Jasper is chalcedony (SiO2) quartz. Multicolored due to impurities, which will turn the stone yellow, orange, brown and green, are the most popular colors. Jasper has additional metaphysical properties based on its color and specific qualities based on its mineral formation, such as the addition of iron in red jasper or ocean jasper, found close to the sea.
The classification and naming of jasper varieties presents a challenge. Terms attributed to various well-defined materials includes the geographic locality where it is found, sometimes including very specific areas such as a canyon, a lake, rivers and even individual mountains. Many have embellished names such as “forest fire” or “rainbow”, while others are descriptive, such as “autumn” or “porcelain”. A few are designated by the place of origin such as a brown Egyptian or red African. This makes the understanding of jasper and all of its associations, challenging.
Green “Fancy” Jasper
This form of jasper is the most common. It is often speckled with other minerals giving it a display of different colors that diffuse over the same green base. When iron comes in contact, red spots appear, earning the name heliotrope or bloodstone. With more than one color, it is referred to as “fancy” jasper, often suited to tempering aspects of your life that have taken on too great an importance.
Red “Iron” Jasper
Red Jasper can be used at the Root Chakra and represents Earth, physical identity, oriented to self-preservation. Located at the base of the spine, this Root Chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane.
Yellow Jasper can be used at the Solar Plexus Chakra and represents Fire, Ego identity, and is oriented to self-definition. This stone can be used to reduce travel sickness. Yellow is very good for getting in touch with your power and to build confidence. It is your center of will. Yellow stones are considered projecting stones and are used to strengthen consciousness, and courage.
Opaque & Aggregated Versions of Jasper
Picture jasper exhibit combinations of patterns (banding or flowing patterns from water or wind), called dendritic, resulting in what appear to be scenes or images (on a cut section). Diffusion from the center, produces a distinctive orbicular appearance, such as with, leopard skin jasper, kambamba Jasper or ocean jasper. Healed, fragmented rock, produces brecciated (broken) jasper. Spotted jasper has been named dalmatian jasper.
While these jasper can be found all over the world, specific colors or patterns are unique, based upon the geographic region from which they originate. Oregon’s Biggs jasper, and Bruneau jasper from Bruneau Canyon near the Bruneau River in Idaho are known as particularly fine examples. Mookaite jasper is a form silicified porcelanite and is from the Mooka Creek in Western Australia.
also known as “Dalmatian Stone” is a grounding stone, in terms of the Earth and in reality. It removes disillusionment, helping one to see their strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Dalmatian stone brings a sense of fun to one’s life and helps to increase loyalty in relationships. This playful stone brings awareness of our outlook and appreciation towards others.
Considered the “stone of fire”, Desert Jasper AKA: Polychrome Jasper, is known to spark and re-energize your life and it’s true passions! It encompasses the element of the desert and fire energies, such as passionate emotions, the birth of ideas, concepts and the power of physical energy. Its opulent color patterns and spectrum of minerals, gives it is extra drive, exuberance, and vitality.
This stone helps one to accept responsibilities, develop patience and help with circular breathing during meditation. Technically considered “Orbicular Jasper” in reference to its colorful orbs, some have adopted the name “Moon Jewel Jasper.”it allows for nutritional stabilization, and assists in detoxification and elimination from toxic emotions. Strong connection to the moon and water.
Mookaite (SiO2) Silicified Porcelanite, is from the Jasper family and comes from Mooka Creek in Western Australia. Also known as mookite or just mook jasper in Australia, these stones surface around the Carnarvon Basin, often near a huge sheep farm near a region called Mooka Station. The local aboriginal tribes have a word, “mooka” which means “running waters”. Its reference is to the many fresh water springs that feed Mooka Creek.
These stones help build self esteem. Since it is a grounding stone, it works well when we are dealing with fearful situation or feel we need a little protection. Consider this stone as a meditation stone as mookaite promotes inner calm while simultaneously promoting the desire for change.
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The Many Faces (and Places) of Jasper
~Agate Jasper: Opaque multicolored Jasper, or Jasper with banding; may also refer to a single stone with a combination of both Agate and Jasper.
~Biggs Jasper: Jasper from Biggs Junction, Oregon, with varying light and dark color brown bands and pretty formations.
