The Novice’s Grimoire

The Novice’s Grimoire: Citrine

By Z. Smith


This week, Novices, we are tackling another quartz crystal, citrine. This crystal, ranging in color from a light yellow to a deep gold, has often been confused for its crystal-cousins, beryl, zirocon, gold topaz, Madeira and Spanish topaz. In fact, until the year 1546, the word “citrine” was used to refer interchangeably to all of the above stones; what exactly sparked this refining of names/definitions is unknown. The Grecians and the Romans are said to have revered citrine for its color and gleam, using it in elaborate jewelry creations.

Crystal – Citrine
Mineral Class: Oxide, quartz group
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Elements: Fire
Deity: Demeter
Powers: Anti-nightmare, protection, psychism

Citrine is said to be a naturally uplifting stone, bringing a smile to any who wear it, staving off the symptoms of depression. It can be used to stimulate one’s digestion by aiding the works of the stomach, spleen and pancreas. If one is afflicted with diabetes, a citrine stone may help alleviate or maintain the symptoms. Citrine is also said to act as a natural stamina booster, supporting the endocrine system and keeping one’s metabolism on track. To achieve any (or all) of the above effects, it is suggested that one carry a citrine stone nearest the affected area—wear as a necklace to tame depression, carry in a coat pocket for digestion, and/or keep in pocket or wear as earrings for stamina.

In the workings of magic, citrine is one of two stones that never need to be cleansed, the other being kyanite. It has been called the Merchant’s Stone, due to its ability to create, grow and maintain wealth. If worn at night, it may remove fear from the sleeper, prevent nightmares and provide a restful night’s sleep. Yet, when worn it can also promote psychic awareness, perhaps putting unknowing sleepers into contact with entities within their dreams. Citrine is renowned for bringing out an individual’s true personality, building self-confidence, and emboldening the user to seek variety in all things. It is the perfect stone for the blossoming and seasoned artists, because it reduces sensitivity to criticism (for better or worse) and allows creativity to truly thrive. Wear or carry the stone to experience its magical effects, and meditating with the stone couldn’t hurt—in fact, it may bring about the results more expeditiously.

Feeling low? Grab a citrine. Feeling uninspired? Grab a citrine. Got tummy problems? Grab a citrine. Not quite a panacea, but darn close. Until next week Novices, stay studious.

Smith is a cookie connoisseur, moonlight meanderer, and aesthete at large. His work has appeared in 13 Experiments, Folio, Stone Soup Review, SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly, and CATALYST Magazine. He earned his BA in English from The University of Utah and currently writes from a room with many plants.


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This article was originally published on September 7, 2016.