Self-Esteem and
Personal Power

Citrine, a golden-hued stone, relates to the third chakra, which deals with self-esteem, the appropriate use of personal power, and abundance.

We've organized those above categories in deliberate sequence. Self-esteem, which includes trusting oneself, makes it possible for one to exercise one's personal power in a responsible way. The ability to make and act on decisions which are best for one will lead to abundance (which includes, but is not limited to, money).

An unbalanced third chakra can show up as greed, manipulation, and other abuses of will. This chakra can be balanced by guidance from the seventh (crown) chakra, which governs our sense of interconnectedness with All That Is. As gold (relating to the sun, which shines without bias on all things) is one of the seventh chakra colors, citrine can be used to assist in this balance.

Virgo and Citrine

One of the guidelines we've used in assigning crystals as birthstones is affordability. Sapphire, for example, is Virgo's traditional birthstone, but unlike emerald (Taurus' birthstone), this crystal isn't generally available in rough, nongem form. So we meditated on this situation, and came up with citrine.

Virgo is one of the more self-effacing signs of the zodiac; often its members could use more self-assertion and esteem.

In addition, Virgo rules the intestines, and it is believed that Virgos are highly prone to digestive disorders. This may mean on an emotional/spiritual level that they have trouble digesting and assimilating the events orf their life and in dissolving old beliefs. Citrine can be very helpful in this processing.

See our article on Centaury, a Bach Flower Remedy related to Virgo.

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