Black Tourmaline (Schorl) – (Root Chakra) – (Zodiac of Capricorn)
This crystal is one massively protective bodyguard! Even tiny bits will provide quite a strong shield against attack and negativity. This is one crystal I recommend for everyone’s Gemstone Toolkit. Even if you don’t currently feel like you are in crisis or need protection – it is best to have some nearby just in case you are struck with one of life’s surprises.
Science – Tourmaline itself can be found in every color of the spectrum! The black variety is called Schorl and is the most readily available of all the Tourmalines. Unlike the other Tourmalines, Black is not transparent – it is a strong, solid black. It can be available tumbled and smooth, or as long, striated crystals (as pictured above).
Historical Significance – Black Tourmaline was discovered in Germany in the 1400s and was named Schorl meaning “false ore”. Its protective qualities have made this a well-used stone in many Ancient magicians’ ritual work. Highly polished pieces were used for scrying and divination. It was used as a talisman by many to ward off curses and the “evil eye.”
Metaphysical Attributes – All forms of Tourmaline generate a protective shield around our energetic body. This protects against psychic attacks, curses, attachments, and discourages dark spirits. Place pieces in a grid around your home to protect the household from negative entities.
Tourmaline is cleansing and balancing for the entire energetic system. This includes the chakras, meridians, subtle bodies and aura. It also brings mind, body, emotions and Spirit into balance. This crystal lifts our sense of well-being and enables us to feel whole, centered and balanced. If you are a healer, use the tourmaline in wand form to balance, cleanse, remove blockages, and activate the energetic system of a client.
Black Tourmaline, specifically, dispels, repels and transmutes negativity of all forms. This includes stress and anxiety. It grounds out those energies into the Earth and increases personal vitality and optimism. Schorl also prevents us from picking up the negative energy of others. If you live with, or work with, a particularly toxic personality, wear this stone to avoid absorbing their negativity. Keep a nice big piece on your desk or in your living space to create a bubble of protection.
Physical Effects – Black Tourmaline is said to protect the wearer from the effects of radiation. It lowers stress, anxiety and high blood pressure.
Practice Mantras – Sit in seated meditation, holding the Black Tourmaline in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine any heaviness, darkness, or confusion draining out of you in the form of dark smog. It flows out into the Earth and leaves you shining and radiant. Repeat these words. “I am Safe. I am Grounded. I am clear of all Negativity.”
Alternately, hold a Black Tourmaline mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
- “The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals,” by Judy Hall.
- “Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Stones,” by Katrina Raphaell.
- “Gems of the World,” by Walter Schumann
- “Love is in the Earth: A Kaliedoscope of Crystals,” by Melody.
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