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Source: Found throughout the world predominantly in Europe, USA (Arizona and New Mexico), South Africa and Australia
Chakra: Base, Heart (purifies and energises all)
Zodiac: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius (varies according to type)
General: Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a Garnet but bad luck to steal one. 500 years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons. It is a powerfully energising stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies. Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnet inspires love and devotion and removes inhibitions and taboos. Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence. This stone balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Useful in a crisis, Garnet is helpful in situations where there seems to be no way out or where life has fragmented or is traumatic. It fortifies the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Crisis becomes challenge under Garnet’s influence, and it promotes mutual assistance. Dissolving ingrained behaviour patterns and outworn ideas that no longer serve, it bypasses resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. With strong links to the pituitary gland, Garnet stimulates expanded awareness, past-life recall, and out-of-body experiences. Garnet activates other crystals, amplifying their effect.
Beneficial For: Claimed to be beneficial for - Attracting love, dreaming, blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lungs, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins.1
Emotional Healing: It is claimed Almandine Garnet helps in bereavement. Pyrope Garnet is the most fiery of garnets restoring the will to live when life has hit an all-time low; relieves anxiety and phobias about blood.
Practical Uses: Almandine Garnet - enduring passion for a person, hobby or cause. Pyrope Garnet – if you lie awake worrying or feel alone in a strange bed.
Workplace: Almandine Garnet is protective in an emotionally or sexually charged environment. It eases the situation where someone resists change. Pyrope Garnet – wear for productivity or performance or performance without sacrificing integrity or quality.2
- Judy Hall, “The Encyclopedia of Crystals”, Bounty Books, London, 2015
- Cassandra Eason, “The Complete Crystal Handbook”, Sterling Publishing, New York, 2010