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Black Tourmaline Meaning: Healing Properties & Everyday Uses

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What is Black Tourmaline?

Black Tourmaline is part of the Tourmaline family. It is also known as Schorl and is a style of silicate crystal. It is commonly found in trigonal crystal systems and is made up of Sodium Iron Aluminum Borate Silicate. The stone is black. Black Tourmaline means grounding and protection.

 

Begone, Negative Energy!

 

While Black Tourmaline may seem stripped of any color, it’s a hugely powerful stone for those who want to wear a constant cloak of protection. Potent, inky black, and with strong grounding forces, this jet colored stone is known for being a swallower of negative energies. It effectively helps the wearer be absolved of dark feelings, turning these anxious vibrations into a positive spin that nurtures the soul.

Black Tourmaline is deeply connected to the base chakras, those earthly roots that help you to feel safe and secure in your place upon this earth. When your root chakras are beautifully balanced and in check, this grants you that deep-seated self-confidence to embrace who you are, speak your truth, and set upon your own path to spiritual healing. And Black Tourmaline can pave the way.

Hailing from the far-flung corners of the glove, Black Tourmaline can be found in the lush jungles of Brazil’s Amazon, the soaring mountains that split Pakistan and even beside the salt whipped waves of Maine. The first piece of Black Tourmaline was found back in the year 1400, deep in the rugged heart of Saxony, Germany where the dreamy piece of darkness was picked up close to an old tin mine.  Since those days, Black Tourmaline has traveled a long way in our consciousness, and these unique properties make up the protective stone known for keeping bad energy away.

As dark as night, Black Tourmaline looks like someone took a sledgehammer to a volcano. Cool to the touch, but with ridges and furrows, it’s not a stone that needs a smooth appearance to make its point. Black Tourmaline is of the earth and every piece is perfectly unique. Yet, all hold the inky shade of black, sometimes when held in the light, the darkness seems to capture wispy grey veins or appear almost blue and deeply iridescent. Common formations of Tourmaline are Dravite and Schorl.  Dravite tends to be a browner shade, earthly and rich whereas Schorl is as the inky midnight shade of onyx. Let’s delve a little deeper into the world of Black Tourmaline…

If you want to learn about all gemstones and how they work, check out our complete healing crystal guide!

Black Tourmaline Meaning: The Benefits  

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There are many shades of Tourmaline, but none that hold the protective powers associated with Black Tourmaline. Formed where steamy waters and minerals move through pockets of the earth, this stone is deeply enriched with iron and manganese, both of which help grant Black Tourmaline the charging and magnetic properties that make it such a vital tool in your grounding box.

Feeling grounded is one of the most fundamental ingredients for those of us on a personal journey. Without the joy of being gorgeously grounded, we may find ourselves feeling lost, adrift, unmotivated and unconnected to any deeper sense of self. It’s also important to feel protected, and this again is where Black Tourmaline comes in.

 

Physical Healing Properties

Perhaps the most famed benefit of the Black Tourmaline stone has to be its mighty protective properties. This is a stone so well versed at keeping you in the clear from toxic energies, that you can step out without a worry. Whether dealing with a dose of negativity from another person, or blocking EMF’s and worrying environmental factors, wearing Black Tourmaline is akin to always carrying a shield which cannot help but add a swagger of positive energy every time you step out.

Black Tourmaline has plenty of physical benefits for those whose bodies could use an extra dose of toughness. Helping circulation, reducing the negative imprint of lung problems, boosting metabolism, and effectively cutting down on muscle aches and pains are just a few things that Black Tourmaline can do. As a wonderful supporter of all organ systems and the immune system, you can expect Black Tourmaline to pick up the pace when it comes to swift and smooth healing.

If you find yourself a sensitive soul when it comes to electromagnetic forces, then Black Tourmaline can be the stone you need. Laptops, phones, TV – these all give off a smog that can cause chaos in those who are prone to EMF sensitivity. Fortunately, Black Tourmaline can stop EMF in its tracks, forming a protective barrier and soaking up the smog.

 

Emotional Healing Properties

Potent, inky black, and with strong grounding forces, this jet colored stone is known for being a swallower of negative energies. It effectively helps the wearer be absolved of dark feelings, turning these anxious vibrations into a positive spin that nurtures the soul.

We already mentioned how great of a grounding force Black Tourmaline can be. Keeping you tethered at all times is an amazing way to keep your root chakra ready and clear, meaning that you can bask in the brilliance of self-confidence, feel connected to those around you, and make decisions based on need, not fear.

Another incredible benefit of Black Tourmaline is its ability to swap out detrimental patterns for positive ones. If you have old habits that aren’t serving you well, then Black Tourmaline will use its incredible frequencies to take all that energy and transform it into something pure and positive, helping you to consistently be on your best game and to achieve all that you can.

If you tend to lose your head or feel like the world is falling in on you, Black Tourmaline can truly transform your potential for staying calm and collected. By cutting through anxious thoughts, protecting you from the negative energies of others, and helping you stay connected, you can say farewell to debilitating levels of stress and anxiety. When you welcome positive energy, you also pave the way for good luck to flow towards you. 

 

Metaphysical Properties

Black Tourmaline is deeply connected to the base chakras, those earthly roots that help you to feel safe and secure in your place upon this earth. When your root chakras are beautifully balanced and in check, this grants you that deep-seated self-confidence to embrace who you are, speak your truth, and set upon your own path to spiritual healing. And Black Tourmaline can pave the way.

