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I JUST FILLED MY 2 NEW CHARGING BOXES ONE WITH ROSE QUARTZ STUFF AND SELENITE THE OTHER I LAID A PIECE OF GYPSUM PLATE PLACED AN OBSIDIAN PYRAMID ON TOP, NEXT TO IT I PLACED A PIECE OF ROUGH SELENITE AND PLACED UPON IT AN OBSIDIAN SPHERE. I THEN CLOSED IT TO LET IT DO ITS THING. HENCE THIS POST-AT LEAST I HOPE YOU CAN PUT 2 & 2 TOGETHER LOL.

OBSIDIAN HEALING PROPERTIES :
♥ Purification ♥ Transformation ♥ Fulfillment ♥ Metamorphoses ♥ Manifestation ♥ Practicality ♥ Psychic ability
Obsidian is a volcanic glass.
Chakras - Base Chakra
Zodiac - Scorpio, Sagittarius
Element - Earth/Fire
Typical colours - Black, silvery or brown
Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Helps you to know who you truly are. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Promotes qualities of compassion and strength.
Obsidian aids the digestion and detoxifies. It reduces arthritis pain, joint problems and cramps. Warms the extremities.
In addition to the generic healing properties of Obsidian, specific colours and types have additional attributes:
Black Obsidian
Chakras - Base Chakra
Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone. It increases self-control. It forces facing up to one’s true self. Releases imbalances and negative energies. Black Obsidian is protective and provides support during change. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts.
Golden Obsidian
Golden Obsidian is a strongly protective stone. It is particularly effective for scrying, and balancing energy fields.
Mahogany Obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian has a gentle energy, resonating with the earth it grounds and protects. It is a stabilising stone that strengthens a weak aura.
Alternate Names or Spellings for Obsidian: Glass Agate, Glassy Lava, Xaga, Royal Agate (a mottled obsidian)
Obsidian is a natural, volcanic glass.
Obsidian is a very protective stone, and is excellent for removing negativity. It is also excellent protection against psychic attacks. In particular obsidian protects the gentle from abuse, and is used to cut attachment cords to release one. It is a very grounding stone, and very healing. Obsidian is also an excellent manifestation stone. Physically it is said to benefit the stomach, intestines, muscle tissue, and can rid one of bacterial or viral infections. It sharpens and focuses internal and external vision, and helps get in touch with buried issues before they explode. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. Obsidian is related primarily to the root chakra, though differing colors may relate to different chakras as well.
Green Obsidian shifts those draining energy from others or from you, to their own issues and healing. This can create a sense of freedom for those wearing or carrying it. It can also deflect draining energies within a room it is in, causing everyone to turn to their own healing rather than subconsciously reach for others energy for it. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. Green Obsidian is related to the heart chakra as well as the root chakra, creating a direct route from one to the other bringing a synergy of the energies of the two.
Other types of Obsidian include Mahogany Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, and Apache Tears.
Tumbled Black Obsidian (Mexico) - Black Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass formed from molten lava that cools very rapidly. This Black Obsidian is tumbled and opaque (dense, light cannot penetrate) with a very smooth and shiny finish.
Black Obsidian is a grounding stone that provides an instant connection from the Root Chakra deep into the core of the Earth. Black Obsidian will help to clean and remove negative energies in a sacred space or environment. It also assists in releasing those emotions/reactions that cause negative energy such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Once these energies are removed/released, Black Obsidian will help to keep the space protected.
Black Obsidian is used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to move truths to the surface to be resolved. This allows both healer and subject a unique clarity as to initial cause of the issue, so that it can be dealt with. If you have a physical illness, that you believe has an emotional cause, Black Obsidian could be the fastest way to discover the cause, but you must be willing to face it and ready to correct it.
Black Obsidian can be very intense and one must be ready to confront their issues when working with this stone. Healers may use Black Obsidian to help those unable or unwilling to let go of the past.
Black Obsidian can also be used for gazing, along with Quartz, to help make sense of any images or ideas gleaned from it. Using Black Obsidian can bring great foresight in this capacity. To gaze with Black Obsidian, choose a quiet environment with soft lighting, get into a relaxed state, and gently gaze at the stone. Remain open to any images or insights that come into your mind.
Carrying or wearing Black Obsidian assists in dispersing negativity around the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies. Place Black Obsidian in a home, office, or sacred space to remove any unwanted energies and keep the area free of negativity.
Physical and Metaphysical Properties for Tumbled Black Obsidian (Mexico) - Tumbled Stones
Properties for Stone: Black Obsidian
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Crystal System: Amorphous Crystal System
Chemical Composition: SiO2_Silicon_Dioxide_with_impurities
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius, Scorpio
Numerical Vibration: Number 1
Hardness: 5 to 5.5 Hardness
Color: Black
Location: China, India
Rarity: Common
Pronunciation: blak uhb-SID-ee-uhn / ob-SID-ee-uhn
Mineral Class: Mineraloids
Issues and Ailments (Physical): Arthritis, Blockage, Circulation, Detox, Joints, Knees, Pain, Physical Protection
Issues and Ailments (Emotional): Emotional Blockages, Grounding, Tension
Issues and Ailments (Spiritual): Attract Positive Vibrations, Psychic Attack
Extra Grade: Beautiful jet black color, translucent, < 10% matrix
A Grade: Nice black color, partially-translucent, 10% - 25% matrix
B Grade: Poor black color, opaque, and/or > 25% matrix
Affirmation: I gently release negative energy within and around me.
