Carnelian is a bright and fiery red stone. It is probably what helped come up with the name for the Pokemon with the similar color and name of Charmeleon. Its bold energy brings a rush of warmth and joy that lingers, stimulating and empowering the person looking at this stone. Known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, Carnelians have the power to protect and inspire.
This stone is glassy and translucent. Carnelians can have multiple colors in them and look somewhat like a jellybean. Its color varies from pale pinkish-orange to a deep rusty brown, though it is most known for its brilliant orange and red-orange crystals. Its name comes from a Latin word meaning “flesh.”
In antiquity, as well as today, Carnelian is believed to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their neck for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. In Egypt it was worn by master architects to show their rank of builder, and alchemists of the Middle Ages used it as a boiling stone to activate the energy of their potions. Carnelian was also once believed to prevent illness and the Plague.
According to Eason, a crystal expert, the ancient Egyptians called Carnelian “the setting sun.” In its orange hues, they identified it with the receptive or passive female energies, and associated it with the fertile menstrual blood of the mother goddess, Isis. In its red, red-orange to reddish brown shades, they considered it the active male energy stone, recognized by its glowing vibrant color. Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire.
Orange stones, especially the carnelians, are excellent aids for training, coordination of physical exercise programs, and for balancing body energy levels. Carnelians boost a listless attitude and can stimulate the appetite.
Carnelian clarifies the voice. It is the Singer’s Stone. It also promotes confidence for performances on stage or in live media.
Carnelian lends the courage needed to help overcome difficulties and defend a cause. It promotes idealism and a sense of community.
Orange and red Carnelian are important crystals to use for love, and for the consummation of love. Orange crystals, in particular, are fertility and potency symbols and are linked with conceiving a child. Carnelian of either color may help in rekindling passions that might have faded in an otherwise loving relationship.
Overall, Carnelian a very loving, passionate, and inspiring stone.