Crystal Highlight: Garnet
A bold, earthy red like the life-blood of Mama Earth herself, Garnet is a strong yet gentle companion for all those seeking to call upon the powers of the heart.
Garnet's strengths lie in its profound connection to the Earth, our hearts, and the energy of love itself! This gives Garnet its deeply powerful grounding, protecting, and boosting energies that it's so well-known (and loved!) for.
HISTORY & LORE
Garnet gets its name from the Latin word, granatus, meaning pomegranate seed—believed to be because of its deep reddish color.
As a sacred stone known well across the globe, Garnet has been found everywhere from the tombs and jewelry of the Ancient Egyptians, to the battle-gear of both Christians and Muslims during the crusades. Historically, Garnet has been mostly used as a protective talisman (seen decorating weapons and protective jewelry), but through the discovery of artifacts found in various parts of Africa, Europe, and North America, we can see it was also used as both a deeply spiritual and deeply practical stone (finding garnet in everything from spiritual tools to signet rings).
With it's dynamic and storied history across cultures and time, Garnet has always been a crystal that seeks to be engaged with powerfully and engaged with well. No matter how one endeavors to approach and use Garnet, what has always felt deeply important is that the use come from the heart.
Garnet is a powerful aide for…
Gentle spiritual healing
Creativity (in all ways)
Protecting against negative energy
Healing the heart
HOW TO USE
Working with the energies of Garnet:
Meditate. For those times when your heart is craving a deeper connection and touch, or those times where your creativity feels all dried-up, grab a piece of Garnet and lie in meditation. Place the Garnet over your heart, breathe deeply, and feel its powerfully loving, grounding, and reviving energies move through you.
Wear for protection. Just like the ancients did, wear a piece of Garnet jewelry to help protect and stabilize you in times of chaos and stress. Let this become your battle talisman, and know that both the strength and beauty of this stone are with you at all times.
Use for grounding. Garnet is your spiritual feet-on-the-ground. For all those moments of disconnection, dizziness, and floating, Garnet is every mystic’s grounding guide that can help bring any airy soul back into their body.
Properly caring for Garnet:
As a very hardy stone, Garnet can thrive in virtually any environment. It can be stored anywhere you would normally store a crystal.
To cleanse Garnet, bury it into the earth for a full day and night, run it through your favorite clearing incense (cedar, palo santo, frankincense), or lay it outside under the light of a Full Moon.