A Writers Guide to Jasper

orbicular jasper

orbicular jasper contains variably-colored orbs or spherical inclusions or zones

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.
green jasper from Montjuïc Mountain, Barcelona

green jasper from Montjuïc Mountain, Barcelona

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
      Dragon's blood jasper

      Dragon’s blood jasper

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.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.gemstone indexSources:

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  1. Oh wow. I have never heard of the Jasper stone. Now I think I want one! 🙂

  2. Oh Holly, I just read the top of your blog. My thoughts are with you. Take care XX

    The jasper is beautiful.

  3. Hi Holly .. love the historical context about Jasper Seals .. our ancients were very clever .. thanks for giving us such wonderful information .. cheers Hilary

  4. Very weird-looking and cool. 🙂

  5. A new one for me. Thanks for the info.

  6. The photo of jasper looks like a watercolor painting where the edges of the paint have bled into the paper. Very cool.

  7. Hi Holly,
    My condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jasper is a neat looking stone. I love that it comes in so many different color combinations and they all help with different things. Very cool!

  8. ooh! Jasper is so pretty!

    I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  9. I'm sorry for your recent loss, may you be comforted during this difficult time.

    I like the photo of the Jasper stone you chose…especially as a Disney fan as it has not one but two “Hidden Mickeys” in it 😀

  10. Wow, I didn't know jasper has so many magical and mystical qualities. Very cool!

  11. Holly, I'm so sorry! My prayers with you and your family.

  12. I am reminded of how I love your A-Z theme, and my thoughts are still with you and yours at this time.

  13. ooo… that's a very cool one! I”m enjoying learning all this, btw~ Thanks! <3

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