Almandine Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Almandine Garnet
Almandine Garnet unites the energy and passions of scarlet and red with the more muted, earthy overtones of brown, like fire reflected in a deep sultry wine. It is intimately tied to the Earth, and is a talisman of protection and unyielding strength, both physically and intellectually.
Almandine is known as a Stone of Tangible Truth. It assists in manifesting a realistic version of the physical world. [Simmons, 169] Its energy helps alleviate worry, panic and fear, and assists in maintaining a calm connection to the present. It allows one to perceive the absolute support of the Universe. [Ahsian, 170] Its intellectual properties also make it useful to those exploring the fields of astronomy, astrology, and mathematics. [Melody, 105]
Almandine Garnet is an iron aluminum silicate, its name derived from the town of Almandine in Asia Minor. [Simmons, 169] It is often found in nature mixed with Pyrope Garnet (See the Pyrope Garnet page).
Types of Almandine Garnet include Carbuncle, Merelini Mint Garnet, Thai Garnet, Grandite, and Precious Garnet. Some rare Almandine crystals from India or Idaho have asbestos inclusions that create a highly prized, star-like effect when faceted. Precious, or Noble Garnet, is deep red and transparent. [Eason, 74][Fernie, 156] Brown and opaque Almandine is ferrous and aluminum-like with traces of manganese and/or magnesium. [Megemont, 87] All have the metaphysical properties listed on the Garnet page, as well as the additional properties listed below.
Almandine Uses and Purposes - Overview
In this article, the metaphysical properties of Almandine Garnet are explored. Almandine is a strong regenerative healing crystal bringing strength and stamina, and aids circulation and all blood related issues.
It is an excellent crystal for fertility, sexual potency and libido. Emotionally, Almandine cultivates a sense of security, safety and abundance. It is associated with the First Chakra and has the healing energy to help arouse the kundalini and keep those energies grounded.
It is a stone of physical love and relationships, and a spiritual stone of psychic protection. It increases willpower and resistance to all things negative. Almandine Garnet ranges in color from light to deep scarlet, dark red, and muted shades of brown.
A host of angels are associated with its color energies and it honors three Goddesses. Garnet is the traditional birthstone of January, and Almandine is the natural birthstones of those born in the first month of autumn and mid-autumn.
Garnet is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign Aquarius, and is an Enhancer Strengthener crystal. It has the properties of fire energy and is a talisman of protection.
Almandine HealingTherapies - Overview
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Almandine is a stone of security, safety and support in finding compassion and charity in one's heart.
Almandine Physical Healing Energy
Almandine Garnet is a strong regenerative healing crystal bringing strength and stamina. It helps to absorb iron in the intestines, stimulates the eyes, and treats the liver and pancreas. [Hall, 137][Melody, 105] It stimulates circulation and metabolism, and aids in all blood related issues. [Gienger, 41][Eason, 74] It also promotes immunity to colds and flu.
Almandine helps the body connect with the Earth's revitalizing energy. It supports recuperation after injury, as well as the health of the ovaries and testes. [Ahsian, 170] It may help with pain, especially in childbirth, and is an excellent crystal for fertility, sexual potency and libido. [Eason, 74]
Almandine Emotional Healing Energy
Almandine Garnet's healing energy cultivates a sense of security, safety and abundance. [Ahsian, 170] It helps in bereavement. [Eason, 74] It is supportive in taking time for oneself, bringing deep love, and aids in integrating truth with self. It opens the higher mind and initiates charity and compassion. [Hall, 137][Melody, 105]
Almandine Garnet is associated with the First Chakra, theÂ Base ChakraÂ which is located at the base of the spine and radiates through the legs and feet. This is the grounding Chakra and deals with the health of the physical body. When out of balance, one may feel flighty and physically adrift. Almandine can be used effectively in crystal healing when the Base Chakra is in need of realignment.
As a stone of the first chakra, Almandine Garnet can help arouse the energies of the kundalini, the profound spiritual power said to lie at the base of the spine. Once stimulated, those energies are kept more grounded by Almandine's steady, slow vibrations. [Simmons, 170] It is a stone of physical love and the relationship between loving partners, supporting each other's needs and desires. [Ahsian, 170]
Almandine also opens the pathway between the Base and Crown chakras, channeling and grounding spiritual energies into the physical body, and anchoring the subtle body into physical incarnation. [Hall, 137]
Almandine Spiritual Energy
As a Strengthener crystal, Almandine Garnet increases the powers of resistance. It aids insight and helps achieve one's ideas and goals. [Gienger, 41]
Almandine is a stone of psychic protection. Its relatively dense energies keep one strongly connected to the body, and it is more difficult for negative energies or entities to attach themselves. [Simmons, 170] It can assist in accessing past-life memories from ancient civilizations and in clearing karmic patterns. [Ahsian, 170] Almandine protects against emotional vampires, manipulators and evil spirits. Anyone engaged in spirit rescue should wear it. [Eason, 74]
Almandine Garnets range in color from light to deep scarlet, dark red, and muted shades of brown.
