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Citrine: Symbolism, Traditions, Associations & Uses in Magick

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Citrine is a type of quartz found in Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, and France. It is brown, yellow or orange in color.

Most “citrine” sold in shops is actually heat-treated amethyst or smokey quartz. These are usually much darker in color than natural citrine with a reddish tint. Citrine looks very similar to topaz and may be sold in the place of harder, more expensive stone to the unwary.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Citrine is a gemstone symbolizing abundance, prosperity, and joy.

Correspondence-wise, it aligns with the solar plexus chakra, boosting self-confidence and personal power.

Its healing properties include promoting positivity, mental clarity, and abundance in various aspects of life.

In magic, citrine is used for spells related to wealth, manifestation, and motivation, harnessing its vibrant energy to enhance these intentions.

History and Folklore

The beautifully warming, vibrant citrine is said to carry within it the energy of the sun. Since ancient times, the crystal has been used for its calming properties, and capacity to manifest the user’s desires.

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In ancient Egypt, citrine was regularly used to create talismans, while the ancient Greeks carved special images into the stone. Roman priests, cognizant of the crystal’s metaphysical properties, often wore citrine in rings.

The crystal’s joyful, positive energy was widely used as jewelry in the Art Deco era and continues to be a popular crystal today, both for its beauty and powers of healing.

Traditions

It is said that citrine will never be affected by negative energy and as such, it never needs to be cleansed.

Nicknamed “the success stone”, citrine increases confidence and focus and helps broaden the mind and spark the intellect.

TraditionDescription
Success and WealthCitrine has long been associated with wealth and prosperity, believed to attract financial success.
Solar StoneThe golden color of citrine aligns it with the energy of the sun, symbolizing warmth, light, and power.
Cleansing and RechargingCitrine is believed to cleanse and recharge other crystals, enhancing their energy and properties.
Energetic SunshineIt is often referred to as the “stone of sunshine” due to its radiant energy and positive vibrations.
BirthstoneCitrine is recognized as the birthstone for the month of November, representing joy and abundance.
Metaphysical PropertiesIn metaphysical practices, citrine is regarded as a stone that stimulates the mind and enhances creativity.
Table 1: Citrine Stone Folklore and Traditions

Also nicknamed “the merchant stone”, citrine attracts wealth and abundance. You can keep it in your wallet or cash box to draw more money in.

Citrine is said to work best for those who are generous with their good fortune.

Associations

Citrine is the birthstone for November and the planetary stone for Virgo. Citrine is sometimes it is used as the birthstone for Sagittarius in place of the more expensive topaz.

Angel: Raphael
Gods/Goddesses: Mercury
Chakra: solar-plexus
Element: air
Planet: Mercury
Sabbat: Lughnassadh or Lammas.

Healing and Magickal Uses

PropertyDescription
AbundanceKnown as the “Merchant’s Stone,” it is believed to attract wealth, success, and abundance.
EnergizingCitrine carries a warm, vibrant energy that revitalizes and motivates, promoting vitality and creativity.
ManifestationIt is associated with manifestation and helps in setting and achieving goals and desires.
CleansingCitrine is believed to have cleansing properties, dispelling negative energies and promoting clarity.
ConfidenceIt enhances self-confidence, self-esteem, and personal power, empowering individuals to take action.
JoyThe stone radiates joy, happiness, and optimism, uplifting the spirit and promoting a positive mindset.
ProtectionCitrine is thought to provide protection against negative influences, including psychic attacks and envy.
Table 2: Citrine Stone Magickal Properties

Body

Citrine is said to help remove toxins and it is said to be helpful with issues of the digestive and excretory systems.

Mind

Citrine dispels negative thoughts and energy and helps bring about joyful feelings and a joyful atmosphere. It helps to increase self-esteem and focus. Citrine can also be used to dispel nightmares.

Magick

Citrine is used for drawing joy, wealth and abundance. Because it is tenaciously positive, it can be used to cleanse other stones.

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Care and Cleansing

Sunlight will fade it. However, you can recharge it on Litha by leaving your citrine in a place where it can greet the dawn. Otherwise, leave under holly or ivy plant in the shade.

Simple Ways to Use Citrine in Your Daily Practice

It’s clear from holding (or simply looking at) citrine that it has bags of vibrant energy to share with us. It can be worn anywhere on the body to feel its benefits, and you may also wish to give the below ideas a go to embrace the crystal’s sunshine vibe.

