~ Citrine ~
In some of my past articles I have mention the crystal Citrine, but not much information was given to the history and qualities that Citrine posses.
The name is derived from the color of the gemstone, lemon yellow. Citrine is named after the French word Citrin, meaning lemon. The color of citrine ranges from straw and sun yellow to clay orange and a deep wine colored Madeira red. Like all crystal quartz, citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs* scale which makes it insensitive to scratches. Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November, sharing the title with topaz. In fact, the citrine stone has been used to imitate topaz and was once called Brazilian Topaz. Citrine is also the gemstone that celebrates the 13th anniversary of marriage.
History and Folklore
Some will tell you that there is not much history to this crystal, and they’re right. This crystal is not very popular compared to the other crystals among the ancient cultures, but it was used during the Hellenistic Age (323-280 B.C.E) in Greece. Its popularity was mostly in jewelry in the first and second centuries in both Rome and Greece. This crystal seemed to have disappeared from the history books until the early 1900’s when it was used again as jewelry mainly in the United States and Germany.
Citrine at one time was used as a talisman against alcoholism, evil thoughts, overindulgences of all kinds, scandal, libel, and treachery. Some also carried it as protection against plagues, epidemics, and venomous snake and reptile bites. It has been said that Citrine is unable to hold any negative energy; therefore it does not require to be cleansed.
Finding citrine in its’ natural state is rare. Most of the world’s supply of Citrine comes from the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil in the Serra and Ira mines. Other major sources of Citrine come from France, Madagascar and Russia. Minor deposits have been located in North Carolina, Colorado and California. I know what you thinking though “Finding Citrine in its’ natural state is rare? But I see them at fairs and trade shows all the time.” Yes that is true, but most of the ones that you can find at trade shows and fairs could also be burnt Amethysts or smoky quartz. Around the middle of the 18th century it was discovered that heat treating Amethyst or smoky quartz between 470 and 560 degrees Celsius will give it a yellowish color. Only a trained specialist can see the signs if the gemstone was heat treated or not. Burnt stones have subtitle stripes while the yellow of natural ones are cloudy.
Yellow Citrine can help reduce flare-ups from ulcers and helps with digestion. This crystal is also good for tissue regeneration and detoxifying all the bodies. It will also work on the circulation, kidneys, heart, gallbladder, liver, and intestines. This crystal can also help you eliminate self-destructive tendencies and raise the self-esteem. This stone is related to the navel, or third chakra, which can be used to strengthen your self-esteem and protect your aura. It will transform emotional fears, even inherited ones, by giving clarity of thought.
The vibrations of this crystal will build up physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina, thus making it possible to deal with karmic events in a positive manor. This crystal will also help open channels to the intuitive levels of the mind. This crystal has also been associated with prosperity on all levels especially for those that are looking for business success. Its ability for prosperity has also given it the name of the “merchant stone” or “abundance stone”. It will increase a person's motivation and helps in using creative energy. This is an excellent crystal for those in education and business.
Some spiritualists credit Citrine with the power to open up channels into the soul and the inner self. It can help bring knowledge to the ego and the soul which can give you a more grounded presence in life. Mostly recommended for men and women who seem to have lost their own will in relationships, business and life. Further, the stone will communicate survival instincts from the soul to the ego.
Since Citrine is a member of the quartz family, it can be used in the same way that clear quartz is used. The only difference is that it adds Sun energy to the work thanks to its golden yellow color. When worn, Citrine’s vibrant shades help lift the spirits if one is dealing with a mild depression or is simply feeling down at the time. As mentioned above about its ability with prosperity, you can also use Citrine for scrying into matters that deal with money and other forms of prosperity.
So how does it all work, do I just carry it and wa-la it works? Not really and not on everything. You should pretty much meditate with it before you carry it around. It is also another form of programming the crystal before you carry it. This way you can program the crystal to attune to your needs.
* The Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. It was created in 1812 by the German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs and is one of several definitions of hardness in materials science.