By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Apache Tears are of the Obsidian family as we know. And to me, all varieties of Obsidian seems to almost form a ‘family’ not unlike our own. I have written about black Obsidian, the very strong ‘older brother’ and Snowflake Obsidian, the gentle but strong ‘younger sister’… but Apache tears has a strong yet friendly and gentle vibration which makes it feel almost parental… like a loving mother or father. Not as fierce in nature as black Obsidian but can be very protective all the same. I’ve heard some say that its misshapen appearance makes one feel more comfortable with it.
They are a type of Black Obsidian stone found in the south-western USA and Mexico. The meaning of their name comes from an American Indian legend. It was said that certain members of this tribe were pursued by the Cavalry, and although they fought bravely they were outnumbered. Rather than be captured they jumped off the cliff to their deaths. The distraught women of the tribe cried dark tears of grief, which fell to the earth, and formed into these dark strangely shaped stones. It is believed that their tears formed into these unusual stones, so people will always remember what happened.
As are all Obsidian stones, Apache Tears are an excellent grounding stone. But this stone seems to have a more intuitive grasp of when it should do it job than does the black Obsidian. Apache Tears are often used to cleanse one’s auric field and provide safety and protection for healers. By using Apache tears, rather than other types of Obsidian, you can find that you’re able to address negativity in a calmer and more constructive way. Apache Tears won’t ‘bring’ luck to you, but it can be used to shield you from bad luck and bad vibes to give you a rest to regroup.
Wearing Apache Tears near your heart is an excellent way to always be mindful of its power and to feel protected and cared for. It is also effectively used to clear the heart of old disappointments and distresses. Apache Tears opens you up to an acceptance of higher spiritual qualities and knowledge.
Because Apache tears, like most dark stones, work to sponge up negative energy, you will want to frequently cleanse them to get the full benefit of their positive energy. If you neglect to cleanse them, you may find their efficacy wanes over time. To cleanse, simply hold them under running water while visualising the negative energy being washed away, then place them in direct sun or moonlight for several hours.
Apache Tears are very useful stones for anyone to use, but especially if you are a healer. If you are doing any spiritual development work, there are strong advantages to using these stones. Their strong energy works within the base or root chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia. They also protect you from any possibility of “catching” the disease that you’re attempting to cure.
The energy of these stones will strengthen the blood and the immune system, and they will help the body to assimilate Vitamin C and D. They assist with the reduction of toxins in the body by aiding their removal. They may calm muscle spasms and enhance vitality and strength within the body. Within the heart chakra their energy will assist the emotional body to heal, from old issues of an emotional nature. Their energy within the sacral or navel chakra helps to aid the removal of disharmonious energies in relationships. They may bring through joy as they encourage you to feel more positive about life.
Apache Tears are also said to help with adrenal glands, bone pain, brain cancer, brain inflammation, brain lesion, headache, insect sting, joint pain, kidneys, lesions, migraine, muscle lesion, muscle pain, nerve inflammation, ovaries pain, prostate regulation, small intestine purification, spine & spinal cord inflammation, spine & spinal cord lesion, spine and spinal cord pain, spine and spinal cord strengthening, stomach, thymus. It would be prudent to leave these healings to the capable hands of a good Pranic Healer.
Planetary: Pluto and Saturn
Element: Fire and Earth
Powers: Absorption of Negativity, Protection, Psychic Protection, Healing
Gender: Female and Male
Deity: Pele, Tezcatlipoca, Itzpapalotl, Sekhmet, Isis, Horus, Black Madonna
Chakra[s]: Root/Base, Sacral, Heart
Other Names: Obsidian Drops, Obsidian Tears
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