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Category: Tumbled Stones & Gemstones
Color: Black
Location: Mexico
Quality: "A", "Extra"
Shape: Tumbled
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Black obsidian has the aura of absolute mystery. Its energy draws you in softly, but very deeply, which makes the presence of black obsidian powerful in many ways.
Both the black obsidian crystal balls, as well as the black obsidian polished mirrors, were used in various cultures for deep healing purposes. The highly reflective black colour of obsidian teamed up with its smooth water-like surface and its volcanic origin can produce powerful transformation in those who know how to use it.
Often called the stone of truth, the black obsidian can reveal boundless secrets and mysteries, both about the inner world of the person working with the obsidian, as well as about the inner workings of the cosmos at large.
The black obsidian sharpness is expressed as physical property and used in various tools to cut through matter (blades, arrows, etc). The sharpness of black obsidian is also expressed as a metaphysical property. This powerful stone can help cut through illusions, lies, fearful facades and blockages, etc.
Black obsidian has the aura of absolute mystery. Its energy draws you in softly, but very deeply, which makes the presence of black obsidian powerful in many ways.
Both the black obsidian crystal balls, as well as the black obsidian polished mirrors, were used in various cultures for deep healing purposes. The highly reflective black colour of obsidian teamed up with its smooth water-like surface and its volcanic origin can produce powerful transformation in those who know how to use it.
Often called the stone of truth, the black obsidian can reveal boundless secrets and mysteries, both about the inner world
of the person working with the obsidian, as well as about the inner workings of the cosmos at large.
The black obsidian sharpness is expressed as physical property and used in various tools to cut through matter (blades, arrows, etc). The sharpness of black obsidian is also expressed as a metaphysical property. This powerful stone can help cut through illusions, lies, fearful facades and blockages, etc.
The amount of information that black obsidian can reveal and the intensity of this truthful energy can be overwhelming. The perfection of its black colour reveals the darkness that blocks the light in any situation and in any person. This is why the black obsidian is best used with much respect and care, especially the black obsidian spheres.
Another facet of the black obsidian identity is its ability to draw in negative energy, thus protecting the wearer or the surroundings in which it is placed.
As such, the black obsidian was (and still is) used as protection in various body adornments, jewelry, as well as in many areas of one's home.
The powerful alchemical properties of the black obsidian are due to its origin. Obsidian is born out of quickly cooled volcanic lava, so it has the most potent energy of the interaction of several raw and powerful elements - fire, earth and water.
In healing, the black obsidian is used to help one become more grounded, focused and clear in all practical matters. It can also help develop razor-like mental abilities and the powers of discernment.
Because the black obsidian expresses a clear, detached energy of truth without "taking any sides", it can be very helpful for those who tend to react emotionally to people and events in their life. A piece of black obsidian jewellery - be it a ring, a bracelet or even an ankle bracelet - can help anchor erratic energies, bring more balance to one's life and clear one's mind of fears and distractions.
Feng shui-wise, black obsidian is an excellent feng shui cure for the North bagua area - the area connected to the energy ofCareer and Path in Life. The energy of black obsidian not only provides the water quality feng shui element energy needed in the North, but also offers protection, as well as clears the obstacles in one's life path.
You can use a bowl of tumbled black obsidian stones in a glass bowl, or go for a small black obsidian sphere. There are also many feng shui carvings made of obsidian that you can explore - from animal to spirit carvings - be mindful to bring only the symbols you like and can associate with.
Because the black obsidian draws in negative energy, be sure to cleanse it regularly, as well as take good care of its physical surroundings. Do not place the black obsidian on the floor or anywhere else where it can get neglected.
Colour: Black, Brown/Black
Obsidian is a lightweight, shiny black gemstone created when a volcanic flow is cooled very quickly, into what Geologists call volcanic glass.
Black Obsidian is sometimes referred to as Apache Tear Obsidian when in tear drop form.
Obsidian, in general, is said to get its name from the Roman Obsius.
Appearance: Volcanic, Amorphous, siliceous glassy rock. Transparent to opaque.
Crystal System: Amorphous Lacking an inner structure, amorphous crystals allow energy to pass through freely and act rapidly, and may be a catalyst for growth.
Properties: Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone, it grounds and centres spiritual energy in the physical plane. Obsidian connects the mind and emotions. Self-control is increased by the use of this stone.
Obsidian reminds us that birth and death are simultaneously and constantly present one with the other, always as one. This is a stone that has always been associated with guardian spirits that watch over us, and is connected to protection on all levels.
In the Middle Ages it was thought to drive out demons. Hence it is often used as a grounding stone for astral projection and psychics, in general, as it provide protection from negative or impish spirits. Sometimes referred to as the Wizard's Stone as it opens the gates to the netherworld, yet, provides protection from misuse.
Obsidian is simply a stone to be worked with consciously and with respect. It is a stone without boundaries or limitations. Nothing can be hidden. Obsidian is considered one of the most important spiritual teachers and is referred to as the "stone of truth."
