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,

    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?

    Enter your information for my free pdf: Tips for Spotting Fake Citrine

    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

    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,

    Top 10 Most Popular Crystal Blog Posts of 2018

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    Today I’ve got the Top 10 Crystal Blog Posts of 2018 for you! I’ve listed out and linked to the most popular blogs right here to end the year with a bang!   Maybe you’ve read some of these…but then again maybe you’ve missed a few and want to check them out!  Let’s dive in.
    Crystal Blog Posts
    1.  10 Must-Have Crystals
    This crystal blog post and all about my top 10 must-have crystals.

    Whether you’re a beginner or you’re intermediate or advanced, just check in and see if you have these in your collection. Maybe you are missing one or two?

    These might not necessarily be the easiest crystals to get because I don’t always feel like the easiest crystals to get are going to be the most effective for what we’re trying to achieve in our must-have crystal collection. Maybe it’s time to evolve your collection or upgrade your collection a little bit. Most of them are relatively easy to find, but a slight departure from the usual beginners list.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/10-must-have-crystals/
    2.  🔮Crystals 💎 for Anxiety 😬 and Stress
    I get asked about this a lot.  What Crystals are best for Anxiety and Stress?

    Oftentimes, worry and stress about the future is what can lead to anxiety, but some of us have an anxiety disorder. Maybe we don’t even know what we’re worrying or stressing about, it’s just this anxiety takes hold of us. I feel like it’s a side effect of living in today’s society. How w we lead our lives today is not the best … it’s the latest, but it’s not the greatest, right?

    I’ve got five crystals I’d like to talk to you about that are wonderful for inviting in the vibrations we want to get us past anxiety.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-for-anxiety-and-stress/
    3.  Empath Everyday Survival Guide: Crystals + Secrets for Sensitive Souls
    I’m so excited to bring this to you, because I recently did a poll on YouTube, asking what you guys wanted to hear about most and the topic crystals to help Empaths was high on the list.

    We’re going to cover Empath Everyday Survival Guide, (but if you’re brand new to crystals you might be interested in reading this first).  This blog is all about crystals and secrets for sensitive souls. The goal is to avoid emotional hangovers, exhaustion, and sensory overload. Plus you can grab my Free Recipe for Negativity Neutralizer Spray.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/empath-crystals-and-secrets/
    4.  How to Use a Pendulum
    Something I’m often asked about is how to properly use a crystal pendulum.

    Well, we’re in luck because that’s what this blog post is all about.

    I’ve also put together a free download of 10 common Crystal Pendulums for you as a quick reference! I’ve even included some examples of when you might want to reach for those making it the perfect guide for when you’re unsure which pendulum to use in certain situations.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/how-to-use-a-pendulum/
    5.  New Crystals Fakes, Misrepresentations and Frauds to Watch Out For
    Well, I think we’re a bit overdue for another “fakes” blog post to add to my series.

    Now, on my annual trips to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show I get to view a lot of what’s hot on the market and also spot some of these fakes first-hand. I also like to attend some of the lectures they have at the Convention Center so I can stay up-to-the-minute and knowledgeable about what’s going on in the mineral world. Last year I audited a lecture on Fake Minerals.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/new-crystals-fakes/

    And, if you like this blog topic, you might want to read my most recent blog post outing more crystal fakes.
    6.  How to Neutralize Negative Energy with Crystals
    What can you do when you’re stuck in a situation that feels or you’re perceiving as negative, and you want to transmute that feeling- from an energetic standpoint? You know… because that negative-energy-downward-spiral can be pretty powerful!

    Do you desire to have some simple tools to combat its effects?

    You know I always turn to crystals for stuff like this!

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/negative-energy-crystals/
    7.  Amp Up Your Voltage: Crystals to Support the Lymphatic System
    As we move through our days, it’s easy to just mindlessly keep going, moving fast on autopilot.

    But we may want to start paying attention and slow down long enough to take time to read the signs.

    You know, the messages that we receive again and again to slow down… and lately I’ve received many signs to stop and give some TLC to my lymphatic system; in particular the need to encourage Lymphatic Drainage.

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-lymphatic-system/
    8.  Sacred Geometry | The Sacred Language of Crystals
    The study of the structure of many things has its basis in geometry: space, crystals, visualizing sound and vibration to name a few.

    Geometry connects it all.

    Just so you know… I’m not talking ’bout your boring ole’ high school geometry here, but SACRED GEOMETRY. Big difference.  

    Let’s go deep. Shall we? 

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/sacred-geometry/
    9.  Let’s make DIY Crystal 💎🔮 Infused Vibrational Perfumes
    These sorts of perfumes are great because they’re:

    • holistic
    • all-natural
    • non-toxic (actually helping your body to detox and get healthier if you’re using the right kind of essential oils in them!)
    • while also gently entraining your vibrational frequency

    And, you’re gonna fall in love ♥ with how EASY this is!

    So, let’s dive into creating our own High Vibrational Crystal Infused Essential Oil Perfume!

    Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystal-infused-perfume/
    10.  3 Things You Want to Know Before You Start Working with Crystals
    Are you new to working with crystals?

