Black Tourmaline Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

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One stone that’s always on the top of my list is Black Tourmaline. By the way… if you want to check out my Top 10 Must-Have Crystal List, head over here.

So, today I’m giving you the lo-down on all things Black Tourmaline.

Let’s go!

Black Tourmaline Properties
The large pieces pictured above, are really good quality pieces of black tourmaline, for instance: Chunky, hefty, smooth.
Of course, you don’t have to have this kind of quality (which is very difficult to find anymore). The lower quality type emobodies the SAME energy.
Just so you know, many black tourmaline mines have been closed. Specifically, a large mine in China, where my high-quality specimens came out of.  So, the A-grade is no longer readily available. And if you do find it, it’s going to have a price tag to reflect its rarity!

The common type that you’re seeing out there these days is more spindly; more splintery and friable (in the same way of some kyanite is, if you’re familiar with that raw stone), meaning they’re more brittle, but… they work just as effectively!

Often times, this stone will be accompanied by quartz and mica just like the above specimen.

Black Tourmaline is a workhorse for your energy field, and one of my top 10 must have crystals.

It’s a primo crystal tool for:

  • Neutralizing negative energy
  • Grounding
  • Energetic protection
  • Lowering risks from EMF exposure
  • Empaths

Transmuting Energy
I love this stone for transmuting energy, so if energy has a specific charge to it and it has a negative feel to it, black tourmaline is my go-to transmuter.

It’s excellent for bringing that energy back to neutral. For that reason, it’s always in front of me between me and my laptop. I’m transmuting that electromagnetic radiation coming off of the laptop. I’ve tested other crystals and things, and when I tested black tourmaline, I get good results.

It’s not the best thing. It’s not going to completely mitigate that energy, but it’s one thing I can do to help mitigate it.
Neutralizing a Space
I also like it for transmuting negative energy that people might bring into a space. For example, when I used to work in a classroom, which I left in 2012… I used to be a science teacher for those of you that don’t know: some people would come into the room and they were just a sheer joy, and some people would come into the room and they’d suck the energy out of the space. Talk about energy vampires. There weren’t too many of those thankfully, but black tourmaline was wonderful for helping to mitigate that.

I had them conspicuously placed throughout my classroom. Heck, I could get away with putting any rock in my room that I wanted to. I taught geology as part of my curriculum, so I could put anything I wanted and no one would question a thing.

You can also make black tourmaline mojo kits and you can make room sprays with black tourmaline and all kinds of great stuff.

For the same purpose of transmuting energy in your space, Himalayan Salt is a great option and an entirely different approach to cleansing your space. Here’s another blog for you:  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps.
EMF Shield
I don’t like using silicates on my desk for the purpose of shielding from computer EMF, etc.

So, I hear people say, “Oh, put a piece of fluorite, put a piece of selenite, put a piece of citrine in front of your laptop.” Those crystals are silicates… and silicates amplify that energy. We use silicon chips in our electronics to make them work better, so I don’t want to amplify that energy. Anyway, let me get off my soapbox I go into that a lot more in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.

What I DO like to use for this purpose is a chunk of BT! (black tourmaline)

I also have a blog post here going into detail on crystals I like to use to help lower EMF exposure.
Grounding
The surface of our planet is covered in free electrons, which are very attracted to us (water + minerals)…if we allow them to be.

Problem is, we’re usually well insulated from these free electrons with our rubber soled shoes and carpeted or tiled floors so there’s very little if any direct contact happening and we’re depriving ourselves from Mother Earth’s balancing restorative energies. In other words, we’re disconnected.
This stone (BT) is ideal for helping us to connect and ground to Mother Earth.
Tourmaline Lore
Ancient peoples were (are) very aware of all of this and knew to monitor the cycles and to stay closely connected to the planet. Being closely in-tune allows us to regulate many bodily functions and feel plugged in. GROUNDED… dissipating any excess energy to the ground.

Our body’s various vibration frequency can move our body out of our dominant oscillary rate very easily when we experience stress, which we are constantly doing, especially since we are not regularly connecting with Mother Earth to re-balance.

Vibrational healing (like crystal healing) oscillates and naturally entrains our body back to its base resonant frequency.

