january gemstone of the month: garnet

In her monthly column, Gem + Remedy delves into the history and properties of garnet, the birthstone of January. Read on to learn more about how garnet can revitalize, cleanse, and release negative emotions—perfect for the new year.

 

Carry garnet when it seems you will never achieve your goal.
It brings hope and the power to succeed in hopeless situations.

-Judy Hall
Bestselling author of The Crystal Bible

 

In medieval times, garnets were prized for their powers of protection and adorned armored shields carried by well-paid knights. Garnets were also known to protect against bad dreams and diseases of the liver, which also might explain why they were so popular with the knights. In Victorian times, they were still prized for protection, but of a different kind… widows wore them to symbolize undying fidelity to their dead spouses, thus “protecting” them from any unwanted advances.

The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “garanatus”, meaning seed-like, more than likely referring to the seeds of the pomegranate. In Greek mythology, Hades, the lord of the underworld, gave the kidnapped Persephone a ripe pomegranate, knowing that if she ate anything while in the underworld she would have to stay there. She only ate six seeds of the fruit, but because she did, had to return to him six months out of every year. This myth is probably the reason lovers in ancient times gifted each other garnets to hasten a speedy return when separated. Matriarchal religions used the pomegranate as a symbol of the womb and it’s life-giving powers. Perhaps because garnets resembled it’s seeds they were imbued with life healing powers and are said to help heal blood and heart disorders.

 

“It’s a good stone to assist in bringing deeply held negative emotions to the surface in order to cleanse and redirect the energy for positive use.”

 

Garnet has a revitalizing energy and is best utilized by the base, sacral and heart chakras. It’s a good stone to assist in bringing deeply held negative emotions to the surface in order to cleanse and redirect the energy for positive use. As we all know, negative emotions can be powerfully destructive. The good news is that once we cleanse and harness that energy, it can be just as powerfully productive.

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  1. Charli wrote

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