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Obsidian Stone - Meaning & Healing Properties

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Personal Experiences with Obsidian

Hi, Sheila Satin here. I have used Rainbow Obsidian extensively. I learned my lesson to never go without Obsidian after the first time I did some official Crystal Healing Sessions back when we had a healing space in the back of our retail store in San Francisco.

I saw three clients in a row and forgot to protect myself with Obsidian. I was weak and sick for the whole week after, and I am the person who is usually never sick. I have never forgotten my Obsidian stones since then. 

I like to wear Obsidian in jewelry form while doing healing so it is doing its job silently in the background.

I also make sure to wear Obsidian jewelry when I am going to encounter negative and draining personalities. For example, when I have to go to the DMV, the cell phone shop or the post office. You just never know who is going to be behind the counter that day. 

Sometimes I wear Obsidian just because I love the look and feel of it.

In my youth, I used to work as a library clerk. I wore Obsidian daily because I knew I would have to deal with cranky patrons and their complaints about overdue fees. Since then, I have always recommended this stone to everyone working in customer service - especially those who work in hospitals where there are a lot of sick people and spirits coming and going. 

The Attractive Obsidian Sheen

Hi, it's Lisa Satin here now. Sheila has already written about her experience, but I will share mine as well. That's because Obsidian is my all time favorite crystal, so how can I just gloss by it without telling my tale?

I'm attracted to the color black, yet it's not Black Obsidian that excites me most. It's the top quality, best-of-the-best Rainbow Obsidian and Sheen Obsidian varieties that take my breath away. There's something so magical about picking up a stone that looks dead black in everyday lighting, but suddenly comes alive with color and character when you admire it under strong sunlight.

When I hold Obsidian, I feel at home. It washes away my stress and worries, bringing joy and relaxation instead. That's saying a lot, considering my overactive mind. 

I have used Obsidian Balls for gazing several times. The shiny reflective surface helps capture my attention and bring to surface visions from the subconscious. No wonder Nostradamus used an Obsidian mirror for his gazing feats - it is simply the best!

I suppose it's the glassy quality of Obsidian that differentiates it aesthetically from Black Tourmaline, Black Onyx and Black Agate. All of these black stones are wonderful protectors, but Obsidian is my ultimate guardian. When using Obsidian for protective energies, I prefer the pieces that have ring eye formations. Again, this ringed eye formation is usually found in Rainbow Obsidian, Gold Sheen Obsidian and Silver Sheen Obsidian. This makes me feel extra secure, as though the ominous eye of God is watching over me.

Currently, I have a Silver Sheen Obsidian ball near the entrance door of our home. It keeps my family safe from intruders.

I own an Obsidian and Tiger's Eye necklace that Sheila made me, which I like to wear when I want extra grounding energy. Both the stones serve just that purpose. The healing qualities of Obsidian are powerful.

My Black Obsidian bracelet is probably one of the most used jewelry pieces I own. I love that it matches with everything I wear, and keeps me safe no matter where I go.

It has been almost two decades since I first delved into the wonderful world of crystals, and Obsidian still holds the top place in my heart. Thank you, Obsidian!

Metaphysical Healing Properties of Obsidian

Obsidian is one of the most protective crystals there is. It transmutes negative energy into positive. By doing so, Obsidian keeps you safe and protected because external negative forces are never able to penetrate your aura field. Obsidian even extracts your own negativity and fills the void with optimism. 

Obsidian is a also a manifestation stone. It aids you in your work with the Law of Attraction and drawing positive things into their lives. It helps attract love, wealth, happiness, health and more.

Obsidian is also a grounding stone. It brings you the energy of Earth, and even more specifically, of Lava and volcanoes. If you're feeling spacey or loopy, Obsidian will anchor you back to reality.

How to Use Obsidian

Here are a few ways to use Obsidian in your everyday energy practices:

  • Place Obsidian in your healing area and grid your space with these stones for protection.

  • Place Obsidian at your Solar Plexus Chakra to bring imbalances to the surface, releasing the past, letting go of old loves, old baggage, etc.

  • Hold or wear Obsidian for Grounding energy.

  • Use an Obsidian Ball for scrying and crystal ball gazing.

  • Drink Obsidian as an elixir or place it over the stomach for any problems related to this area.

  • Place Obsidian over bites, stings and swelling to reduce the pain.

  • Hold an Obsidian egg during Manifestation meditations.

  • Put Obsidian near your door to keep unwanted guests out.

  • Surround yourself in Obsidian Animals to keep you safe on Shamanic Journeys and Out of Body experiences.

  • Use Obsidian skulls to channel aliens and ancestors. 

What is Obsidian?

Obsidian is a volcanic rock that forms when Lava solidifies so quickly that the surrounding minerals have no time to crystallize. For example, the Lava may flow into a lake or ocean and solidify immediately!

