Painting Stone or Picture Jasper
Picture Jasper, or Painting Stone, is a brown jasper with black dendritic markings. It is found in Brazil, Namibia, and the United States. The varieties found in the United States may be known by other names such as Biggs Jasper, Deschutes Jasper, and Owyhee Jasper.
Picture Jasper is a Silicate mineral. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. The Quartz family can be further divided into two categories, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline, all of which can be colorless or appear in every shade of the rainbow. Macrocrystalline quartz has well-formed crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst or Clear Quartz. Microcrystalline quartz has crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope. These are typically grouped together under the name Chalcedony, or it’s subcategories Agate and Jasper.
Picture Jasper provides us with a strong connection to Mother Earth and Earth Goddess energies. It can be used for past-life work and to help us understand previous times and experiences. Picture Jasper evokes harmony and balance, making it a wonderful stone for group work.
Picture Jasper helps us to emotionally reconnect with our planet. It is a wonderful stone for treating nature-deficit disorder and feelings of disconnect. Picture Jasper encourages us to live in balance, in our lives, our environment, and in our interactions with others. It can bring to the surface long hidden feelings, both negative and positive, so we can express them and work through them. Like all Jaspers, Picture Jasper has a very nurturing energy which can help alleviate fear and bring great comfort.
Picture Jasper brings a sense of proportion to our thinking habits, helping us resist the impulse to exaggerate or dismiss the extent of real situations. It helps us to see the “big picture” and gives us clues to how we might deal with the details. Picture Jasper is a particularly helpful stone for anyone engaged in an earth science or restoration career.
Picture Jasper is highly beneficial for locating ley lines and power points of the Earth’s meridian system for assistance when setting up energy grids, positioning a home or other new construction, or for maximizing energy transfer in healing or psychic endeavors. It is particularly resonant with Earth-centered magical practices and ceremonies employing elemental forces.