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Obsidian Fast Facts:

  • Structure: Mixed
  • Hardness: 5-6
  • Numerology Vibration: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9
  • Chakra Correspondences: Root, Sacral
  • Astrological Correspondences: Aries, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Libra 

What is Obsidian?

Obsidian is created from volcanic activity. It owes its name to Obsius, the explorer who first discovered it in Ethiopia. While mainly black in color, Obsidian comes in diverse types that each have their own unique characteristics.

Apache Tear Obsidian is made from the cores of decomposed Obsidian, resulting in a translucent black or deep brown. Snowflake obsidian contains Cristobalite, which creates its namesake pattern. Mahogany Obsidian’s iron impurities give it a reddish-brown color.

Silver and Gold Sheen Obsidian both contain gas bubbles that produce their distinct appearance. Some of the most stunning Rainbow Obsidian comes from Mexico; when it catches the light, it shimmers to display its various hues. The rainbow colors are formed when Magnetite embeds itself between layers of cooling lava. Obsidian stones are deeply connected to the Earth, providing protection and balance. 

Obsidian Properties For Health

Obsidian can help you find the root cause of an illness. If toxicity is blocking your healing, Obsidian stones will help clear it. Use Obsidian’s detoxifying properties to promote digestive and circulatory health. It also relieves pain associated with your joints or menses. 

Apache Tear Obsidian provides comfort during times of grief and helps ease depression. It is also used to help relieve spasms and back pain and increase the absorption of vitamins C and D. 

Mahogany Obsidian has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat allergies, circulatory issues, and pain. It also balances the body, particularly the liver. 

Use Rainbow Obsidian if you’ve experienced any broken bones or bruising. As with the Apache Tear Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian can help alleviate depression, anxiety, and mood swings. 

Snowflake Obsidian is a great stone for bone health. It can help repair fractures and heal skeletal disorders. Snowflake Obsidian also treats circulatory illnesses by enhancing blood flow. It supports digestive health and relieves abdominal problems. If you suffer from skin irritations or illnesses, Snowflake Obsidian can help with these symptoms. Women should use this stone during menstruation to balance their hormones and soothe cramping and mood swings. 

Metaphysical Benefits of Obsidian

Obsidian releases tension so that you can move forward in life with a positive outlook. When you experience negative emotions, it is important to calmly acknowledge them, instead of suppressing them or hyper-fixating on them. Obsidian will help you identify these energies and release them, while protecting you from outside negativity. This emotional work brings you the clarity and balance to overcome confusion and relieve feelings of irritability, nervousness, or restlessness. In particular, Obsidian protects victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, helping them release their trauma so they can heal. 

Black Obsidian can make situations move faster, so it helps you work through your issues or blocks quickly. This stone has the ability to bring undesirable truths, fears, and negative energy to the surface rapidly, giving them an opportunity to be resolved. Black Obsidian’s energy is swift and powerful. You should have a support system, such as a therapist or trusted healer, if you are working with Black Obsidian. If you find using Black Obsidian too intense, the My Dream Crystals staff can help you find crystals with similar properties that resonate better with you. We generally recommend Mahogany Obsidian as a good alternative, but, depending on your needs and goals, other stones might support you better. We are always happy to help answer your crystal questions. 

Apache Tear Obsidian works more gently with your emotions. It provides a link between your rational and emotional selves, cleansing your wounds and uncovering emotional aspects of your subconscious. 

Mahogany Obsidian provides you with strength when you need it the most by stimulating spiritual, emotional, and mental growth. It is the perfect stone to help you stand in your power. Mahogany Obsidian supports us as we reflect on ourselves, bolstering our self-acceptance and self-confidence. It will also reveal any negativity caused by others through insults, humiliation, or abuse and help you release it. If you need to make a decision on something important, this stone can help you weigh your options and come to that decision. 

Rainbow Obsidian alleviates fear and overwhelming negative emotions, helping you find the root cause of any emotional trauma or distress. If you’ve been experiencing a string of bad luck, Rainbow Obsidian can bring forth happiness, pleasure, and joy. 

Gold Sheen Obsidian is the perfect stone for future planning. It provides insight into all of your possible paths forward, helping you make a decision. 

Silver Sheen Obsidian promotes empathy. It improves communication, nurtures unbiased attitudes, expands perception, and sharpens your intuition. Silver Sheen Obsidian also acts as a mirror, allowing you to see how others see you. If you have a possessive mother, present or past, Silver Sheen Obsidian will help smooth out the issues between the two of you. 

Snowflake Obsidian balances all aspects of the self and life. If you need focus or centering, this stone supports you during chaotic situations. Snowflake Obsidian is also great at removing negative energies from a space or person. It will heal karmic situations and destructive life patterns by encouraging you to examine your thought processes. Snowflake Obsidian will also soothe loneliness. If you are going through a period of victimization of self, depression, or emotional stress, Snowflake Obsidian support you through this trying time. It will inspire new ideas and ways of thinking to realign you with your higher self, allowing you to see support sources that have been overlooked. Snowflake Obsidian gives you the strength from within to transform your reality for the better. 

