Although it is usually thought of as being green, Jade can take on any shade from creamy white through to deepest green, purple, yellow and black. Jade has been considered sacred in the Far East for thousands of years and was as precious to Eastern cultures as Diamonds were in the West. Jade is linked to many myths about immortality and over time came to be regarded as a symbol of long life, health and prosperity. In Chinese mythology the Moon Hare made an elixir of immortality from crushed Jade, while eating from Jade dishes was believed to ensure a long and fortunate life.
Jade is also associated with the elemental power of Dragons, and can be used in magic to attract and communicate with them. A piece of Jade is an excellent offering when working Dragon Magic, and it is said that when given freely as a gift it will help you to gain their favor and good will. A sliver of Jade can be put in a bowl of water or underneath a crystal ball to bring visions of Dragons when scrying. Sleeping with the stone can bring magical dreams and help subconscious, intuitive messages rise to the forefront of your mind.
Jade can be used magically to break the unwanted links that bind you to people or places that no longer serve you, so that they can be gently released. It is also used in magic for wealth and prosperity, and it is said that if you handle a piece of Jade every day your wealth will increase. Pieces of stone can be added to a charm bag to draw material wealth and also to increase your sense of self worth and belief in your abilities. Meditation with Jade is said to sharpen your concentration, increase your understanding and improve your ability to memorise intellectual knowledge, so a meditation 'time-out' with Jade can be very useful during periods of study. The stone is also believed to lend you the confidence to express your knowledge clearly and hold your audience's attention when speaking in public.
When used in physical healing Jade is reputed to be one of the best stones available for kidney problems. It is also used to help the heart, larynx, liver, spleen, thymus, thyroid and nervous system. Working with Jade is believed to strengthen the body and the immune system and thousands of years after its properties were first recorded Jade is still used to help encourage good health and longevity.