Russ was chipping away underground in his own small mine when he discovers a rare type of garnet—one he believed was never found in the USA. Most garnets are dark red. He calls his rusty red beauties Imperial Garnets for the county he holds his mining claims. (Imperial is a word we can re-claim to represent rule over our selves-mastery of own personal empire.)
Marshall and I climbed up the steep, rocky hill to visit the mine. The hills to the south are claimed by Mexico. We pass dry washes, ocotillo and other small cactus. We ask permission, make offerings, and descend into the small hole in the ground and chip away at the white rock to look for veins of garnet. It’s slow work. The sun is hot even at this time of year. Every once in a while we chip at a rock and find tiny sparkling clear rusty garnets.
Russ was spiritually guided to secure his mine and was richly rewarded with these lovely gems of which I am delighted to hold one in my hand. He knows that they are a gift from the earth and he considers each one very sacred. The Imperial Garnet I hold looks like a small red heart and sparkles with golden fire-light in the sunlight.
During a Daughters of the Earth Circle, I made the “mistake” of blending angelica with green bog orchid flower essences. I love when this happens! The two flowers created a potent sacred union, or marriage, of energies. Above and below. Fire and water. I opened to my divinity. My heart connected with mother earth’s heart. Heaven and earth mixed in my body.
Imperial Garnet kept whispering in my ear… when I added the gem essence, my heart beamed as the crystalline energy anchored the blending energies of heaven and earth in my heart center. It felt like the gem was fueling the fire in my heart—blending expansive fire with my emotional waters.
I offer you the compassionate energetic medicine of Inner Marriage: Sacred Union of the Heart formula now as you read this story. It is with deep gratitude to the flower devas and gemstone guardians and all the spirits of the earth and starry realm that I give.