Find your Courage

This month’s stone is carnelian, and the color is red. 

Red is a power color, and studies have shown that women who wear red command more attention and power. Heathers had it right when Heather Chandler said, “I’m always red.” We should always be red, too

Carnelian is a stone of creativity, fire, and of confidence and power. Usually, we talk about how we can use a stone in our practice, or how it connects us to the divine feminine. This month is going to be a little different. I’m going to tell you how I used carnelian and what it did for me. Maybe it’ll do it for you, too. 

In last week’s blog, I talked about how I did something scary to change my life. How I left a dangerous situation.  

I was afraid when I left my husband. Afraid he was going to kill me. But leaving was just as scary because without health insurance, I had limited access to medications that I needed to live. 

I’m mostly a very outgoing, outspoken, and confident person. I don’t hesitate to lock horns with anyone I feel I need to. I’ve been toe to toe with some scary motherfuckers. But leaving my ex-husband? I was terrified. So, the morning I drove away from my whole life, the first thing I did when I got up was put on my carnelian necklace. I had purchased it several months before and as my timeframe moved up, I’d started wearing it more and more. 

As soon as I put it on, it got warm. So hot, actually, it almost burned me. As a woman over forty, it could’ve been a hot flash, but I think it was the power of this stone. I’ve noticed that when I need more fortitude, it gets hot. Not just warm, but hot. (If you have a carnelian necklace or jewelry, I’d love to know if this happens to you, too.) It was definitely a talisman. And I held it in my hand like a worry stone every so often as I crammed what I could carry into my car and drove off into the unknown. 

If you have something scary to do, let red carnelian help you find your courage. 

Have you figured out your thing? What it is that you need to do? Have you thought about the steps you need to take to be brave and do it?

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Amy Ketteran