As a stone that emerges with dramatic force from the depths of the earth, obsidian is believed by many to bring hidden emotions to the surface. This makes it extremely useful in releasing long-held stresses and buried traumas.
Obsidian is found only in volcanic areas, where it forms from rapidly cooled lava. Born from the fire within the heart of the planet, Obsidian can bring a strong sense of determination to conquer fear and face reality in a practical, grounded, and courageous way.
In general, Obsidian is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment but also that of one’s own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Obsidian is often used for healing and releasing energy blockages and has a tendency to work quickly to move truths to the surface to be resolved.
Energy: transmuting, deep, hidden
Colors: black transparent or semi-transparent, flecked with white or striped
Uses: Volcanic stone for protection and working with the shadow self. Obsidian sharpens inner and outer vision. Used for divination (obsidian mirrors), ritual tools, past life regression, good luck, letting go of old patterns and memories, and in ceremony and ritual.
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Look into obsidian to see your true self and your future
Give obsidian – the mirror of the soul – as a symbol of wisdom
Wear obsidian for protection from accidents and to dispel unkind thoughts
Keep obsidian with you to promote understanding when learning new skills and concepts
Meditate with obsidian to allow its male energy to stimulate your dynamic masculine side
Place obsidian by your bed to help release trapped fears from past events
Grounding obsidian brings you down to earth
Green Obsidian is particularly useful in protection from people who try to “reel you into their personal crises.” It redirects their pulling, draining that energy, and gives them access to their own healing. If you have a lot of people who constantly come to you for aid, wearing Green Obsidian will give you an immediate sense of lightness and freedom are it redirects these energies away from you.
Star Sign: Libra
Wear rainbow obsidian to bring out your personal charisma
Look into rainbow obsidian to see the future
Place rainbow obsidian in your home to experience your inner self
Carry rainbow obsidian when outdoors to enhance your appreciation of nature
Hold rainbow obsidian to release stress
Rainbow Obsidian (Sheen Obsidian) is called a “stone of pleasure.”
It brings love and light and can bring out the spiritual nature within.
Rainbow Obsidian is used psychically to enhance clairvoyance and is an excellent scrying stone.
It is a very protective stone and is especially effective in protection rituals and amulets.
Rainbow Obsidian gets its name from the chatoyant, rainbow effect of light refracting off of tiny air bubbles inside the stone. It is made up of volcanic glass. Rainbow Obsidian can help to alleviate fears at home/work that seem to overwhelm, or that we find we cannot overcome. It also can reverse a stint of bad luck and bring happiness and joy to the user.
Snowflake Obsidian has the property of bringing things to the surface.
Snowflake obsidian can provide balance during times of change.
It aids in seeing patterns in life and recreating them in a more beneficial way.
It is a stone of serenity and purity and can shield against negativity.
It is associated with the root chakra and is beneficial for the veins, skeleton and smooth skin.
Snowflake Obsidian gives protection from physical and emotional harm.
Mahogany Obsidian has a gentler energy than black obsidian.
Resonating with the earth, it grounds and protects, gives strength in times of need,
vitalizes purpose, eliminates energy blockages and stimulates growth on all levels.
It is a stabilizing 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.