    I’m going to share three things you want to know before you start working with crystals.

    Because you want to avoid pitfalls, right? When you get started on this crystal path, you want to avoid wasting time and energy.

    Why reinvent the wheel? I made a lot of mistakes when first starting out with crystals. I’ve worked through a lot of stuff and I can save you a lot of time and energy in that area, and save money which is a big one with these three things.

    Keep reading here:  https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/working-with-crystals/

     

    I sure hope you’ve enjoyed this year-in-review of my top crystal blog posts of 2018.  Have you read them all? Which one is your absolute favorite?  Tell me in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,

    3 More Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Work with Crystals

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    The conversation continues, and today I’m sharing a few more things I wish I’d know before I started to work with crystals. (Did you miss my first blog on this topic? Click here).

    This was a popular topic and you wanted to know a few more things to avoid pitfalls, wasting time, energy, and money. So here we are!

    And you know, just like everyone else I made a ton of mistakes when I first started to work with crystals.

    I’ve since then done research, worked through a lot of stuff, gathered data for my clients and students, and this information can save you a lot of time, and energy, and of course money with what I’m about to share with you today.

    The question of the day …
    What about working with crystals confuses you?
    It appears that there’s a little bit of confusion for some people. If this happens to you, please share your answer with me in the comments at the bottom of this page. Now let’s get started!
    Citrine
    This has been coming up a lot lately.

    I need you to know, most citrine out on the market is fake. Most commercially available citrine on the market is heated amethyst.

    My students did an experiment, and they took some amethyst and put it in their oven. They put their home oven in the kitchen on the highest setting possible and turned it into citrine.

    This is what most sellers do. They take a very lightly colored amethyst and bake it into citrine. Perhaps the amethyst is not very vibrant, it’s pale and it’s not considered aesthetically pleasing and therefore wouldn’t normally sell that well. So, they put it in an oven and heat it.

    The longer they heat it the darker it gets. When it’s dark, it’s called Madeira citrine, and it’s quite beautiful actually. It’s got that deep, rich iced tea color. But one thing you’ll notice with these is, they’re very brittle and friable.

    Those pretty orange, the glittery stones are usually not the real deal.

    Recently I’ve talked a lot about how the baked variety of citrine seems to have diminished concerning its power. Regardless, the baked variety of citrine is the one that’s most widely available; it’s most affordable. It has more of that orange tint to it. You just won’t find a large geode that’s real citrine. You will find baked citrine geodes.
    Made in Mother Earth
    I prefer to stay away from man-made, or tainted, altered crystals as much as possible. It’s not always possible, it’s not always practical and it’s not always affordable, but I try to.

    Now, there’s Congo and Brazil citrine (which are the most popular places where natural, real citrine comes from)

    It’s a completely different animal. Completely natural and not baked, and it’s going to be lighter in color, not orange.

    I’ve found their power to have increased recently with a shift in energy on our planet. In our solar system most likely. I mean (I don’t know that for sure)… but it’s a theory I have.

    Brazil citrine is an excellent crystal to pick up. Plus, it’s a little less expensive than the Congo citrine. But for some, Brazil citrine can be harder to identify from the fake.

    Congo citrines often will have all these babies around the base. We call that an abundance crystal, some people call it a manifestation crystal.

    Congo citrines have a lot of unique characteristics to them, so they’re easier to identify. Sometimes the color is a bit darker and some might even call it a smokey, but what makes it citrine is that it has a yellow undertone. Especially if you take it out into the sunlight. If you see a yellow undertone that’s citrine.
    Tumbled Citrine
    Now, with the tumbled stones it’s much harder to figure out, “Is that a baked citrine? Is that a natural citrine?”

    But you got to use logic in this. Someone who has natural citrine and knowing its value is highly unlikely to tumble it and turn it into a tumbled stone. Therefore I would venture to say 95% of the tumbled citrines are baked amethyst.

    As we’ve discussed, it’s not always an easy task to tell the difference, but here are a few pointers.

    If it’s a heat treated citrine:

    • the color is going to be mostly concentrated at the tips, and white at the bottom.
    • Also, heat treated citrine will be sort of crumbly and easily break apart, especially when you have little points on a geode. We call that friable – which is a direct result of the high, high temperatures they use in the oven. It seems to weaken the stability of the crystal matrix at the molecular level.

    I used to think that baking the citrine doesn’t technically change the molecules, but it does weaken them. It does weaken those bonds because they become for friable, so it does change it on a certain level.

    Personally, I prefer not to work with the baked amethyst variety of citrine, but that’s a personal choice. You have to test it out and see for yourself.

    I just want people to know out there that most of the citrine out there is baked amethyst. It’s not actual, real citrine. And sellers have been really good about telling people up front that, that’s what they have for sale.

    But for a long time … (it’s not really like pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes so much because this is something that’s been going on for hundreds of years probably, and it’s just never really been disclosed up front), “Oh, this is baked amethyst.” It’s just, “That’s citrine. That’s what we’ve always called citrine. We’ve always baked it.”

    There’s kind of a little debate going on with that.

    Crystal Books
    The next thing I want to discuss to save you time, energy and money when you start to work with crystals … is books. Because how many of us love to buy crystal books by the truckloads?!

