Alternative Names: Rubellite
Origin: Notably Brazil
Mineral Species: Elbaite (Tourmaline Group)
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: Pale to dark rose pink
Typical Appearance: Crystals acicular or prismatic, often doubly terminated.
Birthstone: Sagittarius, Libra and Scorpio
Chakra Alignment: Heart; Solar Plexus
Origin of Name & Mythology: Not known
Pink Tourmaline, often known as Rubellite, is a powerful healing tool. It brings energy up from the Solar Plexus to the Heart and beyond to the Throat Chakra. It gently opens, cleanses, calms and "lights up" the Heart Chakra, and acts as an anti-depressant. It can be used to release the emotions attached to an illness or injury, especially if held on or near the affected area. It has a balancing effect on the endocrine system, especially the thyroid.
A terminated rubellite crystal makes a fabulous wand, similar to green tourmaline, but more in touch with the emotions. It sends healing light into the affected area, and then removes any unwanted (stagnant) energy from the site, without the healer's active intervention. The deeper pink variety can be used in psychic development, as it helps to open and cleanse the Third Eye, and is also useful in trance work.
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