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Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

A gemstone that hath no boundaries, restrictions or limits in showering powers, Obsidian is a reverent stone throughout human history. Named by Obsius in Ethiopia for its uniqueness, Obsidian is a stone of Respect and Consciousness.

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

 A must-have gear for travelers everywhere, Obsidian gemstone is also sometimes called the Gem of Truth as it brings hidden desires and emotions to surface in the wearer.

According to Ancient Indian Scriptures, Obsidian mirrors were widely used in the past to reflect evil eyes and negativity according to Feng Shui. The reflective ability of obsidian won it the name of the protective mirror and till date, it is used for dispelling evil around different cultures of the world.

·        Alternate Names of Obsidian

Lava, Glassy Lava, Xaga, Royal Agate, Glass Agate, Volcanic Glass, Glass Gem, Guardian Gem and Black Beauty;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Hardness of Obsidian on the MOHS Scale

5.0 to 5.5;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Origin of Obsidian

Syria, Mexico, Japan, Iceland, Peru, New Zealand, Guatemala, Greece, Chile, Kenya, Turkey, Gerogia, Canada, Argentina, Scotland, China, Tibet, Armenia and United States;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Obsidian Represents the God

  • Pluto: God of Underworld, Greece;
  • Freshkigal: Goddess of Underworld, Sumerian;
  • Hine-Nui-Te-Po: Goddess of Death and Fire, Maori;
  • Jana: Goddess of Secrets, Rome;
  • Hekate: Goddess of Witchcraft and Necromancy;
  • Madame Pele: Goddess of Creation, Hawaii;
  • Saturn: God of Fertility, Rome;
  • Pele: Goddess of Fire, Polynesian;

·        Zodiac Signs Associated with Obsidian

Sagittarius and Capricorn;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Ruling Planet or Celestial Bodies of Obsidian


Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Obsidian Color energies

Black, Purple, Blue, Green, Silver, Red, Brown, Orange, Rainbow, Yellow, Gray, White and Indigo;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Numerical Vibration of Obsidian

3 and 7;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Obsidian activates the Chakra (s)

Root, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Sacral and Earth Chakra;

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

·        Metaphysical Meanings of Various Types of Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Extrusive rock that crystallizes above the surface of the earth due to lava, volcanic dome and air or water interference, Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass that powers the Earth Element. According to scientists, Obsidian is composed of minerals that are excellent to absorb radiations and other geopathic stress. Hence, placing large Obsidian for Feng Shui truly empowers the people around the space.

Broken obsidians are excruciatingly sharp and hence, crystal users must always use the cracked obsidian with intensive care.

Available in all varieties and strange new shades around the world, colorless obsidian is the rarest variety and black the most common. Obsidian is a stone that protects the wears and gives directions as well.

1.      Black Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

One of the best creative gemstones variety amongst obsidian types, Black Obsidian is one of the most powerful and protective gemstones as  well. Seen with a plasticine or lustrous sheen, Black Obsidian projects shiny black hue and activates the third eye chakra to remove imbalances to spiritual, physical and mental self.

2.      Apache Tears Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Obsidian found in small nodules or pebbles that are made of basalt, rhyolite, andesite and trachyte with black to maroon or brown shades is called Obsidian Apache Tears. Seen in both translucent as well as opaque varieties, Apache Tears are a comforting gemstone especially during grief.

3.      Gold Sheen Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Akin to a gemstone made with gold particles, Gold sheen Obsidian has yellow and honey or golden inclusions on a black stone in its rough forms. A purification stone that distils the aura of the user, Gold Sheen Obsidian is also ideal for neutralizing energy reaction or fields.

4.      Silver Sheen Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Akin to gold sheen obsidian, silver sheen type of obsidian is seen with silver speckles on the gemstone. The metallic reflection of Silver Sheen Obsidian makes it a gorgeous beauty and one best for attracting favorable positive energy.

5.      Purple Sheen Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Tiny bubbles of gas trapped during crystallization lead to the eponymous color of Purple Sheen Obsidian. Existing with a shimmering sheen, Purple Sheen Obsidian is seen with purple or maroon shades brushed on black obsidian with vitreous luster.

