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Gemstones of the Moon

V0024874 Astronomy: Diana, as Moon goddess, an angel above looking he Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Astronomy: Diana, as Moon goddess, an angel above looking heavenward. Engraving by N. Dorigny, 1695, after Raphael, 1516. 1695 By: Raphaelafter: Nicolas DorignyPublished: 1695 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

(A 17th century engraving of Diana the Moon goddess, with an angel above her, by the French artist Nicolas Dorigny.  The crab on her head signifies the zodiac sign Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon.  Image Source: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

THE PLANETARY GEMSTONES OF THE MOON

Although mostly forgotten today, there are traditional connections between astrology and the mineral kingdom.  The birthstones are actually a 20th century invention but they echo an ancient belief that each planet and zodiac sign had gemstones associated with it.  Although these listings vary, they follow a simple rule.  Each material has a symbolic connection with the planet and therefore could serve as a vehicle for its energy.

THE SILVER MIRROR

“The moon is a silver pin head vase, that holds the heaven’s
tent-hangings fast.”
~William R. Alger, 19th century Unitarian minister and author~

Both the Moon, and many of its spiritual beings, were associated historically with silver.  The metal resembles both moonlight and water.  While it tarnishes black, it can be restored by polishing, similar to the changing phases of the Moon.  All metals were once luxury goods.  Their shiny surfaces reminded people of the light emitted by certain celestial bodies.  Because gold does not tarnish, it was associated with the consistent appearance of the Sun.  Silver was seen as “semi perfect”, representing the cool light of the changeable Moon, while the other planetary metals were “imperfect”.

Most of the metaphysical properties of silver derive from its physical characteristics, lunar connection, or use as currency.  Silver’s durability but susceptibility to corruption made it a symbol of both morality and redemption in the West.  Although the metal tarnishes, said to represent sin traditionally, it can easily be restored by cleaning.   This quality is interpreted more neutrally today as supporting personal growth, self knowledge, and cleansing heavy energies.

Silver has been used historically to make mirrors, often in the round shape of the Moon.  The reflective metal came to represent spiritual sight like intuition, personal reflection, and the deflection of negativity.  Because of its connection to the night, it also signifies protection from the forces of darkness, just as silver bullets are thought to injure werewolves in contemporary folklore.

While most countries adopted the gold standard from the mid 19th to 20th centuries, where paper currency could be exchanged for its equivalent value in gold, silver was the principle metal used for commerce for centuries before that, associating it also with abundance, good luck, and success.

1: Silver

moongemstones(A black moonstone sphere and pink moonstone rough on a handout from our workshop.  As the name implies, moonstone is traditionally associated with the Moon.   The term is applied to different varieties of the mineral feldspar that display adularescence, a bluish white sheen on the surface.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

THE CHILDREN OF THE MOON

Not only do the planets correspond to certain areas of life, each is traditionally associated with specific animals, plants, and minerals. For example, the 16th century German writer Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa lists the following materials under the rulership of the Moon:

Amongst Metals, Silver; amongst stones, Crystall (A), the Silver Marcasite (B), and all those stones that are White, and Green.  Also the stone Selenites (C), Lunary, shining from a white body, with a yellow brightness, imitating the motion of the Moon, having in it the figure of the Moon which daily increaseth, or decreaseth as doth the Moon. Also Pearls, which are generated in shels of fishes from the droppings of Water, also the Berill (D).

A = Quartz.  B = Arsenopyrite.  C = A name used for both gypsum and moonstone historically.  D = Beryl but more likely, aquamarine.

(It can be difficult to correctly identify stones in historic texts.  Names drift over time and minerals recognized today as completely different things were unknowingly seen as one gemstone, named by their color.  For example, topaz once meant peridot, then all translucent yellow stones, and eventually the aluminum silicate we know today.)

Other period astrological texts also include:

All soft stones (Lily, 17th century).

Nabatean glass (E), white stones, emerald, moonstone. Silver and things manufactured of silver, such as cups, bangles, rings and the like, pearls, crystal, beads strung (Al-Biruni, 11th century).

E = A luxury trade good in antiquity, from Southern Jordan.

moongrid(A lunar crystal grid from a planetary gemstone workshop.  It has a girasol quartz center stone, often sold under the trade name “moon quartz”.   One arm has selenite, aquamarine, and aragonite, a mineral used by sea creatures to produce their shells.   The other one has silver leaf in bottles, moss agate, rainbow moonstone, and abalone shell.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

By reverse engineering these correspondences, we can learn lunar qualities in stones generally:

2: Stones that resemble the moon in color or have a white flash, once thought to change with its phases: selenite, the trade name for crystalline gypsum, and the various feldspars with a flash known as moonstoneGirasol quartz is commonly sold as “Moon quartz”.  It is an uncommon white cousin of rose quartz, with a golden blue glow.

3: Materials that resemble water: clear quartz, beryl (aquamarine), and glass.  The Moon is associated with water, especially the ocean, because of its influence over the tides.  We are surrounded by glass today but it was once an incredibly prized material.  As translucent as water and often used to hold liquids, one can see how period authors considered it lunar.

4: Precious materials from the sea, often organic in origin, like pearl, coral, and shell.

5: Green stones that representing growth.  Historically the Moon was thought to rule the movement of all water, not just the oceans, so also represented the growth of crops from rain.

fullmoongrid(A Full Moon crystal grid from our website, www.etemetaphysical.com.  It also has a girasol quartz center stone.   One arm has rose quartz, aquamarine, milk quartz, and celestite crystals.  The other one has rough moonstone, amethyst, and clear quartz points.  A border of white salt chunks surrounds the entire grid.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

TEARS OF THE SEA

“He who would search for pearls must dive below.”
~John Dryden, 17th century English poet~

There is a long tradition of using gems in India to counter balance problems with both the natal chart and transiting planets. Large, flawless stones, usually set in specific metals are prescribed. Each planet has a primary gemstone, if one of sufficient size can not be found or is too expensive, then an alternative in a similar color is used. The primary stone of Chandra (the Moon) is pearl and its substitutes also appear lunar like moonstone.

A pearl is an organic object produced by certain molluscs, most notably the oyster. They form to protect the animal from injury or a foreign body, wrapping it in layers of the minerals calcite and aragonite and the protein conchiolin. Natural pearls are a rare occurrence and were once the most precious jewelry material available, known as the “queen of gems”. In the early 1900’s techniques were developed in Japan to produce cultured pearls, which made them available to the greater public.

