The amazing world of Tourmaline.
Most people consider tourmaline to be a single mineral. But in fact it is a group named for several different, but closely related minerals. Members of the Tourmaline Group are favourites among mineral collectors. Their rich and varied colours can captivate the eye. Even the black opaque tourmalines can shine nicely and produce sharp crystal forms. Tourmalines are cut as precious gems, carved into figurines, cut as cabochons, sliced into cross-sections and natural specimens are enthusiastically added to many crystal collections.
There are many unique properties of tourmalines.
Although the two most important properties which determine whether the stone that you have is tourmaline are as follows
First, they are piezoelectric which means that when a crystal is heated or compressed (or vibrated) a different electrical charge will form at opposite ends of the crystal (an electrical potential). Conversely if an electrical potential is applied to the crystal, it will vibrate.
Secondly they are pleochroic which means that the crystal will look darker in colour when viewed down the long axis of the crystal than when viewed from the side. This property goes beyond the idea that the crystal is just thicker in that direction. Even equally dimensioned crystals will demonstrate this trait.
The four most common and well known tourmalines are distinguished by their colour and transparencies.
Elbaite is the tourmaline that most people know and comes in many varied and beautiful colours. It is transparent to translucent and is highly prized as mineral specimens and as gemstones. Elbaite is easily the most colourful of all the gemstones.
The iron rich schorl is black and opaque. It is a common accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks and can form nice crystals. When found as inclusions in quartz, this stone is called "tourmalinated quartz".
Usually when someone refers to tourmaline they are referring to either elbaite or schorl.
The two other tourmalines; dravite and uvite are much less common than elbaite or schorl, but they are getting noticed for their beautiful specimens. Some of dravite's crystals are nicely formed, translucent brown and they can reach a rather large size. Uvite is a green translucent to opaque tourmaline that is growing in popularity and is being cut as a gemstone.
Elbaite is a sodium lithium aluminium borosilicate hydroxide mineral that belongs to the Tourmaline Group of minerals. The following crystals belong to this mineral, Indicolite, Paraiba, Pink, Purple, Rubellite, Verdelite and Watermelon Tourmaline.
Dravite is a rare brown complex sodium magnesium iron boro-aluminium silicate
Schorl is a black sodium iron aluminium boro-silicate hydroxide.
Uvite is a rare green calcium iron magnesium aluminium boro-silicate hydroxide.
Tourmaline releases tension, which makes it helpful in spinal adjustments. It balances yin and yang in the body. Tourmaline enhances energy flow, making it a stone for removing blockages.
Natural tourmaline wands are useful for healing, hold them over the chakras of the body to clear, the aura, remove blockages, disperse negative energy and they will point to specific problems that then can be addressed. They are excellent for opening the chakras and connecting them together. The wands rebalance the meridian.
Tourmaline helps you understand yourself and others. It promotes self-confidence and lessens fear. It banishes feelings of being a victim. Tourmaline attracts inspiration, compassion tolerance and prosperity.
Tourmaline is a powerful mental healer, it balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain and changing negative energy into positive. Tourmaline is helpful in treating paranoia, dyslexia, improves hand/eye coordination.
Tourmaline cleanses, purifies and transforms dense slow moving energy into lighter vibrational energy. It grounds spiritual energy into the physical plane, This stone clears and balance all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body.
Tourmaline is a shaman stone, that brings you protection during rituals. It can be used for scrying and was traditionally used to point the way ahead. 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, place a specimen near doors and window. If buried in the garden tourmaline will encourage the growth and health of all plants.
IMAGES OF TOURMALINE
Schorl is black tourmaline it is an iron rich aluminium borosilicate which often contains other impurities. Black tourmaline is frequently found as shards embedded in clear quartz.
Black tourmaline offers protection from the electromagnetic frequencies that emitted from cell phones, computers and other electronic devices. This stone is good to help draw out toxins and anything else that isn't good for your physical body. Just as it helps to clear away spiritual, mental and emotional angst, this stone helps you become conscious of what needs to be cleared in order to have a healthy body.
