Jasper - April Featured Gemstone


The name jasper is derived from a Greek word meaning "spotted stone". Jasper comes in many colors, mostly striped, spotted or flamed. Jaspers can include up to 20% foreign materials, which account for its wide variety of colors and patterns. It occurs as nodules or as fillings in fissures. Picture jasper, for example, is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual banded patterns which are typical of this stone.

Jaspers are found all over the world, including deposits in India, Russia, Brazil, France, Germany and the US. A wide variety of named jaspers are found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.

History

Jasper is one of the oldest known gemstones. The ancient Egyptians wore jasper scarabs as amulets as the stone was believed to increase sexual energy. The ancient Greeks believed that jasper endowed upon the wearer inner harmony and a happy marriage. Women were liberated from typical female disorders by jasper worn on the breast and the way to a harmonious pergnancy was made smooth by using this stone. It is mentioned in the Bible several times. According to the Bible, jasper was a direct gift from God and would be the first foundation stone of the New Jerusalem. The Romans wore jasper as a protective stone. They thought jasper could produce rain and drive away demons, wild animals and evil spirits. Also, both Indians in Asia as well as Native Americans see jasper as a magical rain stone and a powerful healing stone.

Healing Properties

Jasper is beneficial for electromagnetic and environmental pollution, radiation, stress, prolonging sexual pleasure, prolonged illness or hospitalization, circulation, digestive and sexual organs and balancing the mineral content of the body.

Known as the Supreme Nurturer, jasper sustains and supports during times of stress and unifies all aspects of life. It is a stability gemstone. It is a powerful protection stone and eases emotional stresses. Providing protection, it absorbs negative energy, balances yin and yang and aligns the physical, emotional and mental bodies with the etheric realm.

Bringing the courage to come to grips with problems assertively and encouraging honesty with oneself, jasper imparts determination to all pursuits and supports during necessary conflict. This stone aids quick thinking, promotes organizational abilities and seeing projects through and stimulates imagination, transforming ideas into action.

This stone facilitates shamanic journeys, dowsing and dream recall.

Jasper is slow to show a change to a person, but is such a basic "good" stone that one should always have it on hand or in your home.

Healing Properties of All Jaspers

  1. Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence.
  2. A strong protection gemstone, jasper is known to protect against hazards and fears in the night.
  3. All colors of jasper will help balance the vibrations of the body and the emotional energy in the body.
  4. Keep one of these stones under your pillow to enhance your ability to recall your dreams.
  5. Jasper is a bringer of warmth, which activates the ability of self-healing.

Healing Properties of Red and Brecciated Jasper

  1. In addition to carrying the generic properties of Jasper, red and brecciated jasper provide gentle simulation, grounding energy and help in rectifying unjust situations.
  2. Red jasper has a strong and even vibration that works slowly and gradually.
  3. Bringing problems to light before they escalate, red jasper makes an excellent "worry bead" for calming emotion and soothing upset feelings.
  4. It is primarily a base chakra and earth chakra stone but it has quite a few excellent qualities that stimulate the sacral chakra.
    1. Stimulating the base chakras, cleansing and stabilizing the aura, red jasper returns negativity to its source.
    2. It calms sexual aggressiveness, promotes sexual compatibility and enhances tantric sex.
  5. Its energy pattern is so stable that it tends to stabilize one's own energies if one wears or carries it or keeps it in the environment. Such stabilization can lead to good health, balanced emotions, truthful expression and just actions.
  6. It aids healing within the liver, and may assist you to detoxify as well as healing blockages in the bile ducts.
  7. It is a strong aid to activate and enhance your creativity.
  8. It is very helpful for healing any dysfunctions within the procreative area of the body.
  9. It is a strong stone for pregnant women to use, as it helps the fetal growth to be strong and robust.
  10. If you feel that your sexuality is unbalanced or have wide swings in your interest this stone may help you. If you have had any negative sexual experiences in the past or ones that you feel guilty about, this stone will help you to release any shame associated with the experience. It will also assist anyone who has any sexual dysfunctions including impotence.
  11. This stone is helpful if you are undergoing a re-birthing process. It may recall past lives to your consciousness, and it will assist you to feel quite protected during the process. If any old fears or feelings of suppression come into your consciousness during the process, it may assist you to release them.
  12. It helps anyone with scattered energy to become more centered and balanced. This stone is a benefit to have on you as you attempt to make sense of life's challenges.
  13. Red jasper can also help stop severe bleeding and close wounds. It can be held on the brow during nosebleeds to help stop the bleeding.
  14. Red jasper helps with the sense of smell.
  15. Generally it is a stone to give overall assistance to everyone as it stimulates increased energy, strength and stamina.
  16. Red jasper can help enhance or improve one's endurance and stamina and can work over time to increase the amount of life force in one's energetic field.
  17. If you are doing any type of hard physical exercise this stone will help to generate muscle tissue and will be a support to both the respiratory and circulatory systems and promote physical energy.
  18. Red jasper is very lucky for actors.

Healing Properties of Yellow Jasper

  1. Yellow jasper helps especially in relation to disorders of the pancreas, liver and the gall bladder. Due to its detoxifying action, it liberates these organs from residues of digestion and harmonises the production of gastric and pancreatic juices.
  2. It stimulates the thymus gland and protects against hyperactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Women, in particular, between the ages of 30 and 40 are affected by these glandular disorders and should therefore regularly carry a yellow jasper with them.
  3. Yellow jasper gives us the skill to deal with our partners and fellow-men in a more emphatic way. It protects against excessive timidity and strengthens the ability to remember. We recongnise that we ourselves are not without faults and we learn also to admit that other people also have weaknesses.
  4. When using yellow jasper for meditation, you should allow enough time, because its gentle oscillations enter our bodies in a rotatory manner.

Sources

  1. The Great Encyclopaedia of Healing Stones, Fragrances and Herbs, published by Methusalem, 2008.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Judy Hall, Hamlyn, 2006.
  3. The Book of Stones Who They Are and What They Teach, Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, Heaven and Earth Publishing, 2005.
  4. http://crystal-cure.com/redjasper.html
  5. http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/jasper.htm
  6. http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/red-jasper-stone.html