Named for the seed of pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a Garnet but bad luck to steal one. Five hundred years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons. Garnets is a powerfully energising stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies. Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnets inspires love and devotion and removes inhibitions and taboos. Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence. This stone balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet stimulates controlled rise of kundalini energy and adds potency, heightening the effect of tantric sex, and attracting a compatible partner for sexual healing. Useful in a crisis, Garnet is helpful in situations where there seems be no way out or where life has fragmented or is traumatic. It fortifies the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Crisis becomes challenge under Garnet's influence, and it promotes mutual assistance. Dissolving ingrained behaviour patterns and outworn ideas that no longer serve, it bypasses resistance or 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. Square-cut garnets bring success in business matters.
The Encyclopaedia of Crystals ~ Judy Hall