Because of their white color, biological purpose, and layers, pearls represent purification, spiritual protection, and the overcoming of obstacles. Since they come from the ocean and are round like the Moon, they are lunar symbols, connected to the emotions, romance, and traits culturally associated with the feminine like intuition. Pearls are also said to have a calming effect, just like they help the oyster with an irritant, or are used to reveal and pacify the root of a personal wound.

6: Hindu astrological gemstones: Pearl and moonstone.

fullmoon(The Full Moon. Image Source: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

MODERN ASSOCIATIONS

“Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell, Self preserving we may dwell.”
~Muhammad Iqbal, early 20th century Pakistani poet~

Astrological texts rely mostly on gemstones known in antiquity. Many new minerals have been discovered, others have become readily available, and familiar ones have turned out to be more than one type.

Because the Moon influences the tide, it has a close relationship to the ocean.  While shell, coral, and pearls are commonly seen as lunar materials, the rock world also has marine fossils.  Many of them have a symbolic connection to the home, traditionally ruled by the Moon in astrology.

7: Ammonites: The ammonites were squid like animals with an external shell.  They created increasingly larger chambers to accommodate their bodies as they grew.  Since the ammonites carried their homes with them, many contemporary metaphysical books associate them with the spiral journey of life, house blessings, and managing psychic gifts like empathy.

8: Sand Dollars and Sea Urchins: Historically in England fossil echinoids were placed near doors, windows, and hearths to watch over the home and bless the kitchen, especially the making of bread.  Sand dollars are associated metaphysically with wealth, spiritual guidance, and protection, guarding the openings of a house or the chakras of the energy body.

This blog is part of a series on the planetary gemstones, adapted from my workshops on the topic.  Some articles are on my old personal blog.

Gemstones of the Sun
Gemstone of the Moon
Gemstones of Mercury
Gemstones of Venus
Gemstones of Mars
Gemstones of Jupiter
Gemstones of Saturn

©2016 Christopher Lee Matthews
christopher@entertheearth.com

Setting Intentions for Full Moon Capricorn and New Moon Cancer

Full Moon in Capricorn: July 1st, 2015 at 10:20 pm EST
9º 55’ Capricorn

New Moon in Cancer: July 15th, 2015 at 9:24 pm EST
23 º 14’ Cancer

Full Moon Aquarius: July 31st, 2015 at 6:43 am EST
7 º 56’ Aquarius

The Full Moon and New Moon typically alternate between opposing zodiac signs.  The parts of life ruled by the pair mirror one another, as the different ends of a polarity.  This month they fall along the Cancer and Capricorn axis, which represents the balance between the outer and inner life.  Capricorn rules the structures of our body, life and society, while Cancer represents the home, childhood, and our connection to family.

capricorncancer(Early 19th century engravings of the constellations Capricornus and Cancer from Urania’s Mirror by Sidney Hall.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

While the Sun and Moon are in opposing signs during the Full Moon, they are in the same sign during the New Moon.  This means each month we move from exploring both sides of a polarity towards examining one end of it.  This time we will shift our focus from the outer (Capricorn Full Moon) to the inner (Cancer New Moon).  In approximately six months, the Full Moon will be in Cancer and the New Moon in Capricorn instead, giving us the opportunity to adjust ourselves in the opposite direction.

After the New Moon, the Sun and Moon align themselves along a new zodiac axis.  This month it is Leo and Aquarius, which signifies the polarity of the individual self vs. the collective group. zodiacaxis

An overview of the zodiac lunar cycle:

1:  As the Moon waxes, increases in light until the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon align themselves along two different poles of a specific zodiac axis: Aries and Libra, Taurus and Scorpio, Gemini and Sagittarius, Cancer and Capricorn, Leo and Aquarius, or Virgo and Pisces.

2:  As the Moon wanes, increases in darkness until the New Moon, the Sun and Moon come together at one end of that axis.

3:  Approximately six months later, the Sun and Moon align along the same axis but reverse their positions and highlight the other end instead.

4:  Because there can be thirteen Full Moons or New Moons in a year but only twelve zodiac signs, a particular zodiac moon may be repeated.  For example, we started this year with two different New Moons in Aquarius.

While setting intentions on the New Moon and Full Moon is a popular practice, it can be fine tuned by incorporating the relevant zodiac component.  Different signs are better suited for different types of intentions.

fullmooncapricorn1(A representation of the Full Moon in Capricorn, with the Sun in Cancer, on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Full Moon Capricorn:  During the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are 180 degrees apart, in zodiac sign completely opposite one another in the sky. This angle is called an opposition in astrology and represents a polarity of energies. There can be tension between the two planets or an attempt to reconcile their differences. For example, while Capricorn is an earth sign and Cancer a water sign, they are both cardinal signs, associated with the beginning of a season. All four cardinal signs like to initiate action but approach the problem from a different perspective, as represented by their elements.

capricorn(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Capricorn by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Astrological Correspondences for the Capricorn Moon:

  • Capricorn represents the foundational structures of our culture, from business, government, to organized religion.
  • It rules body parts that give us structure or may remain after death, like bones, connective tissues, and joints, or are found at the ends of the body like fingernails, hair, and teeth.
  • Contemporary astrology associates Capricorn with the 10th house which signifies your most public persona like your reputation, career, and contributions to society.

You can further strengthen your meditation or ceremony by working with gemstones attributed to Capricorn.  Although the lists of stones vary greatly in both contemporary and traditional sources, zodiac gemstones tend to reflect either the planetary ruler of the sign or the season when the Sun passes through it.

  • Dark Colored Stones: Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  Because the planet is associated with dark colors like black and brown, sometimes dark green and blue, many stones attributed to Capricorn are likewise dark like lapis lazuli, sapphire, turquoise, onyx, jet, and malachite.
  • Stones Signifying the Return of Light:  The start of Capricorn is the December Solstice, the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  Because it is the shortest day of the year, many stones attributed to Capricorn represent light, warmth, or fire like ruby, garnet, citrine, and topaz.

newmooncancer(A representation of the New Moon in Cancer on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

New Moon Cancer: During the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are 0 degrees apart.  This means the New Moon happens in the same zodiac sign as the Sun.  This angle is called a conjunction in astrology and represents a merging of energies.  While an opposition can be inherently challenging, a conjunction is considered more neutral.

cancer(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Cancer by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

  •  Cancer represents our emotions, inner life, and the less visible but potent parts of our personality like the unconscious.
  • It rules body parts associated with providing and digesting food, like the breasts and stomach, and motherhood like the womb.
  • Contemporary astrology associates Cancer with the 4th house which represents motherhood and childhood, the home, and our ancestral roots.

