Color: transparent with black sticklike inclusions
Astrological sign(s): Scorpio, Gemini
Mohs scale: 7
Spiritual uses: The black tourmaline in tourmalinated quartz helps you to ground your spiritual practice into everyday life.
Mental uses: Tourmalinated quartz helps you return to center when you feel out of balance. It helps you focus so that you can continue to achieve your goals.
Emotional uses: Tourmalinated quartz helps to draw out dark, negative emotions so that they can be released. Use this stone when you overreact to a situation or a person and need to understand the reason for this negative reaction. With this stone in hand, locate the source of the emotional problem so that you can begin to heal.
Physical uses: Black tourmaline is useful for deflecting electromagnetic frequencies emitted from cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. This stone helps you identify and heal the source of physical toxins by increasing your awareness of what needs to be cleared out in order to achieve and maintain good health.
Divine guidance: Do you need to release the energetic cords attached to your ancestors and your past? Do you still have buttons that get pushed when you think of them? Take the time to recognize the patterns you are repeating from your parents and other family members established by your upbringing. Once you identify the belief systems and habits that were installed at a young age, then you can release those ties to your past. Unhook the mechanisms that push your buttons.
Excerpted from The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones. (Llewellyn. 2013) by Margaret Ann Lembo