6.      Spiderweb Obsidian

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All obsidian gemstones with white, blue or red veins on it are called Spiderweb Obsidians. Representing the cobwebs of a Spider, this obsidian variety is notably used for resolving underlying psychological ailments. 

Spiderweb obsidians are also seen with blue in lieu of black obsidian underneath the contrasting veins.

7.      Cat Eye Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian


An obsidian gemstone with the light falling on it to create a cat-eye-like slit across of white or green light is called Cat Eye Obsidian. The chatoyancy makes the protective gemstone a talisman to dodge evil and guard the wearer against psychic harms.

8.      Starry Nights Obsidian

Starry Nights Obsidian

A beautiful gemstone with white speckles or veins that represent snow and night-foliage on it, Starry Nights obsidian is seen with brown, green, black and even orange obsidian backdrops. Starry Nights obsidian is a rare and unique gemstone best for support and empowerment! 

9.      Peacock or Rainbow Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Seen with bands and thick veins of peacock shades on obsidian, Peacock Obsidian contains layers of colored obsidian on it. Rainbow obsidian is a vivid and potent gemstone that displays strong purple, green, blue, yellow, orange, brown and black in bands. The volcanic gemstone is often recommended for introverts.

Another extravagant variety of Peacock obsidian is the Velvet Peacock Obsidian has a matted sheen to it, resembling the velvety surface.

10. Flame or Fire Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Most obsidian gemstones are stunning and one of the most enchanting varieties of Obsidian is the Flame or Fire Obsidians, often called the firecracker obsidian for its color combinations. Mined from Mexico, Fire Obsidian is seen with white to dark pink bubbles and spots on a black, green or brown obsidian surface. Flame obsidian is recommended to crystal users for engraving and energy healing work.

Fire obsidian is the iridescent type of obsidian which owes the eponymous shades to the presence of magnetite in the parent rock.

11. Blue Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

A mellow variety of Obsidian often artificially duplicated by adding synthetic colors, the aqua blue obsidian is a translucent gemstone in a mellow blue to indigo shade. Blue Obsidian is best for astral travel, telepathy and divination when used on the Throat Chakra.

Electric blue variety of blue obsidians is considered excellent for shamanic journeys and blood circulation.

12. Marekanite

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Defined as an obsidian gemstone that exists with subangular crystals, Marekanite is rare obsidian with lowest water content. Named after the Siberian River of Marekanka, Marekanite is a gemstone for reintegration energy works.  Marekanite is seen in white and black colors, in different obsidian mines around the world.

13. Midnight Lace Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

A trippy and enchanting obsidian that has beige or golden bands like trees at midnight in a jungle, Midnight Lace Obsidian is a clarification gemstone. Ideally used as a palm stone for people with deliriums or confusions, Midnight Lace Obsidian is mined from Armenia and activates the Base Chakra Energy.

14. Stigmite

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Yet another little known obsidian, stigmite is a porphyritic gemstone variety of obsidian that is seen in enormous sizes with small inclusions of the light colors on the gem.  Stigmite obsidian is often seen with dirty brown bands on black obsidian.

15. Green Obsidian

Another enchanting variety of Obsidian gemstone with an attractive sheen, Green Obsidian resembles emerald in its polished forms. The transparent green obsidian mined from Mexico is called Macusanite. A rare variety of obsidian gems, Green Obsidian is rare and is seen in mossy to pickle green shades. 

16. Pumpkin Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Seen in a pale brown shade resembling Mahogany Obsidian, Pumpkin Obsidian empowers the user by supporting his or her subconscious decisions. Pumpkin Obsidian is often missed with brown to black and beige bands of colors on it.

17. Peanut Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

A rare and attractive obsidian stone in a characteristic peanut brown shade, Peanut Obsidian is mined from Mexico. Obsidian with the peanut face has brown blobs on the black background, forming a beautiful and dynamic pattern as well.  Iron and Labradorite inclusions lead to the characteristic peanut shade and pattern on the obsidian gemstone.

