Blue Tourmaline Meanings and Uses
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The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses, and Meaning
Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Blue Tourmaline
Blue Tourmaline evokes the tranquility of deep blue water and gliding well beneath its surface. It invites surrender of all thought to the solitude of a liquid silence, a graceful world of letting go... then rising to the light. It is also known as Indicolite, a variation of the original Indigolite, and refers to its deep blue color. Rarer than other Tourmalines, it forms in shades of light to dark blue, some with a tint of turquoise.
In the metaphysical world, Blue Tourmaline is a crystal of Spirit and peace, providing for deep meditation and bringing past hurts to the surface for healing. It encourages the release of emotional bonds and frees the mind to explore a higher consciousness and spiritual connection.
Blue Tourmaline increases the ability for clear and honest communication, and lends the courage to speak from the heart. It encourages an open mind and tolerance for others’ differences and weaknesses, embracing a love for truth, ethics, and a sense of responsibility and service to humanity. It promotes living in harmony with all aspects of one’s environment. [Eason, 238][Hall, 299][Gienger, 86][Melody, 655]
A crystal of the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, Blue Tourmaline, especially in darker shades, increases access to higher levels of intuition and may amplify the psychic gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, prophecy, and spirit communication. It is highly beneficial to those who wish to become channels or mediums, and assists in processing impressions received from other realms and allowing them to flow out through verbal communication. [Melody, 655][Simmons, 412]
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]
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]
Blue Tourmaline Uses and Purposes
Blue Tourmaline under the pillow or on a nightstand encourages a good night’s sleep, insightful dreams and vivid dream recall. [Eason, 238]
Use Blue Tourmaline to increase commitment to and passion for your work, or to change careers to one closer to your heart. As a stone of service, it is a good talisman for charity and aid workers. [Eason, 238]
Blue Tourmaline may be helpful in overcoming speech impediments. [Hall, 299]
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] Blue Tourmaline makes spells more powerful and improves psychic vision. [Eason, 238]
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]
Blue Tourmaline Healing Therapies - Overview
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Blue Tourmaline Physical Healing Energy
Blue Tourmaline is a useful diagnostic tool and assists in identifying underlying causes of diseases and illnesses. It has traditionally been used in treating the lungs, throat, larynx, esophagus, thymus and thyroid. [Ahsian, 413][Hall, 299][Melody, 655]
Blue Tourmaline stimulates water balance and excretion through the kidneys and bladder, and is believed to relieve problems with the pulmonary and immune systems. It is helpful in overcoming insomnia and night sweats, and in treating sinusitis and bacterial infections. It may be made into an elixir and used to soothe burns and prevent scarring. [Gienger, 86][Eason, 238][Hall, 299]
Dark Blue Tourmaline may also be used in treatments for disorders of the eyes and the brain, and is especially good for headaches and migraines. [Melody, 655][Hall, 299][Ahsian, 413]
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]
Blue TourmalineEmotional Healing Energy
Blue Tourmaline is a powerful healer for sadness and grief, and coming to terms with buried emotions or memories from the past when there is no possibility of justice. It is especially helpful in healing childhood trauma, injury or abuse, and assists in overcoming insomnia or nightmares. [Eason, 238][Gienger, 86]
Blue Tourmaline activates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, stimulating the need for spiritual freedom and clarity of self-expression. [Hall, 299]
The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body. It is, in essence, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked, or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When the Throat Chakra is in balance and open, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions, bringing our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release. Blue crystals are used to balance the Throat Chakra.
The Brow Chakra, also called the Third Eye, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra. When the Brow Chakra is in balance our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. Dark blue or indigo crystals are used to treat imbalances of the Brow Chakra.
Blue Tourmaline Spiritual Energy
Blue Tourmaline is an exceptional tool for spiritual or healing practitioners for its ability to receive and transmute the high vibrations of the spirit realm. It channels the healing energies freely offered us by higher dimensions, and facilitates contact with these beings and the reception of their blessings. [Simmons, 412][Eason, 238]
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. Blue Tourmaline may be placed on the throat and Third Eye to re-balance communications of the physical body with the ethereal body. [Raphaell, 128][Melody, 654-655][Hall, 297]
Blue Tourmaline reflects the color energy of a clear, radiant sky as winter gives way to spring and the sun climbs higher each day. It marks the beginning of life and emotion. Blue crystals bring trust, faith, patience, and respect, lending the focus we need to become more sincere, act more responsibly, and become more trustworthy. Light blue crystals help us accept the life we have, develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They also assist in dealing with grief, letting go of the past, and curing guilt. Dark blue crystals enhance the respect and compassion we have within ourselves. They teach us humanity, discretion, and honor, and encourage us to act more charitably and focus our efforts on service to others.
For dedicated individuals, meditation with Blue Tourmaline can open doors to the highest spiritual realms, offering experiences of ecstatic rapture. For those who have difficulty returning to a grounded state, holding a piece of Tourmaline is recommended. [Simmons, 412]
Blue Tourmaline can also facilitate deep meditation and a Zen-like state of illuminated emptiness. It aids one in releasing attachment to outcomes as well as to the past, and is an ideal crystal for exploring past lives in order to resolve current emotional problems. [Ahsian, 412-413]
The Divinatory meaning of Blue Tourmaline: You will receive good advice from an unexpected source. [Eason, 238]
Dreaming of Tourmaline signifies an accident. [Kunz, 358]
Blue Tourmaline varies in color from pale to deep blue. If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Blue 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 Turquoise. The table below gives you the information about them.
Blue 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.
Blue Tourmaline might also be used to honor Whope, the Lakota Sioux Goddess of Peace. She is not only the goddess of harmony, but also of meditation and friendship.
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.
Tourmaline which is blue in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as the world awaits the vernal equinox and spring (February 19 - March 19). This is a time when new life is about to burst forth, a time of faith and trust. Blue crystals bring you patience and respect.
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.
Blue 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.
Blue Tourmaline utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use turquoise crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.
Blue 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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