November is going to be an amazing transformational month in many ways! We have the powerful date coming up the 11.11.11, where we enter the ‘One Heart’. I will be facilitating a workshop at the Dragon Hall in Norwich.
Garnet It is most commonly known to be red, but in fact it is found in a variety of colours. including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colourless. The types of garnet are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. Each type of garnet has different chemical formulas and spiritual properties. Their hardness varies from 6.5 to 7.5. The word garnet is derived from the Latin word granatum, which meant ‘pomegranate’ a reference to the stone’s similarity in colour and form to the seeds of the pomegranate. The pomegranate is associated with eternity in Greek mythology and mentioned specifically in the legend of Hades’ abduction of Persephone. In this article I will be looking at the Almandine Garnet which is red in colour. The almandine garnet, sometimes incorrectly called almandite, is the modern gem known as carbuncle (though originally almost any red gemstone was known by this name). The term “carbuncle” is derived from the Latin meaning “live coal”. Chemically, almandine is an iron-aluminium garnet with the formula Fe3Al2(SiO4)3; the deep red transparent stones are often called precious garnet and are used as gemstones (being the most common of the gem garnets).
History Red has always symbolised blood. Blood is seen as life-force, and vitality. Garnets have been mined for thousands of years and have long been carried by travellers to protect against accidents far from home. In legend, garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. In mythology Noah use a garnet lantern to navigate the Ark at night. The ancient world is full of praise for the carbuncle, the glowing red coal of a gemstone we now know as garnet. Garnet jewellery was buried with Norseman to light the passage to Valhalla. The Crusaders set garnets into their armour, believing their power would keep them safe. During the middle ages garnet was also thought to draw out negativity, ward off harm and increase well-being, honesty and loyalty.
Keywords: Spirit Home
Angel: Archangel Uriel
Birthstone: Garnet is the birthstone for those born in January.
Physical: Fiery, warming energy which swiftly ameliorates cold, damp disease states and sluggish conditions.
Emotional: Almandine garnet eases panic, worry and fear. It reduces survival issues and restores the will to live life to the full.
Mentally: Garnets have always been a symbol of faith, truth and light. They removes inertia, procrastination and lethargy.
Psychologically: It has always been a warrior’s stone - set into shields and sword hilts to give protection in battle. It is known as the stone of health and life force.
Spiritual: Garnet assists us in finding joy, feeling supported and being able to give and receive love.
Magic: Provides, strength, fortitude, courage, stamina and when suitably directed Kundalini activation.
Meditation: Garnets hold a magical key to the Spirit Kingdom of the animals. Meditating with the powerful earthy energies whilst holding a garnet crystal will activate your passage of power into the ‘totem’ animal energy or consciousness, where you will find your own animal ‘Guardian Angel’; this will be an energy that is wholly trustworthy, completely sincere and reliable. It will work with you in all realms and dimensions as your mentor, teacher and guide.
Additional Information: Garnet assists us in accessing past-life memories from ancient civilisations and clearing karmic miasms and other unwanted patterns that have lodged in our emotional body. It is especially useful for releasing guilt and shame.
Affirmation: “My body is my spirit’s home. I now activate my ‘Divine Essence’ to guide me on every level”
Crystal Placement: Root chakra (muladhara) - element of earth - balanced expression as grounded, stable and reliable. The symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra are - when it is too closed, deformed or blocked: emotionally needy, low self-esteem, self-destructive behaviour, fearful. The symptoms of an over-active root chakra are: bullying, over-materialistic, self-centred, engaging in physical foolhardiness. In our present materialistic society we plunder the earth, giving no thought to our children and grandchildren and their future. Garnet teaches you to care for the planet and accept your Divine birthright as custodian of the earth and guardian of peace.
Healing Placement: Root chakra. Because red garnets are so powerful and energising, they should be used for only short periods.
Cleansing: Hold the crystal under running water for several minutes and visualise imbalances flowing away. Then put in the sunlight to dry.
Archangel Uriel Name means ‘Fire of God’ or ‘Light of God’ Archangel Uriel is ruler of the sixth ray (red) of spiritual light and it is the first ray of the visible rainbow spectrum. It influences the root chakra on the physical level. Archangel Uriel is associated with electricity, lightening, thunder and sudden action and is often depicted holding a scroll, which contains sacred information on your life path. Archangel Uriel brings emotional harmony and mental clarity. Asking Archangel Uriel for assistance is vital for those who feel lost, abandoned, rejected or alone. Uriel saves us from confusion and bestows inner peace, helping us interpret prophecies, visions and our own prophetic dreams. Archangel Uriel teaches us mastery of the material world, helps human beings connect with divine order to bring harmony and world peace. Brings spirituality into our everyday lives. His ‘Temple of Light’ (ashram) is over the Tatra mountains of Poland. Archangel Uriel brings wisdom to our ‘Earth Walk’ and illuminates our ‘path through life’. Archangel Uriel is the ‘light of God’ that never fails. Ask Archangel Uriel to assist you in finding your true path through life.
Invocation: “Archangel Uriel, bring peace to my troubled spirit. Revel to me that which is true. Dissolve obstacles on my spiritual path. Resolve my hidden issues. Cleanse my body and mind to allow the power of peace to flow through me. Make me a pure for God’s love”.
Note: This article is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to heal or diagnose any disease. Crystal therapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult your GP or a health professional for medical attention and advice.
© Hazel Raven 2011