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The Healing and Magical Properties of Carnelian

Updated on February 26, 2013


A beautiful orange coloured gemstone, Carnelian is linked both to the Root Chakra and the Sacral Chakra.

Carnelian Earrings
Carnelian Earrings

Healing Properties

As a healing stone it has long been believed to help cure diseases of the blood, as well as to stop nose bleeds.

It is said to aid in the elimination of toxins and waste products from the body, and has been used, in the form of an elixir, to help cuts and abrasions heal more quickly.

Carnelian helps fight negativity and depression, enabling us to look at the brighter side of life, bringing with it a feeling of optimism.

It is believed to help quell feelings of anger and annoyance, allowing for logical and clear thinking to rule our actions.

Carnelian is a grounding stone and also helps with stress-related problems - next time something makes your ‘blood boil’- think about reaching for some carnelian to help calm you down!

Carnelian gives us extra energy when we’re feeling tired or run-down and it is said to be especially helpful at increasing sexual energy!

Carnelian Tumblestone
Carnelian Tumblestone

Courage and Inspiration

It is stone of courage and inspiration, helping us to overcome our fears - especially beneficial for those nervous of public speaking as it said to aid the speaker to be not only relaxed and confident, but more eloquent too. This also makes it an ideal talisman for actors and those involved with the theatre.

As a stone of protection Carnelian was used in ancient times to protect the home from lightening strikes and storms.

It was also carried as an amulet to ward off psychic attack and as protection against ‘the evil eye’.

Wishing Bag for Courage
Wishing Bag for Courage

Candle Magic Spell for Courage and Confidence

If you are nervous about an up-coming interview, or other situation where you will have to speak in front of people prepare yourself the evening before…

Take a red candle, carve the sign for mars on the candle if you wish, then anoint it with clove oil (or rub it with fresh ginger root).

Surround the candle with pieces of carnelian, or a carnelian bracelet or pendant. Take a few moments to calm your mind and focus on your intention. Light the candle saying something like this:

“I dedicate this red candle to courage.
I am calm and confident and have lots of interesting things to say.
Those who hear my voice will be impressed by my eloquence!
And so it is!”

Leave the candle to burn for as long as is (safely) possible and be sure to wear or carry the carnelian during your interview!

Find Carnelian Gemstones and Wishing Bags here.

For a Candle Magic Spell for Love, please read:
'The Healing and Magical properties of Rose Quartz'.

For a Candle Magic Spell for Wealth, please read:
'The Healing and Magical properties of Aventurine'.

Carnelian Talisman
Carnelian Talisman

List of Correspondences

  • Energy: Projective
  • Elementary Ruler: Fire
  • Chakra: Base/Root or Sacral
  • Zodiac Affinities: Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Virgo


Grounding, Courage, Optimism, Energy, Protection, Healing
Speech and Public Speaking


Gemstone lore has been gathered from various sources and from information and stories passed down through the ages. Use this information at your own risk. No guarantee is made towards its validity.


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      4 years ago

      I was curious if you ever thughot of changing the structure of your site? Its very well written; I love what you've got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. You've got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

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      6 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks Viva!

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      Viva Jones 

      6 years ago from UK

      I inherited a lovely carnelian and had it made into a ring, it's one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. I love your courage spell, I'll remember that!

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      7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Wow! Your bracelet sounds amazing Loreen!

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      7 years ago

      just purchased a 21 skull carnelian bracelet I hope to find answers to my questions and concerns.Indiana usa

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      7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thansk you Cresentmoon - I really appreciate your kind comments :)

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      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Thank you for sharing information on the Carnelian gemstone. Wonderful hub and well enjoyed.

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      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks for your comment Rajendar - I can't say that I have noticed the same... However, I'm sure it could give you more confidence and the courage needed to chat up a member of the opposite sex :)

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      Rajendar Menen 

      9 years ago

      I use different gems on different days.I have noticed that Carnelian is very useful in interactions with the opposite sex!

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks Salt! I use crystals every day - I make gifts with little crystals in them - Bagz of Blessingz - I have sent out thousands of these gifts over the years and I love knowing that so many people are being touched by their 'magic' :)

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      9 years ago from australia

      thanks, love my crystals. Well written.

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Aww... those were the days, working at the cinema - I loved that job! Glad to hear you still have your Carnelian :)

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      missfortune 13 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub! Really interesting, have carried my carnelian with me ever since you gave it to me at the cinema, very handy indeed! Thankyou xxx

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      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thank you for your comments rvsrinivasan. Wearing different colours - gemstones, jewelery, clothing - can effect us physically and psychologically - our health and our mood, how we feel about ourselves and what we project about ourselves to others... It's all very interesting!

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      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thank you Raging Bull. CrystalStarWoman is part of my medicine name which was gifted to me many years ago, through a lovely woman called Rainbow DreamSpeaker. It came to her in her Dream time from the Grandfather Spirits. It was a wonderful and humbling experience to be given my Sacred Medicine name :)

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      9 years ago

      Our blood color is red. When we wear any red items it will influence our body. You have brought out right points in our hub. It is very nice to know new things.

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      Raging Bull 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Beautiful hub - love your name. Nice to connect with you.

      Hugs Raging Bull


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