Scarlet Almandine combines the energy of the pure red ray, and the exuberance and joy of the orange in a precious gift of nature. It is the color of strength and vitality, both physical and spiritual. Scarlet crystals are amulets of protection from physical harm. They help overcome fear and improve self-reliance, and are the crystals of victory, success, and skill Â Deep scarlet crystals are the key to the physical pleasures of maturity --in love, in life, and in relationships. Muted with brown, deep scarlet Almandine gives us the natural sources of energy to enjoy life's pleasures that extend past the joyfulness of youth.
Red Almandine brings us a self-confidence built on fearlessness. It is the color of passion, energy, and life. It motivates. It is a very strong colo -- the color of fire and blood. Dark red stones are crystals of strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion. Dark red is a masculine color. It is particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life.
Brown Almandine brings connection with the natural world. It is the color influence of home, hearth, and nature. It helps you relax, reconnect, and regain your composure. It is a grounding stone.
Almandine Garnet prevents anger from being directed inwards, which leads to stress-related conditions. Hold it over your Sacral energy center and let the anger flow creatively, or alternately dissipate harmlessly outside your energy field. [Eason, 74]
The Divinatory meaning of Almandine Garnet: Look at who is draining your emotional energies. [Eason, 74]
Almandine Garnet varies in color from the scarlet and red hues, to the muted browns. The color of a crystal will dictate which Guardian or other Angel will be attracted.
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Almandine of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Almandine. The table below gives you the information about them.
All Garnets honor Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War. She is the most powerful goddess of Lower Egypt, and is usually depicted with the head of a lion and the body of a beautiful woman.
Almandine Garnet also honors Demeter, the Greek Goddess of the Harvest. She brings an end to the barren wintertime, filling the fields with life-giving grain.
Red Garnet honors Hestia, the Goddess of Home and Hearth, because of its fire element and use for protection and strength.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Garnets including Almandine, are the traditional birthstone of those born in January.
Almandine Garnet which is scarlet in color, is one of the natural birthstones of those born in the first month of autumn (September 23 - October 21). Scarlet crystals bring you strength, vitality, willpower and dedication.
Almandine which is red in color, is theÂ natural birthstoneÂ of those born in mid-autumn (October 22â€“November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion, and love.
Garnet is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign Aquarius, the mid-winter season between January 20 and February 18. Aquarians desire the truth of all things and have a gift for art and music.
Wikipedia tells us Aquarius is considered a "masculine", positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered an air sign and is one of four fixed signs. Aquarius has been traditionally ruled by the planet Saturn, and, since its discovery, Uranus has been considered a modern ruler of this sign. Being the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius is associated with the astrological 11th house.
Almandine Amulets and Talismans
The Crusaders wore Almandine Garnet rings to keep them safe. [Eason, 74]
As an amulet, Garnet was worn on the body for strong protection against poisons. [Mella, 85]
As a member of the Garnet family, Almandine is an Enhancer Strengthener crystal. Enhancers have internal crystal lattices of perfect cubic symmetry and internal harmony. As "building block" talismans, their internal structure of perfect crystal lattices help us focus our efforts to build on our successes and enhance our lives.
Strengtheners are crystals that are chemically formed in the island silicate class. This class of minerals forms very compact materials that are strong, resistant, and unyielding. Strengthener crystals provide you with the energy to resist temptations and resist distractions from your goals. Garnets are the best known Strengtheners and the perfect talismans to keep us on course.
Almandine Garnets have fire energy. Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex.
It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room. Like red and scarlet gemstones, it is to be used sparingly. Use Orange Almandine Garnet as an accent and as an accessory in rooms where high energy is needed. Use the red hues of Almandine crystals to bring the sun's power and the fire element's energy to your life and home.
Almandine in Ancient Lore and Legend
Garnets the color of fire were also called Carbuncles (from fire-coals), and the Hebrew name for the carbuncle was Bareketh (flashing stone) or Barak (lightning). It was one of the twelve stones in the breastplate of the High Priest.
Eastern legends assert that a carbuncle was suspended by Noah, in the Ark, to diffuse light. The Greeks called the carbuncle the Lamp Stone and it was said, if hung around the neck, to give the power of seeing in the dark. If tied upon the forehead, it was further reported to cure fluxations of the eyes. [Fernie, 158-159][Mella, 86]
For more legend and lore see the Garnet page.
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
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