Pink Tourmaline Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Pink Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline may vary in color from pale pink to deep red, and in clarity from flawless transparent gems to opaque rough crystals, yet all are devoted to serving the highest aspects of the heart. A primary stone of the Heart Chakra, Pink Tourmaline links to the Crown Chakra infusing love and spirituality, encouraging compassion and gentleness during periods of growth and changes as humanity works toward enlightenment. [Simmons, 407][Raphaell, 131][Melody, 658]
Although Tourmaline may be found on every continent, fine crystal specimens and gems are still considered rare and can be quite expensive. Its vast popularity as a gemstone began in 1876, when mineralogist and jeweler George Kunz sold a Green Tourmaline from Maine to the famous Tiffany and Co. in New York, and its desirability spread. More recently it has become a favorite of metaphysical collectors and practitioners for its versatile energy properties. [Simmons, 406]
Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicates mixed with iron, magnesium, or other various metals that, depending on the proportions of its components, may form as red, pink, yellow, brown, black, green, blue or violet. Its prismatic, vertically striated crystals may be long and slender, or thick and columnar, and are uniquely triangular in cross-section. They often vary in coloration within a single specimen, lengthwise or in cross sections, and may be transparent or opaque. The name Tourmaline comes from an ancient Sinhalese word turmali, meaning “a mixed color precious stone,” or turamali, meaning “something small from the earth.” [Mella, 110][Simmons, 406][Megemont, 182]
A favorite among the Tourmalines is a variety known as Watermelon Tourmaline, named for its pink center surrounded by an outer green “rind.” This combination is considered a super activator of the Heart Chakra. While Pink Tourmaline is associated with the emotions, Green Tourmaline is beneficial in one’s physical being. Together they link to the higher self, and are believed to bring true joy to one’s life and relationships. [Simmons, 410-411][Melody, 660][Hall, 302-303]
One of Tourmaline’s most distinguishing properties is its ability to become electrically charged simply by heating or rubbing it. When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract particles of dust or bits of paper. This property of pyroelectricity (from heat) or piezoelectricity (from pressure or rubbing) was well-known to the Dutch traders of the 1700s who used Tourmaline to pull ash from their Meerschaum pipes, calling the stone Aschentrekker, or “ash puller.” [Simmons, 406]
Pink Tourmaline Uses and Purposes - Overview
Pink Tourmaline has been used to reduce the proclivity for falls, in all ages, including toddlers learning to walk. [Melody, 658][Megemont, 184]
Wearing Pink Tourmaline throughout the day helps release stress, worries, depression and anxiety. It can be used in partnership with Black Tourmaline to diffuse obsessive behavior. [Simmons, 408][Ahsian, 408]
Pink Tourmaline is one of the most loving stones for children. It provides comfort to those who have suffered any form of abuse, helps with sleep issues, and is particularly useful for spiritually sensitive Indigo children for its calming, centering qualities and assistance in considering consequences before taking action. [Eason, 53][Ahsian, 408]
Pink Tourmaline is the best crystal of emotional support for teenage pregnancy and to assist in bonding with the baby. [Eason, 53]
Tourmaline is a shamanic stone, 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. [Hall, 297]
Tourmaline strengthens the sense of smell, and in that respect, can also enhance the perception of pheromones which produces an aphrodisiac effect. [Megemont, 184]
Tourmaline is specifically used to treat motion sickness. It may also assist in restoring luster and shine to hair and nails. [Megemont, 184]
In industry, Tourmalines are highly valued as electrical tuning circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies. They are used for their durability since high frequencies can be passed through them without shattering, as many crystals do. [Mella, 110]
Pink Tourmaline Healing Therapies - Overview
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Pink Tourmaline Physical Healing Energy
Pink Tourmaline helps calm and soothe the heart, assisting with angina, irregular heartbeat and recovery from heart attack. [Ahsian, 408][Megemont, 184]
Pink Tourmaline is beneficial in treating all gynecological conditions, especially in regulating the menstrual cycle to make conception easier. It is also believed to provide support for girls and boys approaching puberty. [Eason, 53]
Pink Tourmaline is thought to be helpful for spinal problems or injuries, the nervous system, neuralgia and migraines. [Eason, 53] It also aids in balancing a dysfunctional endocrine system, and may be useful in treating the lungs and skin disorders. [Melody, 658][Hall, 301]
Tourmaline is a marvelous tool for balancing the right/left hemispheres of the brain and bringing mental processes into alignment with the chakras and auric body. It diminishes fear and may be useful in treating paranoia, and to overcome dyslexia by improving eye/hand coordination and the assimilation and translation of coded information. [Hall, 297][Melody, 653-654]
Pink Tourmaline Emotional Healing Energy
Pink Tourmaline is an extraordinary crystal for cleansing the emotional body of destructive feelings and old wounds accumulated over time. It releases guilt, worry, depression and anxieties, and guides those emotions into self-love. It helps the emotionally “numb” to recover passion and a zest for life, and helps the timid find the courage to love by changing old patterns of thinking and inspiring new trust in opening the heart. Pink Tourmaline stimulates happiness and joy, peace and relaxation. [Hall, 301][Simmons, 408][Ahsian, 408]
For a Pink Tourmaline Spiral layout specific to releasing deep emotional pain, see Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Enlightenment, pp. 41-42. It is especially beneficial to those whose physical body has already manifested that pain into diseases or chronic illnesses.
