Sunday, February 26, 2012

Crystal of the Week: Carnelian

Carnelian, a member of the Chalcedony family, is derived from the Latin word meaning "flesh." It helps the wearer feel revitalized, in touch with their body and reawakened.  It helps to increase your self confidence and is a good stone to hold or wear when you have to go on an interview or speak publicly in front of group of people because it will fill you with a sense of courage.  Because of its ability to increase one's confidence, it's a great stone to keep at the office.

As a second chakra stone, Carnelian works to heal all second chakra issues. If, for example, you have body image issues, carnelian is the stone for you.  If you have had to deal with sexual abuse in the past or have any issues with sex, intimacy and commitment, Carnelian will help you to heal these issues.

Because it is a second chakra stone, it will also help with creativity.  So if you're experiencing writer's or artist's block, meditate with Carnelian, keep one in your creative work space and sleep with one under your pillow.

Carnelian also helps women to work on any fear concerning pregnancy and childbirth.

It's a protective stone and is said that, when worn, it will prevent other people from reading your thoughts. Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead recommended placing it in the tomb to serve as protection in the afterlife.

Wearing Carnelian is said to decrease feelings of anger, depression and envy.

It's a great stone for these signs: Taurus, Gemini, Aries, Leo and Virgo.

Carnelian is a hard little worker and one of the things I love best about it is that it will work to cleanse and revitalize the stones around it.   So whenever I have a bowl or bag of stones, I will always include a Carnelian in the group.

Because it's known as a creative stone and is said to increase one's memory, Carnelian is also recommended for actors and actresses.

Overall, Carnelian is a great stone for anyone dealing with:

Eating Disorders
Sexual Abuse trauma
Sluggish Libido
Intimacy Issues
Blocked Creativity
Lack of Confidence

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