Carnelian Properties



Stone of One Love

There is some dispute as to whether the name Carnelian is derived from a Latin word meaning “flesh”, or a Latin word meaning “cherry”….but in either case, they reference those colors that which the stone exhibits.
Ancient Egyptians carried it on and about their bodies as a source of constant renewal and vitality. It was also told that in the Egyptian Book of the Dead that Carnelian was placed in tombs as “magic armor” for life after death.

Merchants often used Carnelian to craft ‘seal rings’ for royalty and the upper classes, as it will separate easily from wax and clay.  The ancients often believed that Carnelian was good for combating a bad temper, such as anger that was thought to be the product of black magic. And Carnelian is known to offer protection from black magic. Many other ancient healers used Carnelian as a ailment for blood issues, as it was known as the “Blood of Isis”.

The chalcedony (which is the gemstone family that Carnelian comes from) comes in a variety of shades and hues, each one as beautiful as the other.

Scientific Gemstone Properties

Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure

Sard, Onyx, as well as Sardonyx are are all varieties of  Chalcedony Quartz. Carnelian is a red form of Chalcedony.

Carnelian is a chalcedony, also called Cornelian, this translucent, reddish orange variety of chalcedony was once thought to still the blood and calm the temper. It’s various shades of red are due to the presence of iron oxide.

Stones may be uniformly colored or faintly banded. It is told that the best carnelian specimens are from India, where it is placed in the sun to assist a slight change from brown shades to tints of red and orange.

Metaphysical Gemstone Properties

Carnelian aids in understanding the inner self and strengthens concentration. It helps one to overcome the ear of public speaking, increases the self worth, and is a fast acting stone to succeed in one’s career. It is told to increase and inspire courage without the unnecessary aggressiveness.

Carnelian is said to assist in stimulating creativity. It seems to have a clearing effect, dispelling negative energies as it replaces them with positive ones. This can make it easier to find direction, and its grounding effects can make it easier for you to feel in control of your life. This makes carnelian a good stone for people who feel like they are going nowhere.

Carnelian balances creative and organization abilities, opens doors and creates a need to follow through on plans. Wear this stone to prevent other people from reading your thoughts or from dark forces attempting to influence your mind.

There are quite many ancient beliefs associated with Carnelian, which centered around protection during travels after death and against evil.

Healing Gemstone Properties

Carnelian applied physically, can promote balanced digestion. For lower abdominal pain, especially in woman and even more so during pregnancy, this stone placed on the pubic bone each day for twenty minutes will reduce the pain on a regular basis.

Carnelian encourages the formation of new blood cells, and bleeding will respond favorably to treatment with this “Stone of Isis”.  Physically, Carnelian has been used to encourage healing of open sores, kidney stones and other kidney problems.

It is said that this stone will help cleanse and purify the blood, thus giving more physical energy.

Magical Gemstone Properties

Energy: Projective
Element: Fire
Planet: Sun
Isis & Bragi
Powers: Protection, Peace, Eloquence, Healing, Courage
Candle Color: Orange

Carnelian was worn on the hand in ancient Egypt to still anger, as well as jealousy, envy, and hatred. It is still used to promote peace and harmony and to dispel depression as well.

It is used to counteract doubt ad negative thoughts, and can also be used in spells relating to these problems. It may confer patience. Also said to protect from ill wishers, driving away evil.  Carnelian has been worn to guard against others who try to read your thoughts and from keeping dark forces from influencing your mind.

In Renaissance magic, the Carnelian was usually engraved with images of warriors, swords or other weapons, and used for protection against enchantments. A Carnelian amulet is often thought to be a  magical amulet and was place in the home to guard it from lighting, storms and collapse, or carried as protection against enchantment against evil, and for attracting good luck.

It must be cleansed once a month under warm running water and recharged for period of time in the sun. Wear it so it is in direct contact with the skin. Carnelian water is created by leaving the stone in the vessel of water overnight, and can be used for healing.  It is best to keep Carnelian with other stones to clean them of negative energies.

Zodiac Gemstone Properties

Zodiac Stone of: Taurus, Leo

Associations: Sun

Birthstone: Not a Traditional Birthstone for any month, Ancient Birthstone for the months of May, June, July and August as well as the Anniversary Stone for the 17th Year

Stone of Taurus and Leo, but it also promotes zest for life in those whom are born under the signs Aries, Gemini and Virgo.

Chakra Gemstone Properties

Carnelian works most effectively on the Sacral/Navel 2nd  Chakra, helping one relate to their higher sense of Self, as well as the Solar Plexus; helping to connect one with the full grasp of the five senses to enhance sexuality, reproduction, self gratification and creativity.