Apatite is a relatively new find in the crystal world so it doesn’t have any ‘old world’ history to report. Apatite was so named in 1788 from the Greek (απατείν) apatao meaning ‘to deceive’ or ‘to be misleading’, as Apatite was often confused with other crystals, especially Fluorite and Aquamarine.
Apatite is a natural, variously coloured calcium fluoride phosphate, found in transparent, translucent, and opaque forms and in various colours – yellow, green, grey, blue, white, purple, brown and violet. It belongs to the hexagonal crystal system occurring in individual crystals and in masses. It is the defining crystal or mineral for hardness factor 5 on the Mohs scale.
Apatite is one of a few minerals used by biological micro-environmental systems. Apatite, as a valuable source of phosphorous is largely used in the manufacture of fertilizer. It is a major component of bone and tooth enamel. Green and blue varieties are used as pigments with excellent covering power.
Apatite is infrequently used in jewellery, however when cut correctly it has bright, strong colours. Chatoyant specimens are cut into cabochons and beads and transparent stones are usually faceted.
Apatite is known as an inspirational stone. It is an interface between consciousness and matter. It is also a Stone of Manifestation, encouraging service and inclining toward humanitarian pursuits.
Apatite boosts your personal power, motivation, growth and ability to achieve goals. It enhances your insight, imagination and learning abilities to give you increased self-confidence. It clears away confusion, indifference and negativity, reducing irritability and awakening your inner self. It stimulates the intellect expanding your understanding, knowledge and truth; making it available for personal growth or for the collective good.
The sustained use of Apatite is said to generate a spiritual state of unconditional love. It brings about a willingness to let go of some of the more futile aspects of life, eliminating negativity relating to people and objects.
Apatite though attuned to the future, nonetheless connects to past lives. It encourages development of psychic gifts and promotes spiritual attunement; it deepens meditation and assists communication and self-expression on all levels. It raises the Kundalini and harmonises the chakras and balances the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
It is a supportive and helpful stone for hyperactive and autistic children.
Apatite assists with the absorption of calcium; helping cartilage, bones and teeth. Heals bones and encourages the formation of new cells. Improves arthritis, joint problems and rickets and assists with motor skills. Apatite encourages healthy eating, helping to suppress hunger and raise the metabolic rate. It heals the glands, organs and meridians, and overcomes hypertension.
In addition to the generic attributes of Apatite, these specific colours have additional properties:
Blue Apatite is a deeply spiritual stone that connects to a very high level of spiritual guidance. It has a cleansing influence on the aura and opens the throat chakra. It facilitates public speaking and enhances communication in groups. It heals the heart and emotional dis-ease.
Yellow Apatite activates the solar plexus chakra and is an excellent eliminator of toxins and for drawing off stagnant energy. It treats depression and lethargy and can overcome a lack of concentration and inefficient learning. On an emotional level it neutralises stored anger. It improves poor digestion, helps to remove cellulite, and treats the gallbladder, liver, pancreas and spleen.