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Motivation & Courage

Carnelian, the “Stone of Motivation”, “Singer's Stone” and “Stone of Courage”, is also known as “Cornelian”, “Sardius” or “Odem”. The name Carnelian comes from the Latin word carneus, which means flesh or made of flesh, or the Latin words cornu, which means horn, or cornum which means cherry, as its colour is similar to that of the Kornel cherry.


Carnelian is commonly found, predominantly it comes from Brazil and India but is also found in Britain, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Peru, Romania, Slovakia and Uruguay. It is a Silicon Dioxide with inclusions of the silicates class of crystals. It comes in various shades from orange to reddish-brown and is translucent to semi-opaque in appearance.


Carnelian is a crystal for courage, motivation and stabilisation. Historically, it was worn by warriors to protect them and to give them the courage to face their enemy and also to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife. In more modern times, it is used to calm fears about death and accept that as you are born so you must die.


It is also used to protect the home from theft, fire and storm damage and is said to help protect builders from accidents. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians called Carnelian "the setting sun" and it was worn by Master Architects to show their builder's rank.


It can help with the release of negative conditioning and stimulate creativity and determination to complete projects, whether that is in the form of artistic pieces or business ventures. It is said to be a popular crystal for actors, giving a welcome boost to their self-confidence in the face of their audience.


Carnelian is associated with the Goddess Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Life, who brings the power of the Divine Feminine, and also Pele, the Polynesian Goddess of Fire.

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Carnelian is not associated with any particular Angel. However, Samandiriel is the Angel of Fertility and resonates with dark red colours. Therefore, you could use a dark red Carnelian to connect with this Angel to ask for help with fertility issues.


Carnelian is primarily associated with the Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana), relating to creativity, sensuality, sexuality and desire for pleasure. Its secondary Chakra is the Base or Root Chakra (Muladhara), relating to survival and security.


In crystal healing, Carnelian is said to help with symptoms relating to the following illnesses and areas of the body: allergies, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, back pain and problems, blood circulation, and disorders, body balance, body detoxification (particularly of alcohol or drugs), boils, colds and flu, frigidity, gallbladder, haemorrhoids, infection, infertility, intestinal disorders, impotence, kidney disorders, liver disorders, low blood pressure, memory, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, neuralgia, oedema, ovarian disorders or cysts, pain relief, pancreas, phlebitis, reproductive organs, rheumatism, scoliosis, stimulates metabolism, urinary tract, varicose veins and weakness.


It is believed to improve vitamin, mineral and nutrient absorption and the blood supply to organs and tissues in order to accelerate the healing of bones and ligaments.


Emotionally, Carnelian is said to assist with abuse of any kind, acceptance, anger or rage diffusing and release, appreciation, courage, delusions, depression, eating disorders, envy, happiness, possessiveness in relationships, self-confidence and self-worth.


Spiritually, Carnelian is said to aid pastlife recall, reincarnation, serenity and spiritual protection.


Carnelian is not a traditional or ancient birthstone but is a modern birthstone for the Zodiac signs of Taurus, 20th April to 20th May, Cancer, 21st June to 22nd July, and Leo, 23rd July to 22nd August.


Carnelian is on the alternative anniversary list as a 17th Anniversary gemstone.


Carnelian is a perfect crystal for meditating with to allow you to go deeper into a meditative state without the interruption of random thoughts. It is helpful to use when you wish to bring a concept to manifestation.

Affirmation: I am motivated to make positive life choices.

Important to Know

WARNING: As with all crystals you use regularly, don’t forget to cleanse and recharge it at least once a month.

For crystal healers who use crystals in their work, they should be cleansed after each client to remove any negative energy prior to being used on someone else.


PLEASE REMEMBER: Although the powers of crystals and stones are well documented and have been proven to help bring positivity into people's lives, they are never a substitute for medical advice.


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