Birthstone for January – Garnet
Symbols – Energy, truth and fidelity. A stone of harmony, it balances all levels of being emotional, spiritual and physical
Traditions – Garnet is used as a talisman against harmful energies, brings joy, courage and the strength to live. It can boost self-confidence. In the middle ages this stone was known as a carbuncle and was sewn in the costumes of crusaders. It was believed to bring them strength and courage to face the perils that awaited them during the holy wars. This is why it is known as the January Birthstone as it builds your energies to see you through the winter and New Year as well as the way to begin new projects or businesses.
Astrological – Associated with the astrological signs of the beginning of the year: Capricorn and Aquarius
Chinese Astrology – This changes on 5th February each year and corresponds to the sign of the rat as does the Emerald
In alternative medicine which uses the energy of stones Garnet can be positioned on different chakras to help strengthen them.
Used on the
Root chakra for strength and courage
Sacral chakra for stimulating the reproductive organs and restores sexual vigor
Solar Plexus for stimulates the blood pressure
If an elixir is made with Garnet it is beneficial to the
- adrenal glands
It can be the stone that rekindles the inner flame and therefore can help relationships or people who constantly have to face difficult situations