Black Tourmaline is a hexagonal crystal that appears as a rod. It is hard and not easy to break. Although it can easily be cut and polished, it has very little gemstone value. Black Tourmaline has enjoyed a wide popularity in the Mediterranean region back into antiquity. It was introduced to Western and Central Europe in the early 1700s by the Dutch who brought it from Sri Lanka where it is found in abundance. Today it is also found in Russia, Afghanistan, Burma and in California, Maine and Connecticut in the United States.
Black Tourmaline is, in my opinion, one of the strongest stones for purification of personal energies and protection from environmental negativity. It opens paths for energy to flow. It breaks up energy blockages that cause stress and confusion, and brings about calmness and clarity. It helps to right what is wrong. It is also one of the strongest grounding stones. Black Tourmaline protects against the harmful emissions of microwaves from cooking and communication devices and cell phones.
Black Tourmaline assists in calming anxiety and soothing disorientation. It repels negative energy and negative intent. It helps us focus on one issue at a time and work toward a resolution. Black Tourmaline helps us to move beyond limited ways of thinking in order to embrace a greatly expanded concept of reality. It teaches us that we are more than just our physical form, and helps us to move into the realization of the higher reality. It helps us become aware of destructive energies that are external as well as internal ones such as anger, resentment, and jealousy. Black Tourmaline is one of the few minerals that not only absorbs but deflects and repels negative energy like ill wishes, spells cast against us and especially psychic attack.
Black Tourmaline can be used to cleanse the aura of disharmonious energies, helping us attain a state of higher awareness. It helps to promote vitality by helping to keep the body functioning well. This impedes the aging process and promotes a better quality of life. Black Tourmaline works in harmony with other healing stones. As it opens paths and clears blockages, the other stones work unhindered. Black Tourmaline in a quartz matrix assists in two ways. It breaks spells or ill intent cast at us, and it also energizes us, adding to our emotional and spiritual strength to live in a negative environment. Black Tourmaline is here to guide us into a new dimension of being.