Metaphysical Uses of Red Jasper
Red Jasper is a grounding stone, associated with the root chakra, and with strength used to promote the cause of justice. Passionate Aries is ruled by Mars, and this stone amplifies Mars’ warrior spirit while at the same time keeping emotions under control. But contrary to what this might imply, it’s also a stone of the Divine Feminine, associated with childbirth and courage in women. For healing, Red Jasper is strongly associated with blood.
Red Jasper Lore
Red Jasper is a form of quartz with traces of hematite, which gives it both its intense color and some interesting properties. While healing and other metaphysical uses go back to ancient times, writers often used the word “jasper” to refer to any opaque stone, so it isn’t always easy to be sure what mineral they mean. But generally, the brick-red form has been associated with strength and grounding. The Egyptians, for example, considered it the “blood of Isis” (along with Carnelian), and believed a drop-shaped red jasper pendant would give the soul the courage needed to face Osiris for one’s judgment in the next world.
More About Jaspers
Jaspers are primarily quartz (silicon dioxide, or SO2) which has been broken down and reformed within the earth, often picking up traces of other minerals in the process. Red jasper, for example, contains traces of hematite. More complex jaspers may even include veins or small pieces of other minerals. Some jaspers are actually agates or rhyolites. For the sake of this list, we’re just going to go by what they’re commonly called. In general, jaspers are associated with grounding and connection to Mother Earth. The heavily patterned ones are often also associated with creativity and mental focus.