Obsidian is a naturally occurring glassy, silica-rich volcanic rock with no regular crystal system. It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimum crystal growth. The name Obsidian is derived from the name of the prominent ancient Roman, Obsius, however, Obsidian has been used for making arrowheads and tools since Palaeolithic times. Pure obsidian is usually dark in appearance, though the colour varies depending on the presence of impurities. Iron and magnesium typically give the obsidian a dark brown to black colour.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws and weaknesses. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian (it knows where your chocolate stash is!!!).
Pointing out how to ameliorate all destructive and disempowering conditions, Obsidian impels us to grow and lends solid support while we do so. Obsidian’s cathartic qualities are exceedingly valuable as it provides deep soul healing.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity from the environment, and strengthens in times of need. Obsidian draws out mental tension, and may have a calming effect, but it can also bring up reasons for that stress. These reasons then have to be confronted before peace can be return; this resolves the problem permanently rather than having a palliative effect. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges exploration of the unknown, opening new horizons.
Psychologically, Obsidian helps you to know who you truly are. It brings you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to integrate it. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing depth and clarity to emotions. It promotes qualities of compassion and strength.
Types and Colours
Apache Tear Obsidian is believed to shed tears in times of sorrow (see separate description under A-C).
Black Obsidian forces facing up to one’s true self.
Blue Obsidian supports communication skills.
Blue-Green Obsidian facilitates speaking one’s truth and understanding from the heart.
Electric Blue Obsidian accesses the roots of difficulties and balances energy fields.
Fire Obsidian helps you to hone your soul to its brilliant best.
Gold-Sheen Obsidian takes you deep into the core of a problem and shows what is needed for healing.
Green Obsidian removes hooks and ties from other people and protects against repetition.
Mahogany Obsidian grounds and protects, giving strength in times of need.
Mirror Obsidian reflects an image of the person you want to become.
Peacock Obsidian is an excellent stone for those with mental imbalances.
Rainbow Obsidian cuts the cords of old love and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart.
Red-Black Obsidian promotes vitality, virility and brotherhood.
Serpentine in Obsidian brings deep seated emotional issues to the surface.
Silver-Sheen Obsidian brings advantages throughout life and imparts patience and perseverance when required.
Snowflake Obsidian calms and soothes, putting you in the right frame of mind to be receptive.
Spider Web Obsidian helps you to recognise patterns that hold you to the past.
Sources: Mexico and Worldwide
Hardness: 5 – 5.5
Empowerment: I am filled with fire.