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Jasper Crystal Meaning

Jasper Article

Are you curious about the wonderful world of Jasper stones? There's something for everyone here. Jasper comes in so many natural varieties

Discover everything you wanted to know about Jasper, from its brilliant gemstone patterns to its metaphysical healing properties. 

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Can you benefit from Jasper?

If any of these statements apply to you, you can benefit from Jasper crystals: 

  • You are seeking a nurturing stone

  • You want to curl up with a crystal that soothes

  • You want to deepen your connection with the earth

  • You would like to recall your dreams

  • You need to balance your Root chakra

  • You wish to focus on the here and now

What is Jasper?

The name Jasper originates from a Greek word for "spotted stone", referring to its colorful inclusions. 

Jasper is a form of Chalcedony, which is formed from microscopic Quartz. Jasper is the opaque variety of Chalcedony and comes in numerous colors. The mineral "impurities" in the Chalcedony make up the stone Jasper. 

Chert is an umbrella term for hard, brittle sedimentary rock of crystalline Quartz with chemical base of silica SiO2. Red, brown, reddish-brown and yellowish-brown varieties of Chert are called Jasper. 

What are the healing properties of Jasper crystals?

In crystal healing, Jasper is best known as the Supreme Nurturer. It supports you during times of stress and illness. It helps to ground you to the earth and strengthen your foundating. It brings you down to reality and reconnects you to your physical purpose in life at the Root chakra. This stone opens your channels of creativity and pleasure at the Sacral chakra. 

sheila of satin crystals holding a jasper stone

How do you use Jasper in crystal healing?

Jasper works over a long period. Appropriate a few pieces as your own. Through time and dedication, they will sync to your unique vibrations.

Here are a few uses of Jasper for your crystal healing practice and everyday life: 

  • Place Jasper stones under your pillow for better dream recall

  • Make and drink a Jasper gem elixir for balance

  • Wear Jasper bracelets and anklets to increase your physical energy when you are feeling weak

  • Use Jasper wands to massage the lower back and direct energy to your Sacral chakra for increased sexual pleasure

  • Work with Red Jasper to tune into your survival instincts

  • Use Jasper figurines to contact your animal spirit guides

  • Place Picture Jasper in your home to bask in Mother Nature's masterpieces

  • Choose Jasper pyramids and towers for your desk to keep you solidly focused on the task at hand

  • Keep Jasper eggs nearby when you are going through tough changes and new beginnings

  • Wear Jasper earrings to balance your yin and yang energy

  • Add color to your wardrobe with the fun patterns of Jasper necklaces, rings, and pendants

  • Gift Jasper heart crystals to those who need love and support

  • Lie in a Jasper crystal grid to send your healing energy down to the core of the earth

  • Decorate your garden and potted plants with unpolished Jasper stones

Metaphysics of Jasper

Here are some common metaphysical associations of Jasper:

  • Astrological Associations: Leo, Virgo, Scorpio

  • Traditional Birthstone: March

  • Planetary Associations: Mars

  • Chakras: Root, Sacral

  • Vibrational Number:
sheila of satin crystals holding a large brown jasper sphere

Sheila's personal experience with Jasper stones

I use Red Jasper tumbled stones in my car for grounding energy. I also used a Red Jasper pendulum in the car as a parking crystal to help me find good parking spots. However, I removed that when it was swinging around too much!

Next, I will try it for Dream Recall. I have been using Ulexite under the pillow for Dream Clarity, now I need some recall so the dream doesn’t fade away with the waking minutes!

Lisa's personal experience with Jasper stones

There are so many Jaspers to choose from... where do I start? I am most attracted to animal patterned Jaspers. These include Snake Jasper (I love white and brown the most!), Crocodile Jasper (what fun eyes!), Leopard Jasper, and Dalmatian Jasper.

I use animal themed Jaspers to get in touch with the natural grounding earth energy they provide me. I balance that with spiritual activity by using Animal Jaspers when I do walkabout meditations.

When I feel like getting in touch with my Snake animal guardian, I will hold my Snake Jasper ball, close my eyes, and allow it to deliver wise messages to me. When I want motivation, I put on my Leopard Jasper earrings, close my eyes, and let it infuse my mind with ideas and drive. Jasper is so fun and versatile.

What's your favorite Jasper animal? If you can't decide on one, try Safari Jasper! Gain the insight and stealth of the whole wild jungle!

What are the types of Jaspers?

