Carnelian is one of the most popular and abundantly available members of the Chalcedony family. This stone is a microcrystalline silicate, or a type of Quartz, it is translucent and comes in a variety of colours ranging from red to orange and in some cases, even to dark brown.
It is said to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the high priest and in biblical times was used in soldiers breastplates to protect and fortify them against fear. In ancient times it was used to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Carnelian conveys an understanding and acceptance of the cycle of life and overcomes the fear of death.
Carnelian is a stabilising and grounding stone and anchors you to current reality. It enhances analytical abilities, perceptiveness and awakens hidden talents and gifts. Inspirers creativity in all forms of art particularly drama and theatre. It awakens curiosity and bolsters courage, especially for shy people. Wearing Carnelian is said to provide courage and eloquence to public speakers.
Carnelian promotes positive life choices, helps overcome fear and doubt, it dispels apathy, indolence and passivity and motivates for success. It allows you to take control of your life and choose the most advantageous direction, while assisting you to embrace change and transformation.
This stone is a protector against envy, fear, rage and resentment and helps to expel sorrow and emotional negativity, by replacing it with a love of life.
It helps meditators to feel settled and secure and it clears the mind of extraneous thoughts. It also sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy.
Carnelian lends vitality and energy to the physical body. It helps to purify the body and prepares it as a temple of the soul. It is an excellent support for detoxifying and breaking negative or hurtful negative habits and generally improving overall health.
It stimulates the metabolism and improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals and ensures a good supply of blood to the organs and tissues. Carnelian regulates bodily fluids and the kidneys. It also accelerates healing in the bones and ligaments and staunches blood flow. It is especially helpful in balancing and healing the sexual organs and it is also believed to enhance and stimulate sexual activity.