Tourmaline crystallizes in the form of vertically striated prismatic crystals, sometimes slender and sometimes needle-like. The colour ranges from deep pink to red to red-violet (rubellite), blue (indicolite), yellow (also known as “Peridot of Ceylon” and as Tsilasite), brown (dravide), green, pink (elbaite), orange, black (aphrizite and schorl), colour-less (achroite), bi-coloured, tri-coloured, and colourless.
The energy of Tourmaline relates to each of the chakras. It acts to clear, to maintain, and to stimulate each of the energy centres of the body.
It can be used to attract inspiration, to diminish fear by promoting understanding, and to encourage self-confidence. It provides for the balance of the male/female energies within the body; it further provides for balancing of the mind, of the energy centres, and of the auric body, inducing the alignment of the mental processes and the chakras with the ethereal structure.
“Love is in the Earth” – Melody Pages 653-660
Colour – Black, brown, green, pink, red, yellow, blue, watermelon, blue green.
Appearance – Shiny, opaque, or transparent, long striated or hexagonal structure. All sizes.
Rarity – Easily obtained from specialist stores.
Source – Sri Lanka, Brazil, Africa, United States, Western Australia, Afghanistan, ItalyATTRIBUTES
Tourmaline is a shamanic stone that brings protection during rituals. It can be used for scrying* and was traditionally used to point to the culprit or cause in times of trouble, and indicate a “good” direction in which to move.
Natural Tourmaline wands are useful healing tools. They clear the aura, remove blockages, disperse negative energy, and point to solutions for specific problems. They are excellent for balancing and connecting the chakras.
Tourmaline has a strong affinity with the devic* energies and is extremely beneficial for the garden and plants. It can act as a natural insecticide, keeping pests at bay, and, buried in the soil, encourages the growth and health of all crops.
Tourmaline is a powerful mental healer, balancing the right-left hemispheres of the brain and transmuting negative thought patterns into positive ones. Emotionally, red, yellow and brown Tourmalines are beneficial for sexuality and the emotional dysfunction that can lie behind the loss of libido. Physically, Tourmaline releases tension, which makes it helpful in spinal adjustments.HEALING
The striations along the side of Tourmaline enhance energy flow, making it an excellent stone for healing, energy enhancement, and removal of blockages. Each of the different colours of Tourmaline has its own specific healing ability.POSITION
Place or wear as appropriate. To stimulate meridians*, place with the tip pointing in the same direction as the flow. Excellent for gem essences which work quickly and efficiently.SPECIFIC COLOURS AND FORMS
In addition to the generic properties, coloured tourmalines have specific additional properties:
Black Tourmaline (Schorl) protects against cell phones, electromagnetic smog*, radiation, psychic attack*, spells and ill-wishing, and negative energies of all kinds. Connecting with the base chakra*, it grounds energy and increases physical vitality, dispersing tension and stress. Clearing negative thoughts, Schorl promotes a laid-back attitude and objective neutrality with clear, rational thought processes. It encourages a positive attitude, no matter what the circumstances, and stimulates altruism and practical creativity. Schorl defends against debilitating diseases, strengthens the immune system, treats dyslexia and arthritis, provides pain relief, and realigns the spinal column. Wear around your neck or place between yourself and the source of electromagnetics.
Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite) activates the throat and third eye chakra* and stimulates the urge for spiritual freedom and clarity of self-expression. This colour aids psychic awareness, promotes visions, and opens the way for service to others, encouraging infidelity, ethics, tolerance, and a love of truth. It carries the ray of peace and blocked feelings, bringing them up gently to the surface to be healed and dissipated, and assists in developing an inner sense of responsibility. This stone promotes living in harmony with the environment. It is an excellent stone for healers as it prevents negativity from sticking.
Blue Tourmaline benefits the pulmonary and immune systems and the brain, corrects fluid imbalances, treats kidney and bladder, thymus and thyroid, and chronic sore throat. It is helpful for insomnia, night sweats, sinusitis, and bacterial infections. Blue Tourmaline can be placed anywhere there is dis-ease or congestion. It helps to overcome speech impediments.
