Published May 2014  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Ocean Jasper is a wonderful and very colorful Rhyolite found only in Madagascar.  Its bright colors are fully natural and with some much variation, no stone is identical.  It is found on the surface, or just below and has been mined extensively for the past few decades. Rumor has it that the Ocean Jasper deposit is playing out and so the supply has become increasingly precious.  Energetically it has one of the most mature energies in the crystal kingdom.  On a personal level, it helps us to compassionately parent our own inner child.  On a community level, it encouraging us to take care of others and to be a force of goodness in the world.

Ocean Jasper

Ocean Jasper Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Ocean Jasper inspires us to be an active force of goodness in the world. It reminds us that we have a duty to others, as well as to ourselves, and that one of the clearest spiritual paths is found in service and good works. Ocean Jasper invites us to walk our talk and to let our behavior showcase our true beliefs. If we believe in love, then Ocean Jasper asks us to act with love. If we believe in fairness, then Ocean Jasper asks us to act fairly. Whatever we believe, it asks us take action and to use our natural gifts to uplift and inspire. Ocean Jasper help us to flow with the rhythms of life and to be patient with ourselves and others as we evolve. It is a fantastic tool for soul healing and exploring karmic ties. It helps us to learn from the past, both this life as well as past-lives, so that we can gain wisdom and move forward towards enlightenment. If we are searching for our spiritual path, it encourages us to enjoy the adventure of our soul quest and to keep asking the good questions and doing the good actions.

Metaphysical Properties Ocean Jasper
Chakra Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart and Throat
Element Earth
Numerology 6
Zodiac Leo and Capricorn

Emotional Healing Properties

Ocean Jasper brings a beautiful energy of calmness and dependability. It inspires self-acceptance and self-reliance. It also encourages us to find and nurture good people we can call upon for support whenever it’s needed. Ocean Jasper is especially good for anyone who is dealing with children or young people and who needs to be a safe and wise adult they can rely on. It helps us to take fears and concerns seriously, rather than be dismissive. It encourages healthy resolutions to problems, big and small, and to handle problems immediately rather than putting them off in the hope they’ll just go away. Ocean Jasper is also highly recommended when we are dealing with our own inner-child, who may have emotional wounds that have never been properly addressed. Ocean Jasper asks us to give that inner-child the support and love that’s needed, and to be the parent our inner-child requires so it can feel safe and heal. No matter who we are dealing with, Ocean Jasper reminds us it’s not enough to just feel empathy, we have to take appropriate action too.

Mental Healing Properties

Ocean Jasper helps us cultivate patience with things that are outside of our control and to take responsibility for those things that are in our control. Most importantly, it helps us to know the difference! When things are wrong, Ocean Jasper invites us to rise up and be part of the solution in whatever way we can. It reminds us that we don’t need to know all the answers at the beginning, but we do need to be actively engaged and to play to our strengths. It reminds us that just because something seemed true in the past, that doesn’t mean it was actually true then or that it is true now. Ocean Jasper reminds us to think carefully like a wise adult, rather than simply reacting emotionally like a child. Although Ocean Jasper encourages service, it does not tolerate victim or martyr mentality. Instead we are forced to acknowledge that if we are adults, we ultimately get to choose how we spend our time and energy. Choosing to be of service to others and to serve our Highest Good is something to joyfully celebrate.

Physical Healing Properties

Ocean Jasper is recommended when we are engaged in physical activities that require strength, stamina and/or flexibility. It helps us to be patient with the process and to find a steady pace that will allow us to go the long haul. It reminds us to take appropriate breaks to relax and allow our muscles time to recover and repair. It is especially great for anyone that has committed to an exercise or training regiment who needs to stay dedicated after the initial enthusiasm has worn off. Ocean Jasper helps us to methodically do what is necessary and to keep the big picture in mind.

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Ocean Jasper Mineralogy

Where does Ocean Jasper come from?

