In the past, garnet was commonly referred to as carbuncle, and there were many myths attached to the stone.  Ancient Egyptians used this as a protective gem and a symbol of loyalty, passion and love, while in Ancient Greece it was used to protect travellers and pregnant women. In Medieval times, it was believed that dragon’s eyes were made of garnet and it was a popular stone with Crusaders;  in the Far East, it was believed to staunch blood flow and inflict mortal wounds when fired out of a gun or thrown with a sling.  In Christian traditions, five garnets are often used to symbolize the five wounds of Christ.  It has been used as a talisman for those who work in high risk trades. It has also been associated with the Root Chakra, the Element of Fire, the Planet Mars, the Zodiac sign of Capricorn and is most widely known as the birthstone for January.
Garnets, especially green varieties, are often used as talismans to attract business success.  It is said to attract more abundance and prosperity into one’s life, while placing one in the right frame of mind to make important decisions.  
Garnet has a reputation as an energising stone;  it is also said to be a good choice for emotional release, regaining one’s balance, harness creativity, improving charisma, improving willpower and giving one the courage to move forward without fear.  It is said to be a stone of love and passion and helpful in healing and maintaining relationships.  Garnet has also been said to help heal after relationships and loss and to prepare the heart for love in the future.
In healing, garnet has been used for PMS, anemia, paralysis, cancer, cardiovascular issues including high blood pressure, respiratory issues, arthritis, rheumatism, damaged organs, gallstones, inflammation, infection and healing wounds.

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