C itrine is a variety of quartz, the colour being in the range from yellow to golden brown to burnt amber. Natural citrine (yellow quartz) is not common and occurs only sparingly in many large quartz deposits. As such it is greatly prized by crystal therapists and healers. Most of the yellow and brownish-yellow quartz, which in the past was often sold under the misnomer ‘topaz’, is heat- treated amethyst. Most material comes from Minas Gerais, Brazil, but almost all of the Brazilian material is heat-treated amethyst. Citrine can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.

It is one of the two minerals on the planet which does not hold and accumulate negative energy, but dissipates and transmutes it, working-out problems on both the physical and subtle levels.

It brings abundance on all levels and has been called the ‘merchant’s stone’, because carrying or wearing a citrine has a positive beneficial effect on cash flows, easing the burdens associated with too little money.

This mineral is useful for balancing the yin-yang energy and for aligning the chakras with the ethereal plane.

Citrine is a lustrous gem of a stone, which holds the key to a balanced solar plexus chakra. A balanced solar plexus or power chakra, as it is sometimes known, is shown by the following characteristics: personal power; spontaneity; positive mental attitudes; joy; hope and freedom from emotional hang-ups and inhibitions; a keen thirst for knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding. So, if you choose to wear citrine, get ready for a life filled with wonder, delight, enthusiasm, expansion, originality, honesty, justice and self-confidence. People just feel great around citrine energy, of that there is no doubt; it banishes negativity and deep gloom. Yes, citrine certainly holds the answer to depression; it has a general ‘feel good’ factor.

Citrine will also help you think through your difficulties and encourages you to explore all avenues, leaving no stone unturned until you find the best solution. It stimulates mental wisdom and is very penetrating; it will aid your total concentration. Citrine loves new ideas and looking at the world with fresh ‘eyes’, but it hates hesitation, procrastination and ignorance and can be impatient. Citrine aids communication, so if you sometimes feel ‘tongue tied’, wear a citrine pendant and you will find you eloquently have no shortage of words. On a higher level, citrine will aid intuition and telepathy, bringing spiritual wisdom.

If your solar plexus chakra is blocked, under-active or distorted, you will be overly concerned with what others think, be fearful of being alone, insecure and need constant reassurance. If your solar plexus chakra is too open or spinning too fast, you will be angry, controlling, workaholic, judgemental and superior.

Citrine is one of the best stones of our time for relieving energy drain.

Citrine works first of all on the pancreas, then all the other organs associated with the solar plexus chakra: liver, gall bladder, spleen and middle stomach. We store anger in the liver and the solar plexus is where our emotional upsets will register first. Citrine knows how to remove this stored pain; it also knows how to rid the body of toxins and cellulite. It is the great eliminator. It relieves constipation. Constipation is holding onto the past.

Citrine tones and cleanses the system, the mind and the emotions. So if you want to let go and lose some mental, emotional or physical weight, join the enlightened crystal weight-watchers and wear a citrine. As a gem essence it is used for menopausal flushes, menstrual difficulties and hormone problems, stomach ulcers, fatigue, allergies and diabetes.

Vibrates to the number 6. Astrological Signs of Gemini, Aries, Libra and Leo.

Affirmation: I deserve all the love, respect, joy and prosperity that flows into my life. I am open to receiving all that is good

Keyword: Joy

Citrine for sale at the Crystal Shop of John Armitage