Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as”the protector“. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore, is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and self-awareness..

Snowflake Obsidian

This obsidian stone, which has inclusions of phynocryst, gives it the snowflake pattern on it’s surface, and allows us to recognize unnecessary patterns in our lives. It promotes self-esteem and confidence. It helps with clairaudience and owning our lower aspects for growth; and as a healthy balancing stone. It allows us to be more sensitive and aware of the beauty and love that is around us.


Mahagony Obsidian

Also called brown or coffee obsidian, this stone contains a more gentle energy (than black) that will ground and protect. Brown is associated with Earth and the earth element. These crystals offer a comforting, nurturing and stable environment. It has been used historically as a stone for fertility. Brown obsidian keeps the cozy, safe and warm feelings close to you.

Rainbow Obsidian

This was the gazing stone used by Nostradamus to foresee the future. Used to bring light and love into ones life and the “stone of pleasure” for bringing gratification and self-love awareness. This stone can be used to facilitate past-life healing and to gain insight into how the past is affecting the present.It teaches us about the evolution of our spiritual pursuits.

Obsidian, Varieties

Gas bubbles (and  additional minerals) often create the variety of colors found in obsidian. Blue stimulates the Throat Chakra, astral travel, communication. Strawberry boosts the Root Chakra, our physical energy and validates self-worth. Green connects us with nature and the self-realizations of love and tenderness. Violet brings psychic awareness,intuition and wisdom.

Apache Tear

Also called Navajo Tear represents the tears of Native American women, mourning the death of their warriors driven over the cliffs by the cavalry. Therefore, this “volcanic glass” has been used to comfort in times of grief. This grief stone allows us to see the true meaning of a situation and can provide us with insight and the understanding to accept it.

For Revealing & Transforming

Obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones. This stone cleanses and uplifts. It is used to change fear into flexibility with the advent of change.

Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found as mirrors and crystal balls. Obsidian is used for transformation. Like the source it comes from, it moves from molten rock to harden glass as it transforms into a something new.

Obsidian is believed to draw imbalances to the surface and helps to release them. Problems or issues that are hard to face can be brought to light with obsidian. It is said to reveal half truths.


Angels: Uriel
Associated Crystal: volcanic glass
Birthstone: October
Color: Black, Red
Chakra: Root Chakra
Element: Earth, Fire
Flowers: Black Tulip, Red Tulip, Black Orchid, Black Poppy, Red Gerber
Oils: Red Mandarin, Black Orchid
Gods/Goddesses: Ereskigal, Gaia, Hathor, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan, Pele
Planet: Pluto, Saturn
Zodiac: Scorpio, Capricorn
Sabbat: Samhain, Yule
Tarot: Death, Devil, Tower

Snowflake Obsidian Grid

The white snowflakes on this stone represent the season while the black stone itself, represents the darkest night of the year. This is why it makes the perfect Yule transformation stone. This is a nice grid to make on the eve of the Winter Solstice.

“Place white snow quartz ‘pon the top.
With moonstone next, follow the clock.
Then rainbow opal sits below,
And selenite, the last to go.
Now add obsidian, center spot,
For winter’s turn to bound the knot.”

You can find this grid and many others in Andrew’s certification course, The Crystal Witch, “A Year and A Day of Spells for Empowering Life”   Read more here

Obsidian’s Rainbow Connection

It seems counter-intuitive, that a black stone would have such a connection to all the colorful aspects of light.  Yet, obsidian, since it is not crystalline in structure, takes on the properties of glass (reflective and iridescent). As the case with Rainbow Obsidian. An iridescent, rainbow-like sheen is caused by inclusions of magnetite nano-particles. When polished and exposed to light, it shows its true bands of rainbow colors.  Gas bubbles (and  additional minerals) often create the variety of colors found in sheen obsidian, mahogany, blue, green, violet and strawberry!


Cleansing & Charging Obsidian

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 -3 and 5 – 8

The Power of Color

Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you.  A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality.  It contributes in what attracts you to it.  The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.

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