Before 1800 Garnets and Rubies were classed in the same
gemmological category. They can be confused by the casual
observer, but they are different in terms of their energies.
Though Garnet fully embodies the qualities of creativity,
sexuality, and in general a flowing of energies characteristic
of the second chakra, it does so in a far gentler way than
does Ruby. It is more likely to awaken friendship than passion,
although its reputed ability to strengthen will, persistence,
confidence, and success could make the person who works
with or wears it very attractive to others.
The second chakra isn't the only area where Garnet can be
placed. It can be used on any chakra location to stimulate
that centre's creative expression. For example, someone
who's suffering a writer's block might want to place garnet
on the throat centre (another traditional area related to
creativity). If one feels emotionally repressed, garnet's
vibrant energy may help to awaken the heart centre.
Garnet is called by many the happy stone, and this makes
it appropriate for Capricorns, who, particularly when they're
younger, tend to be more serious than other people. Also,
though unafraid to be leaders in the world of business and
government, they may be shy about taking the lead in a romantic
encounter, and garnet can give them a spark of encouragement.
(Please note that garnet can also be green, yellow, or violet)