Our true selves are reflected back to us via its shinny surface so one must be prepared to face both positive and negative sides of reality as it emerges. It also brings with it a unique opportunity to clarify causes of physical illness or emotional upset. It impels us to grow while still lending support .
If you feel your growth has stagnated and need a jolt to get yourself moving again there is no better stone.
Aventurine, rose quartz, and chrysocolla will soften the impact. As members of the quartz family the first two stones help to dissolve what obsidian surfaces; while chrysocolla is a warm and nurturing stone which makes the truth easier to hear. Snowflake obsidian also offers a softened version of this stone. When using for emotional healing, it is often best used along with clear quartz.
Healers may use Black Obsidian to help those unable or unwilling to let go of the past.
Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found in mirrors and crystal balls. It focuses ones inner vision, and gives blunt answers on the course of action to take. The blackness of the stone will allow easier access to the subconscious. Said to be a vision stone for use in vision quests and prophetic dreaming.
Carrying or wearing Black Obsidian assists in dispersing negativity around the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies. Place Black Obsidian in a home, office, or sacred space to remove any unwanted energies and keep the area free of negativity. It will vibrate calmness and security, and stabilize the energies of all persons within its reach.
When you feel flighty or cannot get your physical life in order, hold one in your hands or place your bare feet on two small, polished pieces.
On a Physical Level:
A traveller's stone, especially by night.
Especially helpful in times of grief, depression.
Believed to reduce the pain of arthritis, to help joint problems and to ease cramps.
Obsidian aids the digestion and detoxifies, dissolving blockages, including harden arteries.
Warms the extremities.
Accelerate the physical healing of wounds.
Helps to reduce food cravings.
Its healing properties also include aiding vision, arthritis. Black obsidian will help with pets that overreact to noise and traffic.
Black obsidian is a natural pain reliever. It is also very good at dealing with phobias.
It will protect against negativity and hostility.
Sometimes mentioned as being a remedy for snake poison.
Deities: It is sacred crystal of Sekhmet, the Egyptian lion-headed fire and solar goddess.
HEKATE (or Hecate) was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy.
Saturn - He was an ancient Roman god of fertility, especially of agriculture. Saturn was worshiped in a winter festival called the Saturnalia and his name was/is used for the day of the week, Saturday.
Eriskegal - Sacred Goddess of the Underworld (Mesopotamian mythology)
Jana - Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things
Goddess Pele is a Hawaiian Volcano and Fire Goddess. Known as She Who Shapes the Sacred Land, Pele is the Volcano, the expression and embodiment of Divine Creative Power. She is the Flame of Passion and the Fire of Purpose, She is the Energy of Dynamic Action and She is the Glowing Essence of Eternal and Profound Love.
Magical Use: Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience. They are extremely protective and are thought to entrap negative energies and neutralize them. Black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.
Use for Black Madonna, Isis and Horus rituals.
Use in shamanic ceremonies to remove physical disorder, Black Obsidian also has the gift of prophesy.
Black obsidian should be used for psychic self defence. Obsidian absorbs and destroys negative energy such as anger, criticism, and fear, and may be used in protection or centering rituals.
For a protective ritual, surround a white candle with four obsidian arrowheads that each point to one of the directions. This will set up aggressive energies that will guard the place where it was set up.
Use seven opaque obsidian arrows pointed outwards and recite what you need to return to or come into your life, then turn them inwards to allow it to flow in; good for employment spells and also to drive away those who would wish you harm.
Use Apache tears in smudging rituals and to carry with you on spiritual journeys to ancient sites, etc. apache tears is an amulet against sorrow, especially if you have experienced at lot.
Black Obsidian spheres are wonderful scrying tools. Used for accessing the subconscious. Using Black Obsidian can bring great foresight.
To gaze with Black Obsidian, choose a quiet environment with soft lighting, get into a relaxed state, and gently gaze at the stone. Remain open to any images or insights that come into your mind. If its energy and intenseness makes one uncomfortable, hold clear quartz in one hand while scrying should help balance the power.
Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the colour of soil, which gives life.
Saturday's colour is black.
Chakra: Black Obsidian is a grounding stone that provides an instant connection from the Root Chakra deep into the core of the Earth.
Often the 6th, Third Eye or Brow Chakra is activated while using it. It breaks through mental barriers and dissolves mental conditioning.
Use with caution, as it will bring up, expose and help you to deal with your challenges and the past life lessons you need to learn so as to move on in this life.
Element: Earth and fire.
Planet: Pluto and Saturn.
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Numerical Vibration: 3, 7
Feng Shui: Obsidian is used in the area of North for personal journeys and in the Center area for grounding and protection.
Formula: 70-75% SiO2+25-30% MgO and Fe3O4
Hardness: 5-5.5
Obsidian is a stone of truth, protection, integrity, honesty and grounding. This stone awakens the inner warrior and provides courage to enter our subconscious mind and rediscover our hidden abilities. Obsidian, in general, protects our mind from all sorts of negative energies. Because of its reflective, mirror-like surface, Obsidian works like a mirror in which we can clearly see our own mistakes and weaknesses. Moreover, this stone will provide assistance and insight into the possible ways of correcting those mistakes. Obsidian is also believed to block the geopathogenic radiation.
