Carnelian is a crystal that resonates with the lower 3 Chakras. It empowers the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras with a gentle fire elemental boost. It is a fantastic stone ally for people who feel lethargic, need help with exercise, and all things related to blood. Carnelian may also be used to assist in public speaking, activating courage, and increasing the user’s sense of sexuality. This crystal is a fantastic stone ally for working with the fire element in a gentle manner and set your life on the heated path of confidence and love. 

What is Carnelian 

Carnelian is a variety of Quartz Chalcedony that is infused with iron oxide. Iron oxide is the source of Carnelian’s signature orange-scarlet color. Its mineral hardness is 6.5-7, and it has a hexagonal crystalline structure. Carnelian specimens are oftentimes confused with Red Jasper due to their similar colorations. Carnelian is notably opaque translucent and will allow light to pass through while Jasper specimens will not allow light to pass through them. Use this light pass-through test to identify specimens while crystal shopping. 

Carnelian has been prized as a symbol of fire, courage, and protection throughout history. It is featured on the breastplate of the Isrealite High Priest Aaron in Exodus of the Bible. The High Priest would use the 12 sacred gemstones on the breastplate to communicate with God. Carnelian is also featured heavily in Ancient Egyptian artifacts. It would be used to create decorative Sun-Disks and Scarabs. The Egyptian Book of the Dead has a chapter within it titled “The Heart of Carnelian” which likens Carnelian’s energy to the Phoenix. With such a decorative lore, it is easy to see how Carnelian is prized to this day as a symbol of Fire. 

Common Uses of Carnelian 

Carnelian usage is indicated in people with low physical stamina, low sex drive, body insecurity, and addictive tendencies. It is a fantastic ally for regaining control of the Animal Soul within mankind. Meditating with Carnelian may bestow the practitioner confidence in their physical self. The practitioner may realize avenues of action that may be taken to return the body to a healthy state. Carnelian mediation may also reveal to the user where they are overindulging in life. Overindulging may be an indication of a deeper security issue with the lower 3 Chakras. Working with Carnelian may help the user choose alternative healthier rituals as opposed to ritualistic smoking, drinking, and overeating. 

Carnelian will naturally resonate with the 3 Astrological Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. If you feel that your sense of Fire energy is weak; or have an aversion to fire, then Carnelian may be the stone ally for you. The best way to know if your Fire energy is low, is to see the elements within your individual Astrological Natal chart. Carnelian can help Earth, Water, and Air signs to discover their own inner sense of Fire and activity. Carnelian can help Earth signs stick to a balanced exercise schedule with a healthy diet. It can help Water signs understand their opposing element of Fire without stirring agitation. Air signs can benefit from Carnelian by helping them see a path to manifesting their mental reality with actions. Fire signs can use Carnelian as a stone ally to transmute their excess Fire for the benefit of all. 


Carnelian Fitness Ally 

Carnelian can benefit anyone who is looking to change their life through fitness. This blood-boosting crystal can be worn in exercise pants pockets during a fitness routine to boost physical energy. It can be especially useful on days where the user does not feel inspired to exercise due to fatigue or poor mentality. It can also be used to reinvigorate the user in their own established exercise routine if things are beginning to get boring. Smaller Carnelian specimens can be placed within an athlete’s socks to help with running and foot pain. After exercising with your Carnelian be sure to charge it in the Sun to help it remain potent in energy. Combine Carnelian with Citrine, Axinite, and/or Clear Quartz to add even more physical stamina to an exercise routine.

Combat Stage Fright/Performance Anxiety with Carnelian 

Carnelian is extremely beneficial to people who work in careers based on performance within the public eye such as ballet dancers, competitive athletes, and even restaurant hosts. It can help the performer remain confident in their body’s muscle memory without any worrying hesitation. If you find yourself feeling stage fright during a performance, then Carnelian can be squeezed to provide Fire elemental comfort. Students about to deliver a classroom presentation can benefit from a Carnelian- Lapis Lazuli combination to overcome performance anxiety. Carnelian will ensure the body feels secure, while Lapis Lazuli can help ease the mind and throat energy centers. 

A ritual featuring a carnelian ring

How to Choose Your Crystal

Carnelian is available at most crystal, metaphysical, and geological stores. It is most commonly found in a tumbled round form, but may also be present in a geode form. Smaller specimens are better suited for everyday carry and use. Larger specimens can be used to adorn crystal grids and desk setups. Carnelian’s energy is generally indicated by feeling lethargic, low sex drive, chronic joint pain, insecurity with the body, and an aversion to fire element overall. It can help bed-ridden depressed people find their inner drive for life. It can help people learn more about the nature of their chronic physical pain if they are willing to listen to the body in meditation.

Carnelian massage wands can be implemented in a massage protocol to help tonify the blood and lower chakras. A massage wand is best for people who are suffering from chronic joint pain, as they may be able to use the wand to bring direct energy to the afflicted area. Carnelian rings can be worn on the 4th finger to augment the Solar Fire Ray of the finger. Simply having Carnelian touch the body will be enough to help benefit the physical condition. Beads and necklaces adorned with Carnelian are a great way to have the crystal touch the physical body. Adorning the bed with Carnelian pieces will help the user feel physically refreshed after a night’s sleep. 

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How do you Cleanse Carnelian? 

Carnelian is best cleansed with Sunlight as it is a fire elemental stone. It is also safe to clean it with soap water, moonlight, and smudging sticks such as Palo Santo and White Sage. As it is a lower chakra stone, it will also benefit from being placed in soil with plants. In a garden, Carnelian will resonate best with Tomatoes, Cherries, Strawberries, and Peppers if placed within the soil. 

Carnelian based elixirs are best done with the specimen dunked into the water. It is one of the few crystals that can be directly placed into an elixir for vibrational tuning. If the specimen is a geode, it is best to utilize the indirect method for elixirs. Tumbled stones are best for the direct method. Carnelian elixirs will benefit the physical body and can help athletes during exercise and recovery. It’s a fantastic elixir to make coffee or tea with as it will supercharge the water within the drink without adding additional caffeine. 

Additional Reading: 

Carnelian Crystal Vaults

Pocket Book of Stones Excerpt

Carnelian Mineralogical Data


Devon Delatour

Devon Delatour is a student of Esoteric Occult Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbology, and Acupuncture. He specializes in dissecting the Occult symbology of the world we live in. His favorite hobby is to help people realize how much Occult information they already have installed in their subconscious mind. He is an avid Crystal collector, Tarot reader, and Hermetic Alchemy enthusiast.

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