Black tourmaline helps to draw out dark, negative emotions holding you back from living a happy life. This stone is useful when you find yourself reacting uncontrollably. This stone helps you uncover deeper hidden reasons for negative actions or reactions toward others. With this stone in hand, find the source of the emotional problem so that you can heal the drama and the trauma. Black tourmaline helps you to disengage from obsessive or compulsive behaviours and release chronic worry and anxiety.
Black tourmaline is helpful when you are feeling scattered and constantly being pulled off centre. Use it to help you remain focused on the task at hand. Let it clear away repetitive, outdated thought patterns, so you can continue to achieve your goals and aspirations. This stone helps shield you from the effects of jealousy; yours and others. It also facilitates order in the face of general chaos.
Black tourmaline grounds your spiritual practice into everyday life. With this stone in hand, delve into the deeper aspects of your consciousness to uncover past lives. This stone also deflects negative energy. Keep it close by for protection while doing readings or any type of spiritual healing. This stone provides the important mindfulness, awareness and peripheral vision in spiritual practice.
Blue tourmaline is known as Indicolite and it belongs to the Elbaite variety of tourmaline.
Blue tourmaline allows your higher spiritual consciousness to direct physical healing as you also gain an understanding of the reason for the imbalance. It is especially good for migraines and headaches.
Blue tourmaline helps you to understand the reason for emotional trauma or imbalance. It is ideal for exploring past lives in order to resolve your current emotional issues. Blue tourmaline is associated with the throat chakra, and it will help you to process the psychic impressions that you receive during meditation and allow you to verbally share them with others.
Blue tourmaline aligns the mind with Divine energy. If you are prone to overactive thinking, this stone will calm the mind so that awareness of yourself and your surroundings can develop.
Blue tourmaline facilitates deep meditation and a Zen like state of illuminated emptiness. It helps you in releasing attachments to outcomes as well as to the past.
During meditation, blue tourmaline can assist you with communication with the higher beings on matters such as healing and spiritual development.
Dravite is a complex sodium magnesium iron boro-aluminium silicate that is also known as brown tourmaline.
Dravite is excellent for blood purification and for clearing and healing the lymphatic system. It helps shift the physical body through changing negative habits and patterns, such as overcoming addiction, stopping self abuse, toward a more vibrant state of health. Dravite assists in the absorption of nutrients from food and can be helpful in calming bowel disorders such as Crohn's disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Dravite helps you to find an emotional strength and sense of self acceptance, initiating deep healing for those who have experienced emotional trauma. Its grounding influence helps those who feel overwhelmed, anxious, and panic and begin to find a place of calm where you can approach life with renewed vigour, It helps you see what has been denied to you so that emotional healing can begin.
Dravite has a strong connection to the Earth and its energy field. It can be used for grounding or to help you make a stronger connection with the Earth. It allows you to see your spiritual path in concrete terms, so that you can plan out the steps involved in aligning your life with your spiritual purpose.
Dravite helps you come to terms with the unthinkable. It gently illuminates and cleanses aspects of yourself that have been denied, or past experiences that have seemed too hurtful to remember. Dravite helps those who feel unlovable or unforgivable find compassion for themselves and new ways to manifest their highest selves into their daily reality. It guides you to a gentle healing and acceptance of the total self.
Green tourmaline is known as Verdelite and this stone belongs to the Elbaite variety of tourmaline. Green tourmaline is an alkali rich aluminium borosilicate often containing sodium, lithium and potassium. The colours of this stone vary from pastel shades of green through to a vibrant emerald, to olive and nearly black.
Green tourmaline can help stimulate proper cellular function and reproduction. It helps in treating cancer and other cell growth imbalances.
