Red Jasper:
The Earth Connection

red jasper

Some stones radiate high levels of energy, such as quartz (especially in smoky or rutilated form). Others work much more slowly. One of these is red jasper.

In some Native American cultures red jasper is considered to be the symbolic blood of the earth, and it's generally thought to be one of the best stones for connecting with the deep, stabilizing energies of the earth.

In the chakra system red relates to emotions, and of all the red stones it is the least volatile. Ruby relates to passion, garnet (though it also linked to patience), sparks creativity, and carnelian can make one acutely aware of the here and now. Jasper is a stone which makes its effects known slowly and gradually.

It is considered an emotionally calming stone, and can be an excellent stone for either those who are hypersensitive to crystalline energy and find it difficult to work with, or for those who like change to be a gradual, unfolding process.

In this context it is particularly recommended for gem essences. (See the article on gem essences.) It's also a very good stone to use when someone is upset, and needs to be calmed down.

Another way to use jasper in a crystal layout is in combination with some of the more active stones. A layout might, for example, include clear quartz at the crown chakra (top of head), amethyst on the forehead, aquamarine on the throat (these two are also calming stones), rose quartz (an activator) on the heart, citrine (a releaser) on the navel/solar plexus area, red jasper for the pelvic area, and smoky or rutilated quartz for the base chakra.

Such a layout can help to bring out the true power of jasper: to help us to feel a continuity of spirit and body.

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