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April Stone Of The Month – Carnelian

Carnelian close up

 

 

The carnelian (aka cornelian) comes in a variety of colors and belongs to the chalcedony family. The most powerful colors are red and deep orange. These gemstones are commonly sourced from India, Britain, Iceland and Peru. In ancient Egyptian times, the carnelian was placed in tombs as “magic armor” to protect the dead in the afterlife. The noble class were buried with this gemstone to show their stance in society.

The name carnelian is derived from the Latin word meaning “flesh” which is appropriate for the healing powers of this stone. It promotes balanced digestion, encourages the absorption of vitamins, nutrients and minerals in the small intestine and stimulates the metabolism. If a pregnant women is experiencing abdominal pain, she should place a carnelian on the pubic bone everyday for 20 minutes to reduce the pain. Additional powers include:

  • Protects against envy, rage and resentment
  • Helps one overcome abuse of any kind
  • Treatment for healing open sores, rheumatism and kidney stones
  • Prevents dark forces from entering or influencing one’s mind
  • Grounding energy for home or office in Feng Shui
  • Use with citrine for Feng Shui gem tree for wealth
  • Promotes self confidence

Chakra: Second, Sacral/Navel

Birthstone: May, July, August

Zodiac: Virgo. Also stone of Taurus. Promotes zest for Aries and Gemini

Element: Fire

Planet: Mars

 

Sources: About.com- Feng Shui, Crystal Cure, Shimmerlings, Crystal Vaults