Black Melanite/ black titanium Garnet
The meaning of the name Andradite comes from the name of a Brazilian mineralogist called d'Andrada e Silva who did work on describing this mineral.
The black variety of Andradite is also known as Melanite Garnet... and this name is derived from the Greek word for black.
Andradite Garnet also comes in quite few other colors, including red, brown, honey-yellow and green.
The black stone is a black titanium Garnet variety, and has a number of powerful qualities that make it a useful stone to add to your collection. These stones are primarily shiny and lustrous, or glossy black.
Their crystal structure is cubic, and are often dodecahedron shaped stones that commonly occur in groups or sometimes as tiny druzy clusters. Deposits of this stone have been found in Italy, Greenland, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico and the USA.
Six common species of garnet are recognized based on their chemical composition. These species are pyrope, almandine, spessartite, grossular, uvarovite and andradite.
One of the rarest of all the garnet varieties is andradite, the calcium iron garnet. It has the highest refractive index of all the garnets (1.89-1.94). The most famous of the andradite garnets is the very rare demantoid, whose name means "diamond-like luster." In fact demantoid is among the rarest and most expensive of all colored gemstones.
Andradite was named after the Portuguese mineralogist José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva (1763-1838). He discovered and described four minerals during his life, including spodumene and petalite. A geology professor in Portugal, he spent many years in the Portuguese colony of Brazil. When the independence of Brazil was declared, Andrade was made minister of the interior and of foreign affairs.
The andradite species includes two other rarely-seen varieties: the yellow topazolite and the black melanite. Melanite is an opaque black stone with excellent luster. At one time it was rarely faceted as a gemstone. However, with the interest in black diamond, and the general scarcity of black gemstones, melanite has become popular for jewelry.
The black color of melanite is the result of titanium replacing some of the iron in its composition, and melanite is sometimes known as titanian andradite. Because garnet has excellent gemstone characteristics -- good hardness and luster, and no cleavage - melanite is used in rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. It is fairly inexpensive, selling at approximately the same price as black tourmaline. It is a very good alternative to more expensive gems such as black sapphire and black spinel, and superior to less expensive black gems such as onyx and jet.
From Siri - Each area that produces Melanites is different energy, and the crystals work differently, too. Melanite from Mexico is slow and earthy, very healing for the physical body. The Melanite from Russia is absolutely the most powerful. It combines the earthiness of the Melanites from Mexico with the height and high intense vibration of the Melanites from California. The Melanites from California are pure high energy that shoots right into the head
Melanite is Black Andradite Garnet. This crystal carries the properties of both Andradite and Garnet in addition to its own properties. It can help you learn not only self-love but also how to love others. Melanite works well on most negative energy, even anger, to allow it to disperse. This crystal will bring a good beginning and solid foundation to love relationships. It will also bring a speedy and peaceful split to a love relationship, if the need arises. Melanite helps dispel jealousy. If this is an issue with you or your significant other, you should keep the Melanite on a nightstand.
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses and Meaning
Melanite is glossy, black Andradite; relatively rare. Melanite is a powerful grounding stone, connecting one's Life Force with the fiery core of the Earth, and accessing an almost infinite supply of energy for creative work. [Ahsian, 171] It is a crystal of sincerity and self-discovery, making one more receptive to conscience and strengthening resistance in disputes. [Gienger, 43] It dispels anger, envy, jealousy and mistrust. [Hall, 138] Melanite is often called the male-focus garnet, good for men whose feelings are locked, due perhaps to stern fathering or a strict single-sex school, and who find it hard to express love or enjoy spontaneous pleasure. [Eason, 197]
Andradite Garnet encourages the formation of blood and energizes the liver. [Hall, 137]
Black Andradite strengthens bones and helps the body adjust to medication. It is reported to help treat cancer, strokes, rheumatism, and arthritis. [Hall, 138]
Andradite Garnet brings emotional strength, stability and balance, promoting self-confidence and self-esteem in those who rely too much on the approval and permission of others. [Eason, 94]
It dissolves feelings of isolation or alienation and attracts intimate encounters with others. [Hall, 137]
It can help overcome feelings of victimization, and an important stone for those recovering from addictions or who need protection from suicidal thoughts. [Ahsian, 171]
Andradite Garnet boosts creative skills and opens the mind to clearer thinking. [Eason, 94] It is an excellent conductor and can be used to assist in the alignment of the magnetic fields of the body, cleansing and expanding the aura, opening psychic vision. [Hall, 137][Melody, 118]
Black Andradite attunes to the Base or Root Chakra, 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 physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation.
