A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas.
Obsidian is an excellent rescue remedy for shock, traumas, and blockages, and may be placed at the feet for anchoring during times of turmoil. It is an excellent tool for therapists and counsellors for quickly getting to the root of a problem, and for absorbing energies released as a result. It blocks geopathic stress and soaks up environmental pollution, and should be cleansed under running water on a regular basis.
Considered a very personal stone of protection, Obsidian is generally bought, kept and worn by one person only. It is a marvelous talisman to shield gentle souls and those who are highly sensitive. Wear as jewelry or carry to keep others from offloading their problems onto you or making excessive demands on your time.
Wear an Obsidian arrow on a necklace to counter bullying in any form, whether for you or a family member, and keep it with you until the bullying stops. Place small, seven-pointed Obsidian arrows in the workplace facing outward to protect against gossip or spite, or facing inward in a semi-circle or ringed around a burgundy candle to draw in power and health.
Mahogany Obsidian resonates well with women over 50 to draw in work opportunities, attract lasting love, and to bestow serenity about mature beauty. Use as a gift for grandmothers to reflect an appreciation of her wisdom. Mahogany tumblestones help shield a home from fire, high winds, earthquakes or subsidence.
Owning an Apache Tear protects one from sorrow. Carry if you are having a difficult time forgiving someone and bitterness is holding you back. Apache Tear is considered a good luck stone and ideal for someone setting out in the world. Place a dish in the home or workspace to absorb bad vibes.
Some of the most noted varieties of Obsidian are listed here with any additional properties they carry:
Apache Tear – also called Smoky Obsidian or Marekanite; small, rounded pebbles of Obsidian commonly found in Mexico and the American Southwest, black and opaque in appearance but may be translucent brown when held to the light. They may be smooth and water-worn or have indented surfaces. Traditionally, this form of Obsidian is said to be formed from the tears of Native American women, mourning for their warriors driven from a cliff by the cavalry. (See the Legends and Lore section below.) Apache Tear is a gentle form of Obsidian that links easily with the emotional body, helping cleanse and heal old wounds and long-held grievances, and uncover frozen emotional patterns held below one’s level of awareness. It may be used as a rescue stone for fear, panic and shock, and is best known for its comfort and support during times of grief and mourning. Apache Tear can be especially consoling for those dealing with grief associated with suicide, and can connect survivors with their loved one who chose to die in order to cope and understand their decision. Apache Tear carries a strong Earth energy that links with the sacred aspects of the physical realm and is a reminder that all frequencies of energy emanate from the Divine and can be sources of spiritual teaching and knowledge. Apache Tear is useful for psychic protection, and can open one to the realms of Nature spirits and other Earth cohabitants from this and other dimensions. Use Apache Tear to stimulate analytical capabilities and to promote a forgiving spirit. It is thought to relieve sprains, strains, muscle spasms, and back pain, as well as to aid in the absorption of Vitamins C and D.
Black Obsidian – a pure, glossy black that may appear deep brown when light is shined on thin edges. Ruled by the planet Pluto, Black Obsidian is a teacher stone and could be deemed the “Warrior of Truth.” It is the most powerful of the Obsidians and does not cater to the ego; rather it exposes darkened areas of the subconscious to force one to face one’s true self. It assists in examining unresolved issues and harmful attitudes inhibiting one’s personal and spiritual growth. Black Obsidian works quickly and can be overwhelming as it rushes negative emotions and difficult truths to the surface to be experienced and released. It should only be used if one is educated on its power and prepared to withstand the process in order to achieve deep healing. It is best used under the guidance of a qualified therapist or healer, and other, gentler forms of Obsidian may be used for this process. Black Obsidian also carries the inherent frequency of protection, sealing the aura and removing energetic attachments, hooks and cords, as well as eliminating negative energies within the self and one’s environment. This protective shield enables one to go back into past lives for healing and to work on ancestral and family lines. It is ideal for use in shamanic ceremonies to remove physical disorders. Black Obsidian slabs, mirrors and spheres are excellent gazing and scrying tools for meditation, divining insight into the future, inducing creativity, and communicating with souls who have passed over. It is an excellent talisman for self-control, reversing previous misuse of power, and addressing power issues on all levels.
Gold Sheen Obsidian – a black or deep brown Obsidian displaying a golden chatoyance when viewed in strong light, created from gas bubbles aligning across the layers during formation. Gold Sheen Obsidian is an excellent tool for gazing, to view the future or access knowledge from the past, but more importantly to reveal the heart of a problem or situation in the present. While Gold Sheen reflects that which is needed in one’s life for healing, it does not provide the healing. It does, however, give insight into the paths of action available to bring it about. Gold Sheen Obsidian dissolves negativity and purifies the aura, and is particularly useful for clearing blockages of the Solar Plexus Chakra, the seat of the Will. It is highly effective for exposing and releasing ego conflicts and power abuse, and dispelling any sense of futility or cynicism. Gold Sheen Obsidian allows one to commune with the Source of all being, and to realign one’s personal power with the Divine to better direct one’s life. It is useful for bringing out hidden talents and to manifest one’s true calling. It is a favorite with Reiki workers and those advanced in the shamanic and healing arts. As Gold Sheen gets to the root of any problem, it can be worn or carried for all diagnostics work, from medical or psychological, to finding faults in machinery or circuits. It is particularly strong for Earth-healing, and can be used to locate areas of disturbance in the Earth’s energy systems.