Physical Properties of Obsidian
The color of Obsidian can be very different, from black, brown, and blue to green, silver, red and bright golden. It is composed out of 70-80 pecent of silica, SiO2 and about 20-30 percent of MgO and Fe3O4 (magnesium and iron oxide). Its hardness is not too high, ranging between 5 and 5.5 on the Mohs scale.
The largest deposits of this stone are in Mexico and India.
Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass formed in the process of rapid quenching of volcanic material. Silica (Rock crystal) comprises some 35 to 80 percent of this stone. The chemical composition of Obsidian is very similar to that of Granite, which was also rapidly cooled down which resulted in avoiding crystallization. In its red, brown or black color, Obsidian is a compact amorphous mineral with hardness comparable to glass. Cristobalite crystals are often associated with some of the spotted Obsidian varieties.
Metaphysical Properties of Obsidian
Obsidian is probably one of the most challenging stone when used in metaphysical practice. Obsidian has been used in the ancient times because it can be fractured conveniently to produce knives and sharp blades. Indeed, symbolically this stone works like a knife, penetrating into the heart of the problem, at times even without scruples from inflicting pain.
Obsidian is therefore a mineral one should show a certain amount of caution and respect to. If you feel that your growth is stagnant and that you need a strong impetus to move forward, there is no better stone than Obsidian. It will help you identify the blockages - the strata of your ego and the weaknesses and personality flaws of your being that prevent you from growing any further. Some aspects of this process will be painful, but the gain will be of great importance. There is also a great deal of pain in self-deception, so it is worth it to make this step.
Those who enjoy in the most intense life experiences will use Obsidian without reducing its sharpness. The other will use additional minerals, such as Rose Quartz or Aventurine, to mitigate the blade of this stone. Or some may prefer Snowflake Obsidian over Black Obsidian, as it has nearly the same properties, it works fast and intense, but with a hint of less intensity.
Obsidian stimulates our self-growth and gives us support during this process. It can bring to the surface some very displeasing truths. It heals the soul and is very good for performing past life regression, where it can heal traumas and negative emotions from our numerous past lives that we have been unable to release to this very day.
Obsidian connects us via the root chakra - Muladhara to the center of the Earth.
Obsidian in Crystal Therapy
In crystal therapy, Obsidian is beneficial for improving peripheral circulation and for balancing digestion. If placed under the pillow or beside the bed, it draws stress and tension out of the body and brings calm. Obsidian may also provide insight into the root cause of the problems or diseases.
Types of Obsidian
The properties described so far can be applied to all types of Obsidian. However, some Obsidian variations have their own special metaphysical features.
Black Obsidian boosts self-control. It disperses selfish thoughts and intentions and helps let go of past love. Black Obsidian also brings the gift of foresight. Black Obsidian crystal balls are very helpful in meditation. When placed on the naval area, this stone helps ground the spiritual energies within the body. When worn on the third eye, Obsidian helps break through mental barriers. It can focus the emotionally scattered energies and bring emotional release.
Silver Obsidian promotes perseverance and patience. It is a perfect tool for crystal gazing. Silver Obsidian is of great use in astral and mental projections.
Bright blue Obsidian is a stone of intuition that can be used in fortune telling, past life regression and for induced trance states. It opens the fifth chakra - Vishuddha and aids extrasensory communication.
Green Obsidian helps cure the gall bladder and promotes heart health.
Obsidian should be discharged under luke-warm running water. It is best charged in the early morning or late afternoon sun.
Obsidian is actually a type of glass and is literally lava that cooled from its molten form so quickly, there was not time for any crystals to form. The actual composition of the rock is dependent on what minerals, gases, and such were in the immediate area when the lava cooled.
Since ancient times, obsidian has been used in making various tools. In times past, arrowhead, knives, and saws for cutting animals were made from it. Today, some of the best scalpels in the world or made from it because of how thinly and smoothly the blade can be sharpened.
Most people are familiar with the regular black obsidian. There are several other types including: Apache Tear, Blue, Blue/Green, Gold Sheen, Mahogany, Rainbow, Red, Silver Sheen and Snowflake.

Obsidian can be found almost anywhere where there has been volcanic activity in the past, but not all the sources are currently being mined. Most mining is done in Armenia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Java, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland and Turkey. In the United States, the most common places where it is mined includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah.
Originally used for arrowheads and knives by the native peoples, obsidian is a very strong gem stone of protection. Worn by ancient warriors to ensure both protection in battle and that they maintain their high standards of honor by being honest, sincere and truthful. Obsidian can help you connect to the ancient warrior within you and reclaim forgotten abilities you learned in past lives.
Black Obsidian Tumbled Gemstone
Vibrates to number Astrological Signs Chakra
1 and 3 Sagittarius Root
Mayan Priests used scrying mirrors made of obsidian for foretelling the future. They called the mirrors, "smoking mirrors", but what they were referring to is the same as what we call a scrying mirror. Today's scrying mirrors are unusual clear glass with a black background on them. Much like the ancient version, the seer would gaze into the mirror and see signs and portent's of what is to come.
