Black Tourmaline is a powerful stone, with a long history among many cultures of providing protection during ritual work. It can be used for scrying, and was traditionally used to point out a cause of trouble or an offender, and to indicate a good direction in which to move. This article explores not only Black Tourmaline and it's use as a psychic shield, an electric stone, a luck talisman and more; but the second half of the article explores how it works in combination with quartz.
Black Tourmaline is best known as a grounding and protection stone.
It has the following associations: Element: Earth, Chakra: Root, Deity: Manat, the Arabian Goddess of Waning Moon, Time, Destiny and Death. Astrological: Capricorn and Libra Today Black Tourmaline is still revered as a premier talisman of protection. Think of it as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. Or you might think of it as a lightening rod, taking any negative energy and grounding it into Mama earth where she can transform it back into pure potential. It promotes a sense of power and self-confidence, allowing for a clearer, more objective view of the world. Black tourmaline is empowering to those who must live or work in challenging environments or when facing difficult circumstances.
Mystical Tradition says to rub black tourmaline for luck and happiness. This reputation as a powerful stone and a very lucky stone, might come from the piezoelectric qualities. When the tourmaline is rubbed it becomes charged with magnetic electricity and the luck intensifies.
| PHYSICAL PROPERTIES|
Color: Black, green, blue, watermelon, red among others.
Luster: Vitreous to sub metallic.
Transparency: Crystals are opaque.
Crystal System: Trigonal; 3 m.
Crystal Habit: Typically elongated three sided prisms. The terminations can be either a simple to complex trigonal pyramid or flat basal face. The prism faces are usually striated lengthwise. In cross section, all tourmalines will appear predominantly triangular in shape. Doubly terminated crystals are hemimorphic meaning that the two ends of the crystal are not exactly alike. Massive forms can also be found.
Cleavage: Absent although there is basal parting.
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal.
Hardness: 7 - 7.5
Specific Gravity: 3.2+ (slightly heavier than average)
Other Characteristics: Piezoelectric
Associated Minerals: Those minerals associated with granitic pegmatites and metamorphic rocks such as micas, feldspars and quartz.
Best Field Indicators: Crystal habit, overall triangular cross-section, striations, color and hardness.