The Light Maker
Citrine is a stone as bright as its energy. Everything about this stone emanates positivity and joy. Even its name, which is derived from the French word for lemon, carries a sense of sun and joy attached to it. Found naturally in Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland and USA, this gemstone has been an ornamental gem for civilizations as early as 300 B.C., and a favorite with jewelry makers since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Even in first century A.D., citrine was being fashioned into cabochon rings and used in intaglio work. Later in the 17th century, Queen Victoria would become fascinated by the beauty of the stone, and as a result it would be used by Scottish men in kilt pins, shoulder broaches, and to adorn their swords and the handles of their daggers. The stone’s popularity resurged again during the Art Deco era, as early Hollywood stars boasted citrine jewelry like elaborate brooches, grand necklaces and other pieces where large faceted citrine was the center piece.
Pale yellow to a brownish hue, citrine is a transparent quartz composed of silicon dioxide. While its crystal system gives citrine its trigonal cellular shape, its yellow tint comes from iron. It is often found in large quantities, unlike many other gemstones, and subsequently cut down to other shapes and sizes. Citrine is found in igneous rocks, as the result of intense heat, and metamorphic rocks, such as granite. Much of the citrine on the market today is heat treated amethyst, which turns golden brown when heated at an excess of 1,000ºF. While not rare, citrine is much less abundant than amethyst. Only a highly trained gemologist can tell the difference. Though a popular stone among jewelers, it is still relatively cheap compared to other gemstones. It is also popular among collectors and jewelry enthusiasts because it is easy to maintain. So long as the it is kept out of heat, citrine can last forever. Derived from heat, it is easily affected by the sun. Leaving it in the sun can result in changes of color, so it imperative not to leave it out for too long.
Due to citrine’s natural autumn hues, it makes sense that it would be the birth stone of November. There are many believed citrine meanings. Known as The Merchant’s Stone or The Success Stone, the citrine properties of wealth and abundance are some of its most well known. If seeking abundance in financial or business ventures, this is the stone to aid in the manifestation. Because this stone works in synergy with other crystals, it can be beneficial to combine citrine with helidore, golden labradorite or imperial topaz if an increase in personal will is desired. All success in business or life is the result of hard work, but sometimes that hard work is difficult to muster up the fortitude for. Manifesting the personal will to persevere and see something through to success is helpful in bolstering the grit and effort that is being expended.
Other citrine properties are linked to the creative process. Whether natural or heated, citrine is said to activate the imagination via the second, third and sixth chakras. It enhances mental clarity and allows for the flow of ideas and visualizing. Especially when used in meditation, this citrine property is very effective in strengthening mental output and establishing goals. Stones to use in addition to citrine to amplify creativity are zincite, orange calcite and carnelian.
Citrine is associated with the root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. By connecting with the sacral chakra, the citrine healing properties are most effective in stimulating an increase in sexual and creative fertility. The conception of both ideas and life can be plentiful under citrine’s power to motivate. It also links to the root chakra to bring the physical energy up to the emotional, and raise all energy to a higher plane. As this chakra is an area where people often suffer energy blocks, citrine can be crucial to clear that block. The solar plexus is the central energy distributer, so citrine’s connection to this chakra will elevate energy levels and general circulation.
Citrine meaning can lead to a few different decorative choices. It can be placed in the bedroom, to bring light and abundance into the intimacy space. Citrine stone can also be implemented into the office or workspace for added prosperity and creativity. Or, it can bring a sense of security and golden Light Force into children’s bedrooms.
Meditation with citrine brings warmth, clarity and inspiration. A good mantra to use with citrine crystal meditation is: I am Light, I spread Light. This emanates vibrancy, and will assist in you in bringing energy flow to soul, mind and creativity. To use a citrine point in manifestation rituals, just write your intentions on a piece of paper and place them underneath the point. Combine with different stones to amplify the specific goal of the manifestation.