This material is a result of volcanic glass (obsidian) being spewed into the air and cooling into the round, rough shape we identify as Apache Tears.
The legend of Apache Tears a "story of 75 brave Apache warriors who were camped on a mountain and were attacked by soldiers of the U.S. Cavalry. In the sneak attack, 50 of the Apaches were killed within minutes, while those that remained retreated to the edge of a cliff. Realizing that they had nowhere to go, the remaining warriors chose to leap to their death, rather than to die at the hands of the white man.
When the women and children discovered their beloved husbands, fathers, and sons dead at the bottom of the cliff, they began to weep. And as their tears fell, black stones were formed on the white, sandy earth for every tear that hit the ground. These are Apache Tears.
Legend has it that anyone who has any of the stones, the Apache Tears, should never need to cry again...because the Apache women cried enough tears for all who mourn. Some believe that the stones themselves carry spiritual and healing powers."
A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief. Black Onyx fosters wise decision-making.
Use Black Onyx to encourage happiness and good fortune. Black Onyx is a strength-giving stone and can provide support for self-discipline issues. Because it helps to hold physical memories, Black Onyx can be useful in healing old wounds or past life issues.
Black Onyx is wonderful for meditation and dreaming. When using Black Onyx for either of these purposes, it is recommended to use a secondary grounding stone in combination with the Onyx. Black Onyx helps one to become master of their own future.
Mookaite (also called Australian Jasper) is a powerful healing stone that helps provide stability to one’s perspective of life, helping make the right decisions based on objective knowledge.
Mookaite connects one to the energies of the earth, allowing for a deeper connection to the eternal instinct of the spirit in human form. Working with Mookaite during meditation can help to connect with ancestors' spirits, bringing an intuitive understanding of the natural evolution of the spirit.
Mookaite balances the Root, Solar Plexus, and Third Eye Chakras, and can improve the flow of energy between these chakras. Mookaite can also be used to clear the Third-Eye and Solar Plexus Chakras and to align them with the Root Chakra. One can use Mookaite to access genetic memory to help awaken all of one's abilities.
Hold Mookaite in your hand during meditation to help with the release of old patterns that inhibit growth. Carry Mookaite in your pocket when in need of an extra boost of practical intuition. Mookaite can also encourage one to recognize life patterns to become more attuned to the natural cycles. This quality can help those who are trying to work with Law of Attraction to bring higher ideals into physical reality.
Mookaite is also a wonderful stone to use in a supportive role when working with animals. It is a rainmaker stone, which can aid dehydrated and dry climates by bringing in moisture. Mookaite can also assist in the growth of gardens by providing maximum growth conditions.
Tumbled Banded/Chevron Amethyst is a combination of Amethyst and White Quartz, mixed together in a striped, banded or chevron V-striped pattern. Chevron Amethyst combines the strengthening and enhancing qualities of Quartz with the stress relieving qualities of Amethyst. This symbiotic combination of minerals lends itself to a wonderfully spiritual stone, which is great for gently removing the veils that obscure some of the hidden meanings in life.
Banded/Chevron Amethyst encourages and supports inner strength, as well as dissipates and repels negativity.
Banded/Chevron Amethyst is one of the best stones to work with the Third-Eye, enhancing both intuition and physical vision on all planes of existence.
Excellent for all types of introspective work, Banded/Chevron Amethyst can deepen the meditative state, allowing your higher guidance to communicate. This can be achieved if you have a piece with a distinct chevron pattern. You can use it with the v-stripes pointing upward to direct energy up toward the Third Eye or Crown Chakra which can deepen meditation.
You can use Banded/Chevron Amethyst to cleanse the aura and subtle bodies, to promote spiritual healing, and to enhance your psychic abilities.
Banded/Chevron Amethyst creates a strong healing field around the user, and as such is a good choice to speed up physical healing and stimulate the immune system.