Pink Tourmaline reflects the Light of the heart and love, and is an excellent Heart Chakra crystal. The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone and regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment, and helps in our relationships.
Pink Tourmaline Spiritual Energy
Pink Tourmaline cleanses the emotional body through the high-heart center and unites it with the etheric body, infusing love and spirituality. It stimulates one’s receptivity to healing energies and the wisdom of Spirit, and brings a gentleness and compassion to one’s nature. It assists in attaining peace and understanding, awareness and trust. [Melody, 658][Hall, 301][Simmons, 408][Ahsian, 408]
Natural Tourmaline wands are considered quite special and channel a high-powered electrical energy capable of transcending physical laws and producing phenomenal healing. The positive force of these Light tools effectively clears blockages in the aura and removes negative energy. Pink Tourmaline wands may be used at the Heart Chakra with the terminations facing outward toward the arms to direct negativity out of the body and release suppressed emotional energies. Pink Tourmaline re-balances the meridians of the physical body, replacing old hurt with nurturing love, and provides an optimal balance in the ethereal body. [Raphaell, 41-42, 128][Melody, 654][Hall, 297]
Pink Tourmaline (light red) brings the energy rays of determination, commitment, and caring. Its soothing color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect. Pink is the color of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases developing sensuality, and can help overcome heartache, aiding in the improvement of our caring and loving abilities.
Tourmaline that is Red in color brings a self-confidence built on fearlessness. It reflects the color of passion, energy, and life. It motivates. It is a very strong color - the color of fire and blood. Dark Red crystals embody strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion.
Hold or place a Pink Tourmaline on the Heart Chakra in meditation and visualize a pink light radiating from the stone, totally encompassing the body. This infuses the entire emotional body with love and can restore a sense of wholeness. [Simmons, 408]
The Divinatory meaning of Pink Tourmaline: Your inner child is in need of healing. Take time to have fun. [Eason, 53]
Pink Tourmaline varies in color from pale pink to deep red. If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Pink Tourmaline of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Pink Tourmaline. The table below gives you the information about them.
Pink Tourmaline honors Al-Uzza, the Nabataean Moon Goddess of Full Moon and Mothers. She is also the Most Mighty Goddess, and maiden warrior form in the triple goddess with Allat and Manat. She is a fertility goddess and protector, and the ruler of wild beasts.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Tourmaline is not a traditional birthstone, though some consider Pink Tourmaline to be an alternate birthstone for October.
Tourmaline which is pink to red in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in mid-autumn (October 22 - November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion, and love.
Tourmaline is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign of Libra, between September 23 and October 22, the middle of the harvest. Libra is the only sign that is an inanimate object - a balance beam, referred to as The Balance. During this month the days and nights are equal length, and the Earth and Sun are in balance. Librans are very strong-willed, artistic, sensitive, and respectful. They are understanding and relate well to other people.
Pink Tourmaline Amulets and Talismans
In antiquity, Tourmaline was considered a talismanic Gem of Autumn, and the six o'clock Gem of the Night. [Kunz, 326, 337]
Tourmaline is a Seeker Energizer talisman. Seekers contain the crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They're pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They're also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Energizer crystals, such as Tourmaline, are powerful conduit crystals for focusing and amplifying the Universal Life Force and our energy to accomplish our goals. They aid in our efforts to gain what we seek, enhance our lives, protect what we value, and defend us from undesirable elements.
Pink Tourmaline utilizes Fire Energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.
Pink Tourmaline in Ancient Lore and Legend
Tourmaline was known to the ancients in the Mediterranean. Egyptian legend speaks of how Tourmaline made its journey from the center of the Earth and passed over a rainbow, taking with it all of the colors as its own. [Eason, 53] The Romans used these stones for their relaxing properties of inducing tranquil sleep, calming the mind and relaxing the body. [Mella, 110]
In India, a likeness of Alexander the Great was carved in Tourmaline and dates to around the second or third century B.C., and in rituals of this culture, Tourmaline was used to provide direction toward that which would bring good, and was believed to be a “teller” stone to provide insight as to who or what was causing trouble. [Simmons, 406][Melody, 654]
Used by shaman of the African, Native American, and Aboriginal tribes, Tourmaline was thought to bring healing powers to the user and provide protection from all dangers occurring on the physical plane. The African shaman also used it to promote the awakening of the “dream of illusion” and to experience the self as a part of the universal spirit. [Melody, 654]
Tourmaline was first brought to Europe by Dutch traders in the 1700s who gave it the name, Aschentrekker, or “ash puller,” for its alternating powers of attracting, then repelling, hot ashes from burning coals when the stone was laid near the coals for any length of time. The Dutch traders used the crystals to pull ashes from their Meerschaum pipes. This ability to gain magnetic powers and become electrically “polar” by means of heat readily distinguished Tourmaline from any other gem. [Fernie, 154][Simmons, 406]
More recently, some in the metaphysical world have come to believe Tourmaline is not indigenous to Earth, but has been materialized onto our planet by higher life forms to assist humans with their transition into the Aquarian Age. It is further believed that special Tourmaline wands are being created in alchemical laboratories deep in the Andes in South America, and the enlightened beings who perform this magic dematerializes these wands, transports and then rematerializes them into mines in South America. These perfectly terminated wands may be up to twelve inches long and contain the full color spectrum, capable of vibrating all of the chakras simultaneously as they align the consciousness with the omnipotent cosmic force. Once mined, these wands attract themselves to those who intuitively know how to use them. [Raphaell, 129]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
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