Red Tourmaline Meanings and Uses
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Introduction to Meaning and Uses of Red Tourmaline
Rubellite Tourmaline, also known as Red Tourmaline, is a stone of the perfected heart - one that is strong, vital, and full of passion for love and life. This Tourmaline’s combination of vibrant pink and ruby red color energy creates a vibrational pattern that resonates deeper with the Heart Chakra than other heart-stones. It links not only to the heart of the Earth, but opens to love that goes beyond human relationships and reaches out to the Universe. [Simmons, 409]
Rubellite stimulates not only the Heart Chakra, but the Root Chakra as well, bringing an increased flow of prana, or life-force energies, to nurture and heal the emotional body. Its grounding influence increases a zest for living and for lively interaction with others. It helps revitalize passion and joy in sexuality, and aids in making dedicated commitments based on love. [Simmons, 409][Gienger, 88]
The name Rubellite comes from the Latin rubellus, meaning “reddish,” and refers to the similarity of its color to that of the Ruby, though most Rubellites are more pink than red. They vary in hue from pale to shocking pink to a bold ruby-red, sometimes with a violet tint. While some in the gem world consider “Rubellite” to be merely a trade name for all deep pink/red Tourmalines, the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICGA) defines the criterion for Rubellites by the way they behave in daylight and artificial light. While many gemstones change color depending on the light source, a true Rubellite shines just as intensely in artificial light as it does in daylight, while other pink or red Tourmalines display a visible tinge of brown in artificial light. [www.gemstone.org][www.gemselect.com]
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]
Red Tourmaline Uses and Purposes - Overview
In the home or office, Rubellite Tourmaline helps neutralize the harmful effects of microwaves, computers and other electronics. It deters people from picking fights or disputing your expertise, and helps bestow dignity, diplomacy and quiet authority when others are being unreasonable or pulling rank. [Eason, 78][Megemont, 184]
Rubellite strengthens the ability to understand love, and promotes creativity in ways to put love out into the world. It assists one in being lively and sociable, but also encourages tactfulness and flexibility. [Melody, 658][Hall, 302][Gienger, 88]
Rubellite may be used for harmonizing the feminine energies within both sexes, and lends strength to women in emotional challenges. [Eason, 78]
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 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]
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]
Red Tourmaline Healing Therapies - Overview
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Red Tourmaline Physical Healing Energy
Rubellite Tourmaline emanates the perfected vibrational pattern of the heart and is an excellent source of positive, nurturing energy for healing the physical heart. [Simmons, 409]
Rubellite is also useful in treating disorders of the digestive system, lungs, pancreas, spleen and liver. It aids in supporting and repairing the reproductive system, as well as stimulating blood circulation and balancing the structure of blood vessels and veins. [Gienger, 88][Melody, 659][Hall, 302][Eason, 78]
Rubellite soothes the nervous system and may be useful in treating hysteria, depression and obsession. [Ahsian, 410][Gienger, 88]
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]
Red Tourmaline Emotional Healing Energy
Rubellite Tourmaline soothes the emotional heart, helping to overcome fears concerning abundance, survival, stability and safety, and supports those who feel isolated or have difficulty in feeling at home in the world. It draws upon Universal Love for healing, and suggests that “heartbreak” can be “heart-opening,” and grief can be as valuable as joy. For those who are emotionally numb, Rubellite provides the way back into feeling, and allows for those who have become passive to rediscover their zest for living. [Simmons, 409][Ahsian, 409]
Rubellite Tourmaline stimulates and activates a direct pathway between the Base Chakra and the Heart Chakra. It provides energy and vitality to the physical body, while incorporating the healing qualities of the heart with a loving consciousness. [Melody, 658-659]
The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body gains strength and stamina, and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership. Red crystal energy re-balances the Base Chakra.
The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the Heart Chakra is in balance, we understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes. Pink crystal energy re-balances the Heart Chakra.
Red Tourmaline Spiritual Energy
Rubellite Tourmaline expands one’s awareness of true abundance - the sense that all we need is provided by Spirit. Opening the heart to others and the world and receiving this abundance allows a sense of peace and fulfillment. [Ahsian, 409]
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. Rubellite Tourmaline wands may be used at the Heart Chakra with the terminations facing outward toward the arms to direct negativity out of the body and release suppressed emotional energies. They re-balance the meridians of the physical body and provide for an optimal balance in the ethereal body. [Raphaell, 128][Melody, 654][Hall, 297]
The Red color rays of Rubellite Tourmaline bring a self-confidence built on fearlessness. It reflects the color of passion, energy, and life. It motivates. It is a very strong color - the color of fire and blood. Dark Red crystals embody strong, deep feelings, durable energy and quiet passion. It is a masculine color, particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life.
The Light Red, or Pink color rays of Rubellite bring the energy of determination, commitment, and caring. Its soothing color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect. Pink is more feminine in nature, the color of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases developing sensuality, and can help overcome heartache, aiding in the improvement of our caring and loving abilities.
Meditating with Rubellite Tourmaline provides a direct pathway between the Base and Heart Chakras. It is a marvelous crystal for directing and intensifying devotions, as well as attuning to the pulse of the Earth, which is mirrored in one’s own heartbeat. This strengthens the physical body while feeling more at one with Nature. [Melody, 658][Ahsian, 409-410]
Rubellite Tourmaline is also useful in meditation to rebuild confidence and self-esteem after a loss or trauma.
The Divinatory meaning of Rubellite Tourmaline: There is an emotional challenge ahead; use your femininity to take a calm and gentle approach. [Eason, 78]
Dreaming of Tourmaline signifies an accident. [Kunz, 358]
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, a Red Tourmaline 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 Red Tourmaline. The table below gives you the information about them.
Rubellite 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.
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.
Rebellite is not a traditional birthstone.
Rubellite which is red in color is the natural birthstone of those born in mid-autumn (October 22 - November 20). Red crystals bring you energy, courage, passion, and love.
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.
Rubellite Tourmaline will also help reduce jealousy in those born under the sign of Aries, and will help Scorpios to be less demanding. [Megemont, 184]
Red 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.
Rubellite Tourmaline utilizes Fire Energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family. Red gemstones should be used sparingly, to bring the sun's power and the fire element's energy to your space.
Red 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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