You can further strengthen your meditation or ceremony by working with gemstones attributed to Cancer. Although the lists of stones vary greatly in both contemporary and traditional sources, zodiac gemstones tend to reflect either the planetary ruler of the sign or the season when the Sun passes through it.

  • White and Opalescent Stones: The Moon is the ruler of Cancer. Because the planet is associated with white, clear, and opalescent colors, many of the stones attributed to Cancer are similar like pearl, moonstone, selenite, rock crystal, white chalcedony, and opal.
  •  Stones of Green Goodness: The start of Cancer is the June Solstice, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Many stones attributed to Cancer represent the green growth of the season like emerald, chrysoprase, and jade.

fullmoonaquarius(A representation of the Full Moon in Aquarius, with the Sun in Leo, on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Full Moon Aquarius: 
 After the New Moon, both celestial bodies typically enter new signs.  While the Sun advances one position, the Moon moves forward five, ending up opposite the Sun once again. Zodiac signs adjacent to one another are 30 degrees apart, an aspect known as a semisextile (Latin “half of one sixth”), and those five signs away from each other are 150 apart, an aspect known as a quincunx (Latin, “five twelfths”). Unlike the opposition and conjunction, signs involved in a semisextile or quincunx have nothing in common. They have different elements, modalities, and polarities.

Because of this lack of relationship, the New Moon represents the beginning of a cycle, as both the Sun and Moon shift to new signs balanced along the different poles of a zodiac axis. Next month we will explore the Leo and Aquarius axis of the zodiac.

aquarius(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Aquarius by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

July to August 2015 Workshop Calendar

meta logo 09July to August 2015 Workshop Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are by donation.  However seats are limited.  Individuals who have RSVP’d on our Meetup group WNC Crystal Toting Tree Huggers will be given priority.  For event at the Grove Arcade, please arrive by 4:45 pm. The outside doors are locked by 5 pm on Sundays.

Full Moon Toning Meditation
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 , 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

We will learn about harnessing the New Moon to Full Moon cycle with astrology.


We will set intentions for the Full Moon in Capricorn (07/01/15 EST) with support from gem elixirs, water infused with stones, and crystal grids, geometric arrangements of minerals.


Finally we will be vocal toning, a form of sound meditation, to support the manifestation of those intentions. We will be group singing the bijas of the Moon, simple Sanskrit syllables, believed to connect us to lunar energies.


While the Full Moon is generally associated with bringing things to fruition, each one takes place against the background of a different zodiac sign, making it better suited for particular intentions. This Full Moon is in Capricorn, representing the structures of our body, life, and society, personal and professional development, and producing things in the real world.  
After setting our intentions, we will work with gem elixirs, crystal grids, and toning the Sanskrit sounds of the Moon to clear, align, and strengthen the energy body to support the manifestation of those goals.

Spiritual Awakening: The Foundation of Psychic Awareness
With Deborah Hendrickson
Sunday, July 12th, 2015, 4:45pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

The discussion groups that Deborah has facilitated in the past were such a big hit that we’ve scheduled her to come back this summer for another one. This is less of a workshop and more of a support and discussion group that will share helpful protocols to those going through the awakening process.


For more information about Deborah Hendrickson, please visit Sacred Tree Visions.


Earth Allies: Stone and Herbal Alchemy

With Asia Suler
Sunday, August 9th, 2015, 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Plants and stones make up the most ancient history of this world. Co-creators of landscape, ecology, and the very evolution of our planet itself– herbs and minerals have been allies since the beginning. Ancient human systems of healing arose from an intimate understanding of these two foundational medicines. When used together, plants and stones can go deeper, higher and wider than when used alone. Together, these two allies can help us to access all levels of healing—from the bedrock of our innermost selves to the highest canopy of our personal growth.

In this class we we’ll look at the deeply synergistic relationship between plant and stone medicine. As a group, we’ll explore the philosophy behind plant and stone formulations and investigate different methods of combining these allies to make potent medicinal elixirs. Come meet a core group of synergistic plants and stones to help you begin a truly alchemical medicine-making practice and open the gateways to deepen your relationship with these ancient earth allies.

For more information about Asia Suler, please visit One Willow Apothecaries.

Harnessing Vibration: Sound Healing Techniques with Crystals
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Many cultures recognize a unique relationship between sound and the mineral kingdom. When stones are activated with intentional sound, they help shift personal and collective frequencies and support altered states of consciousness ranging from meditation to journeying. One of the most approachable techniques is toning, using extended syllables to produce energetic effects. We will explore toning with individual crystals, crystalline grids, and gem elixirs.

We will also discuss sound healing techniques like sacred sound, combining spoken, sung, and written words with minerals, especially those passed down generation to generation through spiritual traditions.

Toning the Chakras
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

Vocal toning is a form of sound meditation. It usually consists of singing extended syllables, especially vowels. These sounds are believed to have their own energetic properties like crystals, especially when passed down over time. We will be group toning the bijas of the chakras, simple Sanskrit syllables, originating in Hinduism, believed to balance the energy centers of the subtle body.

Combining sound and stones can produce deep meditative experiences. Because salt is associated metaphysically with spirituality, purification, and returning things to wholeness, the salt cave is especially well suited for restorative practices like chakra balancing.

Sacred Geometry: The Seed of Life, Vesica Piscis, and the Merkaba

What is the “Seed of Life”?

The “Seed of Life” is a contemporary name for an ancient geometric figure.  It consists of seven overlapping circles with the same diameter.  Six of them are regularly spaced within the seventh, producing a rosette with eighteen lens shaped petals: six smaller ones inside and twelve larger ones outside.

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This figure can be replicated in six different directions, creating an interlocking net of circles and rosettes.  A version constructed from nineteen circles is known today as the “Flower of Life”.

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The names “Seed of Life” and “Flower of Life” are modern, popularized by the author Drunvalo Melchizedek in his workshops and books on sacred geometry since the mid 1980’s.  He attributes these teachings to his angelic guides and a spiritual master related to the Egyptian deity Thoth, the patron of communication, wisdom, and science.

euclidgeometry(A 14th century hexagonal panel of Euclid by Nino Pisano.  As the “father of geometry”, Euclid is representing Architecture in a sculptural series of the Liberal Arts.  He is depicted using a drawing compass at a workbench.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

How were geometric figures constructed historically?

