The name Carnelian heralds from the Latin word "carnis" and translates to "flesh," probably noted as one of the many shades of the stone. Another name for Carnelian was Cornelian, most likely derived from the Latin word "cornum" meaning "cherry".
Carnelians were used in Ancient Egyptian magick as protection for both the living and the dead. They carried carnelian on and about their bodies as a source of constant renewal and vitality. Carnelian was also told in the Egyptian Book of the Dead to be placed in tombs as "magic armor" for life after death.
A Carnelian in the form of the "tjet," symbol of Mother Isis, was placed on the neck of a mummy to ensure the protection, safe passage, and rebirth of the spirit in the afterlife.
Another Carnelian amulet was the Eye of Horus, which is still believed to offer protection against the evil eye.
In Roman times, Carnelian was engraved with the head of a lion or a great leader.
Magickal uses of Carnelian include using it as a focus for past life work and for finding a "twin soul" or family.
Carnelian is good for all love and sex rites, especially to rekindle or increase passion that has begun to fade. Fire magick is also more effective if you circle a red candle with several Carnelians.
The Carnelian comes in a variety of shades and hues, each one as beautiful as the other.
Astrological : Taurus
Carnelian aids in understanding the inner self and strengthens concentration. It helps one to overcome the ear of public speaking, increases the self worth, and is a fast acting stone to succeed in one's career.
Carnelian is said to assist in stimulating creativity. It seems to have a clearing effect, dispelling negative energies as it replaces them with positive ones. Carnelian can make it easier to find direction, and its grounding effects can make it easier for you to feel in control of your life. This makes Carnelian good stone for people who feel like they are going nowhere.
Carnelian balances creative and organization abilities, opens doors and creates a need to follow through on plans. Wear Carnelian stone to prevent other people from reading your thoughts or from dark forces attempting to influence your mind.
There are quite many ancient beliefs associated with carnelian, which centered around protection during travels after death and against evil.
Carnelian is sometimes called the "actor's stone", as it can assist one in drama and pursuits related to theatrical presentations. Carnelian is said to be a good stone for bringing people who are "too spiritual" into an enjoyment and appreciation of the physical world.
Carnelian applied physically, can promote balanced digestion. For lower abdominal pain, especially in woman and in pregnancy, this stone placed on the pubic bone each day for twenty minutes will reduce the pain.
Carnelian encourages the formation of new blood cells, and bleeding will respond favorably to treatment with this stone. Physically, carnelian has been used to encourage healing of open sores, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.
Carnelian is said that this stone will help cleanse and purify the blood, thus giving more physical energy.