Ocean Jasper is a type of Orbicular Jasper found in Madagascar.  Other varieties of Orbicular Jasper are usually often marketed as Leopardskin Jasper.

Mining and Treatments

Ocean Jasper is found at its primary deposit, and is often mined at a surface level or in shallow trenches.

All of these Jaspers are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Despite the name, Ocean Jasper is not a true Jasper.  It’s actually a Rhyolite, a type of igneous rock.  As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock!  Many Rhyolites have a high silica content which gives them a high shine when polished.  Some of the more colorful varieties are sold on the market, often labeled as a “Jasper.”   This is the case with Ocean Jasper which is a combination of Quartz and Feldspar, with lots of trace minerals that give the stones its colorful appearance.

Ocean Jasper’s energy works well with its family – other Rhyolites.  Try it in combination with Kambaba Jasper, Leopardskin Jasper, and Rainforest Jasper

Ocean Jasper Formation and Crystal Associates

Ocean Jasper is a type of extrusive igneous rock, formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma due to a volcanic eruption. There are five types of igneous rocks created by lava: Basalt, Obsidian, Rhyolite, Trachyte, and Andesite. Other types of igneous rocks, such as Granite, are created by processes deep within the earth. Rhyolite is a relatively rare volcanic rock, almost exclusively found in the interiors of continents. Most Rhyolites are porphyritic and contain large Quartz crystals or other varieties of crystals in an extremely fine-grained matrix. This indicates that these crystals were already being formed before the lava flowed onto the surface.

Ocean Jasper’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Spessartine Garnet

Mineralogy Ocean Jasper
Rock Type Igneous Rock (Rhyolite)
Major Minerals Feldspar, Quartz
Minor Minerals Natural Glass
Color All colors
Texture Porphyritic
Transparency Opaque

History of Ocean Jasper

The name “Jasper” is a generic name given to any spotted or multicolored stone.  It comes from the French word jaspre, which literally means “spotted or speckled stone”   Some Jaspers are “true Jaspers,” meaning they are an opaque variety of spotted Chalcedony, like Brecciated Jasper.  However, monochromatic chalcedony, such as Red Jasper and multicolored chalcedony without spots, like Desert Jasper, are often called Jaspers as well.  The name Jasper is also given to a variety of spotted igneous rocks.  Because so many different types of stones may be referred to as a Jasper, it is difficult to know exactly which stone is being referenced in ancient and medieval writings.

Ocean Jasper is a Rhyolite, a type of extrusive igneous rock formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma following a volcanic eruption.  Ocean Jasper belongs to a group of Rhyolites that are collectively known as Orbicular Jasper.  These are highly silicified Rhyolites in which minerals, typically Quartz and Feldspar, crystallize in thin needle-like crystals, that fan out in a circle to form spots.  Orbicular Jaspers can be a dull or brightly colorful depending on which minerals and trace inclusions are present.  Ocean Jasper is the most colorful of all Orbicular Jaspers and can come in every shade of the rainbow.

In many of the healing crystal books written in the late 20th century, there will be listings for both Rhyolite and Orbicular Jasper.  This may indicate that the writers didn’t realize Rhyolite and Orbicular Jasper are the same stone.  However, in The Crystal Bible (2003) a photograph of Ocean Jasper is used for both Rhyolite and Orbicular Jasper, which seems to indicate that the writer recognized they were the same stone, even though it wasn’t specifically mentioned.  The earliest online references that use the name Ocean Jasper dates to 2001.

Madagascar is the largest island in Africa, and the third largest island in the Indian Ocean, after New Guinea and Borneo.  The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the five oceans and the warmest one.  Compared to other oceans, it has very little marine life.  This is because plankton, the foundation of the oceanic food chain, doesn’t grow very well in tropical waters.  While there isn’t much to eat, the Indian Ocean is an ideal breeding ground for many marine species, including Humpback whales.  Interestingly, the Indian Ocean is also a massive source of oil, with over 40% of the world’s oil supply comes from offshore oil rigs scattered around its rim.

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