Green tourmaline supports heart health through balancing electrical impulses in the muscles and valves. It is also beneficial for those challenged by the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. This stone is also good for business success and loyalty as well as a useful aid for attracting ethical, heart centred business associates. It is a valuable tool for ecologically focused and fair trade businesses. This is a good gardener's stone, and as such, is beneficial for herbalists and aromatherapists.
Green tourmaline helps you improve your demeanor and attract new friends or a romantic partner. This stone reminds you that to bring more romance into your life, you must learn how to enjoy your own company. Determine what makes you happy and use this stone to attract relationships that will provide loving companions or a mutually satisfying romantic relationship. Green tourmaline brings an invigorating energy of growth and expansion to the emotional body. It can help you to become less inhibited and more expressive. It is useful for countering a fear of change or balancing obsessive compulsive disorder in yourself or others.
Green tourmaline realigns your consciousness to recognise that receiving is not the same thing as taking. This stone reminds you to allow the good of the universe to flow through you. It helps people who are afraid to give, fearing that giving something away will leave them lacking. With this stone in hand, this belief in lack can be removed. Use this stone to strengthen your belief in the ever flowing abundance and infinite supply available to us all.
Green tourmaline is ideal for channeling Nature's healing power. It attunes you to the energies of the Earth as it opens the heart and stimulates your connection with Divine Love. Green tourmaline opens your heart to give and receive. Use this stone to activate compassion, mercy, Divine Love and tolerance. This stone reminds you that there is an abundance of help available to you from the spiritual realm and assists you in learning how to see the nature spirits and hear their guidance. A wand fashioned from this stone helps you to the fairy realm.
Pink tourmaline belongs to the Elbaite variety of tourmaline which is a borosilicate mineral containing sodium, lithium and potassium.
Pink tourmaline is a skin regenerator an rejuvenator. Use it with the intention to increase collagen and reduce wrinkles. This stone will improve heart and lung function. Pink tourmaline assists your recovery from angina, irregular heartbeat and heart attack.
It works as an amulet for pediatricians, caregivers, nurses, teachers, mental health therapists and anyone else who cares for others. It amplifies the vibration of giving and caring, returning it back to the giver many times over, thereby regenerating that person's energy to continue to do their good work.
Pink tourmaline's main task it to nurture the emotional body. This stone is useful when you need an injection of unconditional love, which starts with first loving yourself unconditionally. It comforts when you are emotionally vulnerable. Use pink tourmaline to discover what unconditional love means, how it feels, annd what you need to do, to activate it for yourself. It is one of the strongest stones for alleviating stress and the emotional imbalances that can stem from that state. It is a powerful friend for children, especially when hyperactivity or difficulty sleeping is an issue.
Pink tourmaline is a nurturing stone that helps you restructure your thoughtforms, or mental energy, into positive statements. It helps your raise your awareness enough to recognise the negative thoughts you carry around and then it assists in releasing them, Use pink tourmaline with the intention of receiving inspiration. This stone softens the thoughts you have about yourself and helps you treasure yourself with every thought your have. It is useful for balancing brain biochemistry to promote a balanced mental state.
The nurturing energy of pink tourmaline brings forward the vibration of the Divine Mother. Use it when you need to activate the ability to have mercy and compassion for yourself and others. Pink tourmaline activates your sacred heart, aligns your consciousness with the angels, and facilitates communication from the Ascended Masters.
Red tourmaline known as Rubellite is a stone belonging to the Elbaite variety of tourmaline.
Red tourmaline helps balance the brain by keeping your emotions from taking over. It soothes the nervous system and can help control hysteria, depression and obsessiveness.
Red tourmaline helps the emotions. It assists you in finding the emotional strength to move out of difficult relationships, power abuse situations and domestic violence situations and other types of emotional hardship. Red tourmaline is beneficial for sexuality and the emotions that lie behind the loss of libido.