Jasper comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. As we said, Jasper is a variety of Chalcedony, but it incorporates other minerals into its structure for color and solidity.

Jasper Article - Types of Jasper Tumbled Stones

Here are a few Jasper variations for your crystal collecting pleasure: 

agate jasper sphere

Agate Jasper shows opaque Jasper mixed with translucent Agate bands. This is a mix of the two different types of Chalcedony and can vary wildly in colors and patterns. In crystal healing, this stone combines the healing energies of both Agate and Jasper crystals. 

autumn jasper sphere

Autumn Jasper has an earthy feel with a mix of warm reds and greens reminiscent of the Fall. In crystal healing, Autumn Jasper helps you connect with the changing seasons and the cycle of life. It provides the cozy feel of drinking hot chocolate by a roaring fireplace surrounded by those you love. 

bamboo jasper sphere

Bamboo Jasper is a brownish-gray stone with patterns of yellow and orange. Bamboo Jasper is a stone of serenity, comforting your mind. Use this crystal to relax into a peaceful meditation as you imagine the sounds of trickling water, the scent of fresh grass, and the feel of a refreshing breeze.  

brecciated jasper sphere

Brecciated Jasper is red, black, and beige. It is formed when the stone becomes fractured by movement in the earth. Chalcedony naturally fills the fractures, resulting in a mottled stone. It gets its red color from Hematite. In crystal healing, Brecciated Jasper has the same benefits as Red Jasper. 

brown jasper sphere

Brown Jasper may vary from light tan to a deep brown with a variety of patterns and inclusions. It is a grounding stone that anchors your mind so that you can focus. It provides you with the will to survive, and the necessary strength and endurance in difficult situations. 

dalmatian jasper sphere

Dalmatian Jasper is a creamy white healing stone with sporadic black spots similar to the famous fire station dogs. Although called Jasper, it is white Feldspar with black Horneblende minerals. In crystal healing, Dalmatian Jasper appeals to the child within, strengthening imagination and encouraging playfulness. Dalmatian Jasper helps you feel comfortable with your eccentricities. 

dendritic jasper sphere

Dendritic Jasper is a stone that shows branching, plant-like inclusions. Although the markings look like fossilized plants, these dendrites are natural minerals like Iron and Manganese that travel along the Jasper upon formation. In crystal healing, Dendritic Jasper helps you feel connected to the Oneness of the Universe. When you are feeling lost or disconnected from your purpose, use this stone to root into the Earth's energy. 

fancy jasper sphere

Fancy Jasper, also known as Rainbow Jasper, shows a whimsical blend of colors from greens to reds to yellows. The stone's colors display the fantastic swirls and patterns of Mother Nature. In crystal healing, Fancy Jasper is used to lighten your mood. It lifts the weight off your shoulders, allowing you to relax and laugh about life. 

green jasper circle

Green Jasper comes in light to dark green colors. In crystal healing, Green Jasper has a strong connection to nature. It reminds you that Mother Earth is by your side whenever you are anxious and need to pause for a breath. This stone is an excellent friend for those who need a break from the daily grind.

kambaba jasper

Kambaba Jasper, also known as Crocodile Jasper, is a rich green sedimentary stone that is fossilized with algae, sand, and debris. It shows green and black orbs of petrified algae. Although called Jasper, it is crystallized Stromalite- one of the first living organisms from over 2 billion years. In crystal healing, Kambaba Jasper is your fiercest guardian, keeping you safe as you navigate through the adventures of life and spirit. The wise and stoic stone has seen it all. It represents the calm at the center of the chaos. Use Kambaba Jasper to ground the Heart and Root chakras.

leopard jasper sphere

Leopard Jasper, or Leopard Skin Jasper, shows a mottle of warm colors resembling its namesake's fur coat. It is a form of Orbicular or Ocean Jasper. In crystal healing, Leopard Jasper connects you with your spirit animal, providing guidance and protection during life's journey. The stone brings harmony between you and your environment. Leopard Jasper balances the Sacral and Root chakras. 

mookaite jasper stone

Mookaite Jasper has a color range of warm earth tones like brick red, cream, brown, mauve, and gold. Mookaite is named after its place of discovery in Mooka Station, Western Australia. In crystal healing, Mookaite Jasper is a stone used to stabilize your mental and physical energies, thus allowing you to focus on your future potential. When your mind and body are clear of toxic energy, you are ready to flourish. Use Mookaite Jasper to balance the Root chakra.

