The Magic of Carnelian

Written by Dragana Ivanovska


Posted on January 15 2020

Discovering Your Inner Magic

Carnelian is a well-known sacral chakra crystal that helps in removing negative thought patterns of self-harm and low self-esteem. Many practices use Carnelian in meditation to explore themselves and embark on a journey of making peace with themselves, ultimately discovering self-acceptance on the journey. Its fiery energy shatters all creative blocks, letting your creativity be freely expressed.

Carnelian’s name derives from the Latin word “carneus” which means “fleshy” because Carnelian’s deep orange color reminds us of our skin tones. The color of Carnelian is a deep orange that represents the fiery nature of this stone – passion, and power.

More about Carnelian

Keywords for Carnelian :

Some keywords for Carnelian include courage, luck, empowerment, creativity, abundance, and awakening your sensuality. If you are looking to empower yourself, dig deep and discover your true personal power, then Carnelian is an amazing crystal to help you to do so.

Carnelian also enhances creativity and cleanses all types of creative blocks that one might experience. If you want to accept yourself as you truly are, find your self-worth and self-respect then Carnelian is the stone to guide you towards the road of self-exploration. Also known as a great stone to enhance leadership skills, and to help balance our sexual energies by balancing the Sacral Chakra.

Origin of Carnelian:

Carnelian is a common crystal that is most commonly produced in abundance in Brazil, but it can also be found in Uruguay, India, and Madagascar.

Are There Different Types of Carnelian?

No! Although there are a few other crystals that belong in the same family of crystals as Carnelian, there is only one type of Carnelian.

How To Tell If Your Carnelian Is Real?

A couple of quick tips to check if your Carnelian is real are:

  • Carnelian has a deep orange color. Some crystals may have a slightly reddish or white undertone, but should still remain primarily orange.

  • The color will be consistent all around. Carnelian is normally eye-clean. This means it is free of inclusions, where no materials or particles are visible with the naked eye. Look for imperfections, natural stones have imperfections even if they are cut.

  • Be wary of mixing Agate with Carnelian, because although they resemble each other and they belong to the same family of stones, they do hold different energies.

Mohs Hardness:

The Mohs Hardness for Carnelian is 7.0 making it a durable stone. Also, this makes it so you use it for Gem Water.

How To Cleanse Your Carnelian:

Carnelian can be cleansed in a variety of ways.

  • Smudging with sage, lavender or Palo Santo is a great way to cleanse your amethyst.

  • Using a tuning fork will also do the trick. A tap or two will knock off any yucky energy.

  • Although Carnelian is a durable stone, we don’t recommend to put it in saltwater because it can damage the stone by forming cracks in it. Instead, you can also leave your Carnelian under a Full Moon on your windowsill will cleanse it fully and thoroughly.

No matter what way you chose to cleanse your amethyst, just be sure to set an intention that your crystal is cleansed with all that does not belong to you.

Chakras Carnelian Connects Best With:

Carnelian is a sacral chakra stone helping to balance, unblock and activate the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra connects us with our creativity, imagination, sexual energy and desires and our overall happiness and fulfillment in life. When the sacral chakra is balanced, you feel content and fulfilled with yourself as a person, you feel free to create as you exist and you are in tune with your sensual and sexual energy, unafraid to express and experience a pleasure.

If the sacral chakra is imbalanced then you might be experiencing all sorts of creative blocks like you have an idea but it’s always out of reach, disappointment in yourself as a person, displacement of how you look as well as no sexual desire can all occur. Overall, the greatest side effect of the disbalance of the Sacral Chakra can be constantly being unsure and lost about your purpose in life. Carnelian is a great sacral chakra stone to help you work on opening your chakra and thus overcoming these issues.

Birthstone Month for Carnelian:

Carnelian is the birthstone for people born in the time of mid-August until mid-September.

Zodiac Sign for Carnelian:

The sign of Virgo is connected with Carnelian, so if you were born in late January or Early February this is one of the best stones for you to use to get in tune with your sun sign.

Element Carnelian Connect With:

Carnelian is connected to the element of Fire. Fire energy is the energy of brightness, illumination, passion, and action. It’s the fiery power that helps us manifest our own damn magic!

Affirmations Associated With Carnelian:

Some key affirmations to use with Carnelian are:

  • I am joyful of being myself

  • I am filled with creative energy

  • I create freely as I imagine

  • I embrace my sensuality

  • I am beautiful and radiant

  • I am worthy

  • I am pleased in every aspect of my life

The Top Three Ways to Use Carnelian

There are soo many ways to use Carnelian in your crystal healing work. The top three ways are in gem water, a sacral chakra meditation and in a crystal grid.

For Gem Water:

  1. Pour a glass of filtered water

  2. Rub your palms together rapidly for 5-10 seconds

  3. Hold your Carnelian in your palm while reciting an affirmation or intention

  4. Drop your Carnelian in the water, then hold the water in your palms and recite your affirmation or intention again.

  5. Let it sit for 30 seconds and then enjoy it!

For Sacral Chakra Meditation:

  1. Lay down in a comfortable position

  2. Take 5 calming breaths, relaxing deeper with each breath

  3. Place your Carnelian on your stomach, below the belly button.

  4. Lay with the Carnelian in place for as long as you feel comfortable, pushing away any thoughts and focusing on your breathing.

  5. When you are ready, share your gratitude with the universe.

  6. Repeat whenever you need clarity, creativity or personal empowerment.

You can use Carnelian for a Crystal Grid to focus on developing your personal growth, creativity, and empowerment. Check out this post on how to create a crystal grid here.

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