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Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Green Jasper
Jaspers have been revered by ancient peoples and civilizations throughout the world as sacred and powerful stones of protection, for both the physical and spiritual realm. They were known as the “rain bringers” and nurturers, healers of the spirit and stones of courage and wisdom. The name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin, and the virtues of Jaspers have been extolled throughout the ages by the most noted physicians, magicians, poets, scientists, lapidaries and scholars. [Mella, 77-78][en.wikipedia.org]
To the ancient and medieval world, the most highly prized was Green Jasper, a rare, single-colored variety ranging from pale spring green to a deep tea or olive green, described by one “Onomakristos” five centuries before the Christian era as “the grass-green Jasper, which rejoiceth the eye of man and is looked on with pleasure by the immortals.” Isidorus in 1612 echoed the sentiment saying, “The Jasper (Jaspis) signifieth green; and such a green as doth illustriously shine forth with a very supreme viridity, or greenness of glory.” [Fernie, 173, 175]
The term Jasper is currently restricted to opaque microcrystalline Quartz, though the ancient iaspis was a stone of considerable translucency, often compared to the Emerald and other green objects. The ancient Jaspers may have included stones which today would be classed as Chalcedony, and the emerald-like Jasper referenced in so many texts may have been more like the modern Chrysoprase. Translucent Green Jasper is rare today as a single color and often of high quality, but along with the opaque variety, is more common in multi-colored or Rainbow Jaspers, Orbicular Jaspers, and as major components of specific stones such as Heliotrope or Bloodstone, Arizona Lizard Stone, and Rainforest Jasper. [en.wikipedia.org][Kunz, 90][Eason, 274]
Known as “the rain bringer,” Green Jasper, when properly consecrated, was considered the ultimate and most reliable stone for this purpose. The 4th century author of Lithica claims, “The gods hearken to the prayers of whoe’er the polished grass-green jasper wears; his parched globe they’ll satiate with rain and send showers to soak the thirsty plain.” [Kunz, 90][101 Hall, 112]
Green Jasper was equally credited throughout the centuries for driving away evil spirits and ghosts, harmful fantasies, and witchcraft. It was particularly protective against venomous creatures, kept one from drowning, and warded off sorrow. It provided good health, made one amiable and brave, healed fever and edema, diseases of the stomach, lungs and chest, and increased fertility, aiding women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth. Green Jasper is still utilized today by metaphysical practitioners for these properties, and for its ability to balance obsessive tendencies and restore harmony to the emotional body. [Kunz, 90-91][101 Hall, 112][Lecouteux, 160]
Green Jasper Uses and Purposes
Green Jasper is an excellent talisman for those coping with paranoid delusions, entity attachments, or who feel overwhelmed by nightmares. Wear or carry as a rubbing stone to ward off negative energy, bring reassurance, and to help restore inner calm. [101 Hall, 112][Gienger, 51]
An ultimate sleep stone, Green Jasper is wonderful for young children to help establish proper sleep rhythms. Adults find it is a great addition to the bath or used as an elixir. [Eason, 274]
Use Green Jasper to overcome obsessive compulsive disorder, and as an aid in efforts to diet, quit smoking, or in reducing one’s over-consumption of alcohol. It lends emotional support and strengthens self-control, as well as boosting physical energy levels. Its slow, steady vibration helps avoid extremes and encourages perseverance. [Eason, 274][Hall, 156][Gienger, 51][Mella, 42-43]
Green Jasper is conducive to happy and healthy pregnancies, and has been used in fertility ceremonies in cultures from Eastern Europe to Africa. Wear one in a pouch around the waist for fertility if you wish to conceive. It also provides assistance during childbirth. [Eason, 274][101 Hall, 112][Lecouteux, 160]
Green Jasper Healing Therapies - Overview
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Green Jasper Physical Healing Energy
Green Jasper is considered highly useful for treating disorders of the stomach and digestive system, the chest and lungs, as well as the kidneys, spleen, bladder, and liver. It helps reduce toxicity and inflammation, dispels bloating and balances fluid retention, and may aid in controlling body odor. Green Jasper also assists in the prevention and treatment of bronchitis, colds, coughs, and influenza. [Hall, 156][101 Hall, 112][Eason, 274][Gienger, 51]