ocean jasper sphere

Ocean Jasper, also known as Orbicular Jasper, comes in a multitude of colors and circular patterns. This concentric patterned stone was originally collected during low tide in the coastlines on the Madagascar oceans. Inland mines were later discovered as well. You may also see bands of Agate and Drusy Quartz vugs within the stone. In crystal healing, Ocean Jasper is used to relieve chronic stress. It is a relaxing stone known for releasing worry. It reminds you to breathe fully and let go of the tension stored in your body. Use Ocean Jasper to balance the Root chakra.

picture jasper sphere

Picture Jasper is formed from mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. The  patterns of Picture Jasper resemble landscapes and spotted paintings as if Mother Nature has created artwork on stone. In crystal healing, Picture Jasper crystals help you to visualize and harmonize your goals. Wear Picture Jasper to encourage creative success. This is an excellent stone for manifestation work. The varied scenes invites you to collect a whole array of Picture Jaspers for your healing work.

polychrome jasper sphere

Polychrome Jasper, also called Desert Jasper, was found in 2006 when geologists were mining for Ocean Jasper in Madagascar. It is named for its swaths of multi-color patterns. In crystal healing, Polychrome Jasper provides an energy of safety and grounding. It is beneficial for those who are feeling overwhelmed by life. Use Polychrome Jasper to ground the Root chakra and know that you belong on earth.

red jasper sphere

Red Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony containing iron inclusions. This Jasper may vary from light to dark red and show veins in other colors. In crystal healing, Red Jasper activates your Root chakra for increased physical energy, solidity, and grounding. It lights your fire and motivates you to do more with your life. This is one of the most common of the untreated red crystals in the world, so make sure it is in your collection. 

safari jasper sphere

Safari Jasper, also known as Leopardite, is a brown crystal colored by Iron and Manganese. It shows large patches of unique patterns. In crystal healing, Safari Jasper brings you the relaxing, healing energy of a mental getaway. When you can't take a vacation to escape the daily grind, gaze into Safari Jasper instead. It holds the powerful energy of wild animals, helping you find your drive and motivation for life. Use Safari Jasper at the Root chakra. 

sesame jasper sphere

Sesame Jasper shows blue-green colors with spotted black minerals and semi-translucent veins. It is also known as Kiwi Jasper and it is highly debated whether it is a Jasper at all or,  in fact, other minerals like Quartz, Amazonite, Tourmaline, Granite, or Feldspar. 

In crystal healing, Sesame Jasper grounds your Heart chakra and helps you to achieve attainable goals. Sure, you have big dreams, but this stone brings them down to earth and makes them realistically attainable.

snake jasper sphere

Snake Jasper has patterns resembling the skin of a snake. It can vary in colors. In crystal healing, Snake Jasper brings you the energy of the wise serpent. Keep your mind in tip-top shape with your snake animal spirit guide by your side. It helps those who need a cutting edge on business, school, work, and general wittiness. 

yellow jasper sphere

Yellow Jasper gets its color from Goethite minerals. It varies from pale yellow to a deep mustard yellow and may show other inclusions. In crystal healing, Yellow Jasper protects you from feelings of self-consciousness, giving you the courage to do the things you want to do without having to worry about what others are thinking.

sheila of satin crystals gazing at a leopard jasper skull

How do you identify Jasper?

Jasper is always opaque. If you have a translucent stone that looks like Jasper it is most likely one of Chalcedony's other forms like Agate or Carnelian. 

Jasper has unique patterns not common in other stones. Most Jasper is untreated. 

Jasper is a durable stone at a 6 to 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Real Jasper is full of microscopic Quartz crystal, making it a tough stone, not easily scratched by a steel knife. 

Keep in mind that Jasper is not a scientific name for the stone, so if you are speaking in geology terms, you will find it under varieties of Cryptocrystalline Quartz or Microcrystalline Quartz. To be a true Jasper, the stone must have a high silica (or Quartz) content.

A lot of stones in the gem trade that named Jasper are not actually Jasper (example: Dalmatian Jasper, Bumblebee Jasper, or Kambaba Jasper).

What are Jasper's mineral facts?

