The Magic Of Obsidian

Written by Dragana Ivanovska


Posted on July 17 2020

Face Your Inner Self

Obsidian is well known for its ability to ground us, binding us to reality and showing us our true selves by removing all the lies we keep telling ourselves.

Many practices use Obsidian in meditations for deep spiritual healing, healing emotional wounds and achieving the much needed catharsis in your life so that you can finally shed everything not needed and take a step forward towards your true purpose in life.

It is the product of one of the last stages of volcanic eruption and lava creation, and its black color connects and balances the root chakra.

Obsidian’s name derives from the Latin “obsidianus” which is derived from the name of the Roman who discovered it for the first time. The color of some Obsidian specimens form certain localities may vary from black to brownish, or it might even have some metallic shine. Besides being used as a gemstone, Obsidian can also be used as medical scalpel because of its naturally forming, immensely thin, sharp edges.

Keywords for Obsidian:

Some keywords for Obsidian include grounding, power, and self-acceptance, emotional trauma healing and inner strength. Its intense energy might be too much to handle, however with good focus during meditation in which you are seeking emotional healing; it’s an amazing crystal to bring you profound insight.

Obsidian is also known for helping self-exploration, and finding the inner strength to be kind to yourself, be compassionate, kind and forgiving in the process of self-acceptance. If you wish to enhance the connection with your Root Chakra and balance it, it’s an amazing crystal for Root Chakra meditation.

On the other hand, Obsidian is also an amazing stone for soothing emotional traumas, and healing emotional wounds. It’s a crystal for helping you face yourself and the truth you have been running away from.

Origin of Obsidian:

Obsidian is a fairly common crystal that is formed during volcanic eruptions. Most commonly, Obsidian is found in abundance in New Zeland, Japan, Washington, Mexico, Greece, Scotland and many more.

Are There Different Types of Obsidian?

Yes!  Obsidian varies by where it was formed and mined. Some varieties of Obsidian include: Snowflake Obsidian, Gold Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian and Brown Obsidian. All of these varieties of Obsidian, besides varying in appearance, they also vary energy wise, at least slightly.

How To Tell If Your Obsidian Is Real?

A couple quick tips to check if your Obsidian is real are:

  • Obsidian is mainly black. Some crystals may have a brownish undertone or white spots, but should still remain primarily black.

  • Color will not be consistent all around, it should vary.

  • Look for imperfections, natural stones have imperfections even if they are cut.

Obsidian Mohs Hardness:

The Mohs Hardness for Obsidian is 5.0 – 6.0 making it a somewhat durable stone.

How To Cleanse Your Obsidian:

Obsidian can be cleansed in a variety of ways.  Smudging with sage, lavender or Palo Santo is a great way to cleanse your obsidian. Using a tuning fork will also do the trick. 

A tap or two will knock off any yucky energy. Finally, leaving your Obsidian under a Full Moon on your windowsill will cleanse it fully and thoroughly.

No matter what way you chose to cleanse your obsidian, just be sure to set an intention that your crystal be cleansed with all that does not belong to you.

Chakras Obsidian Connects Best With:

Obsidian is a crystal that connects the best with the Root Chakra, and it is most commonly used for re-balancing the root chakra. The Root Chakra or the Base Chakra is the very first chakra of our energetic system. It’s the foundation for the whole energetic system in our bodies. When the Root Chakra is disbalanced, the whole chakra system suffers from that disbalance. Like the foundation, the Root Chakra is the center of grounding, security, courage, and life itself. Obsidian connects deeply with the Root Chakra, and it’s an amazing crystal to work with while balancing the root chakra.

Birthstone Month for Obsidian:

Obsidian is the birthstone for people born in the start of winter.

Zodiac Sign For Obsidian:

The sign of Capricorn is connected with Obsidian, so if you were born in late December to early January this is one of the best stones for you to use to get in tune with your sun sign.

Planet Connected With Obsidian:

If you are wishing to connect with Pluto, Obsidian is highly connected to this planet. Pluto shows us all our super powers. Just remember super powers can be used for peace or chaos. 

Element Obsidian Connect With:

Obsidian is connected to the element of Water. Water is believed to be a quiet force to be reckoned with or a place of serenity and calmness. The duality of this element is believed to be connected with our life path, and career paths.

Affirmations Associated With Obsidian:

Some key affirmations to use with Obsidian are:

  • I speak my truth fearlessly.

  • I am open to my inner truth.

  • I fully accept myself.

  • I embody myself with endless kindness.

  • I am completely in harmony and balance.

  • I am opening myself to serenity.

The Best Ways to Use Obsidian

There are soo many ways to use Obsidian in your crystal healing work.  The best ways are in root chakra meditation and in a crystal grid. 

For Root Chakra Meditation:

  • Lay down in a comfortable position

  • Take 5 calming breaths, relaxing deeper with each breath

  • Place your Obsidian on your belly.

  • Sit with the Obsidian in place for as long as you feel comfortable, pushing away any thoughts and focusing on your breath.

  • When you are ready, share your gratitude with the universe.

  • Repeat whenever you need clarity

You can use Obsidian for a Crystal Grid to focus on developing your inner strength. Check out this post on how to create a crystal grid here.

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