These rosettes comes from a long tradition of making geometric figures by hand.

The traditional tools of geometry are the straightedge and the compass, an instrument with two movable legs used to make circles.  Compass drawn circles can be used to map out regular polygons like the square.  The classic example is using two overlapping circles of equal diameter, the perimeter of each circle aligned to the center of the other, to create an equilateral triangle.

This is the first proposition of Euclid’s Elements, the foundational text of geometry since the 3rd century BCE.  As the regular polygon with the smallest number of points, the triangle was seen as the first shape.  Circles and arcs are similarly used to construct other geometric figures, like the pentagon.

euclidbyrnedurerpentagonconstruction(Above: A mid 19th century illustration of Euclid’s first proposition by Oliver Byrne.  Below: A 16th century illustration by Albert Dürer showing the construction of a pentagon with a compass and straightedge.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

How is the Seed of Life created?

The Seed of Life is also created by overlapping circles of the same diameter (purple), creating a pointed oval between them (pink).

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Focus on the top circle of the Seed of Life.  Its outer edge rests on the center of its two direct neighbors and the central circle (all dark purple), creating three areas of overlap (pink).  (The horizontal one is more difficult to see because it covered up by the crossing of the two vertical ones.)  This arrangement is found in all six of the outer circles, while the seventh overlaps them all.

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Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

The Seed of Life is easily constructed with a compass.  Make a circle.  Measure the circle with the compass to keep the same diameter.  Create a second circle, placing its outer edge at the center of the first one.  Make a third circle, aligning it to both circles.  Then continue this pattern until you return to the original circle.

seedoflifeexamples06Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

Additional figures can be created by repeating or cropping the basic form.  The rosette can be expanded in six different directions, creating a continuous network of intersecting circles with six lenses.  This can be repeated infinitely or stopped after filling a certain area.  The figure we call the “Flower of Life” today is a symmetrical network made from 19 circles.

Finally the inner circle may be used by itself, with or without additional lens shaped petals from neighboring circles in the net along its outer edge.

mosaicrosettefloweroflifedoor (Above:  6th century Italian mosaic with the six petal rosette as a flower, among other botanical motifs.  Below: Interlocking rosettes as a door decoration on a 19th century wooden church in Lozna, Romania.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

What does the Seed of Life mean?

Although the names “Seed of Life” and “Flower of Life” are contemporary, the geometric figures themselves have a long history.  They are first documented in the ancient Near East, during the second millennium BCE.  Despite their age and cross cultural use, we know surprisingly little about their traditional names or meanings:

1: A Flower:  As the name rosette (French, “little rose”) implies, the figure resembles a flower.  A tradition of using geometrically stylized flowers, leave, and branches as decorative elements originated in Mesopotamia and continues to be used today.

2:  The Sun:  The rosette has been used to represent the Sun, with the petals as rays.  The Sun has a close association with the number six.   While it has four stops during its daily motion (east at dawn, south at noon, west at dusk, north at night), it has six on its yearly journey.  It rises and sets at its furthest north during July solstice, furthest south during December solstice,  and rises due east and sets due west during both equinoxes.

3:  Spiritual Protection:  Several cultures believe the rosette is apotropaic, used to avert bad luck.  The central six petals signify blessings in Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.  Likewise hexagonal geometric figures, including those we call the Seed of Life and Flower of Life, were used in Eastern Europe as “thunder marks”.   Associated with Perun, the Slavic equivalent of the Norse Thor, they were carved on homes to protect from dangers like lightning.

We do know that the geometric rosette was used extensively as a template for constructing the hexagon, hexagram, and mapping out tiling with sixfold symmetry.  The six petals of the inner circle are equally spaced apart.  Connecting its outer points with a straightedge makes a hexagon, while using every other one produces a hexagram instead.

Although sometimes used as a motif by itself, the Seed of Life was more commonly employed to create other figures, making it invisible to the untrained eye.  It is an underlying order beneath more complicated geometric patterns like stained glass, window tracery, and mosaics.

hexagramhexagonseedoflife(Above:  The figure we call the “Seed of Life” was used historically to construct the hexagram and hexagon.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)
purplefloweroflifetemplatepurpletiles(The seven interlocking circles could also be used as a template for more complex geometric patterns, like an underlying grid in Islamic art.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

seedoflifeexamples02seedoflifeexamples04seedoflifeexamples05(Top row, left to right:  Variations on the central rosette on 17th century BCE Greek coins, an early 15th century CE Arabic tile, and the Gundestrup cauldron of Denmark.  Middle row, left to right:  Examples of the rosette net pattern on a 1stcentury BCE mosaic in Israel, a monastery window on Crete, and a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci.  Bottom row, left to right: The rosette can be used to generate more complicated geometric patterns like the rose window of Saint Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, a 2nd century CE Roman mosaic in France, and an early 17th century Chinese illumination for a Qu’ran. Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

windowwithseedoflife(Detail of the rose window of Saint Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, Austria, showing the “Seed of Life” as a template for some of its tracery.  The rosette often hides beneath more complicated geometric patterns. Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

The Seed of Life derives much of its meaning today from the symbolism of the circle, the crossed circle (“vesica piscis”), and the numbers six and seven.

1: Circle:  Mathematics was once a sacred science, believed to hold insights about both God and the natural world.  Different numbers and shapes developed their own meanings.  For example, the circle can represent the divine act of creation because of its use in constructing other shapes.

2:  Vesica Piscis:  The pointed oval between the two circles is known today as the vesica piscis, a name attributed to the 16th century German artist Albert Dürer.  The Latin vesica piscis (“fish bladder”) is a translation of the German Fischblase (“fish bladder”), a term originally used in architecture for curved openings in window tracery that resemble the swim bladder of a fish.

Because the letter “c” has been vocalized differently in Latin over time, vesica piscis has a range of correct pronunciations.  The piscis can be said as “pis-kis” (classical Latin, hard “k” sound) or “pis-sis” (later Latin, “s” sound).  Most people today say “veh-see-kuh pis-sis” which oddly uses the original “k” sound in vesica but uses the later “s” sound in piscis.

swimbladderfischblase(Above:  Some fish have an organ that helps them maintain their buoyancy called a swim bladder.  It typically consists of two gas filled sacs connected together.  A late 19th century illustration of fish anatomy.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.  Below: A railing at the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina with a Fischblase [German, “fish bladder”] motif.  This shape is better known in English as a mouchette [French, “snuffer”] when curved or souflette [French, “bellows”] when straight.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

vesicapiscisvesicapiscisseedoflifehiddenvesica(Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

The Seed of Life has six different vesica piscis (purple), created between each neighboring circle, and an inner rosette of similar but smaller lenses (dark purple).  An additional six vesica piscis are created by the center circle crossing each of the outer circles (light purple).