  • Mohs Scale of Hardness: 6 - 7

  • Surface Color: Multiple 

  • Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White or Colorless

  • Group: Silicate

  • Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None

  • Fracture (where the crystal breaks randomly, not on cleavage): Conchoidal (concave clam-like glassy break) to splintery

  • Luster: Vitreous (glassy)

  • Transparency: Opaque (light does not go through)

  • Crystal System: Cryptocrystalline (very tiny crystals only seen through special crystal microscope)

  • Crystal Habit: Massive micro granular Quartz

hand wearing jasper bracelets holding a ocean jasper teardrop pendant

How is Jasper formed?

Jasper is formed when silica-rich waters flow through veins and cracks of volcanic rocks, picking up an assortment of other minerals along the way. The silica cements the minerals into the existing Chalcedony stone to form the opaque Jasper. 

You will often see white Quartz veins, translucent Chalcedony, or Agate bands running through your Jasper stones.

Where is Jasper found?

Jasper is found worldwide, wherever microscopic Quartz is found. It is a common stone that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. 

indian bloodstone slab and fancy jasper donut

Is Jasper a Bloodstone?

Bloodstone is a specific type of Jasper. Bloodstone is an opaque green Chalcedony distinguished from Jasper by its red mineral inclusions. These inclusions are known as the "blood" of Bloodstone. 

Bloodstone may show other colors besides green and red. However, when these other colors dominate, the stone will be known as Fancy Jasper. 

Let's learn more about Bloodstone

Is Tigers Eye a Jasper?

While Tigers Eye is not a Jasper, some confusion may occur because of Tiger Iron. Tiger Iron is a stone that contains Tigers Eye, Hematite, and Red Jasper.  

Let's learn more about Tigers Eye

Is Unakite a type of Jasper?

Unakite is not a type of Jasper. Unakite is a mix of pink Feldspar, green Epidote, and white Quartz.

If you see 'Unakite Jasper' advertised, it's one of those gem trade names vendors like to use to make Unakite more mainstream. 

female torso in red sweater and jasper necklaces

What are the benefits of wearing Jasper?

Jasper has been used for jewelry and ornaments since the Paleolithic times. And now it is your turn to benefit from this colorful and durable crystal.

Here are just a few reasons to wear Jasper: 

  • Jasper is easily found in many different colors and patterns

  • Jasper is a durable stone, so it is great for everyday wear

  • It keeps you grounded to your purpose in life

  • Showcase Mother Earth's designer stones

  • Enhance your outfit, bring out your personality, and never be bored again wearing the wild world of Jasper

The list of Jasper variations you read above is just a small list of Jasper's offerings; there is an endless possibility of colors and designs for jewelry pieces created with this stone.

How do you cleanse and charge Jasper?

When you are first united with your Jasper stone, be sure to cleanse and charge it for optimal healing benefits. Most Jasper pieces can be cleaned under running water, but if you are unsure, make sure to choose a method that is safe for all stones.

Keep it away from crystals that are harder than a 6 to 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness to avoid scratching. 

Jasper loves being a part of the earth, so choose a method of charging it under soil or in a garden for best results. 

To learn more about metaphysical crystal cleansing and charging, watch the video at Crystal Care

female model holding mookaite jasper heartsWhat does Jasper mean in divination?

Drawing Jasper in a gemstone divination session means: You need a little support. Although you are capable of achieving your goals, a little encouragement can go a long way. When you find people around you who are willing to mentor you, be your cheerleader, or lend a sympathetic ear, take it. 

Use Jasper as your supportive stone to manifest your pursuits. 

Magical Incantation of Jasper

This is a message from Jasper from Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski's book "Crystal Therapy":

"As a nurturer with gentle, nudging guidance that's as familiar as parental love, I offer respite from the chaos of daily events. I facilitate clear thinking, organization and completion of projects by working with you to focus through your open energy centers. Combinations of my colors align naturally for chakra meditations and clearing." 

red jasper polished stones and sphereWhat chakra is Jasper?

Jasper vibrates with the energy of the Root and Sacral chakras. At the Root chakra, Jasper provides that grounding, physical energy you need for survival. At the Sacral chakra, Jasper provides the stimulation or pleasure and creativity you need to flourish. 

Depending on the color of your Jasper stone, it may also be used at other chakras according to color vibrations. For example, you can use your Green Jasper at your Heart chakra and your Yellow Jasper at your Solar Plexus chakra. 

To learn more about crystals and your chakras, visit the Chakra Guide

What element is Jasper?

Jasper is associated with the Fire element. Forming in volcanic ash, this fiery stone is great for activating your passion and connection with the life force.


Where can I buy Jasper stones?

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