Carnelian is a brownish-red mineral made of chalcedony. It gets its color from iron oxide. The color varies greatly, ranging from a pale orange to an almost-black coloration. The darker colors are actually sard (a harder, tougher, duller stone), but the names are used interchangeably.
The word carnelian comes from the Latin word carneous, which translates to flesh-like. The lighter colored stones have a fleshy color.
History and Lore
- Carnelian was used during Roman times as engraved gems in signet rings. Hot wax doesn’t stick to carnelian.
- In Ancient Egypt, carnelian was placed in tombs to protect the dead in the afterlife.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- purifying blood
- relieving menstrual cramps and back pain
- helping with fertility
- healing frigidity
- healing depression
- boosting energy
- increasing appetite
- calming the temper
- protecting against envy, rage, and resentment
- enhancing passion and desire
- protection in the afterlife, guarding from evil
- enhancing creativity
Different shades for carnelian have varying effects.
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge carnelian, let warm water run over the stone. To recharge it, place it in direct sunlight for a substantial amount of time. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
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