I highly recommend staying grounded as much as possible and, yes, we can use crystals to help us to do that:

  • Black tourmaline is my go-to stone for this. In fact, it’s part of what I call my Sacred Grounding Trio: black tourmaline, smokey quartz, and hematite.
  • Do lots of Earthing (check out that book on Amazon!) Earthing is amazing! Get barefoot and go outside which is the ultimate in grounding. Your feet are meant to connect with Mother Earth! That’s why animals are so well grounded and in-tune. They’re always barefoot!  But, I know… getting barefoot isn’t practical for all people and situations so here’s another blog I wrote:  Grounding Tips for Balance in a High Flying World.
  • Plus I’ve got more grounding info and tips for you, including a recipe for a Grounding Gem Elixir Oil in my blog; How to Ground using Crystals

Black Tourmaline Geology
While there are many different varieties of Tourmaline (I talk about Watermelon Tourmaline over here), you’ve probably noticed we are focusing on black tourmaline for this blog. 😉

Some of the main geological properties include:

  • Mohs Hardness of seven to seven-and-a-half
  • Also known as Schorl, a complex aluminum borosilicate
  • While the mine I mentioned the mine in China has closed, BT is also found in Mexico, Africa, United States, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Russia

Physics
Black Tourmaline has two critical physics properties:

  • It’s pyroelectric
  • It’s piezoelectric
  • Both which mean that, essentially, it can polarize and transduce electricity and energy. It’s one of the reasons why I find it to be such a powerful and effective stone to work with.

    Chakras
    Black Tourmaline is associated with the Root Chakra and the Earth Star Chakra.
    The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is associated with all things foundational including your sense of safety and security. It’s all about the fundamental things we need for survival. The Earth Star Charka, while not technically not one of the seven main chakras, it’s known as a “transpersonal chakra”…  located about six inches below your feet.
    I hope you’ve enjoyed this spotlight on Black Tourmaline!  What do you think about this workhorse mineral?  Share with me in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings,

    Fake Crystal Sellers Now at Risk | FTC Crack Down

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    Topic: FTC Crack Down | Fake Crystal Sellers Now at Risk

    In this blog post, I’ve included the show notes for today’s show or the most recent show, including the links and resources I reference in the video.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a legal expert and this is not legal advice. All information provided in this post and video is for entertainment purposes only.

    In today’s show, we’re talking about those selling known crystal fakes or misrepresentations being at risk of legal action with the FTC. We’re discussing stuff like:

    • crystal sellers possibly running the risk of legal action 
    • popular crystals that are a straight up scam
    • examples of dodgy or deceitful selling practices
    • What the FTC is cracking down on

    BTW, the above image is of Rainbow Cal-Silica, one of the crystal-fakes I’ve written about before.

    Just wondering… have you ever looked at a crystal and thought, “Is this the real deal or is this just a fake?” Want my guidance on becoming more Crystal Savvy? Then come take a look at my Crystal Savvy: Crystal + Mineral Identification Class Elective.
    Resources

    • Federal Trade Commission document referenced in the show.
    • My blog post on How to Tell the Difference | Merlinite, Mystic Merlinite & Blizzard Stone
    • Recent video and blog post on Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference

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    In my next newsletter (sending out on April 3) I’m going to send all my subscribers my FREE handy downloadable Crystal Fakes Reference eBook. This is the EXACT reference you need in order to navigate the gem shows, crystal shops, and eBay, get the REAL thing and get what you pay for. Don’t get scammed or duped into buying FAKES… unless that’s exactly what you want! Sign up for my email newsletter here.

    Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic. Please post your comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,

    UPDATED: Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference ** SHOW NOTES

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    Topic: UPDATED: Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference
    In today’s show we’re digging into exactly how to tell the difference between real citrine and the baked variety so:

    • you’re well-geo-educated on working with this powerful crystal
    • you’ll know confidentially what’s in your collection
    • you’ll have checklists on how to spot a fake
    • you can make well-informed purchases
    • …is it still Citrine-Energy?

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    In this blog post, I’ve included the show notes for today’s show or the most recent show, including the links and resources I reference in the video:

    Resources
    In my last show (Part 1 in my Citrine series), we discussed Citrine Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings so you can learn how to effectively work with this popular and powerful crystal. If you need some citrine background, go ahead and start there.

