Carnelian is known as a stone of motivation and endurance. It has been used throughout history to promote leadership and courage.
Ancient warriors wore Carnelian in battle to provide courage. In Greek and Roman times, Carnelian was used for signet rings and amulets, often engraved with images of fierce animals for protection, or the zodiac sign of the wearer. Ancient Hebrews and Arabs used Carnelian to prevent illness.
Carnelian is found in several places in the world, but the main sources are India, Brazil, and Uruguay. It is a translucent stone found in many shades, from pale orange to a deep, red-orange, and different shades may be banded. The most powerful stones are considered the red and deep orange colors.
Carnelian supports the lower chakras: red Carnelian supports the 1st (base) chakra, and shades of orange support the 2nd (sacral) chakra. It is a grounding and stabilizing stone whose happy and joyful energy helps restore vitality and motivation, and promotes the creativity needed to follow new ideas. In a calm way, Carnelian helps overcome negative blocks and improves analytic abilities.
In the workplace, Carnelian is a crystal of ambition and action, helping to overcome procrastination or indecision. It is a good support stone for architects and construction workers, for athletes who need power and stamina, and for salespeople who need additional motivation. It is thought to attract prosperity and good luck, and is a talisman for success in any money-making venture.
Carnelian is also known as the Singer’s Stone, promoting confidence for performances.
Meditating with Carnelian helps understand how to manifest a goal and the actions required to achieve it.
Physically, Carnelian helps to heal lower back problems, rheumatism, and arthritis. It can also help with neuralgia and depression. It regulates the kidneys, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments, and it helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals.*
It provides excellent support for detoxifying from alcohol or other drugs.
Carnelian is a useful stone for Feng Shui. Its Yang, Fire energy brings enthusiasm, warmth, and activity. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room. However, use orange Carnelian as an accent where high energy is needed, but use deep shades of Carnelian sparingly.
Carnelian's main qualities are energizing and grounding/centering. Carnelian also has protective qualities and can fill one with warmth, joyful gratitude and a genuine simple happiness.
Carnelian was historically the birthstone for August. Orange Carnelian is a zodiac stone for Virgo, bringing joy and friendship, and red Carnelian is a zodiac stone for Libra, bringing strength vitality, willpower, and dedication.
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*Note: The properties of healing stones should not be considered as healthcare information.