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.
Gemmy yellow apatite’s mood-lifting effect is stronger than other apatites, making it an exceptional anti-depressant. It is one of the best crystals for elimination of toxins, and supports the filtration organs, especially the kidneys. It also strengthens the immune system, and can be helpful in the treatment of ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In addition, yellow apatite encourages creativity, and gives us the motivation to manifest creative ideas and dreams into reality.
- Chemical Formula: Ca3(PO4)3F,OH,Cl)
- Group: Phosphates
- Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
- Hardness: 5
- Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Gemini
- Chakra: Depends on colour
- Element: Depends on colour
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 relatively rare.
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.
Yellow apatite comes primarily from Mexico. According to Robert Louis Bonawitz in his book Rock and Gem (DK 2005), it proved so popular with collectors and practitioners, it was largely mined out. There was indeed a time when it became difficult to source, but another deposit must have been discovered, as it is now available again. Yellow apatite is also found in Afghanistan, with larger crystals that are not quite as bright.
History and 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.
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