Jasper water is soothing for the digestive system, and is particularly useful as a gem elixir because it does not over stimulate the body. It may be made by the indirect method, or by letting the stone soak in demineralized water overnight. [Hall, 155][Megemont, 102]
Green Jasper is beneficial in staunching blood flow, particularly nosebleeds and menstrual flow, and assists in reducing hemorrhoids. It soothes epilepsy and gout, and may be used to treat the sensory loss of smell. [Megemont, 102][Fernie, 174][Lecouteux, 160][Melody, 345]
Green Jasper Emotional Healing Energy
Green Jasper is an exceptional stone for healing dis-ease within the emotional system, especially in areas of obsession by balancing out parts of one’s life that have become all-important to the detriment of others. It helps one recognize thought patterns and fixations that have become irrational, and brings the courage needed to express and accept them in order to move forward. Green Jasper encourages resistance, improves control over one’s thoughts and actions, and restores harmony to the emotional body. [Hall, 156][Gienger, 51][Eason, 274]
All Jaspers connect to the Earth and may be placed on the Base Chakra to stabilize and energize the physical body. Laying it over each chakra in turn, will cleanse, boost and realign the chakras and aura, balancing yin and yang energies as well as aligning the physical, emotional and mental bodies with the etheric realm. [Hall III, 113][Hall, 155][Melody, 344-345]
Green Jasper is particularly attuned to the Heart Chakra, located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the Heart Chakra is out of balance we may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become critical of the little foibles of others. We may find ourselves having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli. Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the Heart Chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.
Green Jasper Spiritual Energy
Jasper strengthens one’s connection to the Earth and the spiritual wisdom and sacredness of life that exists in nature. It encourages one to celebrate moments of beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary, and to find harmony within the self, and with others. Through meditation and dream work, Jasper can provide a connection with Earth’s ancient past and allows one to retrieve spiritual knowledge for use in the present to help heal humanity and the planet. [Simmons, 215-219]
Green Jasper is a “growth crystal” - 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. Lighter green crystals promote spiritual growth and renewed commitment to a higher purpose. Those of a darker hue are talismans of physical growth and strength, and safety in travel.
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.
Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magical masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Jasper was also used by the American Indians for dowsing the land for water, and Red Jasper was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth. [Kunz, 90][Megemont, 102][Mella, 88][Eason, 108]
Jasper has also been utilized for divining the future. Picture Jasper is especially conducive for dream work and visioning, and Black Jasper is an excellent scrying stone. [Megemont, 102][Hall, 157][Eason, 184]
The Divinatory meaning of Green Jasper: A good time for fertility, the time when a dream will start to grow. [Eason, 274]
Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned. [Kunz, 358]
Jasper is a stone of Archangels Haniel and Sandalphon, ruling the Angelic Principalities. [Hall III, 112]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Green Jasper can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Green Jasper. The table below gives you the information about them.
Green Jasper honors Persephone, the Greek Goddess of Spring. She represents celebration and the Earth alive with new growth. Green Jasper also honors Brigit, the Irish Goddess of Fertility; and Dione, the Phoenician Earth Goddess.
Jasper honors Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. Born directly out of Chaos, the primal emptiness, she was the first (or one of the first) beings to appear during the process of creation, and is honored as being the Earth itself.
Jasper honors Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women. She protects women through all of their changes, and is a skilled healer, particularly with herbs.
Jasper also honors Callisto, the Greek Moon Goddess; Chirakan-Ixmucane, the Mayan Creator Goddess; and Clota, the Goddess of the River Cldye.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Greeen Jasper is not a traditional birthstone, but Jasper is an historical birthstone of March.
Green Jasper is the natural birthstone of those fortunate enough to be born in the heart of spring (April 20 - May 20). Green crystals bring you renewal, success in new ventures, and good health.
