Goddess Association: Pele, Edda, Jana, Hecate
Found: Syria, Mexico, Japan, Iceland, the US and many other places around the world.
Affirmation: I cleanse my energy field of negativity and ground myself to the Earth’s heart. ~Simmons
Obsidian is a silica-rich, glassy, volcanic rock with a water content of less than one percent. It is an amorphous stone, meaning that its structure contains no regular geometric pattern. Since it breaks with very sharp conchoidal fractures it has been used to make tools and arrowheads, spear points, scrapers and many other cutting instruments since Paleolithic times. The name Obsidian comes from the Latin word obsidianus meaning “The Stone of Obsius,” who according to Pliny The Elder, was the first to ‘discover’ Obsidian somewhere in modern day Ethiopia.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
Black Obsidian aids greatly in past life healing and allows you to manage problems created by a misuse of power. It eliminates negativity in oneself or their environment that may be caused by built up anger or stress whether it is your own or someone else’s around you. One name that Black Obsidian is known by is the “Warrior of Truth”. This is extremely fitting as it assists in digging deep into your past (and future) lives in order to face your inner demons and own your darkest truth. It provides insight into the darker parts of one’s subconscious, also known as the shadow self, in order to accept your truest self. This stone may be overwhelming for some as it is extremely direct in showing you the parts of yourself you may not be ready to confront and bringing hard truths to the surface, though it carries the power of catharsis and allows for deep soul healing. Obsidian will inspire one to delve into any unresolved issues conflicting with their personal or spiritual growth.
Black Obsidian is extremely protective and grounding. It stimulates the Root Chakra while creating a connection to the Earthstar Chakra located below the feet. It seals the aura and removes energetic anchors that may be harming ones overall emotional well-being, creating a protective shield that allows for intense healing work. An excellent stone to be used as a remedy for shock or trauma, Black Obsidian provides strong support and direction during times of processing and hardships. All Obsidians can be used to stimulate healing of the emotional body in order to regain your personal power. It can also provide a deeper understanding of the emotional causes of physical disease while relieving stress and easing tension in the muscles.
~ Black Obsidian speeds up the healing process of wounds, bruises and sprains while also assisting in pain relief
~ The edges on a Black Obsidian fracture can be sharper than a surgical steel scalpel.
~ Has a strong healing energy known to aid in overcoming addictions, eating disorders, negative behaviors and emotional blockages
~ Used by healers to ease joint pain, arthritis, and cramps
~ Legend claims that those who wear Obsidian will never have nightmares
~ Use Black Obsidian slabs, mirrors, or spheres as scrying tools for meditation, receiving insight into the future, and communicating with those who have passed
Black Obsidian has been used as a scrying tool in many ancient cultures. In Mesoamerican civilizations, it was polished into mirrors which reflected shadow images and were seen as metaphors for sacred caves and bodies of water or as a passage for supernatural entities. In Mayan civilizations, these Obsidian mirrors were tools used to communicate with otherworldly forces or as a portal to other realms. Black Obsidian has a deep association in ancient Mexican and Aztec cultures, specifically with their nocturnal sky god, Tezcatlipoca, whose name means “Smoking Mirror”. Tezcatlipoca was believed to have the ability to see all that happened in this world and the heavens through his Black Obsidian mirror. One of the most famous Obsidian mirrors to date is that of Dr. Dee, an English mathematician who acquired the mirror after the conquest of Mexico. Dr. Dee was also an astrologer and an advisor to both Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I for his use in magical pursuits. Dr. Dee made great strides in the last 30 years of his life in an effort to communicate with angelic beings which he believed would allow him to bring about the pre-apocalyptic unity of humankind. He claimed this mirror was presented to him by Archangel Uriel and granted him the ability to call upon spirits of other realms. This gained the mirror the nicknames “Dr. Dee’s Magic Mirror” and “The Devil’s Looking Glass”. Obsidian has been known by many names and was not only used in scrying. In ancient Mexican civilizations it was known as izti meaning “the Divine Stone”. Obsidian was also used in Aztec civilizations as a balm for healing scars as they believed using the same substance which created the wounds would also heal them. Native Americans compared Obsidian to the Great Void or the Great Mystery from which all things are created. It was referred to as a stone for spiritual dreaming.
Works Well With
Black Obsidian harmonizes with Jet, Black Tourmaline and Smoky Quartz to create a strong sense of grounding. Working with Moldavite helps to raise the vibrations of Black Obsidian to build a more active energy for self-transformation. Combine Black Obsidian with Shungite, Fire Agate, Tourmalated Quartz, or Dalmatian Jasper to stimulate prophetic dreams and with Iolite, Celestite, or Prehnite to increase your ability to receive prophetic messages. When used with Phenacite or Scolecite, Obsidian activates the third eye and provides enhanced psychic abilities. Pair with Amber to increase its healing influence.