African Turquoise is in fact a form of Jasper, although its blue-green color has lead to its trade name of African Turquoise. All Jaspers are members of the Chalcedony group of rocks and all of them are formed with mineral inclusions, such as copper and iron, which give each variety a unique and beautiful appearance. Jaspers also contain Quartz crystal and deposits within their structure, so it is not surprising to learn that Jasper is known to be a super healer stone and the “supreme nurturer”.
Metaphysical Properties of African Turquoise
African Turquoise is as versatile and complex as any other form of Jasper. It heals and cleanses, revitalizes and protects. It is often referred to as the “Stone of Evolution” due to its qualities of encouraging and facilitating personal growth and of fostering positive change from within. African Turquoise also has a strong association with wisdom and knowledge. It is believed to facilitate access to the Higher wisdom of the angelic and other-worldly realms as well as to our own inner knowing. It can help us to make sense of past experiences which may still be resonating in our present lives, causing us dis-ease and distress.
This crystal opens up the mind to endless possibilities and new ideas. It helps us to see where our strengths lie and to develop the creative, imaginative side of our personality. There is a theme of peace, tranquility, grounding and protection that runs through all of the metaphysical properties of the varieties of Jasper and African Turquoise is no exception to this. It soothes and calms the mind, reduces anxiety and helps to balance mood swings.
Chakras of African Turquoise
Jasper is an excellent stone for use in chakra layouts, chakra balancing and chakra healing.
It carries a high, powerful vibration for healing and nurturing and can be used on all of the chakras in order to cleanse them of negative vibrations and energy blockages. The versatility of Jasper, and the fact that it occurs in so many different colors and combinations means that it can be used on each of the chakras in order to bring the entire system into balance and harmony.
African Turquoise can be used on the Third eye, the Throat and the Heart chakras during an aura cleansing session. At the Third Eye it will activate and stimulate the chakra so that you can make stronger connections with your spirit guides and with the benevolent healing energies of the cosmos.
African Turquoise can also be used on the Heart Chakra to encourage it to release any restricting or constraining energies that may have occurred as a result of abuse, hurt or betrayal. Nurturing as it helps to ease old pain and physiological discomfort.
This Crystal is also a good choice for any work you may want to do on the Throat chakra. It gently releases any stagnant or outmoded beliefs you may have both about yourself and others. It allows you to let go of conditioning and to break free of self-criticism. It encourages you to speak your truth with confidence and without fear of being judged or misrepresented.
African turquoise helps us to let go of negative habits and to embrace new, more productive and healthy ways of living. It reminds us to be kind and compassionate, not only to our fellow humans but also to ourselves.