Garnets in Folklore, Metaphysics and Healing
Garnets in Folklore and History
The garnet has a long history of use in jewelry or in adorning garments. The earliest recorded wearing of garnet jewelry was during the Bronze age (around 3000-3100 BC) in Egypt where it was used in amulets and talismans and buried with the dead. Garnet jewelry dating to around 2000 BC has been found in Sweden and there's evidence that the Greeks were wearing garnets as signet rings beginning around 400 BC
In the Old Testament it is said that a garnet lit the way for Noah's ark. Also in the O.T., the garnet, going under it's less picturesque moniker of carbuncle, is said to have been one of the 12 stones in Aaron's "Breastplate of Judgement" (Exodus 28:15-20). In both these versions, the garnet (carbuncle) is the third stone in the first row. However, its presence is controversial as the garnet is only mentioned in the King James Version and Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and does not appear in other translations.
Garnets have been thought to provide protection for the wearer. Medieval warriors wore garnets to ward off being wounded in battle and as lucky talismans, thought to help bring victory. Centuries before that, it said that King Solomon also wore garnets into battle.
People during the middle ages also believed that garnets would protect the wearer from poisoning.
Garnets have adorned many a royal garment, including those of Queen Victoria, Mary Queen of Scots and the wives of the Russian Tsars.worn as an adornment on the garments of royalty
One of the most curious uses of garnets was during the early 1890's in India, during a rebellion in the Kashmir territory, when Hanza tribal soldiers used garnets as ammunition to fire upon British soldiers!
Astrology and Numerology
Garnet is the stone for those born under the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. The deep red color also resonates with the passionate nature of Scorpio and the fiery nature of Aries. In Vedic astrology, the garnet is a stone of protection. In numerology, garnets are associated with the number 2.
Healing Properties of the Garnet
The garnet is associated with the 1st (root) Chakra, representing the life force. It is said to protect against toxins and help the blood, circulation, heart and help heal inflammation.
Other colors of garnet also resonate with additional Chakras depending on their color. For example, green garnet (tsavorite, demantoid) is said to be in tune with the heart (4th) chakra.
Native American healers believed the garnet had the power to protect the wearer from wounds and poisoning, prevent nightmares and cure depression.
Garnets are also said to provide a valuable source of protection and to enhance friendships, alleviate a sense of isolation, mitigate stubbornness, improve self-confidence, and provide balance. Garnets are lucky for love, success and for achieving goals.