Wednesday, February 6, 2019

13 Essential Gemstones: Carnelian

In this series, I will be exploring 13 common minerals and gemstones used in the Craft, dissecting their meaning from science, history, culture, and my own experiences.  



Color: Orange, red, sometimes with white.
Appearance: Carnelian is often translucent to opaque orange and can have bands of white.
Hardness: 7
Other Notable Qualities: Carnelian is a type of agate when banded.

Scientific Correspondence:

As I mentioned above, carnelian is a form of agate - sheets of quartz layered with other minerals.  This layering is what causes the "bands" of white you often see in pieces of this stone.  Like most agates, striped carnelian is formed under immense pressure, resulting in a beautiful stone.  Because of this, carnelian can be associated with resilience in transformation - or, in broader terms, strength.

Historical Correspondence:
Sun - Fire

A vibrant and easy-to-carve stone, many cultures throughout history have employed carnelian for a variety of uses.  In Egypt, it was much more common than other prized stones and thus made it more accessible.  There, it was often associated with the sun and used in solar disks.  Carnelian was also associated with y Amenhotep III and Akhenaten, both of whom associated themselves with the sun, and was labeled as a stone of the rising sun in the Book of the Dead.  Thus, we can firmly say that carnelian is associated with solar energy.

In the Middle Ages, carnelian was used to seal envelopes as wax wouldn't adhere to it.  Alchemists would use this semi-precious gem as a boiling stone, believing it would utilize the heat to activate other stones.  Clearly, carnelian has historically put up with a lot of heat, warmth, and flame in its past, which means it could also be associated with fire.

Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):
Creativity - Energy

Carnelian, like many common stones used in witchcraft, is a form of quartz tinted by iron(III) oxide.  This specific tinting leaves this stone an orange hue.  Surveys show that, culturally, we associate this specific color with warmth, excitement, creativity, and energy.  This vibrant stone is commonly used as jewelry nowadays, giving a pop of color that excites the eye, emphasizing its properties of creativity and energy.

Sigil to Invoke Carnelian

Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of carnelian if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

The Healing Chest: Carnelian
Moonrise Crystals: Carnelian
Crystal Vaults: Carnelian Carnelian
Witchipedia: Carnelian
The Significance of Carnelian in Egyptian Royal Jewelry by Angela Murock Hussein

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1 comment:

  1. Ohh..really nice gemstones. I am also heard about this gemstones, It's really looking stunning. But i like ruby gemstone, it is also really good to look.