Apache Tears Healing Qualities, meanings and uses, including the associated Chakra, the Crystal System, Application/Use, Zodiac Affinity and associated Folklore.

Apache Tears Healing Qualities

1st Chakra Symbol

1st, Root or Base Chakra
Color of black and/or red
Sanskrit: Muladhara

Promotes grounding, helps to heal grief, opens awareness of past lives, reveals awareness of negative karma to clear and heal it. Increases awareness of the body and centering of the soul, grounds spirit into body after psychic work. Stabilizes fear and panic, grounds and centers.

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Crystal System...

Apache Tears, a form of Obsidian, has an amorphous crystal system and is in the mineral class of oxides. It is traditionally found in areas in the southwestern USA.

Apache Tears are rounded nodules of black obsidian (volcanic glass). Generally we only find them in a 1/2 to 3/4 inch in size. They get their start from lava flows that did not have even hydration are are found embedded in what is called Perlite (a bluish white matrix). The perlite is what forms when water has been added before the obsidian cooled. Since the hydration was uneven, these beautiful little nodules are what came to be in the middle of the mix.

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For effects on emotions, grief or soul issues, it is helpful to use Apache Tears during meditation. If you use a lot of high energy gems in your energy workings, this is a good one to use at the end of sessions to ground yourself. Men seem to be more comfortable using at their midsections while women seem to prefer using it nearer to the heart chakra. Because they do draw out ALOT of negative energy, these need to be cleared after each use or if carried during the day, cleared each night (learn how).

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Apache Tears are great for absorbing negative energies and protecting our auras. In doing spiritual work, while a 1st Chakra stone, they are a good one to use as they seem to draw down unwanted blocks to our spiritual advancements and send those blocks back to the earth.


Apache Tears seem to offer us a release from disharmony, be it a realtionship or some type of loss.


Apache Tears seem to provide a quiet inner joy and help in creating a better outlook on life in general. They are also an excellent one to use for psychic protection.


Apache Tears aid in reducing and removing toxins in our body, helps us to assimilate vitamins C and D, and are an aid to calming muscle spasms.

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Zodiac Affinity...

Apache Tears have an affinity with all signs, but especially with Aries. They have a Projective Energy, its Planet is Saturn and its Element is Fire.

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Apache Tears story has come from Native American legends in the southwest US. When they were pursued by the US Cavalry, many native men chose to ride their horses off of cliffs rather than be taken prisoner and go to the reservations that awaited them as captive prisoners. The women, children and elderly who were left behind cried sad, dark, tears of grief. It is believed that when those tears hit the earth they were changed into this stone so that everyone could remember the actions taken against their people.

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