When its spiritual energies are out of balance, you will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. Black Andradite clears and activates the Base Chakra and the Sacral Chakra, unleashing the Kundalini energy within the body. It taps into the Life Force and allows you to find your own secret wellsprings of power. It arouses your creativity, will, and focus, and establishes the dynamic grounding needed to actualize your dreams and higher purpose. [Simmons, 171]
Andradite's grounding energy assists in willpower, establishing higher intuition, and aids in safety and trust issues. [Gienger, 41] It is protective against fears of the darker side of life, and attempts at mind control, particularly through emotional pressures and misuse of sexual power. [Eason, 94]
Black Andradite is a powerful energy purifier, cleansing any environment that needs constant infusions of Light. It is a great stone for children's rooms to prevent nightmares, or any instance where unpleasant thoughts causing depression, disturbance or upset persists. It is an excellent ally in the sick room or hospital to prevent negative vibrations or entities from attaching to already weakened energy systems, and to protect shamans or clairvoyants from residual unhappiness from clients during journeying and retrieval of power. [Ahsian, 171][Eason, 197]
Glossy Black Andradite deepens your connection to the physical, natural world. It brings power and strength, relieving fears specifically associated with the physical existence here on Earth. Black Andradite offers protection and a retreat, the safety of being hidden from your enemies.
Black Andradite Garnet kindles the magic and evokes the mysteries of the Earth plane. One can meditate with this stone to penetrate the depths of the collective unconscious, to read the morphogenic fields of knowledge held not only by humanity but by other intelligent species of this planet.
Its dynamic grounding abilities connects with the nourishing darkness and aids in drawing on one's Life Force, arousing the creative fires of sexuality, and for the empowerment and focus of the will. Use this crystal in meditation or body layouts. Wearing it throughout the day keeps its beneficial energies in one's auric field. [Simmons, 170-171]
Garnet Goddess Crystals
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.
Andradite Amulets and Talismans
A Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. [Megemont, 87]
As an amulet, Garnet was worn on the body for strong protection against poisons. [Mella, 85]
As a member of the Garnet family, Andradite 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.
Andradite Feng Shui
Black Andradite has Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use black crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.
Andradite and Other 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)
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]
Black Andradite Garnet ... Creativity Grounding & Psychic Protection
Black Andradite Garnet
Black Andradite Garnet has a deep, strong grounding energy, and is an effective psychic protection stone... but it does a lot more.
It is a vigorous stone to intensify your creative energies and it also has a vibration that stimulates you to feel more positive about life.
This is also a stone that may evoke the energy of mysticism and magic... and will put you in touch with elemental earth forces to aid your work.
This is a powerful stone to connect you with your own power... that energy held in the depths
This black variety of Garnet that has excellent metaphysical properties that help you to make a stronger connection with the earth. This deep connection brings through energy that helps you to feel more alive! By allowing you to access a higher level of the vital force... you receive a greater flow from the source, of the divine spark that sustains life, known as qi in acupuncture.
This stone resonates strongly within the base chakra and earth star chakra below the feet, and its vibration also clears stagnant energy within these chakras. It is known for its action that brings through the assistance of what may be called earth magic... to boost and strengthen ones own deep innate power.
This is an excellent spiritual grounding aid, especially if you love using high vibration crystals and regularly get ungrounded. Perhaps you have been living your life in a spaced out manner... on a high so to speak. This black crystal may help you to make stronger and deeper earth connections and ground you fully to the earth plane.
