Carnelian Meaning and Benefits.


Carnelian meaning


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Carnelian Meaning – General Information

Carnelian is one of the most popular and abundantly available members of the Chalcedony family. Its name comes from a Latin word meaning “flesh”. Cornelian was its name before Carnelian became its most recognised name. 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, also through to dark brown. Moreover, it achieves its colour from the percentage of iron oxide present. Belongs to the hexagonal crystal system and has a vitreous lustre. It has a Mohs hardness factor of 7.


Carnelian Meaning – History

The ancient Egyptians referred to Carnelian as “the setting sun”. They identified orange shades, with receptive or passive female energies. They also associated it with the fertility of the mother goddess, Isis. In its red to reddish-brown shades, they believed it to contain active male energy. By tradition, wearing Carnelian would enhance passion, love, and desire.

Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their necks for courage, and to protect and fortify them against fear. They also wore it for added physical power to conquer their enemies. In Egypt, master architects wore it to show their rank as builders. Ancient Egyptians also believed it protected the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Alchemists in the Middle Ages used it as a boiling stone and thus activating the energy of other Chalcedonies. Recognised as the first stone in the breastplate of the High Priest. It was once thought to prevent illness and the Plague.

Carnelian Meaning – Metaphysical Benefits.

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. Since antiquity, Carnelian has helped timid speakers become both eloquent and bold.

Carnelian promotes positive life choices, helps overcome fear and doubt, dispels apathy, indolence and passivity and motivates for success. It allows you to take control of your life and choose the most advantageous direction. It also assists you to embrace change and transformation.

This stone is a protector against envy, fear, rage and resentment. It also helps to expel sorrow and emotional negativity, by replacing it with a love of life. Carnelian conveys an understanding and acceptance of the cycle of life as well as overcoming the fear of death.

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 Meaning – Healing.

Carnelian lends vitality and energy to the physical body. Also helps to purify the body and prepare it as a temple of the soul. It provides excellent support for detoxifying and breaking negative or hurtful habits and generally improving overall health.

It stimulates the metabolism and also improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, it 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, also for enhancing and stimulating sexual activity.


Tips for using Carnelian.

  • Hold Carnelian when you need a super energy boost.
  • Carry or wear Carnelian to energise you. Especially when you have a cold.
  • Place Carnelian around your home or office to improve your self-esteem.
  • Take Carnelian to work to help keep you motivated, energised and focused.
  • Put Carnelian in your pocket and benefit from its power when giving a presentation or lecture.
  • Have a Carnelian with you if you are a musician and performing live.
  • Wear a Carnelian as a talisman for success in any money-making venture.
  • Keep Carnelian in the bedroom to help in overcoming sexual anxieties.
  • Use Carnelian to overcome procrastination or indecision.
  • Carry for courage and to promote positive life choices.


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Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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