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Black obsidian and the legend of the Apache Tear

Apache tears are a form of black obsidian, a very powerful meditation stone. Bringing to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind, this gemstone dissolves suppressed negative patterns and purifies them. Users must use with cause, this stone can create radical behavior change as positive new attitudes replace, negative old, egocentric patterns.

A calm, translucent stone found in Arizona and other parts of the United States, it is composed of hornblend, feldspar, biotite, and quartz. A rhythmic crystallization produces a separation of light and dark materials into spherical shapes, a form of volcanic glass.

The Apache tear drops are said to balance the emotions and protect oneself from being taken advantage of. When worn or carried as an amulet it stimulates success in business ventures. This stone also helps the user increase psychic abilities and produce clear vision.

Folklore and legend date back to the 1870’s. After Pinal Apaches had made several attacks on a settlement in Arizona, the military and several volunteers tracked the stolen livestock. At dawn they were to attack the Apaches.

Out-numbered and caught completely off guard, the Apaches were slaughtered. Close to 50 of the 75 Apaches were killed in the first barrage of shots fired. The remainder of the tribe chose to ride their horses off the cliffs to their death, rather than face death and defeat against the US Calvary. The mountain where this battle took place is now called Apache Leap Mountain.

The lovers and Apache Women who lost their men in the battle, gathered at the base of the cliff, where the sands were white, and for a moon they wept for their dead. Their sadness was so great, and their burden of sorrow so sincere that the Great Father turned their tears to stone and embedded them into the rock on the ground. It is said that when one holds these black gemstones to the light, a translucent Apache tear will be revealed to them.

Good luck is the gift that these stones give to their possessors. To those who own an Apache Tear Drop, you will never have to cry again, for the Apache Woman have shed their tears in place of you

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