Apache Tear is a form of Obsidian which is a natural volcanic glass which forms when lava solidifies so quickly that minerals do not have time to grow. The name Obsidian simply refers to the glassy texture, and technically Obsidian can have any composition. Obsidian is typically jet black, although the presence of Hematite produces red and brown varieties, and the inclusion of tiny gas bubbles can create a golden sheen.
The name Apache Tear derives from a legend in which the United States cavalry squared off in battle with Apache warriors on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona, in the 1870’s. Rather than face defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths. The tears shed by their women folk are said to have turned to stone upon hitting the ground. It is said that whoever owns an Apache tear will never have to cry again, for the Apache women have shed tears in place of yours, which helps us to grieve our losses and move on!
Apache Tear was also used by Native Americans and many other ancient people to create tools, and ornaments. The Aztecs and Greeks used it for mirror because it was so reflective. Apache Tear looks jet black when in the hand but hold it up to the light and it becomes a translucent golden brown.
Psychologically, Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws and weaknesses. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian (it knows where your chocolate stash is!!!). In general, Obsidian is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment, but also that of one’s own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc.
Although Apache Tear is a form of Obsidian, it is much gentler in its effects. As the legend suggests, Apache Tear is believed to shed tears in times of sorrow. It comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress, and relieves long-held grievances and can gently point out the value of this life to those who may tend towards depression.
This stone stimulates analytical capabilities and promotes forgiveness. An Apache Tear will remove self-limitations and increase spontaneity.
- Composition: Silicon dioxide
- Crystal System: Amorphous
- Hardness: 5.5
- Zodiac: Capricorn
- Birthstone: January
- Chakra: Root
- Sources: USA
- Empowerment: Tomorrow is another day.