Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
If you have to go out at night a lot, be sure you have a piece of Red Jasper with you.
Carrying a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Red Jasper is an opaque variety of quartz which appears in varying shades of red (typically, a brownish red). It is found worldwide.
The name “Jasper” comes via Old French and Latin from Greek and means spotted, speckled stone. It’s one of the stones used for healing the root, or base, Chakra. Balancing the root Chakra is supposed to help one become more grounded and self-confident.
This is one of those stones that works behind the scenes, quietly and unobtrusively. It’s a great “worry stone,” sending out calming vibrations as it’s turned over in your hands. If you want to remember your dreams (or need to, for some reason), tuck a Red Jasper beneath your pillow…but don’t blame me when you toss and turn all night from sleeping on a rock!
If you’re sensitive to electromagnetic or environmental pollution, grab some Red Jasper to neutralize it. Red Jasper strengthens the circulatory system, blood, and liver and is considered lucky for actors (helping in the manifestation of creative ideas) and athletes (strengthening the circulatory system).
Native American tribes used Red Jasper to stimulate health, rebirth, new ideas, and to douse for rain. Ancient Egyptians carved Red Jasper into amulets, which they placed on the necks of the deceased. And legend holds that the hilt of the sword of dragon slayer Siegfried was inlaid with Red Jasper to bring him courage.
Jasper is another stone frequently mentioned in the Bible. According to Revelation, the first foundation and walls of the New Jerusalem will be made from jasper (though the Bible doesn’t pinpoint the red variety).
Red Jasper encourages honesty with oneself and helps with quick thinking, organization, and follow-through. I’ll bet most of us could benefit by having a bit of Red Jasper around!