~Brecciated Jasper: Jasper in rounded fragments naturally cemented together in a gray material; appears similar to breccia.
~Bruneau Jasper: Jasper from Bruneau Canyon, in Owyhee County, Idaho, with distinctive brown, cream, (and sometimes even red or green) banding and patterns.
~Cave Creek Jasper: Reddish Jasper found near Cave Creek in Maricopa County, Arizona.
~Deschutes Jasper: Jasper from a deposit slightly east of Biggs Junction, Oregon, near the Deschutes River, with good banding and interesting color formations.
~Egyptian Jasper: Form of Orbicular Jasper with white and gray circles on a red background. It is found as rounded pebbles on the beaches of Egypt. A similar Jasper is found on the beaches of Washington state and sometimes also labelled as Egyptian Jasper.
~Green Jasper: Jasper with a light to dark green color. Green Jasper differs from Prase and Plasma since it is fully opaque.
~Jaspilite: Banded rock that is a mixture of Hematite and Jasper.
~Kinradite: Orbicular Jasper with concentric rings of colorless or white Quartz. Occasionally used as a synonym of Jasper.
~Leopard Jasper: Form of Orbicular Jasper with tan color rings, appearing similar to the spots of a leopard.
~Morgan Hill Jasper: Jasper from Morgan Hill, California, with small reddish and yellow “poppy” formations. Also synonymous with “Poppy Jasper”.
~Morrisonite: Multicolored Jasper from the Owyhee River gorge in Malheur Co., Oregon.
~Moss Jasper: Form of Jasper or Chalcedony containing dense inclusions of green Hornblende that cause the pattern to resemble moss. Often used as a synonym for Moss Agate, though Moss Agate is translucent whereas Moss Jasper is opaque.
~Ocean Jasper: Form of Orbicular Jasper found on the coast of Madagascar with small, tight, concentric ring formations.
~Opal Jasper: Form of Brecciated Jasper in which the cementing material is Opal.
~Orbicular Jasper: Jasper with rounded concentric rings throughout.
~Owyhee Jasper: Form of Jasper with scenic picture formations found near the Owyhee River in Oregon.
~Picture Jasper: Form of Jasper with scenic picture-like formations.
~Poppy Jasper: Form of yellow Orbicular Jasper with red concentric rings.
~Riband Jasper: Jasper with banded stripes, usually dark red, brown, yellow, or white bands.
~Ribbon Jasper: Form of Banded Jasper with think banded lines.
~Rogueite: Green form of Jasper from the Rogue River in Oregon.
~Russian Jasper: Jasper from Russia, usually with reddish spots.
~Stone Canyon Jasper: Yellowish Brecciated Jasper from Stone Canyon (near San Miguel), California.
~Wascoite: Jasper from Wasco Co., Oregon, with irregular yellow, pink, and red concentric bands.
~Zebra Jasper: Dark brown Jasper with lighter brown to white colored banding streaks.
Slow, Methodical Healing
No matter what variety, color, location or mineral make-up, ALL jasper can be used as methodical and meticulous workers of practical, down to earth solutions, promoting organizational abilities and courage to assertively tackle a variety of problems. This explains why jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action.
It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection. This reputation of being a supreme nurturer is evident in the way it can sustain and support us through times of stress. and has the ability to re-energize both the etheric body and the physical body.
Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. Use this stone when you wish to encourage honesty within yourself.
Associated Crystal: chelcedony-quartz family
Chakra: All Chakra
Flowers: Gladiola, Moss, Poppy,
Oils: Basil, Patchouli, Sage
Gods/Goddesses: Dana, Gaia, Isis, Kuan-Yin, Tara
Zodiac: Aries, Pisces
Jasper resonates with our bodies since it is a microcrystalline variety of quartz, therefore this is the reason why it brings tranquility and wholeness when it is around us. It balances yin energy and yang energy.
A crystal elixir or gem essence combines the energy of your crystal that is infused in either water or oil. It is often placed in the sun in order for the crystal to imbue the water or oil with the crystal’s energy or Qi and then the decoction is used for healing and anointing.
Cleansing & Charging Jasper
~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.
~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy. A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.
The Power of Color
Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you. A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality. It contributes in what attracts you to it. The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.