Crystal System: amorphous
Hardness: 5 - 5.5
Zodiac Sign: Aries, Capricorn , Sagittarius, and Scorpio
Energy Vibration: 1
Source: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan. Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia and USA
Beneficial For: Emotional Blockages, Grounding, Positive Vibrations and Energy, Psychic Attack, Psychic Protection, and Reducing Stress
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. Obsidian is created when lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. It is commonly found in obsidian flows. The inhibition of atomic diffusion through this highly viscous and polymerized lava explains the lack of crystal growth. Obsidian is hard and brittle and fractures with incredibly sharp edges.
Ancient Aztecs used flat sheets of Obsidian as mirrors and ancient peoples created arrowheads and axes with magical properties. Having no crystalline structure, obsidian has no boundaries and limitations working extremely fast with great power. Obsidians greatest gift is insight into the cause of disease. It is relentless in exposing flaws, weakness, and blockages and disempowering conditions, nothing can be hidden. Impelling growth, it lends solid support but needs careful handling and is best used under the guidance of a qualified therapist. Providing deep soul healing. Obsidian goes back to past lives to heal festering emotions or trauma carried forward into the present, ringing depth, and clarity to emotions.
A strongly protective stone, obsidian forms a shield against negativity providing a grounding cord from the base chakra to the center of the earth. It absorbs negative energies from the environment and blocks psychic attack and negative spiritual influences. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and constricting beliefs but makes it absolutely clear what lies behind mental distress or disease. An obsidian ball makes for excellent scrying and divination but requires tact in expressing what is seen. Useful where there are negative energies, within the emotional body that require removal and the person is ready for these to surface, an obsidian wand facilitates release and protects the aura, connecting to the earth. Obsidian wands can be used for diagnosis and location of blockages.