Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be gifted a Garnet, but bad luck to steal one. Hundreds of years ago it was used to ward off phantoms and demons. Garnet is a powerfully energizing stone that protects the wearer, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draw harm to enemies.
Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnet inspires love and devotion while removing inhibitions. Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence. Particularly useful in a crisis, Garnet is helpful in situations where there seems to be no way out, or where life has become fragmented or traumatic. It fortifies the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Crisis becomes challenge under Garnet's influence.
Dissolving ingrained behavior patterns and outworn ideas that no longer serve, it bypasses self-induced, unconscious sabotage. With strong links to the pituitary gland, Garnet stimulates expanded awareness, past-life recall, and out-of-body experiences. Garnet activates other crystals, amplifying their effect.