The connection between the heart and base chakras helps you feel more loving toward your physical body and more capable of creating your own reality. If you feel physically, emotionally or psychologically threatened red tourmaline is ready to help you find the inner courage and strength to face and then change the situation.
Red tourmaline helps to link your heart to the world, so that you can receive love and support from others and from Spirit. It teaches you the power of Love to overcome fear, as it strengthens the heart chakra and your connection to the physical realm through its stimulation of the base chakra. This stones ability to balance and open the base and heart chakras encourages true abundance to enter your life; and understand that all that you need and want is provided by Spirit.
Watermelon tourmaline is a pink and green stone belonging to the Elbaite variety of tourmaline.
Watermelon tourmaline is the ideal stone for healing the heart and lungs. Use it to help you eat the correct foods, get enough exercise and release unhealthy habits. Use this stone to helps you stop smoking, it is also a good amulet to wear for weight loss. Keep watermelon tourmaline near you when you are working to amplify the potential for a good income.
Watermelon tourmaline is the heart chakra stone and the centre of the self. It is the site of love, compassion, kindness, tolerance and goodness. This stone is the bridge between the lower chakras and the upper chakras. Use watermelon tourmaline for self acceptance as well as for attracting romantic love.
Watermelon tourmaline increases your awareness of your thoughts and whether or not they are good, positive thoughts. As you become aware of these thought patterns, this stone will encourage your focus on want and letting go of the energy preventing you from achieving your goals. Watermelon tourmaline helps hyperactive children, those who thrive on drama in their lives as it encourages emotional balance.
With its pink and green energy, watermelon tourmaline is the ultimate heart chakra stone. It epitomises the Divine as cosmic forces accept you with unconditional love and embrace all aspects of your human nature. Use this stone to attract beneficial spirits and to reveal your true divine nature. This stone helps you bridge the spiritual energy of the upper chakras (crown, third eye and throat) with the lower chakras (solar plexus, sacral and base) through the centre of your chest (heart chakra) to bring heaven and earth together through you.
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tourmaline and the chakras
If the earth star chakra is out of balance you may feel disconnected to the earth and the people around you. You might be suffering from hallucinations, anxiety from unknown origins or feel no connection with the Divine.
If the base chakra is out of balance you may be belligerent and aggressive toward others. With this stone in hand, you are able to relieve the symptoms of ADHD or ADD. It will reduce the desire to be overly possessive, craving continual excitement or manipulative.
Use this stone to awaken your awareness of your past life talents and ease unwanted fears.
It will balance the circulatory, reproductive system and increase the function of your lower limbs and pelvis.
If the heart chakra is out of balance you may have sudden bursts of anger, jealousy or blaming others for any issues that arise in your life. You might need constant confirmation of your self worth, feeling unloved or lacks compassion for others.
With this stone in hand, you are able to connect the lower chakras with the higher chakras to achieve homeostasis. It will encourage compassion for yourself and others and enhance your innate healing abilities.
It will assist in encouraging the entire immune system to function at its peak. It maintains a healthy heart and circulatory system. This stone when placed on the heart chakra will help with tissue regeneration.
If the throat chakra is out of balance, you may be hyperactive, domineering or fanatical about your political or religious views. You might also resist change of any kind and slow to respond to tasks and reasonable demands on your time.
With this stone in hand, you will enhance your clairaudience abilities and manifest abundance. When used on the throat chakra this stone encourages and directs your creative abilities. It will help you speak and live your truth.
This stone will assist in improving and maintaining the health of your throat, esophagus, mouth, teeth and the respiratory system.
If the third eye chakra is out of balance you may be oversensitive to to others opinion of you and then you belittle the behaviour of others to make yourself feel better. You could be inpatient with others. You might also be envious of other people's success and unable to acknowledge your own.
With this stone, you will be able to open and enhance your intuitive perceptions, creative imagination and visualisation abilities.
This stone will assist in balancing the left and right hemispheres for the brain. It encourages the good health of your sinuses, eyes, ears and the face.
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