Want to boost your psychic powers? Here’s why you need Blue Tourmaline in your life…
It may not be the most well-known crystal on the mainstream market, but Blue Tourmaline is a big deal in the metaphysical world. This stone holds its value in its spiritual powers – and boy, is it powerful!
Its most distinguishing property is its ability to become electrically charged when it’s heated or rubbed. Once charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative – like a battery. In the spiritual sense then, it is thought to energise anyone who is feeling depleted or drained – perfect for tackling the blues.
This property of pyro-electricity (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. As such, it is used to attract your inner-most desires, so can be useful in manifestation spells as a result.
Darker shades of Blue Tourmaline promote a deep sense of knowing when gazed at for a long time. Therefore, this particular shade of stone is thought to be particularly useful for mediums and psychics looking to deepen their own intuition. Perhaps this is why the crystal is known to amplify the gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, prophecy, and spirit communication, too.
Often, such gifts come as a surprise to many who are not familiar with the esoteric world, but blue tourmaline teaches that, no matter who you are, everyone has intuition that can be strengthened through stilling the mind and listening to the quieter voice within. Crystal gurus encourage those wishing to meditate to hold blue tourmaline in-hand, as it is known in spiritual circles to be the gem of spirit and peace.
Rise to fame
The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan dialect) term ‘turmali’, which was the name given to all coloured crystals in Sri Lanka, during the 1700s. In these early days, all multicoloured tourmaline gems were used by shamans and alchemists in ceremonies and rituals, particularly in ancient China, where they were used for centuries to carve figurines from. And in India the stone was traditionally used for protecting the tribe from wrong-doing. In modern times, it is used by communities in Africa, as well as Native Americans, and aboriginal groups in Australia, as a talisman that protects against danger.
The gem gained popularity in the commercial jewellery industry in 1876, when jeweller George Kunz sold green tourmaline to Tiffany & Co. in New York. The introduction of the Watermelon Tourmaline stone, named as such because it looks like the inside of a watermelon, thrust the crystal into the limelight. It became a collector’s item for both spiritual folk and gem-seeking fashionistas.
The right side of the brain excels in spatious and visual awareness, recognising patterns and processing more abstract information by nature. Tourmaline is thought to be a great tool in flexing the right hemisphere, bringing the chakras into balance, too. Blue tourmaline, then, is said to increase clear communication and creativity and lends its wearer the courage to recognise their weaknesses while embracing their strengths. For example, the gem is useful in diminishing fear and paranoia, and promoting honesty and courage to speak from the heart.
At the same time, it’s a marvellous tool for boosting morale and encouraging open-minded thinking and a wider perspective. It is also associated with environmental conservation and ethical actions for a healthier planet and wonderful crystal to encourage optimism for the future.
Legend says that Tourmaline is found in all kinds of colours because it travelled along a rainbow and gathered all the goodness up on its way. From neon blue to dark forest green, Tourmaline has often been mistaken for other crystals due to its wide array of hues. And its colourful nature is thought to soothe those who’ve suffered abuse, abandonment or an injury in their youth. People who are troubled from past hurt are encouraged to keep Blue Tourmaline under their pillows, as many crystal folk suggest it can help overcome insomnia, anxiety and night terrors. This feature is said to help you recall dreams and heighten the senses. Some carriers of the gem may experience heightened awareness of other dimensions or hypersensitivity to the spiritual realm, too.
Did you know?
Blue Tourmaline is rare and found mainly in Brazil and Pakistan. It’s widely used to mark the 8th wedding anniversary