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Tourmaline - October's Birthstone

If you happen to have an October Birth month, you can choose from two birthstones – Opal or Tourmaline. 

While the Opal has a rich and mysterious history behind it,  we are focusing on the Tourmaline as the October birthstone instead.

The History

Ancient magicians relied upon Tourmaline, also known as Schorl, to protect them from earth demons as they cast their spells. Today this stone is still revered as a premier talisman of protection, a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces.  It is also a good stone to use to counter excessive stress, worry, or obsessive behavior. 

Tourmaline is also a powerful grounding stone, electrical in nature, providing a connection between Earth and the human spirit. Its supportive energy aligns the energy centers of the body and channels healing light throughout the system. It promotes a sense of power and self-confidence, allowing for a clearer, more objective view of the world.

The most common species of Tourmaline is Schorl, which accounts for ninety-five percent of all Tourmaline in nature. It is black, or sometimes a blue so deep it appears to be black.

Healing and Uses:

Physical:

It balances the right-left sides of the brain.  Helps treat paranoia, overcomes dyslexia and improves hand-eye coordination.  Tourmaline releases tension, making it helpful for spinal adjustments.  It balances male-female energy within the body.  Enhances energy and removes blockages.

Spiritual:

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.

Black Tourmaline is an excellent grounding crystal for meditation and healing, and a small number of Black Tourmalines are double-terminated, ideal for body layouts. It soothes panic attacks, especially those caused by dark or confined spaces, or in places where the atmosphere is frightening.

Wear this crystal for protection against moaners, whiners, complaining neighbors or emotional vampires who burden you with their problems but do nothing to improve their situations.

In the workplace, hold Black Tourmaline for a few minutes when you need to wake up your mind or when you need full concentration. It provides an excellent shield against environmental pollutants, electromagnetic smog, and radiation associated with cell phones, computers, and other electronic equipment.

Tourmaline strengthens the sense of smell, and in that respect, can also enhance the perception of pheromones which produces an aphrodisiac effect.

Emotional:

This ally helps one disengage from obsessive or compulsive behaviors and release chronic worry and anxiety.

Affirmation:

I banish all negative attachments, within and without.  I am purified, grounded and centered upon the Earth.

Shop for Tourmaline birthstones here. 

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