Carnelian: Meaning, Healing Properties and more

Countries of origin: Brazil, Russia, India, Australia, Madagascar, South Africa, Uraguay, USA, UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania

Hardness on Mohs scale 7

Rarity: Common

Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Leo

Chakras: Root, sacral

Planet: Sun

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Carnelian meaning

The name carnelian comes from the Latin word for flesh due to its deep orangy red colour.

What does carnelian look like?

Carnelian varies in colour from a paler orange to a much darker reddish orange.  It is a translucent stone meaning that you can see light through it but would not be able to make out detailed shapes.

Carnelian in various forms

What is carnelian used for?

The Egyptians used this crystal to protect souls on their way to the afterlife. Jewellery has been created from carnelian for thousands of years and it was often used as a amulet for protection. Napoleon found an octagonal, inscribed carnelian seal on the battlefield in Egypt. He wore this ring at all times before leaving it to his nephew.

These days this popular semi-precious stone is available to purchase in various forms, whether you are looking for a big geode, tiny minimalist stud earrings or anything in between there is something to suit your lifestyle. Having carnelian in your life is incredibly beneficial, read on to find out how it could benefit you.

What does the Bible say about carnelian?

Throughout the bible carnelian is known by several different names including sardius. The quote below has many different interpretations but most agree the crystals in the description are symbolic, but what they are thought to symbolise varies.

“The person sitting there looked like jasper and carnelian, and there was a rainbow around the throne that looked like an emerald.”
Revelation 4:3 International Standard Version

Cleansing and charging carnelian

All crystals should be cleansed when you first get them and then regularly after that. They should also be charged to keep them at their full power.

Two of the most common ways to cleanse crystals is with water and with sunlight.

Is carnelian sensitive to water?

Carnelian is safe to put in water, however freshwater only as saltwater can damage this crystal.  Salt mixed with water gets into tiny holes in the surface of the stone which are invisible to the human eye and remains there after the water has dried.

Does carnelian fade in the sun?

Carnelian is fine to put in the sun.  It is best not to leave it there for more than a few hours especially if you are in an area with particularly strong sunlight.

For a more comprehensive guide check out this blog post: How to Cleanse and Charge Crystals

Carnelian healing properties

Physical healing properties

  • Relieves headaches, rheumatism, neuralgia and pain
  • Assists with the absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Great for circulation, blood, lower back disorders, bones and ligaments
  • Supports the kidneys, heart and female reproductive organs
  • Improves nose bleeds, metabolism, wounds and impotence
Carnelian physical healing properties

 Emotional and mental healing properties

  • Assists with overcoming abuse, emotional negativity and resentment
  • Eases anger, rage and envy
  • Boosts motivation, analytic ability, concentration and memory
  • Encourages courage and vitality
Carnelian emotional and mental healing properties

 Metaphysical healing properties

  • Assists with positive life choices
  • Boosts creativity, self-trust and grounding
  • Removes irrelevant thoughts during mediation
  • Overcomes negative conditioning
  • Removes the fear of death
  • Attracts success and abundance


Metaphysical Healing Properties

Affirmations for carnelian

Affirmations are a great tool to use alongside crystals.  They can be used to set your intention and further personalise your journey of healing and growth.  Firstly, decide which of the many properties of carnelian you feel is needed in your life at this current time.  Next, write down your affirmation as if it has already happening, in the present tense.  Remember your affirmation must be positive, for example rather than “I do not easily anger in stressful situations” write “I am calm in stressful situations”.

Here are some examples you can use:

Positive affirmations for carnelian

Where do you put carnelian in your home?

Carnelian is a great crystal to have in the kitchen.  Not only will is boost creativity, helping you to create amazing dishes it is also encourages success.  A lot of hard work takes place in the kitchen both in the form of cooking and cleaning, carnelian’s ability to increase motivation to keep going comes in very handy

You can also place carnelian by the front door to welcome abundance into your home.

Which chakra is carnelian good for?

The red/orange colouring means carnelian works well on the sacral and root chakra.  Place a carnelian on one of these chakras during meditation for an extra boost.

How do you use Carnelian for healing?

Carnelian can be placed either in an area of your house or within your energy field.

To be within your energy field a crystal can be:

  • Placed near you
  • In your pocket, wallet, purse or bag
  • Worn as jewellery or an accessory

The crystal’s energy will now be working to heal, improve your life.

Another option is to meditate with carnelian.  You can either place it on one of your chakras or hold it in your hands.  This is especially powerful if you have a particular healing property you wish to receive.

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