Crystal of the Week, Red Jasper

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Once upon a time, Red Jasper was an expensive stone because it was so sought-after. It is a stone of great antiquity, having been named in the Bible and was the first stone in the breastplate of Aaron, the High Priest. Red Jasper was called the blood of Mother Earth by Native American tribes and was used to stimulate health and re-birth, innovative ideas and strategies, and increase one’s sensitivity to the earth when dowsing for water or calling in rain. Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, and is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colours, but may be used to describe other opaque colours of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green, orange, and black. Jasper is almost always multi-coloured, with unique colour patterns and habits. A very special stone which seems to have fallen from grace with too many people these days! A favourite crystals shop of mine says they can’t give them away it seems. And I have literally witnessed punters pick one up, put it back, and move on to fancier crystals and stones. They don’t know what’s good for them, I say.

red jasper
Red Jasper ~ photo by i.macy

We must wait for the magick because the real magick occurs in the birth of Jasper. Jasper is typically found in veins and cracks in volcanic rocks, often together with chalcedony and agate. No geodes filled with Jasper that resemble agate geodes have ever been found, so the formation of Jasper seems to be restricted to veins and cracks percolated by aqueous solutions. Veins of jasper occasionally occur in igneous rocks [for example, red and yellow Jasper in granite in the Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany]. The cracks filled out by Jasper often form during tectonic activity. These movements go on for a long time; the cracks will reopen again, the Jasper will be shattered, and the voids in between will be filled with more Jasper. This leads to the formation of brecciated Jasper, a rock that has – often repeatedly – been shattered, and is made of Jasper, and sometimes chalcedony and microcrystalline quartz of assorted colours. The image shows a tumbled specimen of unknown origin. Its deep red colour is caused by embedded haematite and you may be able to make out the black haematite streak in the Jasper pictured in my hand. You can also make out the huge quartz inclusion in the larger stone.

Hopefully, this explanation is enough to let you know how wonderfully made red Jasper, nee all Jaspers, are and why they deserve our reverence as much today as they did so many centuries ago.

Magickal:
Wear or carry Red Jasper to alleviate stress and reconnect with Earth’s grounding energies. Its cleansing effect eliminates negativity, returning it to its source, and stabilising the aura. It is an ideal worry or rubbing stone for soothing the nerves and restoring balance.

Red Jasper is marvellous for clearing the mind during meditation, prayer or contemplation. Its high spiritual energy increases focus and endurance during long ceremonies or practises and is helpful in establishing new spiritual disciplines. It is an excellent stone for shamanic journeying and astral travel and provides vivid dream recall.

A valuable stone of protection, Red Jasper guards against physical threats and assists in situations of danger. Keep in the car to prevent accidents, theft or road rage, and place in the home or office to absorb electromagnetic and environmental pollution and radiation. Wear two or three items of Red Jasper jewellery or a pouch of three small tumble stones to shield against psychic attack or when working with spirit rescue, potentially violent or psychologically disturbed individuals.

Red Jasper is a stone of passion and a token of all who consummate love. It encourages control in all things, and thus calms sexual aggressiveness, promotes sexual compatibility, and enhances tantric sex. It may assist women in overcoming a jealous love rival or unfair opposition to a relationship.

Red Jasper also stimulates passion in one’s creative work, manifesting innovative ideas and freshness, and the energy to continue a project even after the initial excitement has dwindled. Its energy brings focus and self-mastery. Red Jasper is the crystal of actors, actresses and all connected with expressive and performing arts in becoming more sensitive to their audiences.

Red Jasper may be used as a professional support stone for all jobs requiring physical strength and stamina, from police officers to trades workers, waitresses and waiters, and other high activity professionals. It also brings energy, alertness and emotional endurance to accountants, computer operators, military personnel and all who must continuously be focused and on task.

In Divination:
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. Red Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water and was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

Jasper has also been utilised for divining the future. Red and Picture Jasper are especially conducive for dream work and visioning, and it is an excellent scrying and dowsing pendulum stone.

The Divinatory meaning of Red Jasper: Be tough but kind with someone close who acts helpless and drains you of money or energy with constant demands.

Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned.

Healing:
Red Jasper helps with the sense of smell. It also promotes physical energy. Red jasper is thought to help balance the energy in the body. Red Jasper helps regulate the metabolic energies of the body, providing strength and vitality, and increasing physical stamina. It is particularly beneficial for those needing extra support during prolonged illness, injury or hospitalisation. Because of its ability to help generate muscle tissue, it may be useful in weight lifting and bodybuilding, and to enhance the effects of exercise.

