Black Tourmaline – Schorl Meaning

Black Tourmaline – Schorl Meaning

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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
Black Tourmaline

Tumbled Black Tourmaline

Ancient magicians relied upon Black Tourmaline, known as Schorl, to protect them from “earth demons” as they cast their spells.  According to Wikipedia, the name “schorl” was in use prior to 1400 because a village known today as Zschorlau (in Saxony, Germany) was then named “Schorl” (or minor variants of this name). This village had a nearby tin mine where, in addition to cassiterite, black tourmaline was found.  But this is not just a European mineral, it is found worldwide. Native American and African shamans included black tourmaline in rituals as protection against negative spells or curses.

Black Tourmaline – the Psychic Shield

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.

The Electric Stone

Black tourmaline is an interesting energetic stone. Scientists worldwide have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline. American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, possessed at least one tourmaline stone and is said to have used it in his experiments (he invented the lightening rod). In Europe in 1880, Pierre Curie and his brother Jacques, a mineralogist, discovered that tourmaline carries a weak electric charge when it is heated (pyroelectricity) or when pressure is applied to its surface (piezoelectricity). Later, research in Japan confirmed that tourmaline carries a faint but constant electric charge of 0.06mA, which is why tourmaline continues to be known as “the electric stone,” especially in Asia. Japanese researchers also found that no matter how small tourmaline is ground or crushed, it is still capable of conveying an electric current.

A Luck Talisman and more

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.

Additionally, black tourmaline can help your overall health and well-being:

  • ground energy (this is a root chakra stone)
  • increase vitality
  • reduce tension and stress
  • clear negative thoughts
  • encourage a positive attitude no matter the circumstances
  • stimulate altruism and practical creativity
  • strengthen the energy body and immune system

How does the black tourmaline work? It help your body towards homeostasis – the state when your body is working perfectly and everything is in balance.  Black tourmaline is said to be one of the best grounding stones because it helps you remain in the grounding circuit of the earth’s electromagnetic field. It also seems to have a constant clearing effect on the Chakras, drawing and grounding any negative energies.

Quartz with Tourmaline

Quartz with Tourmaline

Tourmaline & Quartz

Tourmilated (or Tourmalinated) Quartz is clear, white or smoky quartz which has pieces of Black Tourmaline within it.  The Quartz serves to amplify the active aspects of tourmaline, resulting in a powerful healing stones… on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. It shifts opposites into balance because the black neutralizes any negativity and the white or clear quartz enhances positive energy.

The combination of clear or white and radiant black brings the yin yang balance and interplay into your environment. Tourmalinated quartz is said to create a perfect polarity of energies, a manifestation of light and dark forces united together for a common goal. It also helps creative people to see the practical side of their endeavors.

Tumbled Tourmalinated Quartz

Tumbled Tourmalinated Quartz

Like Tourmaline, tourmilated quartz is a great shield stone, but it has the added benefit of being very active.  It will not just ground negativity, it can also act as a mirror spell and send it back, depending on the intent of the bearer.

It is regarded as a symbol of great fortune and is not carried as an ongoing charm, but when specific good luck is needed.  Any negativity in the situation will be transformed or deflected, as it transmutes negativity at an even more powerful level than if you had used the Tourmaline alone.

Tourmaline quartz is associated with the 6th, Third Eye or Brow Chakra, but is particularly effective on the secondary chakras of the hands and feet, including the meridians. Get Tourmalinated Quartz from the Eye>

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