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.
Mahogany obsidian is a mixture of black and reddish brown. Like the black obsidian it is grounding and protective, but can feel easier and less intense than the black.
Mahogany obsidian helps to clear the root and sacral chakras of negative energy and residue from old wounds. It can help to clear the energy of unconscious memories of shame, humiliation or abuse. It aids in dispelling feelings of unworthiness that can hold one back from fulfilling one’s potential in work, love and spiritual awakening.
Mahogany obsidian boosts energy and provides strength in times of need, revitalising one’s power, drive and initiative.
Sue Weaver Crystals sums up how the energy of mahogany obsidian may help in our society today.
‘It can be a wonderful help in very challenging situations, including those where there is a ‘loss of self’. Sometimes it is hard to make decisions when all options seem difficult. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we know are harming us, yet we have to keep going. This isn’t right, yet it is a truth for many people. Examples are isolated mothers of young children, becoming exhausted from lack of support; carers who have no real option other than to keep going, often to their own detriment, due to all the cuts to support systems; people coping alone to look after loved ones with mental health problems, in the face of the decimation of the mental health service.
Sadly, Mahogany Obsidian cannot solve all these things. It will take a huge change in our thinking, and a move from greed to love, but in the meantime, it can bring some respite, and from a still and supported place we can sometimes find new ideas and see new possibilities.’