T he variety of quartz known as jasper is a heterogeneous mass of micro-crystallised quartz, which is heavily pigmented with colourful minerals. The colours of jasper are mainly due to iron and are usually yellow, red, brown, black or green. The green jaspers, when of a uniform light shade, are often known as prase, and the darker green as plasma.
Basanite is a velvety-black type of jasper. When plasma contains bright red spots it is commonly called bloodstone or heliotrope.
Much petrified wood (fossil) is jasper, the previously existing wood fibre having been replaced molecule by molecule by silica in the form of jasper.
Mookaite is Australian jasper with a dark brown coloration. It is grounding and stabilizing to the whole body. It strengthens the will to survive. It is also a good, slow, steady healing stone. The energy is also very protective and may be used in stressful situations when it is important to retain one’s own boundaries or when you want to have no outside influence interfering with your energy. It also helps with the release of toxins from the liver and large intestine. It will support you during the releasing process by gently stabilising your energy field, easing the discomfort normally associated with toxin release. It is excellent as a gemstone essence.
Jasper is of worldwide occurrence. It was said to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the high priest. The term jasper is very ancient and comes from the Orient. It was used in Egypt: sacred scarab amulets were carved from red jasper as a symbol of eternal life.
Red jasper is good for clearing blocks in the liver and bile ducts. It energises the solar plexus, sacral and root chakras. It is a good, slow, steady healing stone. This is why ‘Shamans’ have revered it for centuries; they used it for journeying to other realms. It contains a basic clay nature of the red earth from which Adam Cadmon was formed. Red jasper is a useful all-round ‘power’ tool.
Red jasper is a secondary Vedic astrological (Mars) remedial gemstone in place of red coral, though its potency is somewhat reduced. Yellow jasper aids digestion and stomach disorders and will gently ease stomach problems. It should be placed over the area of pain until all painful sensations cease. It is energising, uplifting and sustaining to the whole body. It helps with the release of toxins from the liver and large intestine. It will support you during the releasing process by gently stabilising your energy field, easing the discomfort normally associated with toxin release; it is excellent as a gemstone essence.
Bloodstone or heliotrope is physically cleansing. Even today, finely powdered bloodstone is used as a medicine and aphrodisiac in India. Perhaps that explains why today it is difficult to find fine specimens of bloodstone on the market. Bloodstone is mined in India, Australia and the United States. It completely purifies the blood and detoxifies
the organs of the kidneys, liver and intestines. It is perfect for females who choose to connect with the divine Child/ Mother/ Goddess. This stone is excellent for birth or rebirthing. It has been used for centuries to stop bleeding and facilitate healing. It is excellent as a gemstone essence.
Basanite can be used for scrying; its velvety blackness gently draws your attention deep within, its softness’ allowing you to meld with its energy field, which is conducive to deep states of relaxation and insight. Floating on the cushion of support you will quickly find yourself transported to the hidden realms, as all veils of separation fall away, revealing the core of hidden knowledge, which is a prerequisite for spiritual growth, and understanding. Use basanite for prophetic dreams and visions.
Ocean jasper is very soothing and helps to love one’s self as well as others. It is very healing of the emotions and brings peace of mind. It helps with acceptance of responsibility and increases patience. The circulars patterns on ocean jasper symbolize and help us realize that we are all interconnected and nature is a cyclical pattern. It can also help with circular breathing for healing or meditation. Being a type of jasper, ocean jasper is a very protective stone, and any orbs (“eyes”) enhance this in regard to protection from the “evil eye.” Physically, ocean jasper is beneficial to the digestion, digestive organs, removing toxins, lessen body odor. Ocean jasper is related to the heart chakra.
Ocean jasper is a stone of joy and high spirits. It opens one’s awareness to the benevolent aspects of life and lifts one’s mood through its positive vibrations. When one is under its influence, it is difficult to take one’s problems with dissatisfactions as seriously as one normally does. Ocean jasper helps lift the veil of negativity which many people unconsciously wear over their eyes, and when this veil is lifted, it is much easier to see and appreciate the many blessings of life. Ocean jasper stimulates the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras with its beneficial vibrations, conveying the urge to feel, speak and act more positively, it supports the expression of love in one’s words and deeds, and it helps one to realize what and whom one truly loves. It banishes complacency and the habit of taking one’s loved ones, health, prosperity or security for granted. It is brings one’s consciousness to the present moment, relieving worry about the future or bitterness about the past. It allows the release of stress and escapism, helping one understand the value of the here and now.
Affirmation: I am taking responsibility for my life; I can now cope with all situations in a stable responsible way.
Jasper for sale at the Crystal Shop of John Armitage