A variety of obsidian; silica-rich volcanic rock
Hardness: 5 – 5.5
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn
Planet: Saturn, Pluto
Element: Earth, Fire
Chakra: Root (1st), Sacral (2nd), Heart (4th)
Found: Mexico, Southwest US
Protection ~ Grieving
Apache tears are a variety of obsidian, created when hot lava is forced directly into the air and quickly solidifies before hitting the ground.
The legend of Apache Tears is that in the 1870’s, about 75 Apaches and the US Calvary squared off against each other in battle on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona. Nearly 50 of the Apaches were killed by the first round of shots, and rather than face defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths. The Apache women & and the loves of the warriors gathered at the base of cliff, mourning their warriors, their sorrow so great that as their tears fell, they turned into stone upon hitting the ground, embedding into the white sands.
Obsidian in general is a powerful stone for grounding and protection, and drawing one in gently yet deeply, making it a stone of mystery often used for scrying. It is a stone that demands its user to work consciously and with commitment, asking one to do serious work.
Unlike black Obsidian, Apache Tear is a much gentler, nurturing stone. It still helps one to do the work they need, but is incredibly supportive. It helps one to unburden themselves with heavy emotion, to process and work through. This makes it an incredibly beneficial stone for those going through the grieving process. It helps discover and open blockages, allowing a cleansing and release of emotions. It breaks down the barriers and negative emotional patterns that hold one back and can counter negative thinking.
They are incredible talismans of protection against negative force, strengthening and protecting one’s fields but also by heightening one’s own perceptions and psychic attunement, allowing one to sense the approach of danger. Apache Tears can also be used to cleanse energetic fields by attracting, and neutralizing disharmonious frequencies.With this raising of energetic attunement, it is said that Apache Tear can support you in connecting with sacred aspects of the physical realm.
- Meditation with Apache Tears can open the floodgates of grief, allowing cleansing and release of feelings of woundedness or victimization.
- Apache Tears raises one’s level of psychic attunement, so one can ‘feel’ the approach of threatening persons, situations, or energies.
- Obsidian is used in honoring Ereshkigal, Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld, Jana, Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things, and Madame Pele, Hawaiian Goddess of Creation.