Many of the Seed of Life’s meanings are derived from the symbolism of the vesica piscis:

A:  “The Mother of Geometry”:  Some believe the vesica piscis is a symbol of the Divine Feminine, with the pointed oval signifying the vulva.  Because of its traditional use in mathematics, it is also seen as the mother of geometric shapes, giving birth to the triangle, square, and other regular polygons.  Figures derived from the vesica piscis, like the Seed of Life and Flower of Life, may also be used to generate geometric figures.

It also has a unique relationship to several square roots.  It was used historically as a geometric proof for the square roots of 2, 3, and 5, as shown below.  They are often associated with form themselves.  For example, the irrational number phi was generated from the square root of 5 historically:

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Phi is the foundation of the “golden ratio”, a system of proportion often used in nature to guide the growth of plants and animals.

vesicapiscisgeometry(The vesica piscis can be used to construct regular polygons like the trianlge, square, and hexagon.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)
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(The vesica piscis has a special relationship to three different square roots.  If A to B is 1, the radius of both circles, then C to D is equal to the √3, E to G to √5, and E to A to √2.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)
metratronscube(Patterns derived from the “Seed of Life” are also used to map out geometric forms.  The Flower of Life as a template for “Metatron’s Cube”, a figure that contains all five of the Platonic Solids.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

B:  The Union of Opposites:  Because the vesica piscis is created by crossing two circles, it became a symbol of the union of opposites like heaven and earth, male and female, and spirit and matter.  The shape was also known historically as the mandorla (Italian, “almond”), after the shape of the nut.  The mandorla was commonly used in Christian art as an aureole around religious figures like Jesus and Mary, to signify their role in bridging the divine and human realms.

The pointed oval also resembles the rough outline of a fish, an animal closely associated with Jesus in Christian thought.

christmandorlacolor(13th century illumination of Christ in a mandorla, surrounded by an angel, eagle, bull, and lion, representing the Four Evangelists.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

3: Six and Seven:  The Seed of Life is paradoxically related to both the number six and seven.  Therefore it has become associated with similarly organized symbols, where seven is more technically 6+1.

A: Biblical Creation: Creation lasted a week in the Bible, with God resting on the seventh day.

B: The Chakras: The modern chakra system is rooted in an originally Hindu model known as the sat cakra/shat chakra (Sanskrit, “six chakras”).  Although there are actually seven chakras, the Crown Chakra above the head was seen as so radically different than the others, it was not included in the count.

C: The Planets: Because of the central importance and size of the Sun, sometimes the seven classical planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) are symbolically represented as 6 + 1.

tetrahedronstellatedoctahedron(The stellated octahedron [right] is better known in the metaphysical community as the “Merkaba”.  The shape is created by crossing two tetrahedrons [left].  The tetrahedron is similar to a pyramid but constructed from four triangles rather than four triangles and a square.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

purplestellatedoctahedron(The stellated octahedron is often represented as standing on one of its points in contemporary sources.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

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(The “Seed of Life”, “Flower of Life”, and “Merkaba” are all derived from the same six sided geometry.  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

D: The Merkaba: Like the “Seed of Life” and “Flower of Life”, the “Merkaba” is a contemporary name for an ancient geometric figure, popularized by the author Drunvalo Melchizedek.   It is the three dimensional equivalent of the hexagram, created by crossing two tetrahedron.  All three figures are derived from the same six sided geometry.

Although commonly described as a “star tetrahedron”, it is actually a stellated octahedron instead.  Stellated figures are created by extending the faces of a polygon, producing a new pointed shape where they meet.   Neither the cube nor the tetrahedron can star.  When the octahedon is stellated, the eight sided figure becomes a star with eight faces and extended points instead , produced by two interpenetrating tetrahedra.

octahedronstellatedoctahedronoctahedroninsidestellated(The octahedron [above left] is a regular polygon, constructed from eight equilateral triangles.  A star octahedron is created by extending the faces of the octahedron [above right], transforming the eight sided figure into a star with eight extended points instead [bottom].  Image Source: Adaptation of a public domain image, Wikimedia Commons.)

The term comes from the Hebrew merkaba/merkava, meaning “chariot”.  The word originally referred to the moving throne of God in the Bible, like the vision of Ezekiel, and spiritual practices based upon it historically.   The metaphysical Merkaba is a restructuring of the energy body, represented as a series of spinning stellated octahedrons.  It is said to be aligned with the main chakras along the spine, terminating at a point above the crown chakra and below the feet chakras.  Other details like the orientation of the points, the number of merkabas, and the directionality of their spin differ between sources.

The Seed of Life, Flower of Life, and the Merkaba have all become major symbols of personal and collective evolution within today’s renaissance of sacred geometry.

stellatedoctahedron(Above:  16th century woodcut of geometric figures by Lorenz Stoer.  Front piece of “Geometry and Perspective” with four of the five Platonic Solids [tetrahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron] in the corners and four irregular solids between them, including a stellated octahedron at the top.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.  Below:

m-higher-grid001im-higher-grid001e(A grid to support higher consciousness with scolecite, Moldavite tektite, rose quartz, Herkimer Diamond quartz, azurite, petalite, and angelite.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

My friend and coworker Stacie Coller helped pioneer the use of the Seed of Life as a template for making crystal grids.  We have grid templates available for FREE on our Metaphysical Department of Enter the Earth website, sell themed stone sets (abundance, long distance energy work, grounding, etc.) in our online store, and teach workshops on grid making throughout the year at our gallery in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

©2015, Christopher Lee Matthews
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The Metaphysical Properties of Ocean Jasper ®

 Deciphering the Meaning of Ocean Jasper
By Christopher Lee Matthews

Ocean Jasper (Rough and polished examples of Ocean Jasper.   Center:  Its orbs can resemble bull’s eyes, starbursts, or dots when polished.  Right: They may be spherical, botryoidal, or druzy.  Left:  They can even produce more geometric shapes when they touch one another.)

ocean jasper spheres (Small Ocean Jasper spheres in a quartz bowl, displaying the wide range of orb patterns.  Below:  Translucent  spheres and half spheres known as “fish eyes”.  Above:  Concentric rings known as “bull’s eyes” or “ripple orbs”.   Left:  A field of small dots.  Right: Orbs with a quartz border known as “starbursts” or “flowers”.)