Technically, Obsidian is not a mineral because of its glassy composition. It is a natural volcanic glass.

Obsidian is a 5 to 6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness like glass and has a Conchoidal fracture, meaning it breaks like glass. 

Types of Obsidian

Apache Tears are transparent black Obsidian nuggets. In crystal healing, Apache Tears aid in grief, mourning and brings forgiveness.

Black Obsidian forms when volcanic Lava cools very quickly. Black Obsidian has cooled fast enough that no air bubbles or minerals have been included in the crystal. This pure black crystal is opaque with a glassy luster.

Black Obsidian is a popular healing crystal to help protect your aura from absorbing negative energies. Use Black Obsidian to ground the Root Chakra.

Lace Obsidian is a translucent banded black stone showing lace-like layers.

Mahogany Obsidian contains Hematite which brings a reddish brown inclusion to the black. Because of a high concentration of iron, it has reddish-brown coloring and resembles fine grains of mahogany wood.

Mahogany Obsidian provides strength and protection in times of weakness and need. Use Mahogany Obsidian crystals to balance the Root Chakra.

Rainbow Obsidian is the most sought after form of Obsidian because of its brilliant sheen. Like all Obsidian, this healing crystal forms when volcanic lava cools quickly. Microscopic crystals and bubbles of Mica get trapped in this particular form of Obsidian to reveal subtle sheen and muted rainbow colors moving on the stone. 

Rainbow Obsidian is our favorite crystal to counteract negative energies and transmute them to positive, thus protecting our aura from being drained. Use Rainbow Obsidian to ground the Root Chakra. It brings joy and happiness. It unhooks unhealthy relationships from your heart.

Sheen Obsidian is a volcanic glass formed when lava cools quickly. When air bubbles get trapped in this cooling lava, they create the highly desirable shimmering effect of Sheen Obsidian. Sheen Obsidian can be found in Golden Sheen and Silver Sheen, reflecting their shine in the healing crystal at varying angles.

Use Sheen Obsidian to protect your aura and balance the Root Chakra. The stone helps you to focus on your goals and teaches patience in the process.

Snowflake Obsidian show a fanlike arrangement of white Spherulite crystals form over the black Obsidian after it has cooled making them look like snowflakes. Like snowflakes against a dark night sky, this black Obsidian crystal shows gray inclusions where internal crystallites have formed.

Snowflake Obsidian healing crystals help to purify thoughts, reminding us to turn those negative thoughts to positive.

Spider Web Obsidian shows unique gray patterns reminiscent of a spider's complex web.

Use this stone to protect from negativity and clear the path for positive thinking. 

Mineral Facts of Obsidian

Surface Color: Black, Brown, Green, Gray, Red

Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White

Group: Extrusive Igneous

Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None

Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks)

Luster: Vitreous (glassy)

Transparency: Transparent (allows light through) to Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent) to Opaque (no light goes through)

Crystal System: None

Crystal Habit: Amorphous (no form)

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Where is Obsidian Found?

Some places where Obsidian can be found include Iceland, Italy, Japan, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Hungary, Oregon and Obsidian Cliff Yellowstone Wyoming. It occurs wherever there are volcanoes with Rhyolitic eruptions.

Obsidian's Role in History

When Obsidian breaks, it becomes super sharp. It was important in the stone age because it could be made into sharp arrows and blades. Obsidian was used for weapon and tool making dating all the way back to the Neolithic era.

Obsidian occurs all over the world, and was used by several civilizations for making pottery and dishware. Artifacts have been uncovered from areas like Greece,Turkey, Egypt, Israel and the Americas.

Obsidian is still used today as chess pieces, piano keys and even for surgery. Obsidian is sharper than the surgical scalpel, so it was used for precision work in cardiac surgery, cosmetic surgery and eye surgery. 

Nostradamus' Obsidian Gazing Mirror

Nostradamus was a spiritual man who lived during the 1500's. He was perhaps the most psychically gifted person documented in history. He was a physician and astrologer interested in the supernatural. He used methods like hypnotherapy to aid his patients with pain management during operations.

Nostradamus had students whom he taught meditation, fire gazing and other occult techniques. For gazing, Nostradamus used an Obsidian mirror and covered it with fine white sand. Through the Obsidian mirror, he could channel images, voices and messages from the spirit guides with his Third Eye. The spirits gave him visions of the future.

Obsidian's reflective surface makes it a top choice for people practicing gazing and scrying even today.

The Obsidian Collection 

The more brilliant the colors, the higher the value of the stone to the wearer.

Obsidian comes in all kinds of polished stones and jewels.

Rainbow Obsidian stones are one of our top selling crystals at Satin Crystals for its subtle rainbow shine.

Do you love Obsidian?

What attracts you to Obsidian? Which type of Obsidian is your favorite? Have you used Obsidian for healing?

Do you have some interesting Obsidian stories to share?

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