Nov 6, 2009

Leopardskin Jasper

Jasper is an extremely varied and versatile stone. The light colors are best for healing and darker colors are more grounding and can be used for protection. Jasper can also be used to further both the development and continuance of business pursuits .. to provide for coordination of activities leading to an increase. It is also reported to give you the courage to speak out and the bravery to achieve personal independence. 

Leopardskin Jasper is an excellent protection stone, providing protection for both travellers and astral travellers. This stone is also a good grounding stone and is especially useful in healing, It instills a feeling of wholeness, serenity and being cared for and aids mental clarity and functioning and balances the heart center. It was widely known as a “nurturing” stone.

It is known to help draw into your life whatever you need for physical healing. When Leopardskin Jasper is  in contact with your skin, the stone's energy flows into your aura, where it captures information about you. This information then rides on the return flow of the stone's energy back to the stone in contact with your skin. In this way, the Leopardskin Jasper learns your needs.

However, these stones do not discriminate between true and artificial needs. An example of an artificial need is a child's "need" to have ice cream for dessert, while his true need might be for an apple. Leopardskin Jasper helps attract whatever will satisfy one's true needs, which are not necessarily the same as desires or wishes.

Jasper (as a whole) is a form of semiprecious chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz and is usually red, brown or green. Its patterns are usually more irregular and better defined than those of the other chalcedony variety, agate. Another difference between the two is that jaspers are generally opaque, while agates tend to be translucent, or at minimum will contain translucent bands. This distinction stems from the composition of the stones. Jasper contains microscopic "grains" of crystalline quartz and agate has microscopic "fibers" of crystalline quartz.

Jasper derives its colorful patterns from other minerals present, and is often named according to its pattern. It has a dull luster but takes a fine polish, and its hardness and other physical properties are those of quartz. Leopardskin Jasper was once believed to help prevent infection and heal wounds caused in fights or battles. In the modern world it is more commonly used to help heal emotional scars caused by past traumas, abuse or neglect.

Native Americans believe that jasper brings rain. The word for Jasper in some Native American cultures meant "rain-bringer." It was often worn by Shamen to provide protection. Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. According to Native American beliefs, crystals can communicate while existing on multiple dimensions. They offer us information we cannot reach ourselves, and they promote harmonic symmetry and perfection within the world. You must become friends with the crystal energies you work with so that they can reveal their purpose to you

* The stones that you see (the first photo) on the wooden box are the very same ones I ordered last week, after seeing them in a photo (along side a couple of beautifully made tarot bags, that I ordered as well). My sweetie, Chris took the photo of the stones  just after they arrived yesterday.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Interesting info about the relationship of jade and agate! And of course, jade is big, big, BIG in oriental culture too. I was once in a store in Victoria, B.C. that was entirely devoted to jade jewellry and carvings, from tiny pieces to huge jade dragons, in all the jade colours available! Beautiful!

Rue said...

I only have one piece of this, but I'm very fond of it. I don't carry or use it often - so thank you for the info on it, because I'm going to make an effort to use it more!