Carnelian is a mineral whose color tends to be red-brown with yellow and brown shades, commonly used in crystal therapy and jewellery. It is a variety of translucent quartz, from the chalcedony group, which is usually red, orange, brown, pink with shades of red. The color of carnelian varies from pale orange to an intense almost black color, depending on the mineral composition. It forms in volcanic, basic or acidic rocks, starting from acid magmas containing iron. The red-brown carnelian is also called Sardinian.
- Chemical formula : SiO2 + (Fe, O, OH)
- Appearance : carnelian owes its characteristic red color with iron inclusions and impurities present within it. It forms in volcanic rocks from acidic magmas composed of this element. The color can vary from bright red tending to orange to dark red-brown. It often has yellowish inclusions.
- Associated element : Fire
- Associated Chakra : Carnelian is traditionally associated with the second chakra, Svadhisthana .
- Planets : Mars, Pluto
- Zodiac signs : Aries, Scorpio
In ancient times, carnelian was known as Sardinian . Hildegard von Bingen was the first to distinguish between the orange and brown varieties. In the Middle Ages, carnelian was attributed with the ability to facilitate blood coagulation and calm anger. Von Bingen recommended its use against headaches and to facilitate childbirth.
MEANING AND PROPERTIES OF CARNELIAN
Carnelian has long been used in ancient cultures for a variety of reasons, including its stabilizing ability . The word itself comes from a Latin word meaning "flesh" or "yellowish red", symbolizing bold energy and stimulation of the spirit . In ancient times it was believed that the stone could help shy speakers become more talkative and warriors become more courageous and physically fit.
Carnelian is a wonderful stone for vitality , courage , self-esteem , inner and physical strength . It helps the wearer develop and maintain a healthy self-image, be more outgoing and sociable, and create a warm, friendly and easy-to-get-along-with environment.
Carnelian is also a powerful stone for healing. It is believed to stimulate the body's healing ability, helping it to regain its balance. Carnelian is also said to be beneficial for treating disorders of the skin, blood, liver, spleen and lungs.
Effects of carnelian on the physical body: (*)
Carnelian promotes health and vitality , improves the flow of life force in the body and promotes well-being. Carnelian fights fatigue , strengthens the heart and blood flow. This stone also promotes fertility by strengthening the reproductive system and helps women who are trying to conceive.
Effects of carnelian on emotions:
Carnelian is usually used when facing a problem related to fear , shyness , lack of self-esteem and the inability to face the vicissitudes of existence with a calm heart.
It is recommended for all those who are afflicted by fears and fears, as it helps to gain courage and face even the most critical situations with an energetic and optimistic spirit. This stone relieves fears and the fear of judgment from others, freeing us from their negative influence on our emotional freedom.
For the same reason, its energy helps to free ourselves from feelings of guilt , pushing us to act rather than feeling sorry for ourselves or cultivating sterile regrets. Its energy increases eros and can help treat phenomena such as frigidity and impotence.
Effects of carnelian on the mind:
It fosters pragmatism , helping us take a practical approach to the problems we face . It helps to complete what has been undertaken and to reorganize a mind overwhelmed by worries and emotional disorder. In summary: it helps to complete what has been undertaken, to be concrete and realistic but with balance
Effects of carnelian on the spirit:
Carnelian can help remove all those energy blocks determined by the presence of more or less manifest fears in our unconscious and by the influence of negative ideas and obsessions.
(*) NB: what is described above is in no way intended to replace the opinion of a specialized doctor.