Jasper is a variety of silica usually found in green, brown, yellow, red, and occasionally, blue. Red jasper in particular is a popular crystal with those who practice healing, and want to tap into the power of crystals to heighten their own spirituality.
If you find yourself browsing aimlessly through your crystal shop unsure which one to pick, red jasper is a good crystal to start with. Let’s take a closer look at what red jasper is, how to use it, and more.
What Is Red Jasper?
This variety of quartz comes in many colors, but red jasper is often particularly high in iron, resulting in its distinctive red coloring. Red jasper can be found throughout America, Russia, Brazil, India, Madagascar, and Western Europe.
Red jasper has been used for centuries. It was even used in ancient Egypt when Egyptians would place fragments of red jasper in amulets to offer protection!
Red jasper was believed to protect people against negative spirits, and this belief has helped shape our understanding of red jasper today.
Red Jasper Zodiac Birthstone
Red jasper is the birthstone for Aries, but it’s also strongly associated with Scorpios, Virgos (see also, ‘When Does Virgo Season Start?‘), and Leos.
Red jasper is said to help balance Scorpios (see also ‘When Exactly is Scorpio Season?‘), Virgos, and Leos who are often seen as passionate and fiery. Although these are great qualities to have, these zodiacs can sometimes lose focus on the things that matter due to them.
Red jasper can help balance these qualities and offer a protective cloak to help guide them through life. This can improve self-confidence and focus, and prevent procrastination.
The Benefits Of Red Jasper
Although red jasper was traditionally known as a protective crystal, its benefits go far beyond this. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of using red jasper.
Red jasper is believed to be an energy booster, and it’s reported to increase balance and emotional focus. Red jasper may act as a boost of energy to your chakras, which can give you the focus you need to get things done and act on your passions and dreams.
It can also help you overcome procrastination, so it’s a great crystal to use if you’re stuck in a rut!
Red jasper can help promote positivity and give you a more positive outlook on life. The stone itself radiates positive vibrations which can help improve your confidence and self-worth.
Red jasper also has strong links with the first or root chakra (sometimes called the Muladhara), which is associated with grounding.
This chakra is essentially the force that gives you the energy to live your day-to-day life, and it controls your identity, security, safety, and even your ancestry.
Red jasper can be used to help you feel more grounded and connected with this chakra, which may improve your overall quality of life.
How To Use Red Jasper
There are many ways to use red jasper in your daily life. Red jasper is usually used in the following ways:
- Worn as jewelry
- Carried around in a pocket or close to your person
- Used in meditation
- Used in another energy treatment or healing
- Placed under your pillow
- Used as a decorative piece in your house
However, one of the most effective ways to use red jasper is to set your intentions with it. This will help you make the most of its healing properties and powers. Setting your intentions with red jasper is easy:
- Place a piece of red jasper in your hands, and think of a task you’ve been avoiding such as writing an essay
- While thinking of the task, say to yourself “today I will take action to complete this task”
- Hopefully, you’ll find that setting your intentions with red jasper gave you the boost of energy you needed to complete your task
Remember: this is only one example of how to use red jasper. You could also set an intention to have a better night’s sleep, wash away negative energy, and more.
If you really want to make the most of your red jasper, try some of the suggestions below.
Pair It With A Vision Board
Vision boards or dream boards consist of pictures, words, and other items that are arranged in a way to help you manifest a vision or goal. Red jasper may help boost the power of your vision board and fast-track your journey to reaching your goal.
Place a piece of red jasper on top of your vision board (along with other crystals if necessary) and see what happens!
Meditation And Chakras
Because of red jasper’s associations with the root chakra, it may be useful to use it in meditation and chakra work.
You could place your red jasper (and other crystals if you wish) on your person or around your body when meditating, or place a piece directly on your root chakra during meditation to help you achieve your goal.
How Do You Cleanse And Charge Red Jasper?
If you want to maintain the healing properties of your crystals, you should be charging and cleansing them at least once a month.
However, if you don’t feel like your red jasper is benefiting you, or you’re worried there may be some negative energy attached to it, you may need to charge it more frequently.
To cleanse and charge your red jasper, wash it under lukewarm water for around 3 minutes.
Some people also like to leave their red jasper in direct sunlight or moonlight to charge it, and it can even be buried under the soil for a few hours to cleanse and recharge.
Red jasper has a rich history. For centuries, it has been used as a healing stone, with many people continuing to use it today to offer protection, motivation, and confidence.
Red jasper can be used in conjunction with other crystals to manifest your desires, improve your self-worth, and more.