Jasper - the nurturing stone
Jasper comes in many earthy colours - grey, brown, green - and is the supreme stone for nurturing. Nurture your relationship, your friendships, your buiness ventures, your gifts, and your dreams. Jasper cares for encourages and brings balance to you in all aspects of your life.
Geology of Jasper
Jasper is a variety of Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz.
Historical and cultural significance of Jasper
Jasper derived from the Latin ‘iaspidem’, or the Old French ‘jaspre’, which means spotted or speckled stone. This is because it sometimes has mineral, ash, or sediment material including in it. It also means "treasurer" in Persian. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus.
Almost every ancient civilization harnessed and utilized the jasper healing properties in some way. In some cultures, particularly Native American, jasper is traditionally used for rain making. It has been worn by shamans, priests and kings and was considered sacred and a powerful protection aid. The Ancient Egyptians valued the jasper meaning, using jasper in their talismans, ritual vessels and jewelry. Egyptian King, Nechepsus, who wore a Green Jasper dragon cut in the over his digestive organs and believed it to be strengthening to their functions
The Jasper Stone is known as the Nurturing Stone. Like having your best friend by your side, helps support you during times of stress and bring tranquility and wholeness. The energies of this stone can warm your soul, clear your mind, and unload what’s in your heart. It will also give protection and help you deal with negative energies. Wearing Jasper on a regular basis will help ground you while surrounding yourself with positivity.
Jasper is said to balance the yin and yang and is excellent for problem solving. It encourages honesty with one's self and aids quick-thinking and promotes organisational abilities. Jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action.
All Jaspers provide a calm, harmonious energy for meditation. They are ideal for grounding and centering at the beginning of a ritual, and ease the transition to a meditative state. Use Jasper for the first few minutes of any meditation, and then switch to a crystal or particular Jasper that is attuned to the intent of your session.
Green Jasper is said to be particularly soothing for the digestive system and is useful for treating disorders of the stomach and digestive tract, the chest and lungs, as well as the kidneys, spleen, bladder, and liver. It is said to help detoxify the body and dispel bloating.
Green Jasper is the most balanced of the Jaspers for spiritual goals and is known as the “growth crystal”. It provides a powerful conduit of the earth’s Life Force of birth, development, and creation, and of the power of nature’s constant renewal. It is a potent aid in nurturing, whether of fledgling family relationships or a new business venture. Green Jasper is perfect for keeping a venture on course, a project on schedule, and life on track. It promotes spiritual growth and renewed commitment to a higher purpose.