Garnet is a silicate group of minerals that was first recorded as ΑνθραϪέ in 325 B.C. by Theophrastus. Pliny the Elder additionally recorded this stone in 77 A.D. as Carchedonius Garamanticus or Garamantic Carbuncle. The word Garnet derives from Gernet meaning “dark red” and the word “Granatus'' meaning grain or seed, in reference to its resemblance to a Pomegranate. Traditionally the Garnet group of minerals is composed of 6 sub-minerals: Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartine, Andradite, Grossular, and Uvaroite. Deposits of Garnet can be found all over the world with large specimens coming out of our old home state of Connecticut in the United States.
Garnets have historically been regarded as a stone that helps with hemorrhages, inflammatory diseases, and the suppression of anger. Doctors lived by the code “similia similibus curantu” meaning “like is cured by like”. Thus, for ailments that pertained to blood, Garnet was likely prescribed. Asian tribes took it a step further by using small Garnets as bullets, believing that they would cause more harm than a regular one.
Garnet awakens our inner-fire and helps produce some of the strongest life force energy in the entire mineral kingdom. Pure strength and fortitude is activated within and the confidence in one’s self will raise to an all-time high. Once we are comfortable with ourselves, we are then capable of transmuting the most negative vibrations into positive ones. Your everyday focus should start pertaining more to yourself and your personal growth. Understanding who you truly are in this world is a lifelong struggle, but Garnet will nudge you into the right mindset.
The earthen energies that radiate from Garnet restore proper order to our spirit body by giving us control over ourselves. Throughout life, you may have noticed that there are people who want to change who you are. This lasting effect will only lead to negative outcomes while also altering your purpose of why you are on this planet. Garnet refuses to allow you to make that mistake and helps you course correct if you feel as though you are not on the right path.
Garnet is an orb of manifestation energy that can be channeled by an experienced practitioner during their sessions. The red rays of life force energy help bring our desires to life and expand upon our internal dreams. We suggest holding and speaking directly into your crystal, expressing what it is your heart wants. As you release these vocal commands you are reminding yourself of your goals and further planting the seed in your head. This seed will begin to blossom and grow as you begin to undertake the mission. By listening to your heart and attempting to achieve what you desire, you will feel an immense form of gratitude and happiness regardless of the final outcome or how long it may take. Throughout this experience, your entire mentality may change to become focused on something new, exciting, and better. If we do decide that our original inspiration has been shifted towards newly founded goals that does not mean you have failed. Instead, it shows that you have succeeded in a way where you have advanced your consciousness to a higher level than you thought was even possible.
As an author’s note, this was our friend and brother John's birthstone. We particularly dedicate this stone in his name.
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(Mg, Ca, Fe2+, Mn2+)3(Al, Fe3+, Cr3+, V3+)2(SiO4)3