These small orbicular jasper stones, also called Poppy Jasper, were picked up along Long Beach in Washington State. I love the spots of bright red against the black background.
Jasper is generally associated with the earth, with a slow, constant energy fields. I find that these stones are great to hold while meditating – they ground me and help still my mind.
Intuitively, I associate these jasper pieces with my root chakra. There is definitely a connection there.
Tumbled red jasper doesn’t do a thing for me, oddly enough. In fact I find the color off-putting because it has an orange tinge to it. I’m not a fan of red-orange; it turns me off in a visceral way. I also feel no connection to picture jasper or most other kinds of jasper (although I’ve never seen real Madagascar Sea Jasper), only to this specific kind and color.
“The name means “spotted or speckled stone”, and is derived via Old French jaspre (variant of Anglo-Norman jaspe) and Latin iaspidem (nom. iaspis) from Greek ἴασπις iaspis (feminine noun), from an Afroasiatic language (cf. Hebrew ישפה yashpeh, Akkadian yashupu). This Semitic etymology is believed to be unrelated to that of the English given name Jasper (of Persian origin).” via Wikipedia
Jasper is opaque and is formed by sediments or ash. The different swirls, circles, or layers (such as in picture jasper) are formed as the deposits are moved by wind or air. Sometimes the original material can be cracked or broken before consolidation occurs, Other minerals flow in around the broken pieces, resulting in brecciated jasper.