    Enter your information for my free pdf (downloading this pdf subscribes you to my newsletter): Tips for Spotting Fake Citrine

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    By the way… have you ever looked at a crystal and thought, “Is this the real deal or is this just a fake?” Want my guidance on becoming more Crystal Savvy? Then come take a look at my Crystal Savvy: Crystal + Mineral Identification Class Elective. 
    Natural Citrine

    For instance, in the above photo, you can see some of what I was referring to in the show this week; you can see the variations of citrine color always with a yellow hue with the left one a very smokey yellow. All crystals shown here are Congo citrine with the exception of the Top Right, which happens to be a natural citrine from Brazil.

    So, you can see these natural crystals have:

    • lots of clarity
    • the color is uniform throughout the crystal
    • they have a relatively straight quartz crystal formation
    • and no white base
    • with some red hematite tucked in where they were plucked out of the rock matrix

    Baked Citrine

    Below, we have amethyst that’s been baked to appear as what’s commonly sold as “citrine”. You can see how Crystal Family member, Shayla, baked her amethyst into citrine. Here she’s showing us her light colored amethyst before and after baking. Thank you, Shayla, for putting my teachings to the test and sharing your photos.

    You can see that characteristic deeper orange color and tell-tale white base that looks like a root that’s been plucked out of a geode formation… that’s because that’s exactly how these usually grow, as part of a larger geode or druse. As a result of baking, the crystalline molecular bonds become weaker. (as I discussed this in detail in the show.)

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    Have you ever looked at a crystal and thought, “Is this the real deal or is this just a fake?” Want my guidance on becoming more Crystal Savvy? Then come take a look at my Crystal Savvy: Crystal + Mineral Identification Class Elective. 

    Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic. Please post your comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,

    Citrine Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

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    Today we’re going to talk to you about citrine healing properties, correspondences and meanings so you can learn how to efficiently and effectively work with this popular and powerful crystal.

    Plus I’ve got this instant download for you of my Solar Plexus Citrine Smoothie Recipe that you can whip up anytime. You can sign up & download your copy below.

    Question of the Day:
    Is citrine part of your personal crystal collection?
    Just type in Yes or No in the comments at the bottom of this page. I’m curious how many of us have citrine. I know rose quartz is always a definite YES if you love crystals. Usually amethyst is a definite YES, but I’m wondering how popular citrine is with all of you.

    I believe that amethyst is number one. I’ve checked my sources on this and amethyst is the number one collector’s crystal, and after that it’s a toss-up between rose quartz, (because see rose quartz is popular with the metaphysical crystal collectors, but with the rock hounds not so much because rose quartz doesn’t grow in that nice crystal formation) and citrine.

    Citrine is the one just behind amethyst as most popular quartz gem or crystal collection gem.

    Why do we want citrine in our collection?

    What’s the reason for that?
    Citrine Properties
    Besides being gorgeous, it’s wonderful for bringing about positive, joyful, good vibes and all around good energy.
    If you’re feeling a tinge of depression or effective seasonal disorder from winter, those of us in the northern hemisphere might be dealing with that right now, citrine is great for inviting in a sunny disposition.
    It’s also great for boosting your confidence and your self-worth.

    This crystal resonates very much with your solar plexus chakra. It brings it into balance and alignment.

    Citrine is also known as the ultimate manifestation stone, as well as the merchant stone because it’s, no other stone can surpass its energy for bringing in that prosperity type of vibe.

    • If you need to do better in business or you’re looking to attract just general prosperity and abundance, whether it be in the number of friends or abundance in your wallet…citrine.
    • If you’re looking to do a crystal grid to increase your revenue or beef up your paycheck, or perhaps you’re looking for a new job or a new career, or you might be looking to sell a house or rent a house, anything to do with finances and prosperity citrine is your go-to stone.

    Citrine Geology
    Let’s look at a bit of geology and identification because that’s my strong suit, something different that I bring to the table because I’m a former science teacher and science department head, so I know this stuff inside and out.

    That’s why I have the Crystal Savvy elective, that’s why I can help steer you clear of the Crystal Fakes.

