Nickname: The Reflector
Properties: Insight | Change | Detox | Protection | Release
Zodiacs: Scorpio & Sagittarius
Origins: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, USA
Hardness MOHL: 5.5
Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with traces of Volcanic, amorphous, siliceous glassy rock
Mineral Class: Oxides/Silicates, igneous glass
Appearances & Origins
Formed from molten lava that has cooled very quickly, it is often called ‘volcanic glass’. With the elements of fire, water and earth at it’s core, Obsidian is a warrior stone with a very strong energy and a glassy lustre. Typically Jet black in colour but sometimes brown, tan or green, Obsidian can be found in the form of; obelisks, pyramids, spheres and tumbled stones. Obsidian does not have an internal crystalline structure, therefore, it has an unique vibration, unlike any other mineral. It is a hard material, commonly only available in polished pieces. In terms of energy and vibrations, a raw piece of Obsidian is an ideal one. Used for processing grief and loss, Apache tear drops of Obsidian are a good option.
The Obsidian stone can be traced back to ancient Palaeolithic times where it was used to make arrow heads, spear points and other tools. It was valued for its ability to be polished to make ancient mirrors. Obsidian is so sharp that it is often still used in surgical tools today. In ancient Mexican culture, it also played a large role in dress, jewellery and rituals and Mayan prophets used it as a ‘mirror’ for scrying, to predict the future.
Chakras & Placement
This crystal also works with your base/root chakra, connecting you to your inner instincts and helping you to make difficult decisions and calm your thoughts. Obsidian also activates the Heart chakra, which is your energetic centre. Use Obsidian to calm that centre and find a positive balance in tricky situations.
Obsidian is a great stone for energy deflection and seeing through to the truth. Place it in your home or the place where you think the most to gain insight on a different level. An emotional shield, Obsidian when held in the hand, can forge a wall between yourself and your fears or worries.
- Obsidian is generally known to be okay with light.
- Extended periods of direct sunlight may cause deeply coloured Obsidian to fade.
- The colour change will not affect the energy your crystal omits, however, keep an eye on them.
- If you see some colour change that you prefer to avoid, place your stone in a place where there is indirect or dappled light.
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Yes (Up to 24 hours)
Yes (Up to 8 hours)
Crystal Geode / Cluster Bed
Yes (Be careful with harder rocks or stones as Obsidian can be easily scratched.)