A type of chalcedony, carnelian ranges in color from a pale orange with pink undertones to a deep rusty red. The most popular colors are beautiful light oranges to the deep red. Carnelian in the darker reds is prized by many.
Carnelian activates the first three chakras bringing in an influx of life force and creative energies. It is a powerful stone that will aid those who wish to build confidence, courage, passion and power within themselves. A powerful ally to call upon and use when one needs to take major actions. It lends the courage to "take the leap" and dedicate oneself to the path before them. It can assist those who procrastinate by giving them the movement of "action".
Carnelian can also help us overcome the fear of taking action or doing the wrong thing. It helps us embrace change and transformation into life.
Carnelian blends it's energies well and synergies well with all varieties of quartz, jasper and chalcedony. For example, combining it with rose quartz, blue lace agate, blue quartz and amethyst you can bring about the harmonious activation of all seven chakras. If you need a little grounding to go along with your confident forward movement add in smoky quartz.
Size, color and markings will vary due to the natural variations in the stone.