As a healing stone, obsidian can help relieve pain. If no one is around to perform a healing ritual on you, try wrapping the affected area with a bandage and placing a rock under the bandage so that it is touching the skin.
If you find yourself with thoughts that are running wild or you are having a hard time concentrating on any single subject, try meditating while holding on to one or more obsidian rocks. It's grounding properties can send all those excess energies into the earth where they can be transmuted into more positive energies.
Carrying and wearing an obsidian gemstone can be highly protective, keeping negative energies of all types away from you. Much like the excess energy mediating with an obsidian is dealt with, when used as a protective stone, it prevents negative energies from reaching you, diverting them into the earth to be dealt with.
The reflective qualities of this natural glass beauty can help you to look deep within yourself and find the negative qualities of your personality that needs to be worked on. It not only teaches you to see where the problem is at, but guides you to removing the problem from your makeup.
If those living within your home have a tendency to argue too much or anytime the air at your home or work tends to feel charged with negative energy, bring an obsidian into the environment and allow it to absorb the energies, sending them to be transmuted into positive energy.
Any piece of obsidian that has at least one side of it polished makes an excellent divination tool. Similar to a hand held scrying mirror, looking within the depths of rock unlocks universal information and brings it to your minds eye to be seen and interpreted.
This is not a crystal healing stone just anyone should wear. It is too forceful in showing you the reality of life and only those of strong spirit can deal with it unless the reality is softened by combining Obsidian with Rose Quartz, Aventurine or Chrysocolla. Or instead of using the black form of Obsidian, try using the Snowflake Form which has the same properties but with a light, easy to digest touch.
The above properties are known to exist for all forms of obsidian, however black obsidian has specific properties listed
below.
Black obsidian which is not always solid black but often has gray or brown within it, or can be completely gray or brown, is a diviner's stone. Looking within it's depths can open the doors to knowledge and information for the source. It also helps to give you the "get up and go" to accomplish your dreams and make your desires a reality.
Obsidian vibrates to number 1 and 3.
Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass , composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte.
Basic colours range from smoky gray to red or reddish brown, blue and black
Obsidian comes in a number of colours and patterns including banded, snowflake (small white bursts resembling snowflakes), mahogany (includes streaks of mahogany coloured bands), rainbow or peacock (contains layers of iridescent colours) and sheen (colours such as gold, silver or blue sheen seen in certain lights) Obsidian also occurs in small nodules known as Apache Tears. Obsidian was so named from its resemblance to a stone found in Ethiopia by Obsius. It was used in antiquity for amulets and necklaces.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. It works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from obsidian. It points out how to relieve all destructive conditions. Obsidian urges us to grow and lend solid support while we work toward the goal. It can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths to the surface which will then enable you to examine them and then bring in love and acceptance. Obsidian provides deep soul healing. It can facilitate going back into the past and heal festering emotions or trauma that is still there in the present.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. It grounds you to the earth through the base chakra, absorbs negative energies from the environment, and strengthens you in times of need. It is helpful to highly sensitive people. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences.
A large piece of obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its tendency to exposing the truth has to be taken into account. It is helpful for therapists and counsellors as it not only helps to get to the core of a problem, but it clears the negative energies that are released. Black or mahogany obsidian are suitable for this purpose. Place obsidian by your bed or under the pillow to draw out mental stress and tension, it may have a calming effect but it will also highlight the cause of the stress. The cause must be redressed before peace can return, this will resolve the problem permanently rather than just having a palliative effect. Apache tears or snowflake obsidian would be best for this task. It is essential to clean the stone under running water each time it has been used so that the stone won't retain the negative energy and send it back to you.
Obsidian vitalises the purpose of the soul. It eliminates energy blocks and relieves tension. Obsidian anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges you to explore the unknown there by opening up new horizons for you to explore.
Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and restricting belief systems. It may do this by making it absolutely clear to you what lies behind the mental distress or disease. Once the confusion and belief systems have been cleared obsidian expands your consciousness and helps you enter the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease.
Obsidian helps you to understand who you truly are and not who you think you are, it will help to integrate these two perceptions into a whole. This stone helps you identify behavioural patterns that are outdated and assists in clearing them. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes compassion and strength.
Obsidian's gift to your is the insight into the causes of disease. It helps with digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension, including hardened arteries. It reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries. Crystal water is useful for all types of shock. It eases pain and stops bleeding. It increases the circulation and warms the hands and feet. It can be used to reduce an enlarged prostrate.
APACHE TEARS:
Apache Tears are small nodules of obsidian. Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass , composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte. Apache tears can be found as translucent to opaque, black to red to brown nodules.
Apache Tear is much gentler in effect than obsidian, it still brings up negativity but is does it slowly so that it can be transmuted. An apache tear is excellent for absorbing negative energy and for protecting the aura. It comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress and relieves long held grievances.
This stone stimulates analytical capabilities and promotes forgiveness. An apache tear will remove self limitations and increase spontaneity.
Apache Tears enhance assimilation of Vitamin C and Vitamin D, removes toxins from the body and calms muscle spasms.
Apache Tears are strong stones for spiritual grounding and they are also powerful for psychic protection. They will raise your ability to recognise the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk.
