APATITE




APATITE


Other Names:


Fluorapatite, Hydroxil-apatite, Clorapatite (Depending on dominant chemical)

Chemical Composition:


Ca5(PO4)3+(F,CI, or OH)


Hardness:


5


Description:


This transparent to translucent mineral comes in many colors, including white, yellow, brown, red, pink, purple, blue, green, and multicolored varieties. Generally forms in well-shaped hexogonal crystals. Also occurs globular massses.


About:


Apatite is the most common phosphate mineral and is the main source of the phosphorus required by plants. The bones and teeth of most animals, including humans, are of the same material as apatite. Apatite is essential in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers, and is very important in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Apatite is also a popular collectors mineral, and some transparent specimens are faceted for collectors. It can be found in all types of eruptive rocks, in some hydrohtermal veins and in iron rich igneous deposits along with feldspar, quartz and iron ores. Some of the more highly colored varieties are used as gemstones.


Lore & History:


Apatite derives it name from the Greek word "apatos" meaning 'to deceive' because of its similarity in appearance to many other gemstones. Though used in jewelry, the softness of the stone makes it very fragile and prone to scratches and flaws.


Healing Properties:


Strengthens the heart, kidneys, and muscular tissues. Helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium. Said to be useful in improving one's coordination and the elixer is said to ease hunger pains.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:


Used in meditation, Apatite will help one acheive deeper states of meditation and will enhance insight, learning abilities and creativity. Will help facilitate desired results when used with other stones. Enhances intellect, focus, clarity of concentration, acceptance, learning, and unconditional love.


Deity/Elemental/Planetary Affinity:


Jupiter/Earth-Air/Mercury


Astrological Correspondence:


Gemini-Sagittarius-Virgo


Where to Wear for best results:


Earlobes


Yellow Apatite   Violet Apatite   Purple Apatite

Blue Apatite Crystal   Blue Apatite Gem   Blue Apatite

Green Apatite



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