Around the Home

Placing citrine around your home or space is an easy way to enjoy the positive energy of the ‘Success Stone.’

In an office or workspace citrine will promote prosperity and boost creativity in your workflow, while it will infuse the bedroom with happy energy and bring abundance and harmony in relationships. 

The crystal can also be placed in a child’s bedroom to bring feelings of comfort and security – although be sure to keep it out of reach of very young children, who may feel compelled to put it into their mouths. 

Make a Citrine Elixir

Place one or more citrine crystals into a glass or bowl of water and leave to infuse for a few hours. If you wish, you can leave it overnight, ideally in direct moonlight.

Once this is done, remove your crystal from the water, and you’ll be left with a powerfully-charged crystal elixir. Rub this elixir into the skin as required.

Citrine is really helpful in alleviating digestive and menstrual issues, so gently smoothing the elixir onto your lower abdomen could be beneficial in this regard.

An Easy Spell to Boost Your Cash Flow

As a stone of good fortune, abundance, and inspiration, citrine is a great companion to spells to create a healthier financial situation.

To get started, set up an altar and place a bank statement (or checkbook), your wallet, and a few coins on it, along with a green candle. Light the candle, and place a piece of citrine on top of your wallet. 

On a small piece of paper write ‘money luck’ and put this next to the bank statement.

Leave the altar undisturbed for nine hours after the candle has burnt down, and then put the crystal and the piece of paper inside your wallet.

You should see the effects within just a few weeks.

Also read:
Simple DIY Money Spells
Money Spells with Crystals

Clearing and Cleansing Your Space

Collect four citrine crystals together, and dab a little lavender oil on each. Now, holding these crystals in your hands, walk through each of the rooms in your home.

As you go, visualize the citrine sweeping its energy through the spaces, clearing blockages, and getting rid of any negativity.

Once this is done, place a crystal in the furthest east, west, north, and south corners of your home, which will protect the energy of the spaces going forward.

Also read:
Benefits of Salt in Corners of the House

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A Relaxing Citrine Bath Ritual

As citrine is not a soluble stone, you can actually place crystals in the water with you while bathing. Here’s how to create a relaxing bathtime ritual to unwind and be gently inspired at the end of a long day.

  1. Create a calm ambiance by lighting some candles around or near the tub and turning off the main lights.
  2. Take your citrine crystals and place them in the tub, while setting an intention for the water. This could be intending for the water to cleanse your energy of negativity, boost your creativity, or simply have a peaceful night’s sleep.
  3. Once in the water, place one of the citrine crystals on your Solar Plexus chakra (located just above the naval) to enjoy its bright energy and maximum powers of manifestation.
  4. Take all the time you need to relax, visualizing the intention you set in the water working its magic.

Citrine and the Zodiac

With its vibrant sun energy, it’s no surprise that citrine is closely associated with the Fire star sign Aries.

This stone helps the Ram accept constructive criticism (calmly!) and continue to work towards their goals.

Leos, too, are likely to bask in the warm, sunny energy of citrine – the crystal’s vibes resonate with the Lion’s natural positivity and flamboyance.

Citrine is also particularly beneficial to Librans, who have a tendency to allow others to have too much sway in their own decisions.

Citrine can help those born under the sign of the Scales to trust their own judgment, and not be more concerned than necessary with the thoughts of other people.

Crystal Combos

A fundamental part of maintaining a positive outlook and not succumbing to stress is living in the present moment. Pairing citrine with smokey quartz is a magnificent aid for this, promoting mindfulness and a deep sense of grounding.

Hematite and citrine may look poles apart in appearance, but make for an absolute dream team when it comes to boosting motivation and willpower. Set your intentions with citrine, and allow hematite to give you strength in taking the actionable steps required. And if you need a nudge to get out of your comfort zone?

Wear or use citrine in combination with aquamarine for a powerful burst of courage to try something new.

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Copyright: Tina Caro

Citrine: Working with the ‘Success Stone’ for a Bright Future

Sunny, vibrant, and bright, citrine radiates an irresistibly positive energy. It’s perfect to use in manifesting the future you want, from initial intention setting to taking the steps needed to reach your goal. And if you need some motivation on the journey?

Use the practices and rituals above to keep your energy levels high, and things moving in the right direction.

See Also

The Truth About Fake Citrine at pixiecrystals.com

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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