Brown Tourmaline (Dravide) is an excellent grounding stone, clearing and opening the earth chakra and the grounding cord* holding the physical body in incarnation. It clears the aura, aligns the etheric body and protects it. Encouraging community spirit and social commitment, Brown Tourmaline makes one feel comfortable in a large group. This stone heals dysfunctional family relationships and strengthens empathy. Brown Tourmaline is pragmatic and promotes creativity. In healing Brown Tourmaline treats intestinal disorders and skin diseases, and stimulates regeneration in the whole body.
Colourless Tourmaline (Achorite) synthesizes all other colours and opens the crown chakra*. In healing, it aligns the meridians* of the physical* and etheric bodies*.
Green Tourmaline (Verdelite) is an excellent healer and is helpful for visualization. It opens the heart chakra, promotes compassion, tenderness, patience, and a sense of belonging. This nurturing stone brings balance and joie de vivre. Transforming negative to positive energy and dispelling fears, Green Tourmaline promotes openness and patience. It rejuvenates and inspires creativity. Green Tourmaline overcomes problems with father figures. It facilitates the study of herbalism and enhances the application of remedies, and has the power to heal plants. Green Tourmaline treats eyes, heart, thymus, brain and immune system; facilitates weight loss; and relieves CFS and exhaustion. It assists in realigning the spine and aids strained muscles. Green Tourmaline is a great detoxifier and heals constipation and diarrhoea.
It can reduce claustrophobia and panic attacks. Green Tourmaline is beneficial for hyperactive children.
Multi-coloured Gem Tourmaline (Elbaite) contains all colours and, as a result, it brings the mind, body, spirit, and soul into wholeness. It is an excellent stone for imagry and promoting dreams, inspiring creativity and enhanced imagination. This stone provides a gateway into the inner self and the higher spiritual realms. In healing multi-coloured tourmaline stimulates the immune system and the metabolism.
Pink Tourmaline is an aphrodisiac that attracts love in the material and spiritual world. Providing assurance that it is safe to love, it inspires trust in love, and confirms that it is necessary to love yourself before you can hope to be loved by others. This stone assists in sharing physical pleasure. It disperses emotional pain and old destructive feelings through the heart chakra, which it cleanses, and synthesizes love with spirituality. Promoting peace and relaxation, pink Tourmaline connects you to wisdom and compassion and stimulates receptivity to healing energies. In healing, pink tourmaline balances a dysfunctional endocrine system and treats heart, lungs, and skin. Place it on the heart.
Purple-Violet Tourmaline stimulates healing of the heart and produces loving consciousness. It connects the base and the heart chakras*, increasing devotion and loving aspiration. This stone stimulates creativity and intuition. It unblocks the third eye* chakra, stimulates the pineal gland, and strips away illusions. This is a useful stone for past life healing, taking you to the heart of the problem and then dispersing it. In healing, Purple Tourmaline reduces depression and releases obsessional thoughts. It treats sensitivity to pollutants, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and CFS*.
Red Tourmaline (Rubellite) strengthens the ability to understand love, promotes tactfulness and flexibility, sociability and extroversion, balancing too mush aggression or over passivity. It heals and energizes the sacral chakra, and increases creativity on all levels. This colour offers stamina and endurance. In healing, Red Tourmaline gives vitality to the physical body and detoxifies. It heals the heart; it treats the digestive system, blood vessels, and the reproductive system; it stimulates blood circulation and spleen and liver function; and it repairs veins. It is useful for muscle spasms and chills.
Watermelon Tourmaline (pink enfolded in green) is the “super-activator” of the heart chakra, linking it to the higher self and fostering love, tenderness, and friendship. This stone instils patience and teaches tact and diplomacy. Alleviating depression and fear, it promotes inner security. Watermelon Tourmaline assists understanding of situations and expressing intentions clearly. It treats emotional dysfunction and releases old pain. Watermelon Tourmaline is beneficial for relationships and helps to find the joy in situations. In healing, it dissolves any resistance to becoming whole once more. It encourages regeneration of the nerves, especially in paralysis or multiple-sclerosis, and treats stress.
Yellow Tourmaline stimulates the solar plexus and enhances personal power. It opens up the spiritual pathway and benefits intellectual pursuits and business affairs. In healing, Yellow Tourmaline treats the stomach, liver spleen, kidneys and gallbladder.
"The Crystal Bible" volume 1 - Judy Hall Pages 296-304
Extract from Melody 2004, Love is the Earth, A Kaleidoscope of Crystals, ISBN O-9628190-3-4
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