Sometimes you acquire into your crystal collection mystery stones… crystals which aren’t mentioned in the Crystal Bibles, or online… and some times the mystery goes on for years.
Take Black Beryl for example.
For ages I wasn’t sure about Black Beryl… was it real… was it fake / man-made… and where exactly did it come from?
And there was nothing in the crystal literature, or online, that could shed a clue.
For a long time, I had only 2 possible theories:
Theory One: It was Goshenite (i.e. Clear Beryl) that had been artificially irradiated, like some Smoky Quartz has been, to turn it black.
Theory Two: This was suggested by the lovely Cathy of Opie Gems in the U.K… when they mine Emerald, there are many seams of Beryl which are considered low quality, and so discarded… and Black Beryl might come from one of these inferior seams.
Now, fortunately I have been able to come across some information online which has shed light on this whole mystery.
Black Beryl is real, although a quite rare form of Beryl, and the blackness is caused by the inclusion of very small Black Spinel crystals into the Clear Beryl (i.e. Goshenite).
Which means that we can approach Black Beryl in two ways… either as Black Beryl… or as Clear Beryl + Black Spinel.
1st Way… Black Beryl is a hexagonal crystal, colored black, which has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Moh scale.
Now, the color black is associated with mystery, grounding, and protection… while the hexagonal crystal structure adds the color yellow to the energetic mix… which means joy, optimism, and vitality… and with a hardness of 7.5, this crystal has a very direct and focused energy.
So putting that all together… what kind of crystal do we get?
Well, we get a vibration which is very similar to Black Tourmaline… it is able to ground and protect our Solar Plexus Chakra.
But I have always been in agreement with Jane Ann Dow, who believed that all the Beryl family are more Soul-orientated… that they are here to help our Soul to ground and successfully navigate the Earth Plane… and each color helps in a different way.
Because often, Souls really do have a hard time after they arrive down here.
Jane Ann Dow never got to write about Black Beryl… but if she had, what I think she might have said… is that Black Beryl helps an incarnate Soul to deal with the darkness and negativity of the Earth Plane…
… Yes, it can protect, like Black Tourmaline… But also Black Beryl helps us to be able to deal with these negative situations.
There is a saying in Lightbody teaching… there is no such thing as negative energy, only energy you are not yet able to deal with.
I think that Black Beryl is a crystal which allows us to recognize that fact… it protects us so that we can stand back and see that wider / higher truth.
There are some energies we are not meant to deal with yet… some situations which we are not ready for… some negative people we are not meant to be around…
… And that is OK… so it is also OK to walk away… to disengage from those situations.
Even when it is an negative situation we can deal and engage with… there is a smart and intelligent way of engaging… and a foolish way… and real wisdom is often knowing the best, and most effective, way to deal with something.
I have also come to the conclusion that Black Beryl is like a Master Martial Arts crystal… because one of the things which you learn in a good martial school… before you have to fight… decide if there is a way to walk away, or diffuse the situation… fighting should not be your 1st response… only your last. Only an immature novice goes out looking for a fight.
When we are stuck in a very negative situation, we often don’t have the luxury to stand back, and assess what is going on… what is the best course of action…
… But Black Beryl can give us this time… that distance… it can protect our energy so that we can stand back from the situation, disengage our Solar Plexus Chakra, and see the bigger picture… decide what we want to do… what is our best strategy.
2nd Way… Black Beryl = Goshenite (i.e. Clear Beryl) + Black Spinel…
In her book Crystal Shaman, Jane Ann Dow wrote that, based on her observations, Goshenite is a crystal which helps our Soul process the whole birth / death cycle, which can be traumatic for a being of light.
Although I think that means that Black Beryl also helps us understand the Soul reason… the bigger perspective… for the situations you are living through (whether good, bad, or hellish).
But when we add Black Spinel (black cubic crystal)… it helps to give shape and order to the black mastery energy… it helps us to get more organised.
But what exactly is the Black Spinel organizing?
From working and meditating with Black Beryl for a while now… I have come to the conclusion that Goshenite pulls down the Soul energy into the Earth Plane… and the Black Spinel helps to organize and give it shape and form… so that your Soul is better able to help and protect you.
… which also means that Black Beryl is also great for combining with other crystals.
Black Beryl helps to close the dimensional gap which exists between you and your Soul… makes it much easier for your Soul to reach down to you… and provide energetic assistance.
Fundamentally, Black Beryl is like a vibrational key which opens the dimensional door between different subtle levels.
So… Black Beryl… a rare form of Beryl perhaps… but fascinating… and perhaps one of the best crystals to help your Soul help you.
(c) Brian Parsons, February 2017