Mahogany Obsidian – also called Mountain Mahogany; a combination of jet black and reddish-brown Obsidian with high iron content that displays undulating or spotty patterns. Mahogany Obsidian has a gentler frequency than Black Obsidian and could be called the “Stone of Closure.” It reveals unconscious memories of shame, humiliation or abuse, and helps one recognize the cycle of dismay caused by others’ insults, disparaging remarks or false accusations. Mahogany Obsidian brings these wounds to the surface to be released into the Light for dissolution and dispels feelings of unworthiness that hold one back from fulfilling one’s potential in work, love and spiritual awakening. It provides strength in times of need, and revitalizes one’s power, drive and initiative. Mahogany Obsidian resonates with the Earth and clears blockages of the Root and Sacral Chakras, providing stability and stimulating the flow of creative energies and full expression of one’s sexuality. Worn on the body, it relieves pain and tension, and improves circulation. It is a great stone for women’s spirituality, candle magic, and offerings to Mother Earth. Both sexes may use it to celebrate moving on naturally to a new life stage.
Peacock Obsidian – also called Velvet Obsidian; appears black until polished and exposed to bright light, then reveals undulating patterns of red, gold, green, violet, orange and/or blue, not in distinct layers as in Rainbow Obsidian, but laid out in complex swirls as if the lava had been vigorously stirred before hardened. Peacock Obsidian is the strongest Obsidian for spiritual journeys and is an excellent tool for shamans and those who “walk between worlds.” It is marvelous for calling one’s ancestors, guides and other helping spirits, and provides a protective shield during magic work, astral travel, and journeys to other earthly realms. It stimulates the Third Eye Chakra, and may be used for lucid dreaming, breath work, guided meditation and other forms of consciousness expansion. Peacock Obsidian is particularly helpful to those first discovering their intuitive senses, or sensitives who may have shut down out of fear or feelings of being overwhelmed by the psychic information received. Peacock Obsidian relieves these fears and can assist one in fine-tuning their gifts. This stone may also provide subtle energy support for those with brain disorders or for those with mental imbalances.
Rainbow Obsidian – also called Heaven Eye; a black or deep brown Obsidian displaying iridescent bands of red, blue, gold, violet and/or green when polished and exposed to bright light. The colour layers are caused by refraction of microscopic bubbles and inclusions such as magnetite. Rainbow Obsidian is gentler than Black Obsidian, with strong protective properties. It is an excellent tool for facilitating a purposeful search of one’s psyche to find the root causes of emotional traumas and distresses, and to cut ties with the past. It is ideal for dissolving outmoded genetic patterns and karma, severing the cords of old love, and releasing hooks that others have left in the heart. Rainbow Obsidian brings hope, illumination and energy into the most blocked and stagnant areas of the emotional body, and grounds spiritual Light into the aura and physical body. It is a great support for alleviating depression, mood swings, despair, or paralyzing fears. Rainbow Obsidian helps to cleanse and align all chakras, and worn as a pendant absorbs negative energy from the aura, drawing off pain and stress from the physical body. It is considered a “stone of pleasure,” bringing gratification and enjoyment to one’s life, helping one to be optimistic and engaged in the world. Use it for meditation, in stone layout sessions, and as an aid for focus and memory.
Silver Sheen Obsidian – a black or deep brown Obsidian displaying a silver-grey iridescent sheen when polished and viewed in strong light, caused by gas bubbles aligning across the layers during formation. Silver Sheen Obsidian is believed to bring one “advantage” throughout life. It improves perception, sharpens the senses and intellect, promotes articulate communication to others, and helps keep personal likes and dislikes from affecting rational decision-making. A perfect tool for gazing, Silver Sheen adds the mystery of lunar energies in its ability to mirror the inner being. It is especially beneficial for stimulating one to see themselves as others see them, even if the reality is unflattering. It helps one to understand one’s behaviours and to refine undesirable traits, enhancing patience and perseverance when needed. Silver Sheen Obsidian is a marvelous stone for out-of-body journeying as it provides a strong connection between the physical and astral bodies, and assures a safe soul return. Silver Sheen Obsidian is also a soothing stone for those who have issues with a possessive mother, whether she is still alive or remains in memory.
Snowflake Obsidian – a black Obsidian with inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite that when polished resembles snowflake patterns. Snowflake Obsidian is a “stone of purity,” bringing truth and balance to the mind, body, and spirit, and is especially empowering for accepting change and transformation in one’s life. It calms and soothes the system, and helps one be more receptive to recognizing unnecessary patterns of negativity, self-defeat, “poor me” victimization, or unyielding emotional stress. Snowflake Obsidian allows one to see through the darkness of adversity and to realign with the light, perceiving sources of support that may have been overlooked or taken for granted, and to find the strength and willingness to shift one’s reality for the better. It inspires new ideas to improve one’s condition, and opens new pathways of spiritual thought and connection. It increases one’s psychic sensitivity for recognizing meaningful synchronicities pointing the way to one’s higher path. Snowflake Obsidian is not ideal for gazing, but is superb for stimulating total surrender during the meditative state, and can assist one in connecting with the world of souls to communicate with lost loved ones. It is excellent for overcoming feelings of loneliness and isolation, and its presence in the workplace provides an ongoing cleanser for stagnation, lack of enthusiasm and undercurrents of tension. Snowflake Obsidian is an excellent tool for attuning to animal totems and animal allies, and for becoming more sensitive to the subtle flow and movement of energy in the environment. Snowflake Obsidian enhances blood flow and may be used in conjunction with treatments for veins and the skeletal structure, and to ease problems associated with the menstrual cycle and the balancing of hormones. As an elixir (use the indirect method), it may be used to smooth the skin and clear the eyes.