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.
Often called the stone of truth, the black obsidian can reveal boundless secrets and mysteries, both about the inner world of the person dealing with the obsidian, as well as about the inner process of the cosmos at large.
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. Obsidian is also believed to block the geopathogenic radiation.
Physical properties of 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.
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.
Metaphysical properties of obsidian
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.
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.
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.
A steel cutting edge is ragged, the obsidian scalpel is smooth at nanometer resolution. Medical practitioners must have appreciated this quality thousands of years ago, when obsidian was used for weapons, knives and other sharp cutting instruments.
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.