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Properties of Garnet

This stone symbolizes faith, love, devotion and trust. Garnet is most famous for balancing our emotional states. Therefore, garnet is one of the best stones for soothing emotional stress and balancing out anger that is held in and not expressed. Therefore, garnet is good for those who have anger issues directed to themselves, NOT for those who spew anger like venom or attack others with their anger (think orange or yellow stones for this condition)!

Garnet is a stone of passion. It is given as a gift of love’s attraction, a gift of estranged love or a gift of quick return. Red represents love and helps the aspirant to strive for improvement in moral conduct. When Garnet is used in conjunction with the pituitary gland, can help provide past-life information.

It should be placed on the center of the forehead. If carried around in the pocket and then placed on the forehead of another person, closer ties will form with that individual. Garnet is a stone of commitment.

Garnet has been used for protection against the perils of travel. It encourages a strength and therefore, personal power, which increases success, a victorious attitude and sparks the energies of creativity through our kundalini starting at the base of the Root Chakra.

Garnet’s emotional connection makes it most effective when placed at the 2nd or Sacral/Spleen Chakra. Known to balance out sexual energy by both increasing libido or decreasing sexual addiction. Garnet is known in Indian mythology for persistence, stamina and energizing the Kundalini fire (our fire of eternal metamorphosis).

Garnet is a good stone to have around for emotional drama, traumatic crisis or when you feel backed into a corner with no way out. Garnet will show you the way out. It is the perfect stone for clearing the Emotional Layer of the Aura. Utilize its strong support energy. Anyone dealing with depression, should always carry a piece of garnet with them as it encourages feelings of joy, hope and will power. Its fiery color drives away fatigue and stimulates the imagination.

Folk Remedies

Emotional states are connected to the water element, which are connected to the cycles of the moon and tides and therefore, has a strong relationship to a women’s menstrual cycle. Therefore, garnet works well with blood issues.

It was believed to be helpful with problems of poor blood circulation and strengthens the heart both in a physical manner and metaphysical approach. Garnet warms and energizes physically (and emotionally) when treating arthritis, frostbite, paralysis and is a good grounding stone.

It is a remedy stone for exhaustion, low blood pressure, detoxing and strengthening blood, muscles, kidneys, gallstones. Stimulates life force and sexuality, hormone balance, antibodies, fertility, and brings vitality during the catabolic process. Hidegard Von Bingen prescribed garnet to strengthen the heart. Avoid if excess anger, impatience, high blood pressure, heat, or inflammation. Used for the assimilation of vitamins and minerals.

Feng Shui

Garnet should be used in the Northwest corner for travel or in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and protection, in the North for personal journeys, victory and success, and in the Southwest for partnership (always use two stones here).

The History of Garnet

Garnet, K (SiO4)3 + another metal, this stone ranges in color from deep emerald green through yellow, brown, and red (interestingly enough, never blue). They each have a different name according to color. (See below). Common to the US, but found all over the world. Garnet comes from the latin word “granum” meaning grain or seed-like. This name was derived from the tiny little seed like stones resembling pomegranate seeds, often made into jewelry.

Dating as far back as the 3100 B.C.E. in Egypt where garnet was crafted into beautiful jewelry and beads for clothing, crowns and dinnerware. In the bible, garnet is mentioned as one of the 12 stones in the Breastplate of Aaron. It was believed to be used by Noah, crafted into a lantern, which lead the ark through long, dark nights.

The ancient Greeks used garnet in its red form and the Persians considered it the “royal stone” carving the faces of their kings in the stone. Garnet was considered a traveler’s stone, warning anyone who carried the stone of danger unseen.

Garnet’s shapes and colors

Round represent love and helps the aspirant to strive for improvement in moral conduct. Square-cut Garnets help bring about business opportunities and filter out concerns that are not one’s own. Rectangular shapes aid in the matter of intellect or the earth.

Almandine: red, orange-red with brown, purple-red: regenerative, absorbant, strength, stamina, deep love.

Andradite: black, green, yellow: dynamic, flexibility, stimulates creativity, and attracts what you need most in your relationship.

Grossulante: brown, green, orange-yellow, white, yellow: good for going with the flow, enhances fertility, assimilation and works with bone disorders.

Hessontie: orange to brown: gets rid of quilt, inferiority and low self esteem/respect. Opens intuition and psychic abilities. Used for astral travel. Hessonite is a stone that is said to bring peace. Hessonite has the ancient name of Gomed, is attuned to scorpio and is one of the 9 sacred Vedic stones associated with rahu, the north ascending node of the moon.

Melanite: black: allows one to speak the truth by unblocking the heart and throat. Grounding stone used for overcoming a lack of love in any situation.

Pyrope: red, orange-red, purple-red: restores vitality, charisma, creativity, and stability. It aligns the Root and Crown chakras together.

Rhodolite: purple and red-purple: works best at the Third eye and Crown chakras for stimulating intuition, contemplation, inspiration and enhances healthy sexuality, alleviating frigidity.

Spessartite: orange-brown, red-orange, yellow, yellow-brown: imparts willingness to help others, stimulates the heart chakra, enhances the analytical process and the rational mind.

Uvarovite: varieties of green: promotes individuality, strengthens the heart chakra, brings one back to nature and helps one experience peace and solitude.

photo credit: James St. John Grossular garnet (Mexico) (license)


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Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. has been in the alternative health field for over 15 years. His knowledge, expertise and clinical training has offered him the ability to experience and continually learn about the body and its energy system in health as well as in disease.


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