Their energy works within the base chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia.
They may bring through joy as they encourage you to feel more positive about life. Because they do absorb so much negativity, they will need to be regularly cleansed.
There are lots of advantages to having a piece of jewellery that is both a spiritual grounding and psychic protection stone. An alternative to jewellery is to keep one in your pocket, so that the energy remains within your auric field.
It is important to ensure that the physical body is kept healthy and that you remain grounded to avoid health problems and Apache Tears is ideal for this.
BLACK OBSIDIAN :
Black obsidian is a powerful and creative stone. It grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will and making it possible to manifest spiritual energies on earth. Self control is increased by using this stone.
Black Obsidian forces you to face up to your true self, taking you into your subconscious mind in the process. It brings imbalances to the surface so that they can be released. It magnifies all negative energies so that they can be fully examined and then released. This healing effect goes back into past lives and it can also work on the ancestral and family line. Black obsidian removes the past and helps give energy for growth of the soul. It reverses previous misuse of power and addresses power issues on all levels, teaching you that to be empowered is not to wield personal power but to channel power for the good of all.
Black Obsidian is a protective stone. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts. It helps you to release old loves and provides support during change.
Used in shaman ceremonies obsidian will remove physical disorders. It also has the gift of prophesy. Black obsidian spheres are powerful meditation and scrying aids, clear quartz will help ground you and articulate what is revealed.
Black obsidian placed on the navel grounds spiritual energy into the body. If held briefly above the third eye, it breaks through mental barriers and dissolves mental conditioning. Used with care, it can draw together scattered energy and promote emotional release.
Blue Obsidian
Blue obsidian helps with astral travel, divination and enhances telepathy. It activates the throat chakra and supports communication skills. In healing, blue obsidian opens the aura to receive healing energy. It treats speech defects, eye disorders, Alzeimer's disease, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. If the stone is placed on the spot it will ease pain.
Golden Sheen Obsidian
Golden sheen obsidian is particularly effective for scrying. It takes you into the future and the past deep inside the core of a problem. it shows what is needed for healing, but other crystals will be needed to achieve healing.
Golden sheen obsidian eliminates any sense of futility or ego conflict. Releasing ego involvement, it imparts knowledge of spiritual direction. Used in healing, golden sheen obsidian balances energy fields.
Green Obsidian
Green obsidian opens and purifies the heart and throat chakras. It removes hooks and ties from other people and protects against repetition. Green Obsidian treats the gallbladder and the heart.
This stone facilitates relaxation, calm, peace; it reduces stress, eases insomnia, protects you from nightmares; promotes the ability to flow with change; promotes confidence in outcomes and the knowledge that everything is alright.
Mahogany Obsidian
Mahogany obsidian has a gentler energy than black. Resonating with the earth, it grounds an protects, gives strength in times of need, vitalises purpose, eliminates energy blockages and stimulates growth on all levels. It is a stabilising stone that strengthens a weak aura and restores the correct spin to the sacral and solar plexus chakras. Worn on the body, mahogany obsidian relieves pain and improves circulation.
Rainbow Obsidian
Rainbow obsidian is one of the gentler obsidians but with strong protective properties. It teaches you about your spiritual nature. This stone cuts the ties of old love and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart, replenishing the heart energy. Worn as a pendant, rainbow obsidian absorbs negative energy from the aura and draws off stress from the body.
Silver Sheen Obsidian
Silver sheen obsidian enhances meditation and is the perfect crystal for crystal gazing. As with all the other obsidians, it provides a mirror to inner being. It brings advantages throughout life and imparts patience and perseverance when required. It is a helpful stone when journeying out of your body and so bring the soul back into the physical.
Snowflake Obsidian
It you place snowflake obsidian on the sacral chakra calms and soothes, putting you in the right frame of mind to receptive before bringing your attention to ingrained patterns of behaviour. It teaches you to value mistakes as well as successes. It is a stone of purity, providing balance for body, mind and spirit. Snowflake obsidian helps you recognise and release wrong thinking and stressful mental pattern. It promotes dispassionate thinking and inner centring. Isolation and loneliness wont be a problem with snowflake obsidian because it will empower you and help you surrender in meditation.
Snowflake obsidian treats veins and the skeleton, improves circulation. Crystal water is good for the skin and eyes.
Obsidian Gemstone meaning
With its glassy luster, obsidian is a distinctive stone. Obsidian is formed as lava from volcanic eruptions cools within the earth. The speed at which it cools prevents crystallization and the rock forms as solid volcanic glass.
Although its most common color is black, obsidian can also be found in light brown, brown mottled with black, and black with a beautiful golden or silvery sheen. Snowflake obsidian is dotted with white patches where parts of the rock have begun to crystallize. The most prized obsidian by gemologists is the rainbow obsidian variety with purple, green and gold bands of sheen.
Obsidian was revered by ancient cultures. It was one of the major barter materials, and prized for its ability to be worked to razor-sharp edges for arrows and spears. It has been used since prehistoric times for making tools, masks, weapons, mirrors and jewelry.
Healing properties of Obsidian
Obsidian helps to protect the very sensitive against depression. It is the stone of the soft hearted and gentle people of the world. Use obsidian to help block negativity of any kind. As a black gemstone, it symbolizes self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.