    Citrine has a Mohs hardness of seven for those of you who know what that means (we get into that in-depth in Crystal Savvy).

    It’s a silicon dioxide crystal, which means it’s quartz, silicon dioxide.

    There are many different quartzes including amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, smoky quartz. These are all different types of quartz, so it is indeed a type of quartz. That’s why it has that characteristic six-sided hexagonal shape to it and grows in a point.

    There are six different crystal systems, and citrine is part of the trigonal crystal system which is a sub-system of the hexagonal crystal system.

    It has a gold hue, which comes from the iron that is in the citrine. So that’s what gives it a slightly different vibrational frequency than other types of quartz.

    Mother Earth naturally creates citrine. Now, not all citrine is natural. Let’s be mindful of that, and we’re going to get more into that in part two of this citrine series.

    Mother Earth creates natural citrine within her womb, below ground in what I call a geothermal heat source within the mantle. That’s below the crustal layer of the planet.

    We’ve got a geothermal, gourmet, geo-kitchen happening down there and it heats the crystal, so we get either amethyst or smoky quartz, both again, are silicon dioxide, they’re both quartz, same as citrine, but with that bit of iron inclusion happening there, when the amethyst or smoky quartz is naturally heated within the earth it can turn into citrine.

    Additionally, citrine can vary in color from very, very yellow like the cut and polished one from Brazil (the giant beauty pictured above). There are lots of rainbows in that one.

    Color can vary from very yellow to a yellow/brownish. Then some others are yellow/brownish, or an orange or iced tea color.

    I show you a bunch of examples in the video, and you might watch and say: “Hey, I know citrine to look like this.”

    Well, Mother Earth doesn’t make citrine like this. I’m not gonna call it fake, but it’s man-altered, it’s baked. This is what we call is the dark orange-brown madeira citrine or a reddish brown. We’ll talk in-depth on that in part two.

    Then there’s another type; your darkest, almost smoky citrine. What makes it different from smoky quartz is you can see golden yellow. When you take it out in the sunlight if there is a golden yellow hue to it at all, it’s citrine. Smoky quartz does not have a golden yellow hue.

    Citrine is naturally found in the USA, Spain and can be found in Russia, France, Scotland, Africa, the island of Madagascar and Brazil. They’re all slightly different and have different characteristics depending on where they are come from.
    Solar Plexus Chakra
    As I mentioned, citrine works very well with the solar plexus chakra. For self-esteem, confidence boosting and bringing about that positive attitude. I pulled this card today from my Mermaid deck. Positive Energy.

    Surround yourself with positive people and situations and avoid negativity. Citrine helps with that so that was really apropos that I pulled that card today.

    It’s great for:

    • bringing about strong will power, if you need a boost with that
    • any matters physically dealing with the stomach or digestive system, that’s all solar plexus stuff, and citrine is great for working on that.

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    Different Types of Citrine
    Ametrine
    Ametrine has a little bit of citrine in the amethyst. It’s a mixture of amethyst and citrine together in one stone, and some have clear quartz, citrine, and amethyst (like the one I show you in the video).

    It’s partly purple and partially that yellow/orange in the citrine and the color zones are very sharply divided. Ametrine is the stone you want to work with for mental clarity and decision making, clear decision making. This is your go-to for that.
    Cactus Quartz
    You might be familiar with cactus quartz. It primarily grows and is more widely available as amethyst. It’s gorgeous. Sometimes cactus quartz, also known as spirit quartz, can come in citrine. This is much rarer.

    So here’s a citrine cactus quartz, spirit quartz. It’s a form of quartz, but again it’s usually amethyst and more rarely citrine, or it can be a combination of the two. Sometimes you see both citrine and amethyst on one crystal.

    Cactus quartz contains a large crystal with little baby crystals growing over the larger one in a layer of spikey little smaller crystals, hence, why they call it cactus quartz. It’s found in South Africa, and it’s so beautiful, brilliant and gorgeous.
    Lemon Quartz
    Next is lemon quartz. Sometimes people call pineapple when it has little spikes on it, but the lemon quartz has this bright yellow hue to it. A lot of times it’s faked. But there are natural, authentic lemon quartz and it’s a naturally colored (that’s the key), very light, bright yellow citrine. It lacks that brown, orange or reddish hue in that orange tint. It’s very light and bright.

