Crystals: Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline Tumbled Stones

The color black is used generally for protection, to remove negative energy, and for grounding.  Black stones help integrate healing that has taken place so that we can feel the practical benefits of the process, as well as strengthening and stabilizing fundamental energies, especially the root chakra.  Black Tourmaline vibrates to numbers 3 and 4, and Doreen Virtue says that Archangels Michael and Gabriel are associated with Black Tourmaline.  According to Wikipedia,  “the tourmaline mineral group is chemically one of the most complicated groups of silicate minerals“.  The general chemical formula may be written as:


where: X = Ca , Na , K , vacancy; Y = Li, Mg, Fe2+, Mn2+, Zn, Al, Cr3+, V3+, Fe3+, Ti4+, vacancy; Z = Mg, Al, Fe3+, Cr3+, V3+; T = Si, Al, B; B = B, vacancy; V = OH, O; and W = OH, F, O

The lattice structure of tourmaline is trigonal, and tourmaline often contains many different colors.  The most popular is Watermelon Tourmaline.  Black tourmaline is known as schorl.  Tourmaline is used to make switching devices in many instruments because when it is heated, tourmaline produces both a positive and a negative charge.

Trigonal lattices work to focus and anchor energy, and invigorates and protects the Human Energy Field (Aura).

If you feel scattered or confused, you may carry a tourmaline stone or wear a piece of tourmaline jewelry to help ground and bring your awareness back to the present moment.  This stone is very useful to use to alleviate negative energy.  Negative energy can come from a situation, perception, or person that may disrupt the subtle energy levels, whether it is intended or not.  Black tourmaline deflects negativity back into the earth, rather than absorbing the energy into itself.  One source even suggests that black tourmaline may be worn as a pair of earrings to help dissipate tinnitus and the effects of jet lag.  Tourmaline may be useful it its ability to help bones realign themselves.  Tourmaline promotes relaxation for the bones and muscles, which in turn helps the body to realign itself.  It may also be helpful in protecting you from the frequencies generated by using cell phones.

When using black tourmaline in energy healing, one way to use the crystals is to set up what is referred to as an “energy net”.  This requires using 8 black tourmalines that have a point, and positioning them so that 4 are in a cross shape and the remaining 4 are set at 20 degree angles so that they are all pointed toward and intersect at approximately the 2nd chakra.


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