By Jessica Wettig Hendrix
The garnet is a beautiful stone and one of the most popular red stones out there. It’s found all over the world. It is known for its own set of metaphysical properties and has many legends and folklore attached to it. You might also be surprised to know it comes in more than one color.
We are going to dive into all the basics of the Garnet, including all of its types and metaphysical properties.
Physical and Metaphysical Properties
The Garnet is an energizing stone. It is known for utilizing creative energy. It’s a stone that helps you feel more grounded, which helps you connect and work with the physical plane. It’s also a sensual stone, typically representing primordial fire, purification, and love. There are other types of stone that have different meanings too.
The name itself comes from the Latin term Granatu, which means pomegranate, and it comes from the striking resemblance it has to the seeds of the pomegranate. The stone varies in size. You can find the stone in forms as small as a grain of sand and as big as an apple.
History and Folklore
In the former country of Czechoslovakia, Garnets were used from the Bronze Age, and even in Egypt more than five thousand years ago. They were also used in Sumeria around 2100 B.C., and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 BC.
The Talmud states that the light on Noah’s ark was lit with a large Garnet. During the Middle Ages in Europe, it was used to enhance faith, truth, and constancy. It was also used to abolish melancholy, which is essentially the former term for depression.
Garnet was considered a Warrior’s Stone, so it was used as a talisman in the Crusades for both Christians and Muslims. Garnet is also said to have been one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of the High Priest, and it’s considered sacred by the Native Americans, the South American Indians, the Aztecs, the African trivial elders, and the Mayans.
Types of Garnet
There are several different types of Garnet, and not all of them are red. Some of them include the following:
Almandine Garnet: This stone is perhaps the most common variety and includes the well-known scarlet tones of the stone combined with earthy brown tones. This stone is connected deeply to the Earth and is used for protection and strength.
Andradite Garnet: This stone includes the earthy tones of green or olive, dark yellow, and black. It’s considered a stone of higher thinking, self-empowerment, strength, and safety.
Grossular Garnet: This stone is connected to hope, empowerment, and Mother Earth, with all the things related to her. Its colors range from gold, orange, yellow, scarlet, and red. It’s most popularly found as lush green.
Pyrope Garnet: This stone is so beautiful it has been described as “living fire.” Its colors range from scarlet, indigo, and violet. It is connected to vitality, inspiration, charisma, and helps you to own your gifts and abilities, and share them with others.
Spessartine Garnet: This stone is rarer than most of the other Garnet stones. It is known as the Garnet of the Sun, appearing in the colors orange, dark gold, scarlet, and deep red. In its purest form, it appears as a pale yellow. It is typically mixed with Almandine Garnet. Spessartine Garnet activates the analytical side of the mind, abolishing fears and giving the confidence to change one’s life.
Uvarovite Garnet: This stone is emerald green, and it is the only Garnet that is consistently green. It’s a rare Garnet, and it promotes wealth, prosperity, and aids in learning to accept what the universe offers you–and helps you accept it happily.
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