Spessartine Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Spessartine
Known as the Garnet of the Sun, Spessartine is one of the lesser-known and rarer varieties of Garnet. Its energizing warmth radiates in shades of dark gold, orange, scarlet and deep red. Crystals can be pale yellow if nearly pure, but are almost always mixed with Almandine Garnet. [Eason, 119]
Spessartine Garnet, which includes Spessartite and Imperial Garnet, takes its name from the Spessart district of Bavaria, and is a magnesium aluminum silicate. [Eason, 119]
The energies of Spessartine vibrate at a high rate, imparting a willingness to help others and strengthening the heart. It enhances analytical processes and the rational mind. [Hall, 139] Yet Spessartine also stimulates aspects of creative abilities and energies, encouraging one to take action toward one's dreams, visions and goals. It is a good stone for artists, writers, dancers, actors and others who express through creative energy. [Ahsian, 168]
Spessartine Uses and Purposes - Overview
Spessartine is physically healing to the reproductive and digestive systems, improving food intolerances, and is used as an antidepressant and to prevent nightmares. Spessartine is used emotionally to activate the analytical processes of the mind, to alleviate fears and provide confidence to change one's life.
It is associated with the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, awakening latent creative energies and lending power to one's will. The spiritual energy of Spessartine is effective in assimilating higher levels of inner growth and balance.
Spessartine Garnet utilizes the colors of the sun for its healing rays, in shades of dark gold, orange, scarlet, and red.
There are a host of Angels attracted to these shades, and Spessartine is used to honor three Goddesses. Garnet is the traditional birthstone of January, and Spessartine is a natural birthstone for many born from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
It is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign of Aquarius and utilizes Fire energy. As an Enhancer Strengthener crystal, it is a talisman of protection.
Read on and learn about this magnificent gem crystal.
Spessartine Healing Therapies - Overview
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Spessertine is a stone for self-forgiveness, self-acceptance and the release of useless regrets. It encourages us to honor ourselves as a creation and a tool of the Divine. [Ahsian, 420]
Spessartine Physical Healing Energy
Spessartine Garnet is believed to be beneficial to both male and female reproductive systems, boosting fertility and sex drive. It helps the kidneys and bladder, poor circulation, chilblains and Reynaud's disease. It may improve food intolerances, particularly to wheat and dairy products. [Eason, 119]
It is an antidepressant and suppresses nightmares, and may be used to treat calcium imbalances. [Hall, 139][Gienger, 43][Melody, 610] It fortifies the heart, small intestine and immune system. [Gienger, 43]
Spessartine Emotional Healing Energy
Spessartine can be used to initiate the analytical processes of the mind, bringing freedom in discovery and facilitating exploration of the rational realms. [Melody, 610][Hall, 139]
Spessartine Garnet restores the natural awareness of hunger and thirst and what is sufficient when physical sensations have been overridden by emotional factors and the need for comfort. [Eason, 119]
The energy emitted by Spessartine promotes feelings of happiness from within, and aids in making life more fulfilling. This crystal will assist all who have difficulty making themselves seen and/or heard within group situations, whether work, family or leisure. [Eason, 119]
It helps one to talk about and clear oppressing and embarrassing things regarded as taboos. [Gienger, 43] Spessartine assists in overcoming fear of new experiences, and encouraging one to be more impulsive, spontaneous and intuitive. It helps alleviate fear of failure and gives confidence to take new paths and change one's life. [Ahsian, 168]
Spessartine Garnet magnifies the vibrations of the Second, or Sacral Chakra, awakening latent creative energies, not only those of sexuality and procreation, but also linked to artistic, physical and mental creativity. [Eason, 119] Yellow Spessartine also works on the Solar-Plexus Chakra, lending power to one's will. Because it is a Garnet, Spessartine pulls potential realities into manifestation. Therefore it is a stone to be used with care, since it increases the speed at which one's intention comes into physical form. [Simmons, 167]
The Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, is located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It is the center of the Life Force of the body, and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body. Gut feelings, intuition, and other "non-linear" communication comes from this chakra. When it is in balance you have grace, feel pleasure in life, find you are flexible and can "go with the flow" and do so in good spirit.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the energy distribution center and the chakra of relationships. It is located between the ribcage and navel. When the solar plexus is in balance you are free to interpret the world through your own thoughts and emotions and not live in fear of violating the dictums of others.
