Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass , composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte.
Basic colours range from smoky gray to red or reddish brown, blue and black
Obsidian comes in a number of colours and patterns including banded, snowflake (small white bursts resembling snowflakes), mahogany (includes streaks of mahogany coloured bands), rainbow or peacock (contains layers of iridescent colours) and sheen (colours such as gold, silver or blue sheen seen in certain lights) Obsidian also occurs in small nodules known as Apache Tears. Obsidian was so named from its resemblance to a stone found in Ethiopia by Obsius. It was used in antiquity for amulets and necklaces.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. It works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from obsidian. It points out how to relieve all destructive conditions. Obsidian urges us to grow and lend solid support while we work toward the goal. It can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths to the surface which will then enable you to examine them and then bring in love and acceptance. Obsidian provides deep soul healing. It can facilitate going back into the past and heal festering emotions or trauma that is still there in the present.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. It grounds you to the earth through the base chakra, absorbs negative energies from the environment, and strengthens you in times of need. It is helpful to highly sensitive people. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences.
A large piece of obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its tendency to exposing the truth has to be taken into account. It is helpful for therapists and counsellors as it not only helps to get to the core of a problem, but it clears the negative energies that are released. Black or mahogany obsidian are suitable for this purpose. Place obsidian by your bed or under the pillow to draw out mental stress and tension, it may have a calming effect but it will also highlight the cause of the stress. The cause must be redressed before peace can return, this will resolve the problem permanently rather than just having a palliative effect. Apache tears or snowflake obsidian would be best for this task. It is essential to clean the stone under running water each time it has been used so that the stone won't retain the negative energy and send it back to you.
Obsidian vitalises the purpose of the soul. It eliminates energy blocks and relieves tension. Obsidian anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges you to explore the unknown there by opening up new horizons for you to explore.
Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and restricting belief systems. It may do this by making it absolutely clear to you what lies behind the mental distress or disease. Once the confusion and belief systems have been cleared obsidian expands your consciousness and helps you enter the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease.
Obsidian helps you to understand who you truly are and not who you think you are, it will help to integrate these two perceptions into a whole. This stone helps you identify behavioural patterns that are outdated and assists in clearing them. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes compassion and strength.
Obsidian's gift to your is the insight into the causes of disease. It helps with digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension, including hardened arteries. It reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries. Crystal water is useful for all types of shock. It eases pain and stops bleeding. It increases the circulation and warms the hands and feet. It can be used to reduce an enlarged prostrate.
Apache Tears are small nodules of obsidian. Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass , composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte. Apache tears can be found as translucent to opaque, black to red to brown nodules.
Apache Tear is much gentler in effect than obsidian, it still brings up negativity but is does it slowly so that it can be transmuted. An apache tear is excellent for absorbing negative energy and for protecting the aura. It comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress and relieves long held grievances.
This stone stimulates analytical capabilities and promotes forgiveness. An apache tear will remove self limitations and increase spontaneity.
Apache Tears enhance assimilation of Vitamin C and Vitamin D, removes toxins from the body and calms muscle spasms.
Apache Tears are strong stones for spiritual grounding and they are also powerful for psychic protection. They will raise your ability to recognise the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk.
Their energy works within the base chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia.
They may bring through joy as they encourage you to feel more positive about life. Because they do absorb so much negativity, they will need to be regularly cleansed.
There are lots of advantages to having a piece of jewellery that is both a spiritual grounding and psychic protection stone. An alternative to jewellery is to keep one in your pocket, so that the energy remains within your auric field.
It is important to ensure that the physical body is kept healthy and that you remain grounded to avoid health problems and Apache Tears is ideal for this.
Black obsidian is a powerful and creative stone. It grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will and making it possible to manifest spiritual energies on earth. Self control is increased by using this stone.
Black Obsidian forces you to face up to your true self, taking you into your subconscious mind in the process. It brings imbalances to the surface so that they can be released. It magnifies all negative energies so that they can be fully examined and then released. This healing effect goes back into past lives and it can also work on the ancestral and family line. Black obsidian removes the past and helps give energy for growth of the soul. It reverses previous misuse of power and addresses power issues on all levels, teaching you that to be empowered is not to wield personal power but to channel power for the good of all.
Black Obsidian is a protective stone. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts. It helps you to release old loves and provides support during change.
Used in shaman ceremonies obsidian will remove physical disorders. It also has the gift of prophesy. Black obsidian spheres are powerful meditation and scrying aids, clear quartz will help ground you and articulate what is revealed.
Black obsidian placed on the navel grounds spiritual energy into the body. If held briefly above the third eye, it breaks through mental barriers and dissolves mental conditioning. Used with care, it can draw together scattered energy and promote emotional release.
Blue obsidian helps with astral travel, divination and enhances telepathy. It activates the throat chakra and supports communication skills. In healing, blue obsidian opens the aura to receive healing energy. It treats speech defects, eye disorders, Alzeimer's disease, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. If the stone is placed on the spot it will ease pain.
Golden Sheen Obsidian
Golden sheen obsidian is particularly effective for scrying. It takes you into the future and the past deep inside the core of a problem. it shows what is needed for healing, but other crystals will be needed to achieve healing.
Golden sheen obsidian eliminates any sense of futility or ego conflict. Releasing ego involvement, it imparts knowledge of spiritual direction. Used in healing, golden sheen obsidian balances energy fields.
Green obsidian opens and purifies the heart and throat chakras. It removes hooks and ties from other people and protects against repetition. Green Obsidian treats the gallbladder and the heart.
This stone facilitates relaxation, calm, peace; it reduces stress, eases insomnia, protects you from nightmares; promotes the ability to flow with change; promotes confidence in outcomes and the knowledge that everything is alright.
Mahogany obsidian has a gentler energy than black. Resonating with the earth, it grounds an protects, gives strength in times of need, vitalises purpose, eliminates energy blockages and stimulates growth on all levels. It is a stabilising stone that strengthens a weak aura and restores the correct spin to the sacral and solar plexus chakras. Worn on the body, mahogany obsidian relieves pain and improves circulation.
Rainbow obsidian is one of the gentler obsidians but with strong protective properties. It teaches you about your spiritual nature. This stone cuts the ties of old love and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart, replenishing the heart energy. Worn as a pendant, rainbow obsidian absorbs negative energy from the aura and draws off stress from the body.
Silver Sheen Obsidian
Silver sheen obsidian enhances meditation and is the perfect crystal for crystal gazing. As with all the other obsidians, it provides a mirror to inner being. It brings advantages throughout life and imparts patience and perseverance when required. It is a helpful stone when journeying out of your body and so bring the soul back into the physical.
It you place snowflake obsidian on the sacral chakra calms and soothes, putting you in the right frame of mind to receptive before bringing your attention to ingrained patterns of behaviour. It teaches you to value mistakes as well as successes. It is a stone of purity, providing balance for body, mind and spirit. Snowflake obsidian helps you recognise and release wrong thinking and stressful mental pattern. It promotes dispassionate thinking and inner centring. Isolation and loneliness wont be a problem with snowflake obsidian because it will empower you and help you surrender in meditation.
Snowflake obsidian treats veins and the skeleton, improves circulation. Crystal water is good for the skin and eyes.
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