Garnet Meaning and Benefits.
~ January Birthstone ~ Properties ~ Garnet Meaning ~ Benefits ~ Healing ~
For all those born in the month of January, your Birthstone is Garnet.
It is also one of the zodiac stones for those born under the sign of Capricorn,
between December 22 and January 20.
Garnet Meaning – General Information
Garnet is a very common and plentiful stone and can be found in many areas around the world. There are different forms according to its mineral base; Almandine, Andradite, Demantoid, Grossular, Hessonite, Pyrope, Rhodalite, Spessatite, Tsavorite and Uvarovite. A common misconception is that all Garnets are red when actually they come in a wide variety of colours including purple, red, orange, yellow, green, brown and black. Blue is very rare.
It has a Mohs hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 and belongs to the isometric crystal system. The main crystal shapes of Garnets are dodecahedral and trapezohedral.
Garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word gernet, meaning ‘dark red’. It is borrowed from Old French grenate and from Latin granatus, from granum meaning ‘grain or seed’.
Garnet honours Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War. An Enhancer Strengthener crystal, and worn for many centuries in the past as a protective and powerful talisman.
Garnet Meaning – History
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been in use since the Bronze Age as both gemstones and abrasives. All types of Garnets have similar physical properties and crystal forms, however, differ in chemical composition.
Garnet has been widely known for thousands of years, and it has long been known as The Warriors Stone. Carried by soldiers the world over as a talisman against death and injury, as well as to bring victory, peace and tranquillity. Many courageous travellers and explorers wore Garnets for protection, with these being popular talismans and protective stones.
Garnet not only holds the power to protect its wearer from negative energies but can also send those negative energies back to where they originated from. Garnet has been used as an adornment for thousands of years and is one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest.
According to the Talmud, the light on Noah’s ark came from by a large Garnet. They were also popular in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used for enhancing truth, faith and constancy. Also to dispel melancholy.
Some Asiatic tribes launched Garnets from their sling bows, then later as bullets. The principle being that as a blood-coloured projectile it would inflict a more deadly wound than a regular bullet. These were used by the rebellious Hanzas, during their hostilities in 1892, with the British troops on the Kashmir frontier, with many of these Garnet missiles now preserved as curiosities.
Today, Garnet is worn ornamentally in beautiful jewellery. It also has many industrial uses, from sandpaper and abrasives, to watch gears and scientific instruments.
Garnet Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.
Garnet is also a stone of romantic love and passion and commitment. Use it to enhance your sensuality, sexuality and intimacy. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet, in particular, stimulates the controlled rise of the Kundalini and aids sexual potency.
An excellent stone for manifestation and it can assist mystically with building your self-confidence as well as success in your chosen profession. The Garnet is commonly known as the stone for successful business and is useful in the planning stage of any project.
Placing A Garnet under your pillow will help to prevent bad dreams. Wearing Garnet jewellery will help generate popularity amongst your peers, and help alleviate depression. It will also bring constancy to friendships.
Garnet is a Stone of Health, as it extracts negative energy from your energy system and transmutes it into a beneficial state. It has a strong link with the pituitary gland and can stimulate expanded awareness and past-life recall. It will also sharpen your perceptions of yourself and others. Garnet helps you let go of old, useless, or obsolete ideas. Will remove inhibitions and taboos and will open the heart and bestow self-confidence.
Garnet Meaning – Healing.
Garnet regenerates the body and treats spinal and cellular disorders. It stimulates the metabolism, purifies and regenerates the blood, heart and lungs, and regenerates DNA. Assists the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. It clears negative chakra energy. Both the thyroid and spleen may benefit from cleansing and purifying with Garnet.
Garnet can alleviate acne, also improve low libido, and disturbances in the cardiac rhythm (except for arterial hypertension, which it can even aggravate). Use it to relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain. As well as being able to assist with the removal of some psychological illnesses.
Tips for using Garnet.
- Carry Garnet on your person or in your luggage when travelling to keep you safe.
- Wear a Garnet pendant, or tumbled stone in a cage, to deflect unwanted negative energies.
- Keep it in your bedroom to enhance your sensuality, sexuality and intimacy.
- Have a Garnet close and handy to provide greater self-confidence.
- Garnet may be utilised at work for its creative energy.
- Garnet can be your lucky stone – for love, success, and business relationships.
- Place under your pillow to help alleviate bad dreams.
- A Garnet in your pocket can help you stay with a commitment.
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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.