The Physical Attributes
Jasper in its numerous formations is a very well known and documented stone. It has a very historical past and has numerous different mentions even as being used in creations of ceremonial and decorative objects in what is now known as France, as far back as 20,000 BC. The ancient Egyptians, contemporaries of the Israelites, have arguably contributed the most Jasper artefacts known to the modern world, and had respected it as a treasured material.
The name “Jasper” is derived from old French “Jaspre” and refers to it being a spotted or speckled stone. Jasper is a form of chalcedony, which is a variety of microcrystalline fibrous Quartz. The colour is created from minute quantities of various elements; and Jaspers are in every colour and variation. Jaspers have numerous names deriving from colour, locality, and patterning. It is an opaque stone that is found in volcanic rock, banded masses and geodes.
There are so many different classifications and identities being given to Jasper that it can easily get confusing! A glimpse further into the origins of these should give answer as to why they came about. Some I have come across are as follows; “Bruneau” (a canyon), “Lahontan” (a lake) both coming from where the stone has been found. Their is also those that are fanciful such as “Forest fire” or “Rainbow” and others that are descriptive such as “Autumn”, “Porcelain” or “Dalmatian”. Some are also designated to the exact country of origin such as Brown Egyptian or Red African.
On Conclusion, Jasper is a stone that has such a deep history there is always going to be more to unveil. Because of it’s widely varied colour and formation, it has had and still can have many uses from jewellery and ornaments, to being for medicinal purposes. Jasper in its many forms is a very fun and historic to have in a collection, and could possibly be the perfect stone to actually start off a crystal and mineral story!
The Metaphysical & Healing Attributes
Jasper has a comfortable, yet ever widening collection of offerings from it’s energies, that will be either added to or differed depending on it’s formation change. Here we are looking at Yellow Jasper and the highly noticeable offerings of this stone are that it helps in the clearance of toxin or negative build up within the bodies entire system (physically or spiritually).
Yellow Jasper helps improve the digestive system and stimulates kidney function, as well helping to settle stomach upsets. It is beneficial to the bodies energy centres, helping to clear blocks when used alongside other forms of Jasper that resonate to each centre. This stone also has a direct focus to the Solar Plexus centre, helping to calm it if it’s over active, and also helping to clear any unhealthy attachments.
Yellow Jasper can be used to lift the mood, and ease conditions such as depression, Seasonal Affect Disorder and Bi-Polar. This stone can be used to calm and protect against sudden emotional outbursts that are linked to the Solar Plexus centre.
This article is reproduced by kind permission of Keith Birch www.ksccrystals.com