Black Tourmaline is one of the most popular crystals to work with for the Root Chakra and to combat negative energy, psychic attacks, depression, and anxiety (among so many other things). For anyone who ever picked up or felt bad vibes from people and places, or those who have found themselves needing protection against negative energy, Black Tourmaline is the crystal for you. In this brief article, we will be delving into this wonderful crystal that acts as something of a bodyguard and keeps your energy vibrating at the highest possible frequency while warding off bad vibes.
Ancient magicians depended on Black Tourmaline (also known as Schorl) to provide protection from demonic attacks as they cast their spells. Today, Black Tourmaline is still exalted as one of the best talismans for protection as it acts as a psychic shield and deflects and dispels negative entities, destructive forces, and other negative energies. Black Tourmaline also combats environmental pollution and radiation. It is highly useful in neutralizing and purifying your own internal conflicts and negative thoughts, morphing those thoughts into positive and usable energy.
Black Tourmaline is highly regarded as an incredibly powerful grounding stone and it is electrical in nature which provides a deep connection between the human spirit and Mother Earth. Black Tourmaline provides the user with supportive energy which truly aligns your centers of energy within your body and channels healing light throughout your system. Black Tourmaline provides you with a sense of self-confidence and power and it allows for a more clear and objective view of the world around you.
How Does Black Tourmaline Work?
Black Tourmaline can be worn as jewelry, kept in your car, placed near computers, and placed anywhere throughout your home or office, it can literally be placed everywhere due to the fact that it is a total energy cleanser and it is definitely a need for any crystal collection.
Black Tourmaline acts similar to a sponge and it soaks up all of the negative energy surrounding it. By absorbing that negative energy Black Tourmaline prevents and blocks unwanted energy from entering into your body, mind, spirit, home, office, car, or virtually anywhere else you opt to place it. Black Tourmaline is also noted to be a key component in terms of everyday cleansing rituals and it can assist in releasing unwanted energy that is presently stored in your energy field.
Black Tourmaline boasts healing properties that are highly stabilizing and grounding due to the crystal’s association to the lower Chakras of the body. When you ground your energy, you are given a deepened sense of energetic security and Black Tourmaline can assist you in feeling safe and secure as you move throughout your day.
History of Black Tourmaline
Throughout the 18th century, Dutch traders discovered a unique attribute of Black Tourmaline. They found that when you rub Black Tourmaline it quickly causes the crystal to become electrically charged (positive charge on one end and negative on the other). Upon making this discovery, traders would utilize a positively charged Black Tourmaline to assist in gathering the dust from their Meerschaum tobacco pipes.
Black Tourmaline has been used since at least the Medieval era, however, it would not be until at least the late 19th century, when a mineralogist by the name of George Kunz first sold Tourmaline to Tiffany & Co., that the crystal would significantly gain in popularity. Prior to making quite a name for itself in terms of popular culture, the power of Black Tourmaline was harnessed only by those who knew how to work with it. In fact, many African, Native American, and Aboriginal tribal shamans were known to have carried Black Tourmaline in order to protect themselves from danger.
How to Activate Black Tourmaline
It is quite common to question how one should go about activating Black Tourmaline, particularly by those who are new to work with crystals or new to working with Black Tourmaline. Black Tourmaline crystals must, of course, be cleansed and consecrated to you first and foremost prior to wearing. These crystals absorb a ton of energy, so you need to ensure that you cleanse this crystal properly and bind it to you in order to truly reap the benefits that it can offer.
First, you are going to need to cleanse your Black Tourmaline. One of the best ways to do this is to fill a bowl with dry brown rice and bury the Black Tourmaline beneath the grains (how long is up to you, trust your intention). Next, dispose of the rice immediately upon cleansing, the rice is believed to absorb the energy that you are trying to remove from the crystal. There are other ways you can opt to cleanse your crystal as well such as burying it in the dirt (don’t forget where!), pouring sea salt over it, smudging it with sage, or soaking it in water (or saltwater).
Regardless of how you choose to cleanse your crystal, you are going to want to make sure that as you cleanse it you are setting your intentions and calling it to work for you. There is no right or wrong way to consecrate your crystal, nor is there a right or wrong thing to say. Be honest with yourself, and speak from your heart. How you begin consecrating your crystal is going to shape and evolve over time, so if you are just getting started, you may opt to think about what you want to say and then jot it down in your Book of Shadows or another type of journal to keep on have and give you some good ideas for your next consecration.
When you are ready to consecrate your crystal, you are going to want to find a quiet, still place (such as your altar) where you will not be disturbed. Take your crystal in your hands and hold it up to your eye level, while you are gazing at it, you are going to speak over it whatever you wish to say. Perhaps something along the lines of: “I dedicate this crystal to the Gods and Goddesses who watch out for me. May it serve and only serve my greatest and highest good as well as the greatest and highest good of all.” If you are seeking this crystal to protect you against something, in particular, call on it to do just that.
Once your crystal is cleansed and consecrated you are going to want to charge and attune it, in order to be able to obtain its unique healing and protection properties. You can charge Black Tourmaline with your own energy by simply holding it in your hand while closing your eyes and visualizing your intentions in using it. Feel the stone absorbing your energy, and sit with this energy. This type of connection binds you with the crystal and connects both of your energies together. You can also charge your Black Tourmaline with the power of the full moon, by simply placing it somewhere that it will not be disturbed, but the moon can cast its light upon it. Remember, the power of the full moon can be utilized for three days before and three days after the actual date of the full moon.
As soon as your energy is absorbed into your Black Tourmaline, you can then select how you are going to want to utilize the crystal. Some great options that you may want to consider are:
•Wearing it on a Daily Basis: Wearing Black Tourmaline on a daily basis can significantly create a grounding effect, while also promoting a sense of peace and tranquility during particularly trying and difficult times.
•As a Healing Stone: Black Tourmaline can be conveniently placed directly on painful areas of your body in order to speed up the healing process.
•In Your Personal Spaces: Black Tourmaline can be placed virtually anywhere you may find yourself on a consistent basis. Place it in your home or in your car, basically anywhere that you may find yourself consumed with the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.
•Providing EMF Protection: Black Tourmaline is notorious for providing protection against EMF exposure. This makes it a wonderful crystal to place in your work spaces (such as your desktop next to your computer) in order to minimize EMF exposure.
•On Your Desktop: A large amount of where you think and find yourself stressed out tends to occur right at your desktop, and Black Tourmaline is the perfect crystal to provide you with a sense of balance and provides you with a sense of calm, while you are clearing your mind as well.
Black Tourmaline is one of the most important crystals that you can have in your collection. It is incredibly easy to work with and it is also insanely powerful. Black Tourmaline boasts a number of incredible benefits to offer anyone who chooses to incorporate it into their lives and you can be sure to be able to reap the benefits in terms of finding protection, peace of mind, and a more positive sense of balance in your life.