Alternative Names: Gem Grossular, Cinnamon Garnet
Mineral Species: Grossular
Mineral Group: Silicates - nesosilicates
Chemical Formula: Ca3Al2(SiO4)3
Crystal System: Cubic (Isometric)
Colour: Pale brown to red-brown
Typical Appearance: Usually dodecahedral or trapezoidal crystals, or a combination of the two.
Birthstone: Aries and Leo
Chakra Alignment: Navel (Sacral)
Element: Fire, earth
Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Greek "Hesson," for "inferior," in allusion to its lower hardness and density than most other garnet varieties.
In addition to the general properties of Garnet, Hessonite brings a sense of strength, protection, balance and centeredness, and can help to gently ground. Its energy is warm, lively and mood-lifting. It aids meditation and strengthens our connection with nature and the Earth. It also strengthens Prana or Chi (Life Force), filling the inside of the body to give strength to the outside, not unlike a tortoise shell, which protects the tortoise without cutting it off from the outside world. Hessonite can be used to treat a variety of abdominal problems, particularly those associated with the intestines and the female reproductive system, and as such can also be used to relieve period pains. When used in meditation, it may also work on the physical body at the same time.