The Healing Properties of Crystals

Apatite, Green

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  • Pronunciation: [green ap-uh-tahyt]

  • Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(F,Cl,OH)

  • Stone Qualities: Regeneration, relaxation, understanding the heart

  • Hardness (Mohs): 5

  • Chakras: Heart (4th), Throat (5th), Third Eye (6th)

  • Zodiac: Gemini

  • Locality: Brazil, Burma (Myanmar), Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Greenland, Canada and the USA

Apatite, Green

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Green apatite also goes by the names of asparagolite, fluorapatite, chlorapatite, asparagus stone, and hydroxylapatite. It is a significant source of phosphorus and exhibits a thick tabular or columnar crystal habit, a Moh's scale hardness of 5, a transparent to translucent transparency, and a vitreous luster. Aside from green, apatite also exists in yellow, blue, colorless and violet colorations. Common and noteworthy locations include Madagascar, Russia, Brazil and India. The name “apatite” originates from the Greek word meaning “deceit.” The reason for this is that it is easily confused for other stones, including beryl. Apatite is sometimes referred to as the “stone of animal conservation” because the mineral that it is composed of (phosphate) also makes up the bones and teeth of vertebrate animals. It is considered to be one of the very best crystals for healing the earth, which earned it yet another nickname: “bones of the Earth.”

In the metaphysical world, green apatite is primarily regarded as a focus or thinking stone. Thus, it is especially treasured by artists. When carried or worn set in jewelry on a regular basis, it is believed to stimulate ideas and thoughts and promote learning, focus, effective concentration, clear thinking, and enhanced communication skills. It is also said to provide feelings of inner peace and harmony, perhaps because it may aid in the release of any old feelings that hold us back from advancement in our lives. When used in conjunction with meditation, it is claimed to increase imagination, intellect, and psychic and intuitive awareness. It may also clear one's aura and facilitate spiritual attunement, psychic communication, clairaudience and clairvoyance. Additionally, it has been used successfully for inner wisdom, past life work, rebirthing, astral travel, and lucid dreaming. In order to experience the latter, simply handle your green apatite crystal and place it beneath your pillow before going to sleep each night. This crystal resonates primarily with the third eye and throat chakras, but it is also related to the solar plexus chakra.

Green apatite is not only valued for the metaphysical benefits it provides, but also for its contribution in the world of physical healing. In mystical lore, it is reputed to aid in cases of arthritis, allergies, and problems of the nails, eyes, bones, muscles, glands, and nervous system. Crystal healers have also claimed success in using it to facilitate new cell creation, improve calcium absorption, repair damaged cartilage, address growth problems in children, reduce hypertension, stimulate the heart and prevent heart disease, and promote healing of all meridians, organs and glands. If you are trying to lose weight, you may consider keeping one of these crystals with you, as many would say that it will assist you in your endeavors. Specifically, it is claimed to temper yo-yo dieting, promote healthy eating, and discourage the binge eating that follows bulimia.