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Apache Tears are the translucent variety of Black Obsidian. They are made of volcanic glass. Apache Tears received their name because it is said that grieving Apache women, who lost their loved ones in a raid, cried for a month and their tears fell to the ground, becoming a form of Black Obsidian. This is why Apache Tears will often protect the wearer from grief and sorrow. The Tears will absorb the grief and release old hurts, and lifting the spirit. They allow you to forgive others without being bitter.
Apache Tears can protect one when travelling, especially at night. Place on your desk to keep demanding co-workers at bay and guard against hostility. Apache Tears can be given to children who’ve been traumatized – let them hold one up to a light source so that they may see that ‘there is light’ out there, and all is not dark.
Generally, all Obsidian protects the wearer from hostility, negativity, psychic ‘vampires’ and spiritual entities that do not belong. It offers release from tension and enables one to move forward in his/her life, with a more promising outlook.
Physically, Obsidian often points to the root cause of an illness. It clears the blockages that cause disease. Use Obsidian for detoxifying, alleviating bleeding, increasing blood circulation, and helping with the pain associated with arthritis and other joint discomfort. Use Apache Tears to help with deficiencies of Vitamins D and C, muscle spasms and knee discomfort.
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|Physical and Metaphysical Properties for|
|PROPERTIES FOR STONE|
|Crystal Name:||Apache Tears|
|Alternate Stone Name:||Obsidian|
|Affirmation:||I am healing emotional wounds.|
|Question:||What is a source of strength for you during times of grief?|
|Astrological Sign:||Aries (March 21 to April 19), Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)|
|Primary Chakra:||Root Chakra|
|STONE NAME INFORMATION TAGS|
|Location:||China, United States|
|Crystal System:||Amorphous Crystal System|
|Hardness:||5 to 5.5 Hardness|
|Numerical Vibration:||Number 1|
|Chemical Composition:||SiO2, Silicon Dioxide with Impurities|
|Physical:||Detoxifying, Muscle Pain or Issues, Nail Diseases and Disorders|
|Emotional:||Coping with Grief, Dispel or Release Negativity, Distress, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Blockages, Forgiveness|
|Spiritual:||Clarity, Grounding, Mental Clarity, Psychic Protection, Spiritual Protection|
|Extra Grade:||Beautiful jet black color, transluscent, <10% matrix|
|A Grade:||Nice black color, partially translucent, 10% - 25% matrix|
|B Grade:||Poor black color, opaque and/or >25% matrix|
Posted on March 21, 2013
|I recently purchase a bag of these for the staff at my school. I cleansed them and then gave them to the staff who were going to be attending a funeral for one of our fellow colleagues who passed from cancer. Everyone who I gave them to loved them, mentioned how silky smooth they were and how they would carry it with them. i also gave them the description of what the stone is good for when I gave them the crystal. I hope that this will help many of the staff cope from our tremendous loss. Thank you for offering these in bulk with such amazing quality. (Submitted by: wixnstixva on March 14, 2018)|
| Ive just bought a piece of Apache Tears, i was looking for a larger piece|
of obsidian for scrying, i wondered what the difference was between
the two, i didnt know Apache Tears was translucent till i read your detail
about it ... amazing.
Thanks for all the info on all the crystals its great!
love Lin (Submitted by: Lin on September 19, 2013)
| I was given a black Obsidian by a person that practices Wicca. She said it promotes fertility. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 3 years. She gave it to me as a Christmas present in December of 2002 and by February of 2003 I was pregnant! I also want to mention that it snowed on December 25th of 2002 (a VERY RARE occurrence here in central NJ) perhaps those 2 combined brought me my beautiful daughter. I was truly blessed that year, that's for sure.|
Heather (Submitted by: Heather on January 31, 2010)
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