Love Crystals: Carnelian

Love Crystals: Carnelian February 12, 2019

Carnelian photo by Claire. Licensed under CC 2.0

For some of us in matters of Love we need all the help we can get, and the sunny crystal Carnelian can do just the trick. The stone is found in Brazil, Uruguay, India and parts of the U.S. Traditionally, Carnelian is a stone of vitality and creativity, both necessary components for sustaining a good relationship.

One of the reasons that this makes such a good crystal to use for love is that one of it’s primary components is healing. You can use Carnelian to heal your root chakra which is said to represent your base emotions. It is also great to use for back pain, just in case your sexual aerobics requires you to “put your back into it,” as the song says.

Very often this stone is used as jewelry, if you can get a piece you enjoy that uses this stone I highly recommend it. Cleanse it first by burying it overnight, leaving on the windowsill for 24 hours to be blessed by the rays of the sun and moon, or rinse it quickly in sacred water.

Carnelian is also used in the ancient art of Feng Shui. An article on The Spruce website tells us “Feng shui-wise, carnelian is used for its energy activating and protective qualities. It is often used along with citrine in the so-called feng shui gem tree for wealth, as well as various bracelets and amulets. Carnelian is also associated with the flow of abundance. The best feng shui bagua area for the placement of carnelian is in the Love & Relationships sector of a home or office. Two carnelian hearts here can be a wonderful enhancement of warm, loving and sensual energy. The second best placement is in the Fame & Reputation bagua area.”

Folklore and Magick of Carnelian

  • This stone is seen to represent lions, so if they are one of your totem animals consider using it in conjunction with your workings with them.
  • Carnelian is a stone of fire, so if you have Fire elements in your Astrological chart that you wish to enhance place this on your ritual altar or use it in a piece of power jewelry.
  • One of the oldest sacred stones in use, this crystal is highly prized in Arab culture where it is called “The stone of Kings. “
  • One bit of history from explains “During Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign (1798-1799), he acquired an octagonal, inscribed carnelian seal. Both Napoleon Bonaparte and his nephew Napoleon III held this talisman in high, even superstitious, regard. Napoleon III wore the seal on his watch chain. He gave it to his son, the Prince Imperial, Louis-Napoleon, and instructed him to wear it. However, the Prince Imperial merely followed orders while wearing this piece. Obviously, his faith in this talisman didn’t run as deep as the faith the Zulus put into their weapons. When they slew him in South Africa in 1879, they took it from him.”
  • In 18th Century Europe wear jewelry made of this was said to wish everyone who saw it Good Luck.


For more great love crystals, herbs, spells and information please see my book Love Magic. I would love (pardon the pun) to hear your favorite magickal uses of Carnelian. As always if you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to like, comment, and share !

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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