Monday, June 10, 2013

Apache Tears


Apache Tears: From the Legend to Your Pocket

                Apache tears are a form of black obsidian found around Superior, AZ.  Apache tears are more than just a piece of black obsidian they hold a deeper meaning.  The legend is about the Coyote, Tonto and Pinal Indians who were all part of one Apache tribe.  They lived on top of Big Picacho, a mountain that was hidden to those around them.  Here is where our story begins.

            In July of 1870, the Apaches were living life as they always did until “General George Stoneman deemed it necessary to establish an outpost” (The Legend of Apache...) west of what is now called Superior, AZ.  Things did not start to get worst until the winter, when the tribes were having a difficult time gathering and hunting.  The buffalo and vegetation were scarce and the Apache men did not know how they were going to feed their families and tribes.  In desperate need of food, the “Pinal Apaches had made several raids on a settlements” (Native American...) but after these raids the ranchers decided to do something about it.

             US Calvary Company B and the ranchers gathered and went on a search for the Apache tribes.  During the search, the men found a hidden trail leading up Big Picacho to where the Apaches camp was.
             Not knowing that their camp had been discovered, the tribes were unprepared for the attack that was coming.  After finding the trail up to the camp, the soldiers proceed to up the mountain for a sneak attack. 

            With the Apaches unaware of the soldiers coming up the mountain, they had no time to prepare.  Within moments, the soldiers had killed “nearly 50 of the band of 75 Apaches were killed in the first volley of shots” (Apache Tears) causing the rest to retreat.  With nowhere to go the rest decided to “retreated to the cliff's edge and chose death by leaping over the edge rather than die at the hands of the white man” (Apache Tears) leaving the women to grieve the death of their men.           

       It is said that they gathered a “short distance from the base of the cliff where the sands were white, and for a moon they wept for their dead.  They mourned greatly, for they realized that not only had their 75 brave Apache warriors died, but with them had died the great fighting spirit of the Pinal Apaches”  (Native American Indian Legends).  The spirits were greatly saddened and made a stone were the tears of the Apache women and their loved ones hit the ground called the Apache Tear.

Apache Tears Healing Power

            Some believe that the Apache Tear has spiritual and healing power.  For those who possess an Apache Tear they will never cry again because the Apache women cried enough for the one who holds the stone.   If one carries an Apache Tear in their pocket  " protection from all types of negative energies, including psychic attacks.  The Apache Tear will help to remove and transmute these energies, clearing the way for more positive vibrations.  They help to ground spiritual experiences into the physical, helping one to integrate these experiences into the everyday life" (Apache Tears – Volcanic)   They are sometimes used to calm muscle spasms, detoxification of the body, absorb vitamins, and can enhance the immune system (Apache Tears – Volcanic).  These beautiful stones are more than just volcanic glass; they are a legend, a form of strong love, and a healing stone.  The question now is; how do they get them from their raw form to a beautiful polished stone?
Apache Tears - Rough Black Obsidian Nodules - Apache Tears are a type of Obsidian, which appear rough and opaque at first glance, but are often translucent when held up to a light source.  Apache Tears are created when hot lava is forced directly into the air and quickly solidifies before hitting the ground.  Made from the fire energy deep within the Earth, this mineral is wonderful at grounding energies into the Earth before, during and after energy work.  Apache Tears help one to see into the core of an issue to assist with deep healing. 

Apache Tears have an uncanny ability to lend support during times of sorrow.  They will gently help one to accept and then release their grief, thereby releasing and removing blockages.  Apache Tears can help to relieve stress by bringing opportunities for positive change into one's sights so they can formulate a plan of action.  This can bring a sense of hope to a dire circumstance.  Apache Tears can also enhance one's logical thinking skills, which can open new doors for success.  Many work with these stones to facilitate spontaneity in many different areas in life.

Carry an Apache Tear in your pocket as protection from all types of negative energies, including psychic attacks.  The Apache Tear will help to remove and transmute these energies, clearing the way for more positive vibrations.  They help to ground spiritual experiences into the physical, helping one to integrate these experiences into the everyday life.  This grounding energy can also help one to realize the importance of all frequencies, and to not limit oneself to only the higher energies of this existence.  They can also help one to connect with nature.

Physically, Apache Tears are often used for the calming of muscle spasms, detoxification of the body, and absorption of vitamins.  They can also enhance the immune system and fortify the body.

Apache Tears are a type of Obsidian and carry many of the same qualities as regular Black Obsidian.  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.  Obsidian is often used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to move truths to the surface to be resolved.

Physical and Metaphysical Properties for Apache Tears - Volcanic Black Obsidian
Properties for Stone:
Apache Tears
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Chemical Composition:
SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with impurities
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Numerical Vibration:
5 to 5.5
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Issues and Ailments (Physical):
DetoxificationMuscle Spasm
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