    Really it’s all in the eye of the beholder, guys. You can have two geologists standing next to each other. One will say yep, that’s lemon, that’s lemon citrine and some other one will say no, no, no, it’s not.

    In part two I’ll be talking all about the fake citrine or about that madeira, the baked variety out there and how to tell the difference between a real deal citrine and the fake ones. We’ll dive deep into that in in part two.
    Solar Plexus Power Juice
    I’m going to give you the ingredients, but this is not like baking, it’s more like cooking. You just kinda throw it in to your liking. It’s not an exact science, not rocket science on this.

    But, if you want the exact recipe, the exact amounts and all that stuff, you can get my free download of the actual recipe pdf.

    When you do this, you don’t have to have a juicer, a NutriBullet, a Magic bullet type blender will work, or something like that. All these ingredients are pure solar plexus stuff guys and organic whenever possible.

    You’re going to want to put in one peeled carrot. A cup of orange juice. Fresh ginger, grated up, that’s to taste. Some people like a lot of ginger and like it real spicy and some people just want a little touch. Or you can leave it out if you want, but I do recommend having it in there.

    Grind up some fresh turmeric, a squeeze of lemon, just a squeeze, ice cubes and then the key here is citrine gem elixir.

    Now, you might be like whoa, what in the world is that? Easy, easy. Just grab a cup, a coffee mug, a glass, whatever. Plop a citrine in there; a tumbled stone. Not rough. Make sure you wash it first, so it’s clean. Put it gently in with a glass of water. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, guess what? You’ve got citrine gem elixir.

    How easy is that?

    No need to get all glamorous about it and all ritualistic about it. You can and I show you how to do that in my course, but you don’t need to. So you put it in there with ice cubes, blend it up, and there you go. Solar Plexus Power Up Juice Smoothie.

    If you don’t want it to be like smoothie consistency leave the ice cubes out and just blend it. This will give you so much good high vibe energy, just what we’re looking for from citrine and it tastes amazing.

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    Try it! Some people don’t like the taste of carrot and orange juice together. I was cracking up because my friend, Leonie Dawson, posted something where she was drinking carrot and orange juice. She was like, what in the world is this?

    But for me, with the health food stuff, I can pretty much do it all and I think it’s great. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, I don’t know, but try it out.

    I think the energy trade-off that you get from it and the energy, the vibes you get from the citrine gem elixir is more than worth it. I think it tastes beautiful.

    To wrap this up, here’s a little disclaimer I want to give you. Are these meanings reliable? I’ve given you citrine, crystal meanings, correspondences, properties, but are they reliable? This is a new disclaimer I’ve been giving recently. Those that have been with me a little while you know, you’re like, ah, here we go. 🙂

    This information that I’m giving you today on citrine relies mostly on the common crystal correspondences that have been relied on for hundreds of years, many of them going back to ancient times and I’ve also researched them out and of course, tested them out, experimented with them and have found them to be consistent for myself, my clients, as well as for thousands of students and graduates of my Certified Crystal Healer Course. I’ve found that the known crystal properties ring true for about 80% of us.

    So, that’s most of us, but that’s not everybody. You might be someone who says: “Citrine does not give me this kind of energy at all, it’s totally different for me”. Or, it might be the type of citrine you’re working with. Are you working with a natural Congo citrine or are you working with a baked citrine?

    Plus recently, the energy on our planet in regards to the work we do with crystals has shifted, so, for those of you out there, don’t feel bad if you’re one of those that do not resonate with citrine’s usual correspondences and the ones that I’m talking about here today.

    It could be due to these energy shifts, or again, you could have a baked citrine on your hands. I used to think baked citrine worked just fine. I have a different take on that and we’ll talk about that in part two, but yes, something has shifted with the energy there and both with us, it hasn’t just shifted with the crystals, shifted with the planet, with us and the crystals especially with this crystal, citrine.

    If you want to know more about this I went into it deep in a blog post right here.

    Post in the comments below if you have a piece of citrine (or several!) in your collection. Also, tell me do these correspondences ring true for you or have you had a different experience?

    Crystal Blessings,