Key Words: Generally tonifying, detoxifying, mood-lifting, balancing
Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Gemini
Chemical Formula: Ca3 (PO4)3(F,OH,Cl)
Colour: Green, blue, violet, purple, colourless, yellow or rose
Apatite is a general name for a number of related phosphate minerals, all of
which are structurally identical calcium phosphates. The most common and best
known is fluorapatite, which contains fluorine; most of the gem grade apatite
we use in healing is fluorapatite. Hydroxylapatite contains a hydroxyl (OH),
and chlorapatite contains chlorine. Fluorapatite is an important source of
phosphorous, used in making matches, amongst other things. Chlorapatite is
Apatite occurs as an accessory mineral with many igneous
rocks (most gem grade material comes from this source), but is also found in
bedded marine deposits.
Apatite colours most commonly associated with crystal
therapy are blue (teal) and yellow (gold). Yellow crystals are small, and
therefore never tumbled, while the blue is commonly available as a tumble
stone, and less frequently available as individual crystals or massive pieces.
At one time, blue apatite was carved into spheres and palm stones, but these
are rare now. Gem grade pieces can be faceted, and make lovely jewellery, but
are a bit soft for wear.
Tradition: From the Greek απατείν (apatein),
“to deceive” or “to be misleading”, as apatite was often
confused with other minerals (beryl, for example – pale blue apatite bears a
close resemblance to aquamarine). Apatite was renamed fluorapatite in 1860 from the original
apatite of Abraham Werner by Carl F. Rammelsberg, to emphasize the chemical
composition. As its recognition is relatively recent, there are no
historical traditions associated with apatite.
General Healing Properties: All varieties of apatite are energising without creating
anxiety or hyperactivity, so the user can remain calm while still feeling more
motivated and alert. Blue and yellow are especially uplifting, making them good
anti-depressants, and useful in clearing general irritability, unexpressed
anger, and ‘the blues’ (as opposed to actual depression), so the best of us
emerges to the surface. It stimulates the flow of energy through the physical
and energetic bodies, and balances throughout. Apatite ignites the spark of new
ideas, creativity and spiritual/self development. Some healers use it to
stimulate clairvoyance, and bring forth insights from past life. Physically, it
can strengthen teeth, and aid bone healing and calcium absorption, making it
helpful in cases of osteoporosis. Some books suggest it can be used to support
weight loss and healthy eating habits (could it be the name?). As it is a
balancer, it may in fact be useful for this.