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Hi everyone, I know we’re finally out of 2020, but 2021 seems to be going a little sideways as well. Hopefully, this new craziness will pass soon, and we can move on with the year. On that note, we’re going to focus on something positive, and the garnet is one of the most positive stones around.
Garnets are aligned with the root chakra, its element is fire, naturally, and it is January’s birthstone. However, there’s more to this gem than meets the eye. Garnet is best known for its properties of love and luck and can be found around the world. The most common places in the United States are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia.
Garnets are formed through what is called a ‘skarn process,’ which basically means that it’s a metamorphic rock that has been chemically changed by hot, chemically-active fluids such as magma. A skarn can contain more than one type of gem. The type is determined by what hot chemical invades the rock and the type and temperature of the rock. Garnet is made when the rock being changed has a high aluminum content.
As with many stones, there are numerous types of garnets, and the colors range from red and pink to orange, green and yellow, and even black and brown.
Garnet comes in 10 types or classes
Each has its own particular energies as well as the general energies of the garnet, and it’s those general energies we’ll look at today.
General Energies of the Garnet:
The Garnet has long been associated with love and luck. However, there are several other ways garnets can help.
The use of Garnets dates back to the Ancient Egyptians and they were used extensively for the jewelry of the Pharaohs. These stones were used in Greece, Sumeria, Sweden, and Rome. In Rome, large garnets were carved into bowls to use for eating and drinking. It’s still known for its versatility and healing properties. You can use a garnet any place you feel a lack of energy. Even if you don't wear it, you can use it during meditation.
Garnets are closely connected to the Earth in spite of its association with fire, and it often serves as a talisman of protection and unyielding strength, increasing willpower and resistance to all things negative. These associations allow you to wear garnets, or carry garnets with you, or you can use them in Malas or prayer beads. You can place them over the chakras in your body as you meditate. Use them in your rituals to connect to fire energy and bring about healing.
Lilly, Sue. The Magic of Crystals, Colour, & Chakra. Hermes House. January, 2011