The Healer’s Guide to Blue Apatite
Nov 14, 2022
Within the world around us flows an abundance of energy. This vital force moves unseen through living and non-living objects and significantly affects our day-to-day lives. Certain stones and crystals have been found to possess the unique property of concentrating and harnessing this energy. This allows us to utilize this energy for various benefits such as healing, protection, and meditation.
In this article, we are going to take a look at a very special healing crystal known as blue apatite. We’ll break down its physical features, and mystical properties, as well as show you how to best use this stone. Keep on reading!
What Is Blue Apatite?
Blue apatite is a cerulean-colored form of a crystal known as apatite. Apatite crystals are phosphate-based minerals that come in a wide range of colors ranging from translucence to green and less often blue, yellow, pink, and even Brown. The name comes from the Greek word apatáō, which means to deceive, because the stone is often mistaken for other minerals.
Blue forms of the crystal have also been called moroxite and can be mined naturally from countries like Russia, Madagascar, Brazil, Mexico, and Burma. The stone has a hardness of 5 on the Mohs hardness scale placing it between crystals like fluorite and orthoclase.
These blue-colored stones also exhibit a property known as pleochroism which means that they change color depending on the polarity of the light passing through them. This means that blue apatite crystals can change between blue and yellow depending on the polarity of the lights being shone on them.
Mystical Associations of Blue Apatite Crystals
The stones also resonate strongly with several other mystical items or systems. Let's take a look at a few well-known examples of this.
- It resonates strongly with the Throat Chakra and Third Eye Chakra. The Throat Chakra (also called Vishuddha or Vishuddhi) has long been known as a center for verbal manifestation, communication, free speech, and self-expression. On the other hand, the Third Eye Chakra (called Ajna) is said to be linked to the subconscious mind and represents insight, perception, and intuition.
- It is associated with the Gemini zodiac sign. While not being the representative stone of this constellation, blue apatite is still strongly associated with this star sign. This makes it a powerful stone for all those born just before the spring equinox.
- In terms of numerology, it is associated with the number 9. Within the world of numerology, the number nine represents completion or a coming together of all things. This is partly because it represents the last digit of the decimal system and is also revered within the Hindu culture.
- It resonates with the element of Air. The element of air is often associated with creation, creativity, and flexibility of the mind. It is also considered a strong representation of spiritual faith as well as divination.
What Is Blue Apatite Used For?
As we mentioned earlier blue apatite is a powerful stone with a wide range of powerful uses. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of using blue apatite healing crystals.
- It's a Stone of Manifestation. This is due to the strong association of blue apatite with the Throat Chakra as well as the Third Eye Chakra. This means that meditating with a blue Apatite crystal is a great way to express your inner thoughts. This is useful for people who struggle with self-expression or public speaking.
- Blue apatite has potent healing properties. Apatite crystals are some of the few naturally occurring crystalloid minerals found within the human body. This means that blue apatite crystals can be used to heal the body of a wide range of illnesses, both physically and mentally.
Blue apatite is particularly useful for sleep disorders like insomnia and nightmares, as well as toothaches and tooth decay. This is because natural forms of apatite are found in the pineal gland (a tiny organ in the brain which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle, as well as the teeth).
- It's a stone of wisdom and clarity. Blue apatite is a useful stone for meditation and can help offer useful insights as well as a spiritual awakening. A great way to use this stone is to hold it in your hands as you say your words of affirmation or prayers.
- The crystal is also a cleansing stone. The blue apatite crystal has the amazing property of absorbing negative energy around us and cleansing our bodies and minds. This means you should always carry a piece of the crystal around you in the form of a bracelet or necklace to create an aura of protective positive energy around you wherever you go.
- It's a great stone of astral projection and lucid dreaming. Due to its properties as a Stone of Manifestation, as well as its association with the element of Air, blue apatite crystals are great stones for safe astral projection. They can also be used as an anchor while lucid dreaming and help enhance the experience significantly.
How To Cleanse Your Blue Apatite Crystal
Like all gemstones, blue apatite may collect dust with time and lose some of its characteristic luster and shine. Therefore, you must know how to safely cleanse your blue apatite crystals.
Blue apatite is a relatively “soft” crystal (with a Mohs hardness rating of 5). This means that prolonged exposure to water may dissolve or shatter the crystal. Therefore, it should be cleaned no sooner than every three months to help it retain its luster as well as rejuvenate its inner energy.
Let’s take a look at the safest way to clean blue apatite crystals.
Wash With Soapy Water and Rinse
Use lukewarm water mixed with a mild, organic soap to avoid damaging the crystal. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and use it to gently wipe away any dust or dirt. After this rinse the stone under clean running water and pat the stone dry with a soft cloth.
Recharge the Stone
Cleaning a healing crystal involves more than just ridding it of its outward impurities. It is important to also cleanse the stone of any negative energies it may have absorbed and recharge it with positive ones. This can be done in three main ways.
- Using pure spring water: Immerse the newly cleaned stone in a clean bowl containing pure spring water. Since blue apatite crystals can be damaged by water the stone should not be left for more than 2-3 hours at a time. Also, never submerge stones with obvious cracks. You can cover the surface of the bowl with a clean cloth. After doing this, bring out the stone and pay it dry with a soft cloth. The stone can also be left in the sun for a few hours to absorb pure radiant energy and recharge.
- Using incense: Ignite your favorite incense and place them around the stone for several minutes. You can also cleanse the environment around you and the stone as well while repeating words of affirmation, prayer, and mantras. Remember to perform this in an airy space and observe all fire safety protocols.
How to Tell if Your Blue Apatite Is Real
There are several ways to test the authenticity of a blue apatite crystal, some of them are relatively easy while some require more advanced techniques. They include:
- Testing the hardness. Blue apatite has a hardness of 5 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that stones or objects which are higher on the scale (such as quartz or a steel knife) should be able to scratch it, while softer stones and items (like calcite or a copper penny) shouldn't.
- Look out for inclusions. Virtually all forms of apatite are naturally occurring and therefore it is expected that they should have some inclusion bodies. However, it may be hard to visualize this on a particularly opaque stone.
- It exhibits fluorescence under UV light. If you have a UV light handy you can point it at the stone and look out for its characteristic fluorescence.
- Blue apatite shows pleochroism. This means that the stone changes color when passed under lights of different polarities.
- Is the crystal radioactive?
Certain stones can absorb or produce significant amounts of radiation, which can make them potentially dangerous to handle for long periods. Thankfully, blue apatite crystals only possess minimal amounts of radioactivity and are just as safe as any other item.
- Can the stone be submerged for a long time?
While blue apatite can be safely submerged for short periods, it should not be left for longer periods. This is because the crystal is relatively “soft” (with a Mohs hardness rating of 5) and may dissolve or shatter when left in water for too long.
- Is blue apatite a naturally occurring crystal?
Yes, nearly all forms of apatite are naturally occurring and blue apatite is no exception. Natural deposits of the crystal can be found in Russia, Madagascar, Brazil, Mexico, and Burma.