Orbicular Jasper- also Ocean Jasper
Orbicular jasper is an agate. Discovered in Madagascar in 1997, available only at low tide. Agate are semiprecious stones in the chalcedony category of minerals. They are a type of complicated quartz structure made from different fibrous bands of colour that can range from white and gray to green, red, and blue, with a variety of translucent and opaque variations possible. Even though agate are approximately 90 percent quartz, they also include a carbon-like material called moganite, and together these minerals make the chalcedony core of the rock–although some layers of the agate are pure quartz, depending on how it was formed. The colors of the agate are caused by variations in impurities and crystal growth formation.
Agate are created in igneous rock when it is subject to certain conditions. When this kind of volcanic rock forms near water, the water is often forced into these pockets and bubbles. Since this water has been stirred up it is usually rife with other types of minerals, such as silica. When silica-rich water becomes trapped in these volcanic rock bubbles, it eventually forms an acidic type of gel, which begins to eat away at the surrounding igneous rock. The gel dissolves surrounding iron and other metals and leaves a layer of residue that settles into the gel. This layer is followed by other layers, until over time the gel loses water and the entire substance begins to crystallize.
Orbicular Jasper is a name given to a highly silicified rhyolite or tuff that has quartz and feldspar crystallized into radial aggregates of needle-like crystals forming orbicular (spherical) structures. Orbicular Jasper found in Madagascar is specimens of high quality and very much sorted after by collects and metaphysical practitioners. It is also located in Mexico and USA South America. It is considered common though I have read on a number of web sites that Madagascar sites are mined out. I do have to say I had no problem finding places to buy it or claiming it is Ocean Jasper from Madagascar.
Ocean Jasper is said to bring very soothing aura to its wearer and helps to love one’s self as well as others. It is very healing of the emotions and brings peace of mind. It helps with acceptance of responsibility and increases patience. Ocean jasper heightens awareness in addition to balancing and stabilizing one’s ability to handle the input from increased awareness. The circular patterns on ocean jasper symbolize and help us realize that we are all interconnected and nature is a cyclical pattern. It can also help with circular breathing for healing or meditation. Being a type of jasper, ocean jasper is a very protective stone, and any orbs (“eyes”) enhance this in regard to protection from the “evil eye.” Physically, ocean jasper is beneficial to the digestion, digestive organs, removing toxins, lessen body odour. Ocean Jasper is related to the heart chakra It will bring positive vibrations to the solar plexus chakra.
The positive vibrations of Ocean Jasper make it a stone of joy.
- Stimulates solar plexus, heart and throat chakras
- Increases expression of love in words and actions
- Gently brings into focus the positive aspects of one’s life
- Brings relaxation and cooperation to the home or workplace
This powerful stone lifts negativity so one can fully appreciate blessings
Ocean Jasper is a stone of joy and high spirits. It opens one’s awareness to the benevolent aspects of life and lifts one’s mood through its positive vibrations. When one is under its influence, it is difficult to take one’s problems with dissatisfaction as seriously as one normally does. Ocean Jasper helps lift the veil of negativity which many people unconsciously wear over their eyes, and when this veil is lifted, it is much easier to see and appreciate the many blessings of life. Ocean Jasper stimulates the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras with its beneficial vibrations, conveying the urge to feel, speak and act more positively, it supports the expression of love in one’s words and deeds, and it helps one to realize what and whom one truly loves. It banishes complacency and the habit of taking one’s loved ones, health, prosperity or security for granted. It is brings one’s consciousness to the present moment, relieving worry about the future or bitterness about the past. It allows the release of stress and escapism, helping one understand the value of the here and now.