Citrine is a silicon dioxide mineral, a member of the Quartz group with a hardness of 7. Its crystal system is trigonal and its yellow pigmentation is derived from iron. It varies in shade from very pale yellow to deep amber, nearly orange, with some specimens exhibiting brownish tinges. The name Citrine comes from the French word citron, meaning lemon. Citrine opens the inner doors to increased clarity of thought, enhanced creativity and magnified powers of will and manifestation.

It is one of the premier stones for the second chakra and is capable of awakening the powers of creative imagination in even the most unconscious individuals! Imagination, as Einstein said, is more important than knowledge. Knowledge refers to facts, conditions or principles already known and is thus rooted in the past. Through knowledge alone there can be repetition only, no creativity. The creative powers of human beings, and all beings, are rooted in imagination. Before someone could create the laser beam, the sonnet or the souffle, it had to be imagined. Imagination is the means by which one turns toward the time stream from the future, opening the self beyond what has been, into the realm of what can be. Citrine, in both natural and heated forms, stimulates imagination through three portals— the second, third and sixth chakras. The vibratory resonance of Citrine activates and harmonizes these three energy centers, all of which are necessary to the process of creative imagination. Through the sixth chakra— the third eye— Citrine activates the thinking process and enhances mental clarity, as well as the visionary function through which inner images appear. After all, imagination is in essence the process of image-making. Until one has the image, one cannot build the invention. Through the second chakra, Citrine stimulates the creative function, the wellspring from which new potentials are born. It is fitting that this chakra is also the sexual energy center, the source of both types of ‘conceptions,’ imaginal and biological. Through the third chakra, the solar plexus, Citrine generates the human dynamo of personal will. It is said that great accomplishments are one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. The energy that sustains one through the grunt work of manifesting one’s creative ideas is that of the will. Without this third component ideas can fizzle out before they come to fruition. Citrine strengthens the third chakra, and through that, one can more readily dig down and find the persistence to ‘make it happen. Common Citrine can help bring a vibrant, light energy into the auric field. It helps dispel heaviness of emotion or mind and enables one to perceive things in a more positive light. It can assist in releasing negative thought patterns and encouraging optimism.

Citrine marries the energy of the mind with that of the will. It helps one perceive issues of power use, boundaries and manifestation. It stimulates the mind and can assist in learning.
This stone helps to lighten dark thoughts and brings optimism, playfulness and happiness into one’s energy systems. It gives one a ‘second wind’ to face difficult situations.

Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.

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