Red Garnet: The January birthstone of emotional healing
This month we are going to learn about Garnet. What a corker this crystal is. Most certainly bringing the year in with an energetic bang!
“Garnet” is actually a group name for a specific type of mineral. This means that various other crystals come under the title of ‘garnet’, such as uvarovite, spessartine, almandine, the list goes on. Essentially all these stones share a specific cubic structure and chemical composition. It is a very diverse gem. I am focusing on the energetic properties of the Red Garnet because this is the most commonly identified version of this cubic structure.
Red Garnet is a hard and durable stone which I feel is reflective of its protective energetic nature and its ability to support us in our journey to evolve and grow into stronger versions of ourselves under its vibration. The word “garnet” even comes from Latin “garanatus” meaning seed-like – reflective of change, growth and new-ness. The history of garnets frequency bringing around seeds of change and transformation can be found in many books and to just look at the stone its self, we see a seed-like shape. Such wonderful secret geometry at play in this crystal.
Garnet is a stone of emotional healing. Its frequency stimulates and allows for the release of pent up, hidden feelings of guilt or shame; lifting the burden of negative or painful memories. This crystal was often prescribed during medieval times to counter melancholy and cure depression, allowing the body to alleviate emotional disharmony and to dissolve ingrained behaviours that are no longer positive for our energetic wellbeing and sense of inner peace.
Garnet is famously a crystal that aligns with the sacral chakra which is very much the sexual and passion energy centre in the body. It seems it is no coincidence that the garnet looks like a “seed”. History has always seen the garnet as a red jewelled womb symbol, sexually supportive, working to balance the sex drive; increasing it if needed and promoting fertility if needed, as well as sexual potency if this is an issue. This makes Garnet a wonderfully supportive stone in a relationship where sexual intimacy may be an issue. Balancing such areas can really free sensuality for couples, igniting a new passion and exploration of sexual connection between two people.
Garnet lightens one’s overall mood and evokes a sense of quiet happiness, stimulating feelings of self-worth and allowing one to see and accept one’s gifts and abilities. This stone aids with inner enlightenment, allowing one to see clearly what steps need to be taken to move forward and rid any feelings of inadequacy. Famous in Greek mythology, the garnet is a gift of love, fertility and growth. Giving the gift of a Garnet was to wish for and promote a safe trip and a quick return for separated lovers. Such a symbol of true friendship, fidelity, devotion, loyalty and consistency, again, makes a garnet a wonderful talisman for any couple.
Overall, the Garnet crystal holds a very powerful and passionate vibration. The frequency of such vibration through the energetic system will allow for anger, jealousy, sexual deviancy and rage to dissolve (remember though, such stimulation may give rise to such feelings in their process of clearing) leaving the body in a much calmer and self-aware state.
Someone who has worked with Garnet for some time will feel far more self-aware, empowered and embodied within one’s sense of self, allowing for a more confident, emotionally lighter and joyful approach to day-to-day life.
To work with Garnet and align your frequencies I suggest holding it in your left hand in a very quiet space for 5 minutes a day for two weeks. Focus on your breath and allow your mind to wonder. Don’t “stop” thoughts but try to let them float by. The brain will go into alpha or theta brainwaves which allows the unconscious to become more accessible. After five minutes (set a timer) write whatever comes to mind for two/three minutes. Don’t overthink it. Re-read your notes after two weeks and see what went on, you will be surprised.
Do note that a lot of the work and alignment and balancing will be going on in the few minutes you are holding the stone.
If you can’t handle this, Sleep with the moonstone under your pillow and note your dreams on waking. Again, have a read after two weeks and see what went down in your unconscious hours.
Amiee Carlton, founder of Liferocks.store, attempts to bring the “out there” here, and unravel the minefield that is Crystals. Amiee Carlton is an energy and motivational coach. She uses crystals as a modality for realignment and stimulation of the subtle bodies. Her aim is to educate us on the vibrational powers of crystals one month at a time. To books an alignment energy session with Amiee contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org