    I’m one of those people (no longer though, because most of the books out there say the same thing over, and over. They might vary it a little bit, but when you’re looking up books for crystal correspondences a lot of them say the same things. You’ll see a lot of commonalities, or you’ll find that one book might contradict another book but that doesn’t happen as often)

    As I accumulated stacks of crystal books I slowly realized that much of the info is just repetitive.

    And like I said, some of it can conflict and confuse you even more. So, I’ve learned. I realized which books had sound geologic data and are going to give scientific info. I always prefer those books that have a little bit of scientific info.

    And I do know my way around the scientific info so sometimes when they’re saying stuff that just isn’t true I just kind of push that book to the side.

    In my course, I teach that I don’t like relying on the books 100%. However, I do like having them as a guide and support.
    Work With Your Crystals
    Now, I’m very selective with the crystal books I use, and refer to, and recommend.

    I feel it’s good to have a couple highly recommended crystal reference books on hand. Then most importantly, you’ve got to get in there and work with your crystals.

    Work with your stones, find out what they do for you on an individual level.

    No book can ever tell you that so don’t rely on them too heavily.

    Two book recommendations I am going to give you right now are …

  • One is The Crystal Healer by my friend Phillip Permutt. This is an excellent book, I’ve always recommended it. Its got sound crystal correspondences and it’s a great book to just reference your crystals. Its got great pictures … not museum quality pictures so that makes it easy to identify the crystals that you have.
  • Plus I like that he gives scientific info, metaphysical info, where the locals or common source is, astrological associations, the chakra associations. Also, it’s color coded so if you have an orange or a yellow crystal you can just turn to the yellow section and easily identify your crystal.

    So, if you’re looking for a book that’s going to help you ID your crystals, The Crystal Healer. Highly recommend it.

    2. Another book is The Book Of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian. This is an excellent book. It’s mandatory in my Certified Crystal Healer Course; it’s an excellent reference book.

    Lots of information and sound scientific information. Plus it has a great reference in the back for looking things up.

    The only drawback to it, is the pictures are mostly museum quality specimens. Therefore, it’s not as easy to identify some of the crystals. Still, this book, I highly recommend it.
    Crystal Correspondences
    The third thing I want to deliver to you today is a common misconception.

    A lot of people that come to work with crystals thinking that before they start doing anything they need to memorize a whole bunch of crystal correspondences and remember, “What crystal’s good for this?” And, “What crystal’s good for that?”

    There is no need to memorize crystal meanings. None.

    When I first started on my crystal journey that’s what I thought I needed to do.
    I thought, “Oh, I’m not ready yet. I need to learn more, I need to memorize these meanings and see if there’s a perfect crystal for this or that before I actually start doing anything.” That couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
    The result … I wasted so much time trying to memorize things.

    Do you know how many crystals and minerals there are? Over 4,500.

    So, forget that idea, that is just ridiculous. There’s no reason for it memorizing everything as you begin your work with crystals. Where is the reasoning for having to do that? A lot of people come to it thinking that, that’s what they need to do.

    The other thing about this is … say you memorized 100 crystal correspondences? This is something else I’ve been talking about a lot lately…that information, a lot of it is no longer relevant. Energy is shifting and some crystal energy and meanings are changing too.

    This is why I teach my students, “Don’t rely too heavily on that stuff. There are other more important things you need to do when working with crystals than memorizing correspondences.”

    If you think you know your crystals really well and at the same time things haven’t been working as good as usual, it’s a good idea to relearn how to interact with your crystals moving forward now in this new energy that we’re in.
    Dive In
    I encourage you to spend some time getting to know your crystals all over again.

    Maybe just choose four crystals and spend a good amount of time getting to know them all really well. I’m doing this right now and I’m loving the experience of doing this.

    And that’s really all it comes down to, that’s exactly why I don’t teach my students to memorize crystal meanings or correspondences. First of all, because it’s not necessary to do that to move on, to move forward. And secondly, a lot of this information is not relevant now.

    Thinking back to when I first started, I eventually got tired of waiting around and trying to memorize meanings, and I began digging in and working with my crystals. Doing that made me wish that I had started the whole process way sooner, because I was getting immediate results, and I felt confident and so empowered.

    There’s no perfect method, and there’s no perfect stone or a perfect time to begin your crystal practice.

    You’re never going to know enough like, “Okay, now I know enough. Now I can go ahead and begin.”
    Keep Growing, Keep Learning
    Personally, I’m on a perpetual learning and growth path, and I’m out there teaching crystal healing.
    You just need to go for it and start.
    You don’t have to wait to take a course, you don’t have to wait to be certified, or read all the crystal books and certainly you don’t need to wait to put the work and effort into memorizing tons of names and correspondences, and meanings.

    So, my best advice is just to dive in, start working with them, just get to it.

    I hope this information was helpful to you! Tell me in the comments which of the three things I shared was most helpful to you OR share another tip you’ve found useful on your crystal path.

    Your info could further help others in our Crystal Family avoid wasted time, energy or money on their crystal path

     

    Crystal Blessings,