Spessartine Spiritual Energy
The spiritual energy of Spessartine is in the form of a rapid vibration which extends in effectiveness into the subtle bodies, as well as the higher bodies. When one is attracted to the stone, it's an indication the consciousness is ready to absorb and assimilate the higher levels of inner growth and balance. [Melody, 610]
The color rays of warmth and sunshine define Spessartine Garnet. Its power and exuberance bring joy to all who embrace it.
Dark Gold Spessartine is the color of kings, riches, and the sun. It brings success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power. It has a deep, profound sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.
Orange Spessartine Garnet brings joy and friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness. It is a happy and sharing stone, integrating the parts of our communal lives, bringing things and people together. It is a stone of physical pleasure and intimacy. In lighter shades, Orange Garnet promotes companionship and affection, while the darker crystals deepen the sense of belonging and home.
Scarlet Spessartine reflects 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.
Red Spessartine Garnet raises our enthusiasm. It reflects the color of passion, energy, and life. It motivates us to action. It is a very strong color—the color of fire and blood. Dark Red crystals embody strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion. It is a masculine color, particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life. In lighter shades of red, the strong passion and power are toned down to subtler, feminine aspects of determination, commitment and caring.
Spessartine brings a calmness and focus to any effort. Use it when needed, if you are suffereing from a lack of concentration.
The Divinatory meaning of Spessartine Garnet: The problems do not lie with you but the company you keep, who are holding you back from new places and ventures. [Eason, 119]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Spessartine f 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 Spessartine. 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.
Gold Garnet honors Persephone, the Greek Goddess of Spring. She represents celebration and the Earth alive with new growth.
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.
Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of those born in January.
Spessartine Garnet which is gold in color is the natural birthstone color of those born in the magical month of midsummer (July 22–August 21). Gold crystals bring you success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power.
Spessartine Garnet which is orange in color is the true birthstone of those born at the end of summer (August 22–September 22). Orange crystals bring you joy, friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness.
Spessartine 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.
Spessartine Garnet which is red in color is the natural birthstone of those born in mid-autumn (October 22–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.
Spessartine Amulets and Talismans
A Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. [Megemont, 87]
As an amulet, Garnet was worn on the body for strong protection against poisons. [Mella, 85]
As a member of the Garnet family, Spessartine Garnet 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.
Spessartine Garnet of red, scarlet and orange produces Fire energy, 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.
Fire energy is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and like the fiery gemstones, should be used in moderation. It is associated with the fame and reputation area of your life and dwelling. Use its energy for a boost to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.
Spessartine Garnets in Ancient Lore and Legend
Garnets were employed as inlaid stones in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon jewelry. [Fernie, 19] 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 a stone 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. [Fernie, 158-159] [Mella, 86]
Greek mythology speaks of Garnet as a stone that can, through divine influence, heal emotional rifts between lovers. [Simmons, XXI]
A Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. The Merovingians brought garnets from faraway Ceylon (Sri Lanka) through the Silk Road, combining it with amber from the Baltic to create magnificent jewels. Since these two stones balanced each other, one warm, one cold, some see the source of the Frankish civilization in this combination, the amber tempering the warrior-like fieriness of the Germanic people. [Megemont, 87]
Low libido and sexual disorders were credited to be relieved by the application of Garnet directly to the genital organs. Princess Palatine discovered her husband, the brother of King Louis XIV, applying garnets on his body in this way. Though he asked her not to reveal this to anyone, she instead told the whole court and wrote about it in her many famous letters. [Megemont, 87]
Garnet is a conqueror's stone. Legend has it that a garnet ornamented Don Juan's ring. [Megemont, 88]
The well-formed image of a lion, if engraved on a garnet, will cure the wearer of all diseases, protect and preserve his honor and health, and guard him from all perils in traveling. [Kunz, 133]
Some Asiatic tribes used red garnets as bullets for sling bows because they pierced their victims quickly and were well hidden when they mingled with the blood. At other times they were placed in wounds to encourage clotting of the blood. [Mella, 85] The tribes continued to use them later as bullets in firearms, assuming the blood-colored stone would inflict a more deadly wound than a leaden bullet. Such were used by the rebellious Hanzas, in 1892, during their hostilities with the British troops on the Kashmir frontier, and many of these precious missiles were preserved as curiosities. [Kunz, 33-34]
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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