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Apache Tears are also called Smoky Obsidian or Marekanite. They are made up of the mineral obsidian which is a type of volcanic glass found in the south-west of America, in Arizona. This crystal needs to originate from the area where the Apache lived and from where the legend of the Apache Tear came from. Otherwise, it is just another form of obsidian. They are dark brown to black in colour and may be transparent to look at.
Legend has it that the meaning of their name comes from an old Native American tale. It was said that in the late 1800s some members of the Apache tribe were pursued by the Cavalry, and although they were outnumbered, they fought bravely. Rather than allowing themselves to be captured by the Cavalry, they rode their horses off the top of the mountain to their deaths.
The women and children of the tribe, upon hearing of their men’s deaths, cried dark tears of grief, which fell to the earth, and formed into these dark, oddly shaped stones; the stones formed in order that people will never forget what happened.
Apache Tears are associated with the Base (Root) Chakra, the area related to grounding energy. They are strong stones for grounding and psychic protection and assist in absorbing, and thus clearing, negative emotions that may be holding you back. This is what makes the Apache Tear such a powerful crystal to cleanse your auric field of negativity with; they work more gently than standard obsidian.
Apache Tears will need to be cleansed regularly because they absorb so much negativity. To cleanse them, hold the stone under running water while visualising the negative energy being washed away, then place them in direct sun or moonlight for several hours to recharge.
In crystal healing, Apache Tears are said to strengthen the blood and the immune system and will help the body absorb and utilise Vitamins C and D. They assist with the reduction of toxins in the body by supporting the stomach, intestines and liver in their removal. They may calm muscle spasms and enhance vitality and strength within the body. Apache Tears are also reputed to expel the venom of a snakebite.
Emotionally, Apache Tears are said to be a powerful aid to reduce the pain of grief and emotional distress, releasing negative emotions and help heal the holes that a tragic experience leaves behind. It may be used as a rescue stone for fear, panic and shock, and is best known for its comfort and support during times of mourning, and because of its link to the Apache legend, it can be especially consoling for those dealing with the grief associated with suicide.
Apache Tear assists in clarifying issues and protecting you from negativity, both at home and in the workplace, by transmuting the negativity back to the earth. It is also said to help heal past life trauma and inner child trauma, particularly when used together with Malachite and Amethyst.
Apache Tear is not a traditional, historical or natural birthstone; but it is a Zodiac stone for those born under the sign of Capricorn (22nd December - 19th January).
Apache Tear is a beneficial crystal to use in your daily meditation as they may be used to request the aid of Archangel Melchizedek (for correcting unpleasant situations and clearing away all lower and/or dark energies) and Archangel Sabrael (for helping a person to go within, to truly know one’s self).
Affirmation: I am a survivor and a warrior.
Important to Know
As with all crystals you use regularly, don’t forget to cleanse and recharge it at least once a month.
For crystal healers who use crystals in their work, they should be cleansed after each client to remove any negative energy prior to being used on someone else.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Although the powers of crystals and stones are well documented and have been proven to help bring positivity into people's lives, they are never a substitute for medical advice.
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