Sources of Obsidian
Obsidian can be found anywhere that volcanic activity has occurred. Some of its important sources today are South America, Japan, Mexico, Afghanistan, and parts of the United States. The San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, United States, produces an interesting banded variety of obsidian known as "Apache Tears".
Obsidian
What Is Obsidian, How Does It Form, and What Is It Used For?
What is Obsidian?
Obsidian is an igneous rock that forms when molten rock material cools so rapidly that atoms are unable to arrange themselves into a crystalline structure. It is an amorphous material known as a "mineraloid." The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture that breaks with a conchoidal fracture (see photo on right).
Where Does Obsidian Form?
Obsidian is usually an extrusive rock - one that solidifies above Earth's surface. However, it can form in a variety of cooling environments:
along the edges of a lava flow (extrusive)
along the edges of a volcanic dome (extrusive)
around the edges of a sill or a dike (intrusive)
where lava contacts water (extrusive)
where lava cools while airborne (extrusive)
What Color is Obsidian?
Black is the most common color of obsidian. However, it can also be brown, tan, or green. Rarely, obsidian can be blue, red, orange or yellow. The colors are thought to be caused mainly by trace elements or inclusions.
Occasionally two colors of obsidian will be swirled together in a single specimen. The most common color combination is black and brown obsidian swirled together - that's called "mahogany obsidian" (see photo).
As a "glass," obsidian is chemically unstable. With the passage of time, some obsidian begins to crystallize. This process does not happen at a uniform rate throughout the rock. Instead it begins at various locations within the rock. At these locations, the crystallization process forms radial clusters of white or gray cristobalite crystals within the obsidian. When cut and polished, these specimens are referred to as "snowflake obsidian" (see photos at right).
Iridescent "rainbow" obsidian
A baroque cabochon of iridescent "rainbow obsidian."
Rarely, obsidian has an iridescent or metallic "sheen" caused by light reflecting from minute inclusions of mineral crystals, rock debris, or gas. These colored specimens are known as "rainbow obsidian," "golden obsidian," or "silver obsidian," depending upon the color of the sheen or iridescence. These specimens are very desirable for the manufacture of jewelry.
What is the Composition of Obsidian?
Most obsidians have a composition similar to rhyolite and granite. Granites and rhyolites can form from the same magma as obsidian and are often geographically associated with the obsidian.
Rarely, volcanic glasses are found with a composition similar to basalt and gabbro. These glassy rocks are named "tachylyte."
Are There Other Glassy Igneous Rocks?
Pumice, scoria, and tachylyte are other volcanic glasses formed by rapid cooling. Pumice and scoria differ from obsidian by having abundant vesicles - cavities in the rock produced when gas bubbles were trapped in a solidifying melt. Tachylyte differs in composition - it has a composition similar to basalt and gabbro.
Occurrence of Obsidian
Obsidian is found in many locations worldwide. It is confined to areas of geologically recent volcanic activity. Obsidian older than a few million years is rare because the glassy rock is rapidly destroyed or altered by weathering, heat, or other processes.
Significant deposits of obsidian are found in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, United States, and many other locations.
In the United States it is not found east of the Mississippi River, as there is no geologically recent volcanic activity there. In the western US it is found at many locations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Most obsidian used in the jewelry trade is produced in the United States.
Uses of Obsidian as a Cutting Tool
The conchoidal fracture of obsidian causes it to break into pieces with curved surfaces. This type of fracturing can produce rock fragments with very sharp edges. These sharp fragments may have prompted the first use of obsidian by people.
The first use of obsidian by people probably occurred when a sharp piece of obsidian was used as a cutting tool. People then discovered how to skillfully break the obsidian to produce cutting tools in a variety of shapes. Obsidian was used to make knives, arrowheads, spear points, scrapers, and many other weapons and tools.
Once these discoveries were made, obsidian quickly became the raw material of preference for producing almost any sharp object. The easy-to-recognize rock became one of the first targets of organized "mining." It is probably a safe bet that all natural obsidian outcrops that are known today were discovered and utilized by ancient people.
Stone Age Manufacturing and Trade
What is Obsidian?
Obsidian is an igneous rock that forms when molten rock material cools so rapidly that atoms are unable to arrange themselves into a crystalline structure. It is an amorphous material known as a "mineraloid." The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture that breaks with a conchoidal fracture (see photo on right).
Where Does Obsidian Form?
Obsidian is usually an extrusive rock - one that solidifies above Earth's surface. However, it can form in a variety of cooling environments:
along the edges of a lava flow (extrusive)
along the edges of a volcanic dome (extrusive)
around the edges of a sill or a dike (intrusive)
where lava contacts water (extrusive)
where lava cools while airborne (extrusive)
What Color is Obsidian?
Black is the most common color of obsidian. However, it can also be brown, tan, or green. Rarely, obsidian can be blue, red, orange or yellow. The colors are thought to be caused mainly by trace elements or inclusions.
Occasionally two colors of obsidian will be swirled together in a single specimen. The most common color combination is black and brown obsidian swirled together - that's called "mahogany obsidian" (see photo).
