Jasper is a form of chalcedony. It’s found in red, pink, grey, white, yellow, brown, and green varieties and sometimes blue and purple.
The name jasper is derived from the Old French jaspre and the Latin iaspidem. It means “spotted” or “speckled” stone.
The classification and naming of the various types of jasper varies greatly. They may be named after locations, they may describe the stone design, or they might just be whimsical. Some of the names include dalmatian, leopard, forest fire, rainbow, ocean, and bruneau.
History and Lore
- Seals carved from jasper, circa 1800 BCE, have been found at the palace of Knossos on Minoan Crete.
- 4th century folklore said jasper brought rain.
- During the Middle Ages, it was known as the warrior’s stone.
- Jasper was used by Native American shamans to provide protection on their journey to the spirit world.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- bringing balance to the yin and yang
- stabilizing the body
- detoxifying the body and spirit
- driving away evil spirits
- protecting from harmful energies
- protecting against snake and spider bites
- increasing sexual pleasure
- The varieties and colors of jasper have special properties:
- yellow offers protection during spiritual times, channels positive energy, aids in digestions, and strengthens the immune system
- red protects from nighttime hazards, calms emotions, reduces exhaustion, and simulates sexuality
- green helps get rid of obsessions and reduces inflammation
- blue connects the wearer with the spirit world and helps to sustain energy
- purple eliminates mental contradictions
- brown simulates past life regression and aids in traveling the astral plane
- black is used for scrying and bringing on prophetic dreams
- leopard-skin jasper brings what one needs
- opalite jasper aids in sleeping
- poppy jasper brings joy
- dragon’s blood enhances life force; brings courage, strength, and vitality
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge jasper, run lukewarm water over the stone. To recharge, place it among tumbled hematite stones overnight. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
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