Carnelian is a translucent or clear chalcedony or agate, red or orange to dark brown. It has also been found in salmon, sienna, and rust shades. The word itself is derived from the Latin word for flesh. It is found most in India and South America.
This stone holds power over the reproductive organs, the liver, and blood. The kidneys, lungs, gallbladder and pancreas find Carnelian useful as well. It will also assist with lower back problems, and strengthen the voice. Unhealthy skin also benefits.
Carnelian will help those seeking success in any matter and also stimulates curiosity and creativity. It is said to keep evil at bay, and it is still worn in Persia and Arabia for luck. The vitality of the physical, emotional, or mental self is influenced by this gem, enhancing one's attunement with the inner self. Carnelian calms anger and focusing thought. It might also be used to give direction. Perhaps it could be used as a pendulum when seeking a new job. It is thought the color may help increase one's appetite.
In ancient Egypt, this jewel was worn by master architects who considered it the stone of form and design. It has often been found in Egyptian tombs. Warriors would wear it around their necks for courage and physical power over their enemies, while alchemists used this stone as a "boiling stone" to activate the powers of other agates. The prophet Mohammed is said to have had one a ring made from this gem to ward off the Evil Eye and envy. Napoleon carried a ring found in the sands of Egypt for courage.
Signs which would benefit from this stone are Aries, Leo, Virgo, and Capricorn. Timid people would also benefit. The power of this stone effects the navel, solar plexus, heart, and heart chakras.