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Obsidian is an amorphous stone with no crystalline structure and whose talismanic use is not based on chemical composition. However, its deeply protective nature and powerful connection to Spirit make it not only beautiful as a talisman, but highly effective as well.
Obsidian carries a dominant black color energy and deepens our connection to the physical, natural world. It brings power and strength, relieving fears specifically associated with the physical existence here on Earth. Black Obsidian offers protection and a retreat, the safety of being hidden from your enemies.
Various forms of Obsidian may carry additional color energy influences.
Obsidian is an excellent tool for creating and strengthening the grounding cord that extends from the Root Chakra through the Earthstar Chakra below the feet, and deep into the heart of the Earth.
The Base Chakra is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. Stones with black color energy stimulates the Base Chakra and brings it into balance. The physical body gains strength and stamina, and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.
The Earth Chakra is located between and slightly below the feet. It holds the soul into carnation and creates a solid connection to the planet Earth, allowing excess and out-of-balance energies to flow from the body.
Physical: Obsidian is best known for providing insight into the emotional causes of physical disease. It is thought to relieve stress, ease tension in the muscles, and improve circulation and artery health. It accelerates the healing of wounds, bruises and sprains, and assists with pain relief.
Emotional: All forms of Obsidian stimulate the healing of the emotional body, helping those who have lost their power to regain it by facing the darker side of one’s nature caused by the wounding of one’s spirit. Verbal and physical abuse, sudden trauma, grief, even events beyond one’s control can create destructive thoughts and unconscious patterns that inhibit one’s personal and spiritual growth. It is the basis for eating disorders and addictions, fear and insecurities, depression, aggression, and other mechanisms that hold one to the past in order to survive. Obsidian exposes these wounds, and when one is ready to accept responsibility for one’s own healing, it reveals the actions needed to release them. It enables one to accept who they are with compassion and to move forward.
Spiritual: Obsidian draws one inward to the center of the Self, to the place of truth. It is a stone of integrity and deep soul cleansing, anchoring the spirit into the body to stimulate growth on all levels. It blocks harmful intentions by providing a shield for the aura and is an excellent shamanic tool for removing blockages and debris from the past. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind, discharging confusion and constricting beliefs, and encourages exploration of the unknown. It is highly effective for expanding consciousness in the meditative state and for activating untapped abilities.
For the experienced user, Obsidian is an incredible ally in meditation, taking one deep into the subconscious and providing for a clear state of detachment. It inspires an understanding of the profound silence and wisdom that can be attained through meditation and reflection. Gazing into various forms of Obsidian helps regroup scattered energies, and brings inner visions of the way through problems if one relaxes and lets solutions come. Snowflake Obsidian is superb for stimulating total surrender during the meditative state. Obsidian is also marvelous support for expanding one’s consciousness to explore other realms with confidence and ease and is highly effective for increasing clairvoyance and other sensory gifts when one is ready to accept them.
Other practitioners report that Obsidian helps to protect the very sensitive against depression. Use obsidian to help block negativity of any kind. In The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, George Kunz indicates that obsidian might well reflect the face of a distant lover.