Chakra: Root and Sacral
Crystal System: Trigonal
Color: Red, orange, pink, brown
Zodiac Sign: Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio
Appearance: Small, translucent pebble, often water-worn or tumble.
Source: Britain, India, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania.
Attributes: Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation, and for stimulating creativity. It is useful for dramatic pursuits. Carnelian has the ability to cleanse other stones.
Psychologically: Carnelian imparts an acceptance of the cycle of life and removes the 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. Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind. This stone helps you to trust yourself and your perception. It gets to the bottom of what makes you tick, overcomes negative conditioning, and encourages steadfastness.
Spiritually: Agate raises consciousness and links into collective consciousness and awareness of the oneness of life. It encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experience, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability.
Mentally: Carnelian improves analytical abilities and clarifies perception. It removes extraneous thoughts in meditation and tunes daydreamers into everyday reality. It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy. Emotionally, this stone is a powerful protector against envy, rage, and resentment, yours or other people's. It calms anger and banishes emotional negativity, replacing it with the love of life.
Healing: Carnelian is full of life force and vitality. It stimulates metabolism. Carnelian activates the base chakra, influences the female reproductive organs, and increases fertility. This stone overcomes frigidity and impotence, heals lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, and depression, especially in those of advanced years. It regulates bodily fluids and the kidneys, accelerates healing in bones and ligaments, and stanches blood. Carnelian improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals and ensures a good supply of blood to organs and tissues.
Position: Use as a pendant or belt buckle, or place in contact with the skin as appropriate. Carnelian near the front door invokes protection and invites abundance into the home.
Specific colors and types: In addition to generic properties, specific colors have additional properties:
Pink Carnelian: Improves the parent-child relationship. It helps to restore love and trust after abuse or manipulation.
Red Carnelian: Warms and energizes. It is particularly useful for combating sluggishness and for invigorating the mind and body.
Brown Carnelian: Promotes love between parent and child. Position over the heart for optimum effect.