Carnelian

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Carnelian is a blood-red to reddish-orange translucent variety of Chalcedony which is occasionally called Cornelian. Its name is derived from its resemblance in colour to the Kornel type of cherry.  Its colouration is due to the presence of ion oxide, and can be uniformly coloured or banded.  Strongly banded Carnelian is called Carnelian Agate.  Freshly mined Carnelian, especially Indian material, is often placed in the sun to change brown tints to red.

Carnelian Vein

As early as 2500 BC, Carnelian was believed to give the wearer courage in battle and to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold.  The Egyptians wore Carnelian in the belief that it would bring peace by dispelling envy, anger and hatred.  Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality.  A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is useful for dramatic pursuits.

Psychologically, Carnelian imparts an acceptance of the circle of life and removes fear of death.  In ancient times it was used to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife.  It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy, and motivates for success in business and other matters. This stone helps you to trust yourself and your perceptions.  It gets to the bottom of what makes you tick, overcome negative conditioning, and encourages steadfastness.

Carnelian is thought to improve analytic ability and clarify perception.  It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy.  It is said that this stone is a powerful protector against rage and resentment, yours or other people’s.  It calms anger replacing it with a love of life.  Carnelian is also supposed to protect the home from lightening! (though I would rather rely on a lightening conductor!! lol).

  • Structure: Trigonal
  • Composition: Silican Dioxide
  • Hardness: 7
  • Zodiac: Virgo and Sagittarius
  • Birthstone: September and December
  • Chakra: Sacral
  • Sources: Britain, India, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania
  • Empowerment: I am as courageous as a lioness.

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