As a "glass," obsidian is chemically unstable. With the passage of time, some obsidian begins to crystallize. This process does not happen at a uniform rate throughout the rock. Instead it begins at various locations within the rock. At these locations, the crystallization process forms radial clusters of white or gray cristobalite crystals within the obsidian. When cut and polished, these specimens are referred to as "snowflake obsidian" (see photos at right).
Iridescent "rainbow" obsidian
A baroque cabochon of iridescent "rainbow obsidian."
Rarely, obsidian has an iridescent or metallic "sheen" caused by light reflecting from minute inclusions of mineral crystals, rock debris, or gas. These colored specimens are known as "rainbow obsidian," "golden obsidian," or "silver obsidian," depending upon the color of the sheen or iridescence. These specimens are very desirable for the manufacture of jewelry.
What is the Composition of Obsidian?
Most obsidians have a composition similar to rhyolite and granite. Granites and rhyolites can form from the same magma as obsidian and are often geographically associated with the obsidian.
Rarely, volcanic glasses are found with a composition similar to basalt and gabbro. These glassy rocks are named "tachylyte."
Are There Other Glassy Igneous Rocks?
Pumice, scoria, and tachylyte are other volcanic glasses formed by rapid cooling. Pumice and scoria differ from obsidian by having abundant vesicles - cavities in the rock produced when gas bubbles were trapped in a solidifying melt. Tachylyte differs in composition - it has a composition similar to basalt and gabbro.
Occurrence of Obsidian
Obsidian is found in many locations worldwide. It is confined to areas of geologically recent volcanic activity. Obsidian older than a few million years is rare because the glassy rock is rapidly destroyed or altered by weathering, heat, or other processes.
Significant deposits of obsidian are found in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, United States, and many other locations.
In the United States it is not found east of the Mississippi River, as there is no geologically recent volcanic activity there. In the western US it is found at many locations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Most obsidian used in the jewelry trade is produced in the United States.
Uses of Obsidian as a Cutting Tool
The conchoidal fracture of obsidian causes it to break into pieces with curved surfaces. This type of fracturing can produce rock fragments with very sharp edges. These sharp fragments may have prompted the first use of obsidian by people.
The first use of obsidian by people probably occurred when a sharp piece of obsidian was used as a cutting tool. People then discovered how to skillfully break the obsidian to produce cutting tools in a variety of shapes. Obsidian was used to make knives, arrowheads, spear points, scrapers, and many other weapons and tools.
Once these discoveries were made, obsidian quickly became the raw material of preference for producing almost any sharp object. The easy-to-recognize rock became one of the first targets of organized "mining." It is probably a safe bet that all natural obsidian outcrops that are known today were discovered and utilized by ancient people.
Stone Age Manufacturing and Trade
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The manufacture of obsidian tools by humans dates back to the Stone Age. At some locations, tons of obsidian flakes reveal the presence of ancient "factories." Some of these sites have enough waste debris to suggest that many people labored there for decades producing a variety of obsidian objects. Making arrowheads, spear points, knife blades, and scrapers from obsidian, chert, or flint might have been the world's first "manufacturing industry."
Obsidian was so valued for these uses that ancient people mined, transported and traded obsidian and obsidian objects over distances of up to a thousand miles. Archaeologists have been able to document the geography of this trade by matching the characteristics of obsidian in outcrops with the characteristics of obsidian in cutting tools. A study done by the Idaho National Laboratory used composition studies by X-ray fluorescence to identify the source outcrops of obsidian artifacts and map their use across the western United States.
Obsidian in Modern Surgery
Although using a rock as a cutting tool might sound like "stone age equipment," obsidian continues to play an important role in modern surgery. Obsidian can be used to produce a cutting edge that is thinner and sharper than the best surgical steel. Today, thin blades of obsidian are placed in surgical scalpels used for some of the most precise surgery. In controlled studies, the performance of obsidian blades was equal to or superior to the performance of surgical steel.
Uses of Obsidian in Jewelry
Obsidian is a popular gemstone. It is often cut into beads and cabochons or used to manufacture tumbled stones. Obsidian is sometimes faceted and polished into highly reflective beads. Some transparent specimens are faceted to produce interesting gems.
The use of obsidian in jewelry can be limited by its durability. It has a hardness of about 5.5 which makes it easy to scratch. It also lacks toughness and is easily broken or chipped upon impact. These durability concerns make obsidian an inappropriate stone for rings and bracelets. It is best suited for use in low-impact pieces such as earrings, brooches, and pendants.
Obsidian is also used in making opal doublets and opal triplets. Thin slices or chips of opal are glued to a thin slice of obsidian to make a composite stone. The black obsidian provides an inexpensive and color-contrasting background that makes opal's colorful fire much more obvious. It also adds mass and stability to the opal that facilitates cutting it into a gem.
Other Uses of Obsidian
Freshly broken pieces of obsidian have a very high luster. Ancient people noticed that they could see a reflection in obsidian and used it as a mirror. Later, pieces of obsidian were ground flat and highly polished to improve their reflective abilities.
Obsidian's hardness of 5.5 makes it relatively easy to carve. Artists have used obsidian to make masks, small sculptures, and figurines for thousands of years.
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