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Location and Composition of the Crystal
Carnelian, the “Stone of Motivation”, “Singer's Stone” and “Stone of Courage”, is also known as “Carneolus”, “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 a commonly found crystal predominantly from Brazil and India but also found in Britain, 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 of orange to reddish-brown and is translucent to semi-opaque in appearance.
General Information & Legends
Carnelian is a crystal for courage, energy, motivation and stabilisation. 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 both singers and actors helping with self-confidence in front of an audience and for timid speakers to speak more comfortably and eloquently.
Historically, it was worn by warriors to protect them, to give them courage to face their enemy and assist with endurance and leadership. Just as Lapis Lazuli was used by the ancient Egyptians, Carnelian was also used to protect the dead on their way to the afterlife. Their master architects wore it to show their rank of builder and it is the first stone in the breastplate of the High Priest where it is said to signify the blood of martyrs.
In more modern times, it is used to calm fears about death and bring acceptance of the cycle of birth and death. It can be used to protect the home from theft, fire and storm damage and is said to help protect builders from accidents.
Connections: Goddesses & Angels
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.
The lighter orange coloured Carnelian is primarily associated with the Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana), relating to creativity, sensuality, sexuality and desire for pleasure. The darker, redder tones of Carnelian work with the Base or Root Chakra (Muladhara), relating to survival and security.
Healing: Physical, Emotional & Spiritual
In crystal healing, Carnelian is said to help with symptoms relating to the following illnesses and areas of the body: allergies, arthritis, asthma, back pain and problems, bladder, blood circulation, and disorders, body balance, body detoxification (particularly of alcohol or drugs), boils, colds and flu, colonic health, frigidity, gallbladder, haemorrhoids, impotence, infection, infertility, intestinal disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, low blood pressure, memory, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, neuralgia, oedema, ovarian disorders or cysts, pain relief, pancreas, phlebitis, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), reproductive organs, rheumatism, scoliosis, sexual anxiety, spleen, stimulates metabolism, urinary tract, varicose veins, vitality 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 healing abuse of any kind, acceptance, anger or rage diffusing and release, appreciation, calm fears about death, courage, decision making, delusions, depression, eating disorders, envy, happiness, possessiveness in relationships, self-confidence and self-worth.
Spiritually, Carnelian is said to aid past life recall, reincarnation, serenity, spiritual protection.
Birthstones & Anniversaries
Carnelian is not a traditional or ancient birthstone but is a modern birthstone for the Zodiac signs Taurus (20th April - 20th May), Cancer (21st June - 22nd July) and Leo (23rd July - 22nd August).
Carnelian is on the alternative anniversary list as a 17th-anniversary gemstone.
Carnelian is a perfect crystal for meditating to allow you to go deeper into a meditative state without interruption by random thoughts. It is useful to use when you wish to bring an idea to life or to look at past lives and your soul purpose.
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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