What is Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper is a trade name for a multicolored Madagascan stone with spherical patterning set against a contrasting background color.   Although called a jasper, the stone is actually a mixture of different forms of quartz: clear and colored varieties of chalcedony, banded agate, and pockets of tiny quartz crystals called druzy.  When examined under a polarized light microscope, Ocean Jasper becomes chalcedony spheres floating in a sea of chalcedony.

Ocean Jasper OrbsOcean Jasper Orbs(Above:  Orbs and spherical voids in rough Ocean Jasper.  Below:  Polarized light microphotography of Ocean Jasper, courtesy of Becca Hahn, ©2015.)

Ocean Jasper is only found in one place, the remote northwestern corner of Madagascar, an island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa.  However there are actually two different sources, about ten miles apart:

  • Marovato:  The mine near the village of Marovato is directly on the shoreline. The material there comes in a wide range of colors.
  • Kabamby:  The mine near the village of Kabamby is further inland. The material there tends to be dark green and golden yellow, sometimes cream and red.

Although the mine near Kabamby is still productive, the deposits near Marovato are currently exhausted.

Ocean Jasper Varieties(These cabochons shows the distinct differences between the two Ocean Jasper deposits.   The top row is Kabamby Ocean Jasper and the bottom two rows are Marovato Ocean Jasper.)

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Ocean Jasper What is the color palette of Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper comes in every color of the rainbow:

  • Almost all pieces have some green, white, or earth tones like gray, cream, and tan on them.
  • Warm colors like yellow, peach, and reddish orange are the next ones most likely to be seen.
  • Dark red, bright pink, and light purple are more unusual.
  • Dark blue is rare while grayish blue and blueish green are more common.

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What is the story of Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper is a modern stone.  Although random pieces are documented from the early 20th century, their precise origin was unknown.  A Frenchman living in Madagascar named Paul Obeniche discovered the source in 1999 and introduced the stone to the general public at the Tucson gem show in 2000.

The stone was given the name “Ocean Jasper” there by Paul Obeniche and Eugene Mueller of the Gem Shop.   It reflects the stone’s unique relationship to the sea.  It was originally discovered and collected at low tide, on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean, and often resembles water.  Ocean Jasper® is a registered trade mark owned by the Gem Shop and is used here by permission.

Enter the Earth has a very personal relationship to Ocean Jasper.  Paul Obeniche is the mentor of Nader Kawar, the owner of our company, and we have managed both mines since 2013.

To learn more about the history, geology, and different varieties of Ocean Jasper, check out the geology blog on our sister site Enter the Earth.

Ocean Jasper(A one side polished Ocean Jasper freeform showing both complete orbs and variegated dots revealed by cutting and polishing the stone.) 

What are the metaphysical properties of Ocean Jasper?

1: Tidal Jasper:   The most consistent meanings given to Ocean Jasper are uplifting feelings, going with the flow, and processing emotional trauma.  Ultimately these derive from its relationship to the tides.  Ocean Jasper was discovered by chance at low tide and gathered along the shoreline before the underground veins were worked.  After being collected the rough material is transported by boat at high tide, since the area is too remote for roads.

The stone itself resembles waves, concentric ripples, and sea foam.  Water is a traditional symbol of our feelings and the tides signify our emotional highs and lows.  Ocean Jasper represents the rhythms of the inner sea: upwelling feelings like joy, happiness, and contentment, expressing our emotions, and sifting through our personal flotsam and jetsam, the things unintentionally and intentionally left behind during a crisis.  Many interpret its vivid colors, bubbly orbs, and druzy starbusts as energy signatures of positivity, spontaneous child like joy, and a passion for life.

Ocean Jasper combines especially well with other watery stones like aquamarine, clear quartz, and shungite and organic gemstones like coral, pearl, and amber that come from the sea.

Since it was originally found and harvested in the surf, some in the metaphysical community connect Ocean Jasper with Atlantis, the legendary island that sank beneath the waves, calling it Atlantean Jasper or Atlantis Stone.  Interestingly Madagascar itself is directly related to Lemuria, a different lost land discussed in both 19th century science and occult writings.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other ancient wisdom stones like Larimar, serpentine with stichtite, and Lemurian seed crystals.

Ocean Wave Jasper(The claim near Marovato has produced other stones, most famously Ocean Wave Jasper.)

2: Salt Water Jasper:  Even more of Ocean Jasper’s metaphysical properties are derived directly from water, specifically salt water.  Salt water has both religious and therapeutic connections with purification, relaxation, and healing.  Likewise Ocean Jasper is commonly described as cleansing, soothing, and supportive of well being.

Some scientists speculate that Ocean Jasper may be a silicified rhyolite.  Rhyolite is a volcanic rock similar in composition to granite.  Certain varieties are glassy because of their high silica content, like obsidian.  These natural glasses are unstable and may develop orbs as the minerals inside them crystallize.  Many interpret this potential fiery origin as signifying the transmutation of negativity, bringing order out of chaos, and a potential for manifestation.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other purification stones, especially those connected to one of the five classical elements like obsidian, salt, and naturally tumbled rocks like Shiva lingas, riverstone, and water worn pebbles.

Ocean Jasper Druzy(An Ocean Jasper slab next to a freeform showing a two and three dimensional perspective of green quartz druzy coating an orb.)

3: Millennium Jasper: Just as golden purple ametrine combines the qualities of amethyst and citrine, Ocean Jasper blends the metaphysical properties of multiple varieties of chalcedony, each associated with well being in different parts of our lives.  Among them:

  • Colorless, White, to Blue = Chalcedony: Signifies clear communication, cutting through illusion, and success.
  • Yellow, Red, to Orange = Carnelian: Signifies vital energy, empowerment, and spiritual protection.
  • Banded Layers = Agate: Signifies mental focus, balanced interactions, and endurance.

Green is the most consistent color, a less common variety of chalcedony known as plasma.  The word comes from the Greek plasma (“something molded”), after its popularity for carving wax seals in antiquity.  People once believed it was the host rock for emerald, poetically naming it the “mother of emerald”.  Because of this symbolic relationship, plasma took on emerald’s attributes of healing, comfort, and growth.

