Obsidian forms from molten lava in the last stages of volcanic eruptions, the remaining silica minerals flow onto the surface and cool rapidly into glass before crystallization can occur. The colour of pure Obsidian is black, but there are other variations depending on inclusions of crystals where the lava cooled slower. The most common are mahogany, snowflake (white spots of crystobalite), rainbow and gold-sheen. There are also Apache Tears which are small rounded rough forms of obsidian and these are said to have the same energy as black obsidian, but on a more gentle level. The Apache Tear is also good for comfort in times of grief.
Obsidian is often used as a scrying tool in the form of a mirror or sphere due to its reflective glass structure.
The energy of Obsidian is similar to its glass structure – it cuts through to the core issues that need to be looked at. It is very powerful in eliminating negative energy from oneself and our environment. It digs deep within to find aspects of ourselves that we need to release in order to grow.
Obsidian will reveal one’s shadow self. It reveals the reasons behind one’s imperfections, so that we can make the changes necessary to correct them. It can even take us deep into our inner being and subconscious to bring hidden blocks to light.
Obsidian is very grounding, cleansing of negativity and can offer protection from negativity in the environment, from others and also from the self.
Obsidian dissolves pain, tensions, energy blocks and vascular contraction. Shock sustained through injury is dissolved on a cellular level and it helps stanch bleeding and accelerate the healing of wounds. Obsidian improves circulation which helps with warming of the extremities.
Obsidian is like a psychic vacuum cleaner, cleansing the auric field of disharmony, negative attachments, astral “junk”, as well as one’s own anger, greed, fear, resentment etc.
My experience of living with Black Obsidian;
When I first started working with this crystal, I found that I was forgetting to pick it up in the morning and had no desire to remember it or carry it. I know that this was my subconscious preparing itself for what was to come. By the time I remembered that I should have it on me, it was late in the day, so the time that I spent with it each day was short. I tried to sleep with it under my pillow for 3 nights, but was waking at 4am so stopped doing this.
By the 4th day of carrying the obsidian, I was feeling very out of balance. I felt quite unwell and knew that I needed to be alone to meditate about what was going on with me. It took a lot of meditation and self-awareness to understand some fear that I was still holding on to. I was not consciously aware that I still had this, but now that it has been recognised, I am working on clearing it.