Umbalite Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Umbalite
Umbalite is a member of the Pyrope Garnet family, a mix of Pyrope and Almandine Garnet with trace amounts of Spessartine. Its name is derived from Tanzania's Umba Valley, the location in which it was discovered in 1978, and is the sole source from which it is mined. It is rare and quite costly, ranging in color from a light pinkish rose to pale red-violet. With the exception of a lighter color hue, it is closely related to Umbalite Garnet.
Umbalite Uses and Purposes - Overview
Umbalite Garnet is a crystal of emotional healing. It encourages love, kindness and compassion, and promotes self-worth and owning one's gifts and abilities. It aids in the treatment of heart and lung disorders, and enhances metabolism and healthy sexuality. Umbalite supports the Base, Heart and Crown Chakras, is attuned to several Guardian Angels, and honors four Goddesses. It falls under the zodiac sign of Aquarius and is the natural birthstone of those born from mid-autumn to just after the winter solstice. It has an elemental Fire Energy, and is an Enhancer Strengthener talisman.
As a Pyrope Garnet, Umbalite can be used for strength and courage. Wear it in the workplace for productivity or performance without sacrificing integrity or quality. [Eason, 74] It bestows vitality and charisma, and promotes an excellent quality of life. It is a stabilizing stone, uniting the creative forces within oneself. [Hall, 138]
Umbalite Healing Therapies - Overview
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Umbalite Physical Healing Energy
Umbalite is useful in the treatment of disorders of the heart and lungs. [Melody, 564] It also enhances healthy sexuality, and stimulates metabolism. [Hall, 139]
As a Pyrope Garnet, Umbalite enhances blood quality, boosts circulation, especially in cold weather, and relieves blood disorders. [Gienger, 43][Eason, 74]
It may also treat the digestive tract, neutralizing heartburn and soothing a sore throat. [Hall, 138]
Umbalite Emotional Healing Energy
Umbalite, relieves anxiety. It soothes and heals the emotional body, allowing for the heart to open to receive love. It stimulates self-worth and alleviates feelings of inadequacy. It assists in owning one's gifts and abilities, and sharing them with others [Ahsian, 169]
Umbalite crystals align and support the Base, Heart, and Crown Chakras.
The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body gains strength and stamina, and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one's own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.
The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head, and is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. When the Crown is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life.
Umbalite crystals in shades of pink reflect the Light of the heart and love, and help stimulate the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone and regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment, and helps in our relationships.
Umbalite Spiritual Energy
Umbalite Garnet stimulates warmth and gentleness, unifying the creative forces of the self. It reinforces the great spiral reaching from the center of the self to the outer layers of consciousness. [Melody, 500] It helps open the heart to love and supports kindness and compassion.
Light red, or pink Umbalite brings the energy rays of determination, commitment, and caring. Its soothing color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect. Pink is the color of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases developing sensuality, and can help overcome heartache, aiding in the improvement of our caring and loving abilities.
Amethyst Umbalite embodies the red-violet ray that connects both time and color, of beginnings and endings, as the old year wanes and the new is about to arrive. It tempers the fiery red ray with the intuition of the violet ray, bringing passion and imagination, emotion and logic. It stimulates creativity and is particularly helpful in artistic endeavors. Umbalite's light amethyst ray of vision helps us peer into our souls and see ourselves as others see us. It is the ray of self-esteem and self-knowledge.
Violet Umbalite takes on the darker hue of winter's majesty, the time just after the winter solstice. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, nobility and luxury. It is one of the most powerful rays in nature, helping us interpret our dreams and inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments. Lavender talismans, the lighter shade of violet, provide not only the wisdom of self, but focuses on our feelings and understanding our hidden yearnings. They're crystals of the free, unfettered intellect and heart.
Umbalite guides the spirit during times of contemplation, balancing peace and solitude with harmony and activity. It assists in the illumination of intuition and may be a source of inspiration to enhance the meditative and channeling states. [Melody, 563]
The Divinatory meaning of Umbalite Garnet: Use the fire burning within you creatively and with care but do not let it go out. [Eason, 74]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Umbalite 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 Umbalite. 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.
Umbalite 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.
Umbalite Garnet honors Hestia, the Goddess of Home and Hearth, because of its fire element and use for protection and strength.
Violet Garnet honors Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified. She is the story of being lost then regained, the wisdom of understanding, doubting, and spiritual exploration without dogma.
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.
Umbalite is the traditional birthstone of those born in January.
Umbalite 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.
Umbalite which is amethyst in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as the old year wanes and the new is about to arrive at the winter solstice (November 21 - December 20). Amethyst crystals bring you creativity, perception, self knowledge, and insight.
Umbalite which is violet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born at the time when the year is new, just after the winter solstice (December 21 - January 19). Violet crystals bring you intuition, magic, dreams, and imagination.
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.
Umbalite Amulets and Talismans
As an amulet, Garnet was worn on the body for strong protection against poisons. [Mella, 85]
A Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. [Megemont, 87]
As a member of the Pyrope Garnet family, Umbalite 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.
Umbalite 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.
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.
Umbalite 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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