Red Jasper is thought to support the circulatory system, detoxifying the blood and removing blockages of the liver and bile ducts. It strengthens the heart and enhances circulation, and may be useful in treating anaemia, exhaustion, and heart conditions, including recovery of bypass or transplant surgeries.

Correspondences:
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Element: Fire, Earth
Chakra: Base/Root
Deity: Cerridwen, Isis, Bona Dea, Chirakan-Ixmucane, Callisto, Clota
Planet: Mercury, Saturn, Venus
Energies: Grounding, Protection, Healing

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Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible, London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible, 2003
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2, 2009
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 3, 2013
Judy Hall, The Encyclopaedia of Crystals, 2013
Judy Hall, Crystals to Empower You, 2013
Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals, 2011
Wikipedia.org
Experience

What Really Goes into Creating a Pendulum?

Originally posted on 18/07/2017 by Isabella via speakingofwitchwands.net

Isabella @TheWandCarver

Have you ever wondered why your pendulum, if you are a pendulum dowser, is made from the crystal or the wood, or even a metal, that was used in its creation? Maybe you only purchased it because you thought the pendulum was beautiful…or perhaps you bought it because you resonated with the crystal used. Just maybe you had deeper thought into why you chose your pendulum.  If you did, I am one of those who think about “why” as well.

I don’t know what other people who make pendulums think about when they create some of the stunning pendulums they make, I only know what goes through my own mind as I choose the wood or the stone/crystal with which I create ours. It’s not very likely I’ll create something simply for its looks. I don’t choose woods or crystals for any reason, whether for a wand or a piece of jewellery, or as in this topic, a pendulum, simply because it is pretty. Of course, from a customer’s point of view it helps for it to be attractive…otherwise some items could sit upon the shelf for an eternity if the customer finds it appallingly ugly.

Lapis Lazuli Crescent Moon
photo by i. macy

So, what do I think when creating pendulums for our customers? First, I look at the crystal or wood’s meaning. For example, I try to choose a crystal / wood which has links or properties, if you will, which will help facilitate dowsing. For instance, one crystal I love to use for dowsing pendulums is Obsidian which is known as “the stone of truth”. Whatever you are seeking cannot be kept secret from with Obsidian. And, it shows both the positive and negative sides, so be prepared to take the answers as they are. Another crystal I believe to be beneficial to the dowser is Smoky Quartz. One of its properties is that it is a grounding stone, which is something the dowser needs to be as they work. It can keep away negative energies from the dowser as he or she works to find answers either for themselves or someone else. I believe my favourite crystal for pendulums, however, is Lapis Lazuli. Not only is it a stunning colour but it also has the capacity to activate the higher mind, to enhance and assist communication on all levels. All things very important to the pendulum dowser.

But, what about wood dowsing pendulums? As it happens, wood was probably the first material used for pendulum dowsing. Of course, many beautiful stones and crystals have been available to man/womankind throughout the ages but we must also remember that in many cases very far back in the past, many stones and crystals were only allowed to be used by royalty and people of prestige. So, wooden pendulums were most likely the pendulum by necessity. My personal favourite is my Yew pendulum. However, unless I’m able to find Yew to be at my disposal it isn’t terribly likely we’ll have Yew pendulums in our shop. My second favourite? Oak!

Oak
photo by i. macy

The Celtic people have always revered Oak. In the Celtic Ogham, Duir is the word or name for Oak. There are accounts that trace the name “druid” to duir from Oak. More interestingly, the actual translation of duir is “door” and lore indicates the spiritually advanced Celts would access the ethereal planes of higher thought (psychic vision or soul-thought) by “opening the oak door.”

Therefore, we felt that the Oak was the best idea for a pendulum as when we dowse, we are looking for answers, we are opening a door of sorts to find answers to our queries. We also have been using Magnolia with enormous success. Magnolia promotes psychic development and it aids meditation and spiritual opening, which makes it an ideal choice for a pendulum.

Poplar pendulum by i.macy

In addition to the Magnolia and Oak pendulums we have had over the years, we have recently included a beauty of a Poplar pendulum. The “Spirit of Poplar” is a guide during pendulum divination. The Poplar spirit is a keen guide into the world of divination and seeing true, as well as a bridge-builder between Earth and Spirit realms. It’s powers include Hope, Rebirth, Divination, Astral Projection, Courage, Ancestry, Protection, Healing and deity who honour Poplar included the Morrigan and Hecate.

We hope this helps you in deciding upon which type of dowsing pendulum is for you. Perhaps at least when you shop for a pendulum, whether with us or someone else, you will be able to think about what you need from your pendulum, no matter whether it is wood or stone. Your pendulum should be a tool which you can feel a connection with as you must trust it to give the true answers to your queries. And, as always, we welcome any questions on our Etsy shop, should you have them. Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings )O(