As a stone of green goodness, Ocean Jasper supports energy work like Reiki and Earth centered modalities like herbalism.  It pairs well with other healing stones like jade, turquoise, and chlorite included quartz.  Minerals used for well being are often blue and green, after the life giving qualities of water.

Many in the metaphysical community believe that new stones reveal themselves at specific times in the evolution of human consciousness.  Because it was discovered in 1999 and introduced to the general public in 2000, Ocean Jasper is sometimes called “Millennium Jasper”.  The most consistent message during our readings was its potential role in personal and planetary healing, especially current environmental crises like water pollution, drought, and our threatened oceans.As a modern blend of classic gemstones, used individually for mental, emotional, and physical health, Ocean Jasper carries the signature of integrative wellness.  Many pieces also have a druse of quartz, a coating of tiny points, known more commonly as “druzy”.  Because all its crystals share the same foundation, druzy also represents harmony between different elements.

Because of its unifying qualities, Ocean Jasper also helps combinations like crystal grids, medicine pouches, and body layouts better blend their mixed energies.  It is also a stone of attunement, helping individuals acclimate to new people, places, or states of being.

Ocean Jasper pairs well with other integration stones like Herkimer diamond quartz, agate, and clusters and spheres of all stones.

Ocean Jasper

Ocean Jasper’s orbs are more technically called spherulites, from the Latin sphaerula “miniature sphere” and the Greek suffix -ite, meaning “rock”.  They are produced by radiating chalcedony fibers forming around a central nucleus, creating a small stone ball.  This growth pattern is reflected in the energetic qualities of the stone.

Ocean Jasper is ” a parts to the whole” worker, first correcting an individual element and then restoring it to a larger system. For example, its orbs resemble bull’s eyes, flowers, and stars, all energy signatures for the chakras, while its layers suggest the nadi, the energy currents that connect the chakras together.  When used for chakra balancing, Ocean Jasper not only adjusts an individual chakra, it aligns it within the subtle body as a whole.

This quality could also help correct other energetic systems, where individual components are linked together, like a vortex and its ley lines, a stone placed in a crystal grid, and an individual within a group.

Since it literally comes in every color of the rainbow, Ocean Jasper is well known for clearing, balancing, and aligning the chakras.  While it can be used on any chakra, pieces that match the color of a particular chakra are especially well suited for working on it. For example, green Ocean Jasper can be used anywhere on the energy body or specifically on the heart chakra.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other chakra balancing stones like clear quartz, kyanite, and labradorite.

Ocean Jasper(Ocean Jasper has a relationship with the sacred geometry of the circle, sphere, and point.  A pebble with concentric rings and spherical voids on spiritual diagrams.   Bottom left: Stellated octahedron [“star tetrahedron” or “merkaba”] in a sphere.  Bottom right: Vesica piscis with triangles.  Above: 16th representation of the Platonic solids by Jean Cousin.  Each of the Platonic solids can fit perfectly inside a sphere.)

4: Orbicular Jasper: Ocean Jasper’s round orbs associate it with the circle and sphere, traditional symbols of wholeness, perfection, and time since neither shape has an obvious beginning nor ending.  For example, in Chinese thought the circle represents the perfection of the heavens, after the dome of the sky and the round shape of the Sun and Moon, while the square represents the divided Earth, signifying the four cardinal directions.

The circle and the point are also the foundations of sacred geometry.  Two intersecting circles produce the vesica piscis (Latin, “air bladder of a fish”), a lens shape used to create additional shapes like the triangle, square, and pentagon.  Because a drawing compass leaves a mark, circles are often depicted with a central dot, showing their construction.  This point represents oneness, potential, and the divine origin of all things.

Because of their connection to divinity, the circle and sphere can finally represent the sacred self.  Spiritual beings are often represented with round or mandorla shaped halos, an almond shape created by crossing two circles.  Likewise the energy body itself is ultimately spherical in many spiritual traditions:

  • Aura (Greek aura “breeze”): The energy field around the human body, divided into different layers.  At first these follow the outline of the human body but gradually become more curved.  The final bands are spherical or ovoid in shape.
  • Merkaba (Hebrew merkabah “chariot”): A model of the energy body consisting of a stellated octahedron, a three dimensional hexagram, suspended within a perfect sphere.
  • Ochema (Greek ochema “vehicle”): The 4th century CE philosopher Iamblichus believed the subtle body became more luminous and spherical the closer the soul came to God.  Roundness and light were qualities of the divine, as displayed in the circular movement of the planets and stars.

circlewithpoint(A 13th century French manuscript illustration representing God as the Geometer, creating the universe through mathematics.  He made the Sun, Moon, and stars on the fourth day in Genesis.  The cosmos is represented as a circle with a central point, defined by the two arms of a compass.)

Because Ocean Jasper carries the sacred geometry of the point, circle, and sphere, it may support devotion, higher states of consciousness, and our personal and collective spiritual evolution.  Its orbs can resemble both eyes and meditative tools like mandalas and kasinas, colored disks used for focus.  These are additional energy signatures for centering, meditation, and concentration.  Historically chalcedony itself meant spiritual sight, religious fervor, and an inner luminosity produced by faith.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other stones used for spiritual development like phenakite, moldavite, and amethyst.

My late friend Ken Harsh thought Ocean Jasper had a connection to the modern orbs phenomena.  Many people believe that translucent circles in digital photos record the presence of ghosts, spirits, and angels.  He taught that Ocean Jasper’s orbicular structure could help us connect to such non-physical light beings.

Ocean Jasper (A polished Ocean Jasper chunk in a spiny oyster shell, with undrilled pearls.)

5: Moon Jewel Jasper:  Ocean Jasper is also known as Moon Jewel Jasper, after a poetic name for pearls.  Their round shape, white color, and origin in the sea have symbolically linked pearls with the Moon for centuries.  People once believed that oysters formed pearls from water drops touched by sunlight, moonlight, and starlight.  Ocean Jasper has taken on many of their qualities like purification, soothing irritation, and emotional expression.

Ocean Jasper’s orbs also resemble the Sun and Moon, with radiant halos, and starbursts.  Because of these energy signatures Ocean Jasper could be used to connect to the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, their corresponding spiritual beings, and harness celestial light energetically, like during ceremonies aligned to the lunar phases, equinoxes, and solstices.  Rather than drag out your entire rock collection next moon to charge them, use a piece of Ocean Jasper as a “battery” for celestial light instead, gathering enough of a charge to renew everything.