Imagine that you are like a plant putting down roots into the earth, as this is how this vibration may feel to you. Using Black Andradite Garnet can allow you to access this vital force, and connect with a strong energy that may allow you to manifest what you want and need in your life... in a number of important ways.
ow Will It Help You
Many of you may be aware that creativity is strongly related to the sacral chakra, and often orange crystals are used for enhancing creativity. Many of these are extremely helpful, yet you need to have a good level of life force energy flowing through you to allow the full force of your creativity to bloom and for you to have a greater ability to focus on your goals.
Melanite Garnet ~ is also known as Black Andradite Garnet
The strong earth chakra connection that you can access when you using this black variety of Garnet can be beneficial in a number of ways.
Once you encourage this deep energy to flow through your being, you may find the ability to bring those things you have only been dreaming about into your reality.
The vibration of Black Andradite Garnet is known to clear and activate both the base chakra and the sacral chakra.
Once it has cleared these chakras, it may also kindle the arousal of the kundalini... and may stimulate kundalini awakening. Kundalini awakening can be a pleasant even sexual experience, but can cause health issues if you push it to happen when your body is not ready for it, so take care with this.
How To Use It
This is an excellent stone to use in meditation, as it can help you to be able to access the Akashic records... also known as the collective unconscious, which is the repository of all history and knowledge on the etheric level. Use it to learn about the morphogenic fields of knowledge, and to open you to experience psychic visions.
Black Andradite Garnet
This black crystal also has an empowering energy, that may help you if you feel you would like to be on the spiritual path, but may lack confidence in your ability to remain committed.
This vibration strongly stimulates the will, and this may assist you to make contact with the life-force energy deep within your being... helping to empower you and manifest creative solutions to problems within your life.
Black Andradite Garnet is wonderfully empowering... as it will help to strengthen you, and will assist you to continue on your chosen path in life.
At the same time there is a strong psychic protection energy embodied within this stone. This powerful protective vibration not only keeps you safe from harm on all levels, but can be helpful for anyone who has suicidal thoughts to feel better about life. It seals your aura and deflects negativity... like a powerful energetic shield around you.
For children who have nightmares, place a piece nearby in their room, as it may calm the thoughts that are causing them to feel upset. This is also an excellent stone to use in your room when you are sick, as it stops any negative entities from attaching to you, which may happen when your system is weakened. If you are a healer or psychic reader, this is a good stone to keep nearby to absorb anyone else's negative energy.
Who Should Use It
This is an excellent stone to aid men, as it boosts what are often thought of as masculine qualities... such as strength, stamina and courage. By helping to release blockages in the heart chakra and the throat chakra, it may bring an improvement in relationships of all kinds, and stimulate an increase in intimacy with loved ones.
Black Andradite Garnet can help you to let go of negative emotions that may be harming your relationships with others.
Emotions such as jealousy, coveting what others have, suspicion, mistrust... or being too quick to get angry, may be released.
This is an excellent stone to keep close to you, and keeping a piece on your body is beneficial.
This is known as a good stone to aid men's health in a number of ways... including to assist prostrate health, and will also help men who are suffering from sexual dysfunction. It has a good healing action within all of the organs of the lower area of the body... including sexual organs of both sexes.
If you feel lethargic and find it hard to get going, as you lack enthusiasm to do anything that requires active participation, this stone may help you. It is also a good stone to boost immune function, as well as the bowels, the liver and the blood.... and it may also be helpful for you to use it if you feel that your ability to give or receive love is lacking.
If you have trouble with addictions, and feel disconnected from reality, and believe that you need to use a substance because you seem to be a victim of others... this energy may help to empower you... the first step in giving up your need to use substances to keep you going.
Black Andradite Garnet
The strong grounding energy of Black Andradite Garnet creates a deep connection and brings through extra energy to help you to feel more passionate about life.
By allowing you to access a higher level of the vital force... you receive a greater flow of the divine spark that sustains life.
It is also a helpful psychic protection stone and is excellent to enhance your creativity. Used in meditation it may help you to access the Akashic records... also known as the collective unconscious, which can assist healing of past life issues.
It also is an excellent stone to aid men's health problems, and in particular to aid prostrate issues, and will also help men who are suffering from sexual dysfunction. It vibrates strongly in the lower three chakras and makes such a deep strong connection to earth that it makes you feel good to be alive!
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