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What is Carnelian & its Healing and Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Also spelled cornelian, carnelian is a form of chalcedony. It is a reddish brown semi-precious gem stone found in Britain, India, Uruguay, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Slovakia, Peru, and Romania.

Its crystal structure is hexagonal. Carnelian’s red color comes from iron oxide impurities within its silica structure.


This stone is closely associated with the sacral chakra, making it a potent tool for enhancing creativity, passion, and sensuality, as well as promoting overall vitality and physical wellness.

Carnelian is believed to boost energy levels, improve circulation, and alleviate menstrual discomfort, making it a valuable aid for physical well-being.

It is thought to sharpen concentration, dispel mental fatigue, and enhance decision-making abilities, making it an excellent companion for students and those seeking mental clarity.

It is utilized for spells related to motivation, courage, and manifestation, and it’s believed to help open the doors to success and abundance.

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History and Folklore

Carnelian was once worn on the hand in Egypt to ward against anger, hatred, and jealousy. It was used to protect both the living and the dead.

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During the Renaissance, a carnelian might be carved with the image of a sword and hung in the home to protect against lightning and other damage to the home.

Carnelian Correspondences

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Healing and Magickal Uses of Carnelian


Carnelian warms and cleanses the blood and kidneys and is also said to be good for the pancreas and thyroid. It prevents blood diseases and abnormal bleeding, encourages tissue regeneration and stimulates metabolism. Carnelian is also said to increase the sex drive. Good for the pancreas and thyroid. In addition, carnelian may be worn to prevent skin diseases and insanity.

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It is said that carnelian inspires courage without aggression and strengthens self-esteem. It is a good stone to help overcome shyness and stage fright; a wonderful charm for public speaking. Carnelian also in focusing to help the speaker stay on topic. It is also said that a carnelian ring will help the wearer overcome addiction, anger and depression.


Carnelian helps in shielding and may be used as a ward against enchantments and mind-reading psychic attacks. Put a carnelian stone in a fish tank to keep fish healthy and to attract wealth. Carnelian cleanses and revitalizes aura and helps revitalize the energy of sacred sites. This stone is also said to promote peace and harmony.

Care and Cleansing

Cleanse and recharge your carnelian in sunlight

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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