Pyrope Garnet Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Pyrope
The Dutch scholar, Erasmus, claims Nature delights in representing all things by color, most especially in gems. He describes Pyrope Garnet as "living fire." [Kunz, 34] From a bright flash of red, to orange indigo flames, to simmering deep red-violet coals, Pyrope Garnet is a mesmerizing stone, stirring and passionate.
Pyrope garnet owes its color to its strong concentration of magnesium and aluminum. [Megemont, 87] Its crystals range from pale rose red, to shades of scarlet, violet and even deep indigo.
Garnet was much used as a jewel in ancient times. [Fernie, 157] Anglo-Saxons made adornments of Garnet and gold to accompany them into the afterlife. Pyrope Garnet was considered effective against legendary vampires, and Pyrope bullets were once used in slings in parts of Asia. Bohemia is famous for its Pyrope Garnets, which can be as big as hens' eggs and were made into lavish jewelry in the 18th and 19th centuries. [Eason, 74]
A gem of Mars, Pyrope Garnet is used for power 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]
The types of Pyrope are pure Pyrope Garnet, and Almandine-Pyrope Garnets found commonly mixed in nature. These include Queensland Garnet, Purple Garnet, Umbalite, and the most popular, Rhodolite.
Pyrope Uses and Purposes - Overview
Pyrope Garnet offer us physical, emotional and spiritual support. Use its healing powers to boost circulation and blood disorders, as well as the digestive tract and immune system. Pyrope emotionally relieves anxiety, and promotes composure, courage and endurance. It lightens the overall mood. It protects the Base and Crown Chakras, and may balance the Heart and Brow Chakras as well.
Pyrope Garnet stimulates warmth and gentleness, unifying the creative forces of the self. On the spiritual path, it also helps open the heart to love - from Divine Love, as well as love of others.
Pyrope Garnets range in color energies from rose red to deep crimson, including shades of scarlet, amethyst and indigo. It attracts a host of Angels and honors four Goddesses.
Garnet is the traditional birthstone of January, and Pyrope, in various hues, is a natural birthstone for many born at the end of summer through the winter. It is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign of Aquarius and it brings you Fire energy. As an Enhancer Strengthener crystal, it is a talisman of protection.
Read on, as we explore the energy of the Pyrope Garnet.
Pyrope Healing Energy Therapies
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Pyrope Physical Healing Energy
Pyrope Garnet enhances blood quality, boosts circulation, especially in cold weather, and relieves blood disorders. [Gienger, 43][Eason, 74] It helps with elimination and bladder problems, and stimulates sexuality. [Gienger, 43]
Pyrope Garnet treats the digestive tract, neutralizing heartburn and soothing a sore throat. [Hall, 138] It has also been used as an elixir to protect and soothe the skin. [Melody, 500] It is helpful in treating arthritis, erotism, low blood sugar, and gallstones, and because it boosts the immune system, may aid in the recovery of influenza. [Eason, 74]
Pyrope Emotional Healing Energy
The most fiery of the Garnets, Pyrope restores the will to live when life has hit an all-time low. It relieves anxiety, and phobias about blood. [Eason, 74] It promotes composure, courage and endurance, and dissipates awkwardness. [Gienger, 43]
Pyrope Garnet protects the Base and Crown Chakras, aligning them with the subtle body, linking the groundedness of the Base Chakra with the inner wisdom of the Crown Chakra. [Hall, 138][Melody, 500] It assists in illumination of intuition and can be inspiring with meditative and channeling states. [Melody, 563]
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.
Pyrope crystals in shades of pink or light scarlet 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.
Pyrope Spiritual Energy
Pyrope Garnet stimulates warmth and gentleness, unifying the creative forces of the self. It also helps one experience the great spiral reaching from the center of the self to the outer layers of consciousness. [Melody, 500] It is used for crisis management and supports striving to improve the quality of life. [Gienger, 43]
Red Pyrope has the hot, stirring color ray of passion, energy, and life. It is emotionally intense, and brings us a self-confidence built on fearlessness. It is a very strong color-the color of fire and blood. It motivates. Dark red stones are crystals of strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion. Dark red is a masculine color. It is particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life.
Scarlet Pyrope combines the energy of the pure red ray, and the exuberance and joy of the orange in a precious gift of nature. It is the color of strength and vitality, both physical and spiritual. Scarlet crystals are amulets of protection from physical harm. They help overcome fear and improve self-reliance, and are the crystals of victory, success, and skill. Deep scarlet crystals are the key to the physical pleasures of maturity-in love, in life, and in relationships. Muted with brown, deep scarlet Pyrope gives us the natural sources of energy to enjoy life's pleasures that extend past the joyfulness of youth.
Amethyst Pyrope combines the color energy of the fiery red ray, tempered with the intuition of the violet ray. It brings passion and imagination, emotion and logic. It stimulates creativity and is particularly helpful in artistic endeavors in which new, original results need to be created. Because it reflects the rays of time and color, of the old and the new, dark amethyst Pyrope gives us the deep vision needed to see the future. It gives us powerful insight and enhances our perception of the potential effects of our decisions.
Violet Pyrope 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. Dark violet crystals are dream talismans, providing insight and giving us a window to the soul beyond ordinary understanding.
Indigo Pyrope combines the intuition of the violet ray with the trust of the pure blue ray. It brings wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery. A stone of judgment and long life, it promotes introspection and can result in profound wisdom when used well. Dark indigo Pyrope provides honesty and is especially good for religious and spiritual journeys, while light indigo Pyrope connects us to the natural world and improves our appreciation of others.
Some Pyrope garnets contain shades of brown. Brown Pyrope brings connection with the natural world. It is the color influence of home, hearth, and nature, and helps you relax, reconnect, and regain your composure. It is a grounding stone.
Pyrope is primarily used in meditations aimed at relaxing to gather physical strength.
The Divinatory meaning of Pyrope 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 Pyrope garnet 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 Pyrope garnets. 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.
Pyrope 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.
Red Garnet honors Hestia, the Goddess of Home and Hearth, because of its fire element and use for protection and strength.
Violet and Indigo 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.
Pyrope garnets, like all garnets are the traditional birthstone of those born in January.
Red Pyrope Garnet is also the natural birthstone of those born in mid-autumn (October 22-November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion, and love.
Pyrope Garnet which is orange in color is the true birthstone of those born at the end of summer (August 22-September 22). Orange crystals bring you joy, friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness.
Pyrope Garnet which is scarlet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in the first month of autumn (September 23 - October 21). Scarlet crystals bring you strength, vitality, willpower, and dedication.
Pyrope Garnet 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.
Pyrope Garnet 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.
Pyrope Garnet which is indigo in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in midwinter (January 20-February 18). Indigo crystals are rare and valuable. They bring you wisdom, truth, dignity, and spiritual mastery.
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.
Pyrope 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 Garnet family, Pyrope 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.
Pyrope 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.
Garnets 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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