Crystal Magic: Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline Crystal Magic
Black Tourmaline, or Schorl, is a semi-precious gemstone made mostly of sodium and iron. Ancient magicians, witches and shamans deployed Schorl for protection against earth elementals, nature spirits and lower world demons, especially when they were casting spells. The protective power of Black Tourmaline is still effective today, making it an essential tool for the modern practitioner who seeks to ground, protect and dispel negative energies. 


Though the deep black surface of Schorl can be used for scrying, these stones are typically used for protection during ritual work. During healing ceremonies, casting sensitive spells or working with spirits, Black Tourmaline is an important gem to have nearby, as it will act as a psychic shield against potential attacks of negativity. Black Tourmaline can also be used during dangerous situations like childbirth, when a loved one is sick or undergoing surgery, or any other stressful circumstance requiring protection against unknown forces. 


As a grounding stone, Black Tourmaline can help you relax, especially during stressful moments or even panic attacks. Anxiety can be greatly reduced by holding the stone in your left hand, or directly above the spot where you’re feeling the angst, like over your stomach or your heart. Black Tourmaline can slow down racing thoughts and give you some space to take a deep breath. When your mind is running away with worries, Black Tourmaline can bring you back down to earth. 


Naturally, Black Tourmaline is associated with the Root Chakra, which also governs grounding, security and stability. To heal, balance or amplify your Root Chakra, carry the stone in your pocket. Doing so will improve stability in your finances and any other energies associated with survival.  


Many people like to wear Black Tourmaline as talismans or amulets. Dedicating a specific Black Tourmaline talisman against a particular foe can be especially effective in protecting you against that person. Wearing it around the neck, as a ring, in a pouch or in a pocket will all do the trick.  


To pick the right stone, hold one in your left hand and press it against your belly. If it feels good, mentally ask if the stone would like to work with you. If it still feels good, bring it home and wash it under cold water to cleanse it. Leave it under direct sunlight for at least three days, then hold it in your right hand and press it against your belly. Take several deep breaths as you mentally instruct the stone to protect against whoever or whatever you need protection against. As you inhale, visualize your energy centers absorbing all the energy around you, and as you exhale, visualize all of that energy beaming through your belly into the stone. After a few minutes of visualization and breathing, your stone is charged and ready to go. 

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