(Schorl, Aschentrekker )
Black Tourmaline, also known as Schorl, has been used from time before time by practitioners of magic. Schorl accounts for ninety-five percent of all Tourmaline in nature. It is usually black, but sometimes is a deep blue that appears black. The term Schorl was in use before the 1400s and came from the tin mines near the town that shares the name in Germany. Spell users used Schorl to protect them from earth demons as they cast their spells. Black Tourmaline is considered by many to be the best protective stone available. Today many still use the protective qualities as a psychic shield to deflect and dispel negative energies. The stone also offers protection against negative and destructive entities. Many workers in the shamanistic traditions use this stone for protection during rituals. To use Black Tourmaline in purification and protection rituals, create a circle of eight stones on the ground or on an altar.
For personal use, Black tourmaline helps to neutralize one’s own negative thoughts and turns them into positive energy. Black Tourmaline is useful in protecting against radiation and environmental pollutants.
In healing uses, Black Tourmaline is an excellent grounding crystal for meditation and healing. 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.
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.
One of Tourmaline’s most distinguishing properties is its ability to become electrically charged simply by heating or rubbing it. One end will become positive, the other negative. Pyroelectricity is the term for generating the electricity from heat. Piezoelectricity is the term for generating electricity from rubbing or pressure. Dutch merchants in the 1700’s used this effect to pull the ash from their pipes. They referred to the stone as Aschentrekker.