This powerful stone makes a strong shield of protection around the wearer. It is an excellent grounding stone, helping to release negativity and to stabilized. As a scrying tool, obsidian can offer an accurate reflection of the changes that need to be made. Its answers can be quick and somewhat pointed, as obsidian walks the shadow side of the void. It will help to provide a clear course of action, and let you know what challenges are the most necessary to face -- but not always the easiest or most pleasant lessons. Obsidian blades are excellent for cord-cutting workings.

Obsidian, which is a form of volcanic glass that has an amorphous structure, is formed by molten lava being quenched by coming into contact with a body of water, such as the ocean or a lake. It is colored by the presence of iron and magnesium, and can occur both in massive forms and as small nodules. Sometimes it can have interesting optical effects caused by the inclusion of small bubbles of trapped air — these varieties are referred to as Rainbow or Sheen Obsidian. A further variant has large numbers of white crystals of cristobalite distributed throughout its structure — this form is known as Snowflake Obsidian. When fractured, obsidian has razor sharp edges — this property has been exploited since the earliest times for the manufacture of stone tools.

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Many parts of the USA; also Mexico, Scotland, Italy
Tezcatlipoca (Aztec, "smoking mirror" or "shining mirror"), Pele
Protection, peace, grounding, divination
Magical Uses:
  • Hold in hand or stand barefoot on this stone to ground yourself out.
  • Effective when carried or used in protective rituals.
  • Use a sphere of this stone as a tool for scrying or make a mirror of this stone.
Apache Tear Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress, and relieves long held grievances, promoting forgiveness of both self and others.
Black Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
  • Grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will and making it posible to manifest spiritual energies on earth.
  • Increases self control
  • Forces facing up to one's true self, taking you into the subconscious mind in the process.
  • Great for past life work.
  • Repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts
  • Removes physical disorders.
  • provides the gift of prophecy and is a great scrying aid.
Blue Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian aids astral travel, facilitates divination, and enhances telepahthy.
Gold Sheen Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian is particularly useful for scrying. It takes you into the future and the past and deep into the core of the problem.
Green Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian opens and purifies the heart and throat chakras. It removes hooks and ties from other people and protects against repetition of mistakes.
Mahogany Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian is gentler than the black. It resonates with the earth, it grounds and protects, gives strength in times of need, vitalizes purpose, eliminates energy blockages, and stimulates growth on all levels.
Purple Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian can be used to strengthen and/or awaken the psychic senses.
Rainbow Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian is another of the gentler forms but with very strong protective properties. It enhances ones awareness of their spiritual nature.
Red~Black Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian raises the kundalini energy. It promotes vitality, virility, and brotherhood.
Silver Sheen Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian enhances meditation and is the perfect crystal for crystal gazing. It also connects the astral body with the physical body so it's great for astral projection.
Snowflake Obsidian
Magickal Properties:
This form of obsidian is great for removing negative patterns of thinking. It reaches into the subconscious and helps to remove the blockages of the past. It's a great stone for self awareness and meditation.