Providing a cloak of protection, this stone doesn’t leave you naked and exposed to energy vampires and psychic attacks. Boundaries are beautiful, and when we have some form of protection in place, we can move through the world without feeling consumed by the need to ‘watch our back’. It opens us up to be trusting, loving, and ready to learn as we have faith that we are tethered and protected no matter what.

 

Black Tourmaline As a Zodiac Birthstone

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Black Tourmaline is associated with the birthstone that represents the dark nights closing in. As an October birthstone, Black Tourmaline is a match for Libras and Scorpios but is also incredibly well suited to Capricorns. Librans are charming and balanced, but they do tend to flee from facing conflict. Black Tourmaline helps Librans to stay strong and feeling protected inviting them a secure space in which to share their thoughts and ideas when needed. Black Tourmaline is a stress dissolver for the Libra star sign. For Scorpios, Black Tourmaline can also help them with their indecisive and conflict avoidance traits too. 

Capricorns are known for their ambitious and disciplined nature, but too much time tethered to the computer and all that technology can be detrimental on both mental and physical health. Black Tourmaline can swoop in to soak up those EMF’s.

Capricorns may pride themselves in being complete and unflinching realists, but sometimes this can be read as being a little too pessimistic. Whenever a new idea to put on the table, a Capricorn won’t hesitate to count the flaws in the plan before they even show a hint of excitement. Another amazing trait of Black Tourmaline is its ability to bring a much-needed dose of positivity and to push that negative vibes a little further to the background. This doesn’t mean that the dark-colored stone invites you to be a fake but actually entices you to pay attention a little bit more to the positive side.

As Capricorns can also steer a little more to the sensitive side, Black Tourmaline may help you to grow a little bit of a thicker skin. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being sensitive but if you find it is getting in the way of your self-confidence, esteem levels, and ability to ease up in social settings, then this obsidian like gemstone can help you shrug off those jokes like water on a ducks back. 

 

Using Black Tourmaline for Crystal Healing

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To make the most of its protective nature, Black Tourmaline should strike up a close-knit bond with all that want to soak up the truly potent benefits of her strength. Here are our tips on how to use Black Tourmaline and gemstone jewelry to your best advantage…

 

Jewelry

For those who feel vulnerable to the world or who have high empath issues, Black Tourmaline is best worn on the body in the form of jewelry. By wearing Black Tourmaline it is akin to putting a cloak on or carrying a shield as it will always be there, forming a guard against unwanted energies and emotional attacks. Having Black Tourmaline jewelry is one of the most effective ways to drape this cape around your shoulders as using gemstones for direct skin contact ensures that your body is able to effectively soak up and transmute those healing vibrations.

For those stones that marry well with Black Tourmaline, you can look to Amethyst to balance out protection and instill an even deeper sense of calm. Hematite is another fiercely protective stone which is sure to make your arsenal against electromagnetic radiation even stronger. Clear Quartz can balance out the midnight hues to become the moon. You can also look towards other members of the tourmaline family to match your Black Tourmaline. Pink Tourmaline is as pretty as a picture, and like many of the rose-hued stones, it encourages gentle love, joy and endless compassion. One of the most beautiful styles of Pink Tourmaline is known as Watermelon Tourmaline thanks to its pink center edged with green. Green Tourmaline also brings masculine energy to the more feminine style of the rosy stone. This stone is sublime to the eye and stands out in its sheer splendor when place next to the midnight shades of black crystals. Agate, Kyanite, Fluorite, and Rose Quartz also make excellent intuitive partners to the Black Tourmaline crystal.

If you want to cleanse your aura, clear out worries, and fall into the wonderful bliss of a good night’s sleep, then take a piece of Black Tourmaline and place it beneath your pillow. Having it close will help its nature to soothe aches and pains that plague your sleep, meaning you will wake up refreshed and ready to face another day.

 

Home and Office 

If you want to place an EMF protective forcefield around your home, then take four small pieces of Black Tourmaline and create a grid by placing one in each of the four corners. This protective grid will ensure that your home remains a sanctuary, protected against any detrimental energies that try to enter your space. 

 

How to Cleanse Black Tourmaline

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Because Black Tourmaline works like a sponge, soaking up all those negative energies whizzing around, it’s important to keep your stone emotionally cleansed on a regular basis.

Black Tourmaline has an appetite and while it will easily digest toxic vibes, you do want to keep it purified to stop its potent powers getting blocked. You can opt to smudge the stone to clear away the bad juju.

Another way of ensuring your Black Tourmaline piece is clear is by soaking it. Simply place it in a bowl of bright and clear spring water and let it soak for 24 hours to ensure that every ripple of doubt has flowed away.

 

Final Thoughts on Black Tourmaline 

For those who want to call on the natural powers of protection, Black Tourmaline is your ideal secret weapon. It’s impeccable powers and its ability to transmute negative energies into something positive make it a must for your toolbox of crystals that beautifully serve and protect.

If you struggle to feel safe in your root chakra, find yourself feeling lost and vulnerable in this world, and often feel like your own emotions are spinning out of control, then Black Tourmaline can be the friend you need to bring yourself back to grounding.

What are your thoughts on Black Tourmaline? Does its inky nature call to you or are you more drawn to the brighter gemstones? Share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

 

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