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CHAKRA(S): Base, Sacral, and Solar Plexus

VIBRATION: Number 5 and 6

ZODIAC: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Leo

CHARACTERISTICS: Courage, vitality, creativity


SCIENTIFIC: Carnelian is a translucent, sometimes banded red-orange colored variety of chalcedony. The red coloring in Carnelian is due to the presence of iron-oxide. Carnelian’s color ranges from peachy-orange-white to darker shades of reddish-brown to almost black. The name Carnelian comes from the Latin word “carnis” meaning flesh referring to its red coloring. Carnelian’s hardness is rated at 7 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness. Carnelian is also known as Cornelian. Carnelian is found throughout the world.

ATTRIBUTES: Carnelian is an excellent crystal tool to use energetically “leap forward” and to restore vitality, motivation, and for stimulating creativity. A stabilizing stone with high energy, Carnelian grounds and anchors one in the present reality. Carnelian is empowering and gives one courage, promotes positive life choices, and dispels apathy. Carnelian increases motivation and helps one build self-confidence through positive action. Carnelian is known as a stone of abundance as it helps one focus their intention when manifesting and encourages success in business endeavors. Carnelian is a useful stone for overcoming abuse of any kind as it calms anger, banishes emotional negativity, replacing it with a love for life. Carnelian has the ability to cleanse other stones.  Carnelian imparts an acceptance of the cycle of life and removes fear of death.  In ancient times, Carnelian was used to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife. 

HEALING: Carnelian stimulates the metabolism, activates the base chakra, and supports healthy female reproductive organs. Carnelian may help overcome frigidity and impotence, and heavy menstrual flows. Carnelian may also be helpful in healing, rheumatism, arthritis, and nerve pain. Carnelian’s energizing vibrations may be helpful in alleviating feelings of depression and apathy. Carnelian regulates bodily fluids, kidneys, accelerates healing in bones and ligaments. Carnelian may improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals.  


Carnelian would make a great crystal tool for public speakers and those in leadership roles.

With its empowering and motivating vibration, Carnelian is a great crystal tool for those who tend to procrastinate and need some energetic help to get things done.

In crystal body layouts or healing grids, Carnelian activates and energizes the first, second and third chakras. Carnelian strengthens the physical body and enhances the life force energy.

For Gaia Healing, Carnelian may be placed in an area of disturbed Earth energy to help the protection, purification, beautification, and healing of the Earth. Carnelian in the environment creates a sacred space filled with harmony and comfort and free from negativity.

The energy of Carnelian combines well with Quartz, Jasper, Chalcedony, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Chlorite, Ruby, and Smoky Quartz.