Birthstone: October

Star/zodiac sign: Libra: (Sept 23-Oct 22)

Note: Different varieties of tourmaline are linked to other zodiac signs.

Healing Qualities

Keywords: Understanding, protection self confidence, relaxation of mind and body.

Tourmaline can aid good communication and mental focus. Supports intuition. Dispels negativity, particularly grief and fear. Differently coloured tourmalines can be used to attune specific chakras. Colourless Tourmaline like clear quartz can be used for general attunement.

Black Tourmaline is sometimes referred to as Schorl.
Star/Zodiac Signs: Capricorn, (Dec 22-Jan 19) Cancer, (June 22-July 22) Leo , (July 23-Aug 22) Sagittarius, (Nov 22-Dec 21) and Scorpio, (Oct 23-Nov 21).
Vibrates to the numbers 3-4.
Chakra: Base, (first) chakra.

Keywords: Protection and vitality

Considered a powerfully protective crystal. Black Tourmaline helps combat both internalised and external negativity, aiding vitality and clarity of thinking.

Physically, Tourmaline is good for relaxation and relieves stress. When used for physical healing it is believed to support the immune system blood poisoning, arthritis and heart disease.

Crystal structure: Trigonal.

Normally forming hexagonal prismatic crystals striated lengthwise, Tourmaline can also be radiated, columnar or massive. Marked variations in physical characteristics exist between different types of Tourmaline. Some Tourmalines for example, are (piezo electric) when compressed along their vertical axis, whilst others are (pyro electric), producing electricity when heated.
Hardness: 7 - 7 1/2
Chemical Composition: Sodium Iron Aluminium Boor-silicate Hydroxide NaFe3(Al,Fe)6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)4, Complex silicate of boron and aluminium. Variable composition leads to colour range.

Regional occurrence: Brazil, Russia, Burma, Afghanistan, Malagasy Republic, Maine, California.

“Whilst crystals can be helpful in the healing of mental and physical conditions, they should not be seen as or used as a replacement for professional medical advice”.