Apache Tears – Meaning and Benefits.


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Apache Tears
Meaning – General Information.

Apache Tear is a form of Obsidian with the same general properties as Black Obsidian, but gentler in its effect. At first glance, it appears opaque but is translucent when held up to the light. It is a volcanic, somewhat spherical vitreous stone that is usually found with black to smokey colouring.

Apache Tears originate from Obsidian lava flows and are created when hot lava is spewed out into the air and quickly solidifies before returning to the ground. They appear as rounded nodules with a diameter from about 0.5 to 5 cm, 1/4in to 2in. Apache Tears have an amorphous crystal system and fall between 5 and 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Apache Tears
– History.

Legend has it that the name “Apache Tears” came into being in the 1870’s when a tribe of about 75 Apaches met the US Cavalry in battle on a mountain bluff overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona. Greatly outnumbered and having run out of weapons, they chose to leap to their death. They preferred this to capture or having to confront the enemy without weapons.

The wives and families of the warriors were grief-stricken and wept when they heard of the tragedy. And as they cried their tears turned into stones as they landed on the ground.

As the saying goes, anyone who carries an Apache Tear will never need to shed their tears again in times of sorrow; as the Apache women shed enough tears for all.

Singer-songwriter Johnny Cash wrote and included the song “Apache Tears” in his 1964 album “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian”.

Apache Tears


Apache Tears
– Metaphysical Benefits.

Apache Tear assists with connecting the physical realms. This stone teaches us about the movement of energy throughout the natural world. It can also help you to strengthen your connection with nature. Reflecting fire energy from deep within the Earth, this stone is outstanding for grounding energies into the Earth, especially during spiritual work.

Apache Tear is a protective stone, which will safeguard your aura from negative energy.  This stone will provide gentle healing and comfort in times of heartache and grief.  It will assist in clarifying issues, help relieve long-held grievances and grant insight while providing you with a solid grounding.  It is an excellent stone to deal with and prevent psychic attack. Apache Tear can raise your level of awareness so that you are able to feel the presence of threatening energies, situations, or persons.

Apache Tears help to ground spiritual experiences into the physical, helping you to integrate these experiences into everyday life.  It is known to release negative emotions, heal old wounds and assist with forgiveness, as well as removing blockages within your body.  Assists with processing and releasing unwanted emotional patterns, particularly those held in your subconscious. It makes for an excellent meditation tool.

Apache Tear will remove self-limitations and allow opportunities for positive change as well as enhance your logical thinking skills and open new doors for success. This stone can facilitate spontaneity in many different areas in life. It is also regarded as a good luck stone.

Apache Tears – Healing. 

Apache Tears assists with detoxification of the body, the absorption of vitamins, particularly C and D, calming muscle spasms. It will boost your immune system and strengthen your body.

Tips for using
Apache Tears.

  • Carry Apache Tear to relieve grief and sadness and to lend support during times of sorrow.
  • Sleep with Apache Tear to assist with giving and accepting forgiveness.
  • Have an Apache Tear to bring good luck.
  • Holding an Apache Tear can help you to see into the core of an issue.
  • Carry an Apache Tear as protection from all types of negative energy.
  • Bathe with Apache Tear for a relaxing soak and to help remove toxins.
  • Wear Apache Tear to release negative emotions, and balance your emotional state.


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© Ron and Sue Windred.
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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