Spiritual Aspects of Obsidian

Obsidian is a powerful grounding stone that provides connection to the Root Chakra and the Earth. If you need to cut out toxic people, Obsidian can help. Obsidian also supports astral projection and enhances psychic abilities. Obsidian is related to Aries, Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Scorpio and is ruled by Pluto. Its vibrational number is a 1. 

Gold Sheen Obsidian assists with manifestation and finding your personal power. It’s best used to help remove blocks from past wounds that hold you back. Gold Sheen Obsidian also illuminates your past and future. It is related to the Solar Plexus Chakra and will expose conflicts of ego and power. Gold Sheen Obsidian realigns you with the universe, revealing your true life’s purpose. Its corresponding zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and its vibrational energy is a number 9. 

Silver Sheen promotes acceptance of yourself and others by purifying energetic fields. Use it when astral projecting, because it strengthens the connection between the physical and astral realms. 

Apache Tear Obsidian connects you to nature spirits and other Earth-based energies and realms. Use it with Heart Chakra stones like Rose Quartz or Pink Opal to heal grief. 

Mahogany Obsidian relates to your Root and Sacral Chakras and the zodiac signs of Libra and Scorpio. This stone vibrates at a number 4. Mahogany Obsidian can be used for astral projection and also provides protection during your travels. If you are seeking oneness and transformation, this stone will support your growth. 

Rainbow Obsidian resonates with zodiac sign of Cancer, the Root Chakra, and the vibration of the number 3. This stone can be used to help cut ties with people and things that no longer align with your highest good, and it provides psychic and spiritual protection during meditation. Rainbow Obsidian is also good for grounding and aura cleansing. 

Snowflake Obsidian is another great stone for astral projection, protection, transformation, and meditation. It dispels negative energy and clears your mind during meditation. Snowflake Obsidian vibrates at a number 8 and correlates with the zodiac signs of Capricorn and Virgo. It also resonates with the Root Chakra. Snowflake Obsidian improves sensitivity toward the flow and movement of energy within a space. 

How to Use Obsidian Crystals

If you experience stress in home or in the workplace, place an Obsidian in the space to dissipate negative energy. Obsidian can help a nervous pet feel less frightened, so keep it by their bed during a thunderstorm or fireworks. For Feng Shui purposes, Obsidian utilizes Water energy, and it embodies quiet strength, purification, and serenity. Place it in areas that are used for reflection, prayer, meditation, or repose. Situate Obsidian in the North area of the home or room, assuring balance in your life. 

Place Silver Sheen Obsidian over your Third Eye while meditating to open your intuition and ground you. Use it near electronics, because it protects against electromagnetic fields. 

Gold Sheen Obsidian is great for medical professionals or anyone whose career deals with diagnostics. For Feng Shui, Gold Sheen Obsidian should be placed in the wealth area to promote financial growth. 

Snowflake Obsidian’s centering and calming properties made it the perfect aid for deep meditation practices. This stone is also great to place in your office or workspace, because it cleanses stagnation, tension, and boredom. Use Snowflake Obsidian with animal totems to increase their presence. 

Carry or wear Mahogany Obsidian to protect you from psychic attacks, either unintentional or deliberately planned. Use this stone often, because you never know when you will need psychic protection from; sometimes, we even need to guard against people we encounter at the grocery store. 

On its own, Apache Tear Obsidian is a powerful stone to help you deal with sorrow. Combine Apache Tear with Heart Chakra stones such as Rose Quartz or Pink Opal to help you process deep grief. 

Obsidian and The Archangels 

Use Obsidian to invoke Archangel Michael to wrap you in his cloak of strength and protection. Obsidian and Archangel Michael provide you with instant security. Rest well knowing you are protected in times of the unknown. As you go about your day to day rest assured that Obsidian and Archangel Michael will lovingly clear you of any Psychic smog and instantly provide you with relief. Remember Archangel Michael will always protect those who work within the light of God. Obsidian also acts as a great grounding stone allowing Mother Earth and the sun to lift away your troubles.  

Use Obsidian to invoke Archangel Gabriel and call upon the gift of prophecy. The divine instrument of prophecy you become completely in touch with inspiration, sacred interpretation, and the revelation of your soul's path. Witness Obsidian and Archangel Gabriel offer you prophecy in clear and magical ways. Archangel Gabriel parts with the loving message that you will soon see the signs and synchronicities that guide you on the journey of inner discovery.  

Shop Obsidian At My Dream Crystals

We offer a wide variety of high-quality Obsidian crystals and gemstones at great prices. Our collection of Obsidian is perfect for both healing and collecting. We’ll quickly ship your package to you. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We’re always happy to assist you on your crystal journey.