Jade Meaning and Benefits.
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Jade Meaning – History.
Jade, called “Yu” in China is a generic name for two different stones; Jadeite and Nephrite. Furthermore, in 1863 a French mineralogist determined that Jade was actually two different gems. Nephrite is the more common, but both are tough, fine-grained crystals with a Mohs hardness of between 6 and 7 and a monoclinic crystal structure.
Nephrite derives its name from the Spanish “piedra de ijada” or loin-stone. The Amerindians recognise Jade as a remedy for kidney ailments. Furthermore, calling it “lapis nephriticus” because of its beneficial effect, and this is where the name Nephrite came from. Its colour may vary from a dark green which is rich in iron, to a cream colour which is high in magnesium. Nephrite may also be homogeneous in colour, banded or blotchy.
Jadeite comes in a wide range of colours, such as green, lavender, white, pink, brown, red, blue, black, orange and yellow. The most prized variety, Imperial Jade, is deeply rich emerald green colour, due to its chromium content.
With both Nephrite and Jadeite, colour distribution varies a great deal. Only the very finest Jade has uniform colour distribution. Both often have veins, blemishes and streaks running through them, though these may not always be regarded as flaws. On the contrary, some of these patterns are considered particularly valuable.
Jade is a gemstone with unique symbolic energy, and is exceptional in the myths that surround it. It has a beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness that has managed to hold a special attraction by mankind for thousands of years. Hardstone carving using both Nephrite and Jadeite started back in prehistoric times.
Jade has a 7000-year history.
Man has known about this gem for some 7000 years. Among the earliest known Jade artefacts excavated from prehistoric sites are simple ornaments with bead, button, and tubular shapes. Jade was also shaped into adze heads, axes, knives, and various other weapons. As better technologies became available, the beauty of Jade made it valuable for ornaments and decorative objects.
The Chinese have carved Jade for centuries. From as early as 3000 B.C., in China, Jade is Yu or the royal gem. In Chinese tradition, Jade symbolized the five virtues of humanity: wisdom, compassion, justice, modesty and courage. Symbols representing the five virtues were regularly carved into Jade. In the history of art in the Chinese empire, Jade has held a special significance, comparable with that of gold and diamonds in the West.
In China Jade was not only used for the finest objects and cult figures but also in grave furnishings for high ranking members of the imperial family. Today, this stone is still regarded as a symbol of the good, the beautiful and the precious.
As long ago as the pre-Columbian period, the Mayans, Aztecs and Olmecs also honoured and esteemed Jade more highly than gold. Since early times New Zealand’s Maoris have been carving weapons and cult instruments from native Jade; a tradition that continues to the present day. In ancient Egypt, Jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. In other regions and cultures too, Jade was regarded as a lucky or protective stone.
Jade Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.
Jade has been a part of Asian philosophy for centuries and appears throughout history. It is often called the “dream stone” for its ability to help in accessing the non-physical spirit realms. It is a protective stone and acts to ward against negative energies.
This is a stone that can help you to attain your goals and dreams, also instilling resourcefulness, and allowing you to see past self-imposed limitations and to manifest your ideas into the physical world.
Jade is considered a very lucky stone. It facilitates peace and harmony between the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life. When all of these aspects operate in harmony and balance, goals become easier to reach.
The belief is that it promotes courage, compassion, generosity, humility, justice, wealth and longevity as well as leading to a richer and more fulfilling life.
Jade is an olden love attracting stone. It is also an excellent stone for business people and musicians.
Jade Meaning – Healing.
This stone is the ultimate symbol of calm and serenity. It helps bring serenity to the mind by releasing negative thoughts. A stone of balance and healing, it alleviates anxiety and fear-based emotions. It vibrates in perfect harmony with the Heart Chakra.
The soothing green colour of Jade makes it a wonderful healing stone. It helps the body in self-healing while working through underlying non-physical reasons for disease. It is also a stone of the heart, strengthening it, as well as the kidneys, stomach, spleen, nervous system and immune system. Also, it promotes health in the organs that purify the blood and provides for strong healthy hair.
Jade of all types and colours carry very calming vibrations that are beneficial in many ways. They are also very protective and gently powerful in dealing with children’s illnesses.
Jade Meaning – Individual Colours.
As well as the generic attributes above, each colour of Jade brings additional properties.
Black Jade is helpful and will provide the strength to fight if you sense you are under attack and your survival is in question. It also helps you to control greed or your need for control by instilling wisdom in the use of personal power.
Blue Jade is a peaceful stone. It helps to neutralize karmic influences and the emotional issues usually tied to them, as well as assist with relaxation and meditation. It supplies steady energy and is useful for people who feel overwhelmed or under tremendous stress in their lives.
Brown Jade has a reputation for connecting all of humanity to Mother Earth. Often given as a housewarming gift, or when changing jobs, because it aids with adjustments to any new environment.
Gray Jade calms and drains off excessive energy; temporarily lessening the impact of many karmic events. It will also help with adjusting to new surroundings and settling negative events in the home as well as providing strong protection.
Green Jade is the most common colour. It creates calm, harmony and peace. Thought has it, it also represents life and growth and assists
in finding your heart’s true desire. It will counteract depression, banish negativity, and may produce dreams that are vivid and accurate.
Green is the most popular and commonly accepted colour for Jade.
Lavender Jade will put you in touch with your emotions. It also assists with fresh ideas and creativity. It assists in honest communication and self-control. Plus it may bring a psychic understanding of your dreams. It also offers assistance in recovering from any negative love situation.
Orange and Pink Jade are both beneficial in creating healthy scepticism. They convey the gift of inner peace, joy and happiness and teach the interconnectedness of all life and all Beings. Orange Jade boosts energy and is useful for assisting the digestive organs of the body.
Red Jade is an active stone. It can assist in dealing with feelings of anger and releasing tension. Exercise care when using, as it has a very intense energy and may overstimulate.
White or Cream Jade directs energy and assists with concentration and focus by filtering out unwanted distractions. It is extremely calming, as well as assisting in decision making. White and Cream Jade are useful for boosting energy. Also for ascertaining what the highest outcome for a given situation will be.
Yellow Jade is similar to Orange Jade in that both convey the gift of inner peace, joy and happiness and teach the interconnectedness of all Life and all Beings. It encourages you to gain a better understanding of the opposite sex. Yellow Jade may assist the digestive organs of the body.
Tips for using Jade.
- Rinse your hair with an elixir of Jade after washing and massage it into your scalp for shiny, healthy-looking hair.
- Hold Jade to bring you the answers you seek to your problems.
- Wear Jade to bring you inner peace and contentment.
- Have Jade with you to keep you from harm and to help prevent accidents from occurring.
- Meditating with Jade can lead you to wisdom.
- Focusing your mind on your ideals whilst holding Jade will provide the inner strength to achieve your goals.
- Jade placed under your pillow will promote dreaming and dream recall.
- Give a child a gift of Jade to sponsor health, wealth and longevity.
- Carry White Jade for Attention Deficit Disorder and for gaining focus and concentration when needed.
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7/7/2020, updated from our original article published in September 2012.
© Ron and Sue Windred.
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.