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Apache Tears are also known as “Smoky Obsidian” or “Marekanite.” It is a commonly found crystal from Arizona in the southwest of America and is a Silicon Dioxide with impurities of the mineraloids class of crystals. Its colour is jet black and it is translucent in appearance. It can often look brown when held up to bright light.
When Apache Tears are naturally weather-worn, they form grey Perlite on their surface, making them look like they have been dusted with icing sugar. They are the translucent variety of Black Obsidian, which is formed by volcanic lava hardening into a glass-like stone. If they are not from the area where the Apache lived, they are classed as just another form of Obsidian.
Apache Tears have strong grounding and psychic protection properties as well as giving protection whilst travelling, particularly during night travel. They can be used in the workplace to protect from demanding or hostile colleagues. They are a more gentle form of Obsidian and is therefore useful for healing both grief and trauma from this and previous lives.
Apache Tears can help move you forward from a feeling of victimisation, bitterness and blame to a feeling of empowerment and forgiveness. They help with the recognition and resolution of conscious and subconscious beliefs that no longer serve you as you move forward with your life. They are particularly helpful for children who have been traumatised, physically or emotionally.
This crystal was named Apache Tears because of an old Native American Tale. Legend has it that in the late 1800s some members of an Apache tribe were being pursued by the Cavalry whom they had been bravely fighting, even though they were outnumbered. The Apache warriors eventually found themselves at a cliff face and rather than be captured by the Cavalry, they rode their horses off the top of the mountain to their deaths.
When the news got back to the women and children of their tribe, the myth goes that their tears of grief fell on the ground and formed into these dark-coloured crystals so that people would never forget what happened. This is why the crystal is reputed to be of great help to those whose grief is associated with suicide.
Apache Tears are not associated with any particular Goddess. However, Obsidian is associated with the following Goddesses:
Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, Lightning, Wind and Volcanoes. She is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.
Hine-Nui-Te-Po, the Polynesian Goddess of the Night and the Maori Goddess of Darkness and Death. She rules the Underworld.
Ereshkigal, the Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld. She represents the shadow side of the soul.
Itzpapalotl, the Aztec Butterfly Goddess. She is a skeletal Warrior Goddess and the ruler of Tamoanchan, the paradise world.
Apache Tears are not associated with any particular Angel. However, Black or Brown Obsidian may be used to connect with Archangels Melchizedek and Sabrael.
Apache Tears are primarily associated with the Base or Root Chakra (Muladhara), relating to survival and security. Its secondary chakra is the Heart Chakra (Anahata), relating to love and compassion. They help absorb and clear negative energy from the auric field in a more gentle way than Obsidian.
In crystal healing, Apache Tears are said to help with symptoms relating to the following illnesses and areas of the body: depression, detoxifying, knee discomfort, muscle pain and spasms, nail disease, Vitamins C and D deficiencies. Apache Tears are also reputed to expel the venom of snakebite.
Emotionally, Apache Tears are said to assist with anxiety, depression, dispel or release negativity, distress, emotional abuse, emotional blockages, fear, forgiveness, grief, mourning, panic and shock. They are also said to help heal past life trauma and inner child trauma, particularly when used together with Malachite and Amethyst.
Spiritually, Apache Tears are said to aid auric protection, grounding, mental clarity, and ward off psychic attacks by affording psychic and spiritual protection.
Apache Tears are not traditional or ancient birthstones but are modern birthstones for the Zodiac sign of Aries (21st March - 19th April). Apache Tears are not on the anniversary list.
Apache Tears are perfect crystals for meditating with to protect from negative energy, psychic attacks and to keep you grounded whilst in a meditative state.
Affirmation: I am strong in times of grief.
Important to Know
WARNING: As Apache Tears can absorb negativity, they will need regular cleansing.
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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