Of all the celestial bodies Ocean Jasper is most commonly affiliated with the Moon because of its unique relationship to the tides.  Lunar stones are given its qualities like change, growth, and understanding cycles, emotional harmony, and traits culturally attributed to the “feminine” like intuition.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other lunar stones like moonstone, selenite, and girasol quartz.  Solar stones would include sunstone, citrine, and ruby.  Finally stones like lapis lazuli, labradorite, and meteorites and tektites are used to connect with star energies.

Fish Eye Jasper (An Ocean Jasper pebble  on a vintage cook book illustration.  One of Ocean Jasper’s many trade names is Fish Eye Jasper.  The term “fish eye” is a nickname for translucent eye agates.)

6:  Fish Eye Jasper:  After the ocean, circle, and the Moon, the most relevant energy signature for Ocean Jasper is its concentric orbs called “fish eyes”, especially when they are translucent.

Ocular stones, those that look like eyes, have a consistent meaning over time:

  • Safety: Warding off the evil eye, security, and remaining unseen from enemies.
  • Prosperity: Good luck, seeing opportunities, and overcoming obstacles in business.
  • Second Sight: Clairvoyance, insight, and focus during meditation.

Many of Ocean Jasper’s metaphysical properties are modern adaptations of this ancient gem lore.

Ocean Jasper’s orbs can look like open eyes and the layers of the energy body.  It may also display fortification banding, an angular agate that resembles the outline of a fortress.  These elements suggest Ocean Jasper may strengthen the aura, maintain personal boundaries, and help invoke spiritual protection.

Many cultures believe in the evil eye, a psychic attack powered by envy, anger, or jealousy.  Eye shaped amulets are used to counteract it, calling upon the protective gaze of God.  Many people today use Ocean Jasper for emotionally charged situations, stress relief, and shielding empaths, after this custom.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other protection stones like tiger’s eye, malachite, and black tourmaline.

While the destructive evil eye is fueled by malice, a “good eyed” person wishes everyone well.  Paradoxically the eye also came to represent generosity, kindness, and goodwill.  Therefore ocular stones were used historically for good luck, business solutions, and managing resources like money.

Ocean Jasper is typically green, yellow, and earth tones, especially the material from Kabamby.  These are significators of abundance stones, after the colors of growing plants, ripe grain, and rich soil.  Food was the original wealth.  Each individual orb also formed around a seed like center, with different layers of growth, suggesting manifestation, the genesis of new ideas, and acting to materialize our goals.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other prosperity stones like citrine, green aventurine, and the cat’s eye varieties of chrysoberyl, quartz, and tourmaline.

The eye is also a symbol of expanded awareness, like the third eye used to see beyond the physical.  Ocular stones were used historically to support psychic development, divination, and otherworldly vision like dreams, journeys, and precognition.

As a “fish eye”, Ocean Jasper helps us see into watery realms like the emotions, creativity, and spirituality.  Because the ocean represents the unknown, wisdom, and inspiration, stones with fish totem medicine connect us to our inner depths.  Ocean Jasper may give us insight about a feeling, memory, or intuitive message, just as a fish eye lens brings the center of an image into focus.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other intuitive stones like lapis lazuli, iolite, and azurite.

Ocean Jasper Mandala
This photo mandala was created with the intention to help individuals connect to the energies of Ocean Jasper, if in their highest good.  I hope that reading this article or meditating on the image helps you decide if Ocean Jasper is a vibration that you should be working with now.

Enter the Earth is a purveyor of fine minerals, rocks, and fossils from Madagascar and around the world.  To see the Ocean Jasper we currently have available, please visit our online stores:

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Qualified wholesale buyers can visit our wholesale website to see our upcoming gem show schedule and apply for access to our online catalog.

This article is part of our ongoing “She Said, He Said” series, where both Stacie and I write about the same mineral.  We believe different perspectives can make a stone accessible to more people.  You can read Stacie’s Ocean Jasper blog here.

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2015, Microphotography of Ocean Jasper, Becca Hahn

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2015, Remaining Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews
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Snake Stones: Ammonite with Living Chamber

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Like their cousin the nautilus, ammonites had a compartmentalized shell.  Most of their body was housed in the largest, longest, and last one known as the living chamber.  It often filled with debris after the animal died, like the shells and limestone “mud” in this example.  Because the living chamber is often damaged or less preserved than the middle of the shell, it is typically trimmed when preparing commercial fossils.

This cut pair ammonite comes from the Mahajanga River Basin, near the village of Ambatolafia, in the Sitampiky commune, in the Boeny region of northwest Madagascar, in the former province of Mahajanga.  They date from the Early Cretaceous period, Albian age (~100 to 113.0 million years ago).

© 2014, Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews

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Snake Stones: Fragment of a Tulear Nautilus


nautilus fragmentA polished fragment of a fossil nautilus, showing the geometric arrangement of its chambers and the tube that connected them all together, known as a siphuncle (Latin sīphunculus, meaning “a little siphon”), seen here as a dot repeated in each section.

This nautilus comes from the Morondava River Basin, near the
town of Sakaraha, in the Atsimo-Andrefana region of southwest
Madagascar (right), in the former province of Tuléar.  It dates from the Late Jurassic period, Oxfordian age (~161 to 156
million years ago).

© 2014, Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews

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Snake Stones: Iridescent Ammonite Shells

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Iridescent ammonite shells, drenched in rain at the wholesale Denver gem show.   Ammonites may retain some of their original mother of pearl, known more technically as nacre.  When they are wet or polished, the colors can be as vivid as opal.

These particular ammonites come from the Mahajanga River Basin, near the village of Ambatolafia, in the Sitampiky commune, in the Boeny region of northwest Madagascar, in the former province of Mahajanga.  They date from the Early Cretaceous period, Albian age (~100 to 113.0 million years ago).

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Snake Stones: Ammonite with Sutures and Chambers

Split Ammonite with SuturesTwo ammonites, one half, one whole, from the Morondava River Basin, near the town of Sakaraha, in the Atsimo-Andrefana region of southwest Madagascar, in the former province of Tuléar.  They date from the Late Jurassic period, Oxfordian age (~161 to 156 million years ago).  Cut ammonites are uncommon from this area because the interiors are not always well preserved.

The one on the left shows the open chambers of the shell, known more technically as the camerea (Latin, “chamber, room, enclosed space”).  The one on the right shows its sutures (Latin, “stich”), patterns created where the inner folds met the exterior of the shell.  The ammonite  was polished to reveal them.

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