Stone Medicine - Jasperby Alannah Hudis on 06/16/17
"Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz. It often contains an abundance of impurities, and therefore some regard it as a rock instead of a mineral. Jasper is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colors, but may be used to describe other opaque colors of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green and orange. Some forms of Jasper are banded, and these banded Jaspers may appear similar to Agate, but unlike Agate they are opaque. When Jasper is dull and lacking interesting colors or patterns, it is not Jasper but rather Chert." (http://www.minerals.net/mineral/jasper.aspx)
"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 quite restricted such as "Bruneau" (a canyon) and "Lahontan" (a lake), rivers and even individual mountains; many are fanciful, 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.
Picture jaspers exhibit combinations of patterns (such as banding from flow or depositional patterns (from water or wind), dendritic or color variations) resulting in what appear to be scenes or images (on a cut section). Diffusion from a center produces a distinctive orbicular appearance, i.e., leopard skin jasper, or linear banding from a fracture as seen in leisegang jasper. Healed, fragmented rock produces brecciated (broken) jasper. While these "picture jaspers" can be found all over the world, specific colors or patterns are unique, based upon the geographic region from which they originate." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper)
The jaspers are the quintessential earth stones. They like to be refreshed by being laid on open ground, to connect with the energies that nourish them. Jasper reminds us to embrace embodiment, to care for the physical self that supports our journey through this life. Jasper also connects us deeply with the nourishing energy of the earth, reminding us of Source.
Jaspers, like all stones, carry the memories of the earth in their cells, which they are agreeable to share if one is willing to be very quiet and pay close attention. Picture jasper shares its earth memories in visual form in the patterns in the stones. Jaspers may seem more reticent than some other stones, but in reality they simply have a slow, steady energy and patience is required to access communion with them.
All colors of jasper support the organs and structure of the lower body. They are especially beneficial for the adrenals, kidneys and organs of elimination. Structurally they support the lower back and resonate with the base and second chakra energies.