If you are dealing with possessiveness and jealousy of a partner, combining red jasper with a stone related to the heart chakra (and possibly one for the throat chakra, which represents communication) will help you work through the problem and find satisfaction.
While pairing red jasper with a highly emotional stone can have positive effects, it is not advisable to mix the action-taking and occasionally reckless energy of jasper with highly emotional stones on a regular basis.
This may lead to an over-excess of “thinking with your heart” – while listening to your emotions is good, doing it too much is a great way to get yourself into trouble, and to hurt both yourself and those around you.
Finally, it should be noted that if you are using a Shiva lingam stone – a piece of red jasper polished into the shape of an egg, and highly sacred to Hindu culture – you should seek out a stone with a strong feminine energy as a counterpoint.
While red jasper has a feminine energy of its own, the particular carving of the Shiva lingam is strongly masculine, and can lead to an imbalance if it is not carefully tempered with feminine energies.
My Final Thoughts on the Power of Red Jasper
Red jasper has a long and rich history, and if you bring it into your life, you will never cease to find new uses for it, or new ways that it benefits you in your life.
Whether you are using it for protection against misfortune, healing your root chakra, or improving your confidence, you will quickly find that it can bring wonderful good luck into your life.
This is a great stone for any situation where you need to bring about change. Red jasper is the enemy of stagnation!
Since it appears as a sacred stone in so many cultures, I have only begun to scratch the surface in this article.
There is also always room to learn new things about stones – your energy might mix with your red jasper in a completely unique way! The best way to find out is to bring this stone into your life.
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