Jasper is not specific to any zodiac sign, but is thought to bring Cancer and Capricorn compassion and patience. Aries and Scorpio are also reported to benefit from any variety of Jasper. [Megemont, 102]
Green Jasper was considered to be the best of the Jaspers, worn throughout history as an amulet against phantasms, evil spirits, and witchcraft. Worn on the breast, it prevented epilepsy, stomach pain and colic, and stopped nosebleeds and other fluxes of the body. Jasper amulets also prevented fevers and swelling, and aided in childbirth. [Fernie, 174, 180][Kunz, 90]
An amulet of Green Jasper was believed to protect its wearer from drowning, and provided protection from venomous spiders, scorpions, and snakes. [Kunz, 90][101 Hall, 112]
For the American Indians, Jasper was known as a powerful amulet of protection for their shamanic rituals and against unseen hazards of the night. [Mella, 88][Melody, 344]
Jasper is a Seeker Transformer crystal. Seekers contain a crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind in finding the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.
Green Jasper utilizes Wood energy, the energy of growth, expansion, new beginnings, nourishment and health. It enhances vitality, brings abundance, and keeps us growing physically. Use green crystals to enhance any space used for eating, in the room of a small child, or in a place of your home where you are beginning a new project. Wood energy is traditionally associated with the East and Southeast areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Family and Health area, and the Prosperity and Abundance area.
Green Jasper in Ancient Lore and Legend
In many ancient civilizations, Jasper was believed to be heavily charged with mysterious and sometimes contradictory properties. Red Jasper stimulated without being excessive; Yellow Jasper enhanced common sense but also the need for conformity; and Green Jasper of all one color harmonized gently, yet could change the opinion of even the most stubborn person. [Megemont, 100-101] Green Jasper also facilitated childbirth, yet had contraceptive virtues. [Lecouteux, 178]
Legends claim if one has worn Jasper since childhood, he or she will be protected from drowning and ghosts; and those who gird their bodies with it are protected from accident and will have all their wishes fulfilled. Opinions differ as to whether it should be set in silver or gold, but all are unanimous in saying it should be worn on the right side, and should be worn chastely after it has been blessed and consecrated. [Lecouteux, 177-178]
Jaspers were prized by even the earliest physicians as the most powerful astringents, regulators of metabolism and colic, and strengtheners of the stomach and digestive organs. The Roman physician, Galen, prominent in the first century A.D., always wore a ring set with Jasper, carved in the figure of a man with a bundle of herbs signifying the power to distinguish diseases and stop the flow of blood from any part. He declared the Jasper, particularly the green variety, should be hung about the neck to strengthen the chest and stomach, as did the Egyptian King, Nechepsus, who wore a Green Jasper cut in the shape of a dragon over his digestive organs and reported it to be wonderfully strengthening to their functions. [Mella, 42-43][Fernie, 173, 175][Kunz, 385][Lecouteux, 180]
Jasper was a significant stone in nearly all religious and cultural histories throughout the world. In a Mesopotamian creation legend, the god Marduk (Jupiter) formed three heavens or spheres above the Earth, with the lower one being created from Jasper. On it he drew the constellations. [101 Hall, 112]
In Viking and German legends, the hilt of the magical sword of Siegfried, the dragon-slayer, was inlaid with Red Jasper to give him courage. Red Jasper was also called the blood of Mother Earth among some Native North American tribes, and in ancient Egypt was linked with the fertilizing blood of Mother Isis. Jaspers were often used for carving texts on sacred amulets for placement on the bodies of the dead to insure safe passage into the afterlife. [Eason, 66][Kunz, 226-229]
Amulets called magatama (crooked jewels) have been found in Japanese graves of the Iron Age, formed of various materials, including Jasper, and were strung together with beads and used to adorn the statues of the gods. They were employed as imperial insignia and distinctive marks of high rank. [Kunz, 265] Jasper is also highly prized in China, and is the material from which the seal of the Emperor is made. [Fernie, 175]
To the Hebrews, Jasper was Yashpheh, the twelfth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, inscribed with the tribal name Assher, though some list it as the tribe of Benjamin. Most writers agree this stone was the highly valued Green Jasper. Based on the stones known and used at the time, it is also believed the original breastplate of Aaron may have contained Red Jasper as the Odem, or first stone, and Yellow Jasper as the Tarshish, or tenth stone. [Kunz, 276, 289, 301][Fernie, 173]
In Christian tradition, Jasper represented the young vigor of faith and was dedicated to the apostle Peter as the hard and solid rock upon which Christ would build his church. [Fernie, 45, 199][Lecouteax, 179] It was also the gleaming material from which the city walls and first foundation of the New Jerusalem would be made. In the Apocalypse, St. John sees the Eternal appear on a throne of Jasper, representing eternal youth, renewal, and revelation. [Kunz, 302-303][Megemont, 102]
Jasper was considered a sacred stone of protection for shamans of the Native American Indians during their magical practices and in continued adherence to the “old ways.” Jasper containing the yellow color protected and assisted in times of travel, both physical and spiritual; that which contained the red color induced health and re-birth, freshness in ideas and strategies; and Jasper containing the blue color was used to connect one with the “after” worlds. [Melody, 344]
Spider Jasper, a rarer variety containing earthy browns with white or dark spider-web markings, is believed to contain the power of the wise spider, represented by the Native North American goddess, Grandmother Spider, who created people from four different-colored clays as the nations of the Earth, then led them from the underworld into the open where Grandfather Sun breathed life into them. [Eason, 298]
Jasper was ideal for engraving, and from the earliest ages was heavily employed in the glyptic arts of many cultures for its special talismanic virtues.
- A Green Jasper engraved with the figure of a scorpion when the sun is entering that sign, is a preservative against the formation of bladder stones. [Fernie, 175]
- An Aquarius carved on Green Jasper and carried on one’s person brings profit in transactions, and merchants will seek your counsel. [Lecouteux, 160]
- A Green Jasper topped by the bust of a head, set in a ring of gold or silver, aids one in escaping all deaths. Writing or engraving the letters: B.B.P.P.N.E.N.A. upon the ring protects the owner from all illnesses, especially fever and dropsy (edema), and the stone will offer great assistance in hunting birds. It also makes one reasonable and congenial in all things, aids women in conceiving and giving birth, and brings peace, harmony, and good things to those who wear it. This said by a lapidary attributed to Solomon. [Lecouteux, 160]
- A lion or an archer on a Jasper gives help against poison and cures from fever. [Kunz, 133]
- A Jasper bearing a huntsman, a dog, or a stag, with God’s help, will have the power to heal one possessed of a devil (one who is insane). It also protects the owner from the devil. [Kunz, 135][Lecouteux, 179]
- The depiction of a man, specifically Mars, on a piece of Jasper with a shield in his left hand and an idol or weapon in his right, with vipers as his feet and a cock or lion as his head, wearing a breastplate, enables its owner to battle his enemies and obtain victory. It also protects him from poison. This is the depiction on the sacred Abrasax stone. [Lecouteux, 179]
- A Jasper depicting an armed Mars, or a virgin wrapped in a toga with a laurel branch in hand, makes its owner powerful and capable of anything, and grants protection from violent death, drowning, demons, and adversity; it also helps him obtain all he desires. [Lecouteux, 179][Kunz, 140]
- Worn on the chest, a Jasper carved with a kestrel, or kite, rending a snake and placing the head of an iulian fish beneath the stone gets rid of stomach pain, stimulates appetite, and provides good digestion. [Lecouteux, 179][Fernie, 174]
- Wearing a Jasper adorned with the image of a hare protects a person from attack by demons and spirits. If adorned with a dog, it protects against dropsy (edema), venom, and dog bites. [Lecouteux, 179]
- A wolf carved on Jasper protects from guile and prevents one from spouting wild claims. [Lecouteux, 180]
- A Jasper with an image of an emperor with head held high brings the love of all creatures, and its possessor will obtain all he desires. [Lecouteux, 180]
- A Jasper engraved with the sacred symbol of the cross protects its owner from drowning. [Kunz, 140][Lecouteux, 160]
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