18. Mahogany Obsidian

Seen in deep to mild red and brown shades, Mahogany Obsidian is yet another Mexican Variety of Obsidian. A rare kind of obsidian, there are many mahogany obsidians in the market and you must be wary when buying it from unknown gemstone vendors. Mahogany Obsidian emanates a gentle energy of care that also resonates with the Mother Earth to ground the wearer.

19. Snowflake Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

A commonly available variety of Obsidian with dynamic snowflake patterns, Snowflake Obsidian is a gem of purity. In addition to mindfulness and commitment, Snowflake Obsidian is a soothing crystal that improves blood circulation as well. Snowflake Obsidian is seen on a black backdrop with snowflake-like branching blobs and veins of white to gray, blue, green or pink.

20. Jasper Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

When obsidian and Jasper crystallizes together, ideally with inclusions of red to brown shades, Jasper Obsidian gemstones are born. Jasper Obsidians are extremely rare and known for its combined chakra powers of the base and Solar Plexus Chakra.

·        Physical Effects of Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

An excellent gemstone that helps in catalyzing digestion to nutrient absorption of the body, Obsidian is also a healing stone that aids in the speedy recovery of minor wounds. It was believed by Ancient Europeans that Obsidian is a potent remedy against Snakebites too, much like bezoars. In addition, being a pain relieving gem, Obsidian also puts the aching muscles and tendons to rest.

Obsidian history also states that the gemstone was used widely for relieving bacterial and viral infections via gem elixirs and baths. Also ideal for those suffering from stomach and intestinal disorders, the sheen gemstone empowers the muscles and elimination organs of the body.

·        Spiritual Effects of Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Ideal for Spirit communication and awareness, Obsidian gemstone brings confusions to rest. Obsidian is a gemstone of the higher realm and same is it cocoons the user from evil eye and psychic harms with the help of energy charging.

Programming obsidian with the root chakra also brings back memories of your past life as well as the karmic debts that attract negativity into your present life. To overcome the same, begin with an Obsidian Crystal Grid to strengthen your life force.

Obsidian can also be used for various magic work, to attract your destiny as well as spirit powers. Spiritual ecstasy of using Obsidian is unlimited as it is a protective stone that prioritizes the protection of the user above everything!

·        Emotional Effects of Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

An emotionally soothing gemstone that overwhelms the dissatisfactions, Obsidian also relieves depression.  In individuals with a history of addictive habits, Obsidian can prove to be a ground-breaking gemstone that brings your personal freedom back. Obsidian affects the life force production to curb the self-destructive attitude too.

From self-pity to apathy and inferiority complex, Obsidian is a strengthening stone especially for students and teenagers. Obsidian supports loners and shows the way to positivity and happiness. In addition to broadening the mindset, Obsidian makes the user feel competent and powerful.

Obsidian programming can also be used during times of confusions or frustration for calmth. Charging the root chakra with obsidian will empower your daily activities and make you a strong-willed person by letting go of hurting memories from the past as well. 

·        Five Facts About Obsidian

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

1.      Also known for its potent Wood Energy, Obsidian must be kept in Easter direction of a house or office to Attract Wealth and Protection.

2.      A gemstone for the Ailing, Divinatory use of the Gemstone is via an instance of pain or sadness.

3.      In ancient Gemstone Rituals, Obsidian was used to awaken Horus, Isis and Black Madonna.

4.      The oldest Obsidian is on Easter Island where the Moai Statues have Eyes of Obsidian.

5.      Made of volcanic glass, Obsidian is excellent for precision based surgeries where obsidian blades offer sharper and accurate cuts when added to a medical scalpel.

Before You go …

Healing Crystal Handbook: Obsidian

Obsidian is a psychic and physical protection crystal that must be used with care. To make your obsidian extremely potent, it is ideal to purify it with clear quartz at the end of every energy work as Obsidian absorbs excess negative and positive energy from its surroundings.

Obsidian is a potent stone used for dream enhancement to vitality and fearless. Give the life of freedom a try if the obsidian below captured your wink …

Buddha Guanyin Head Obsidian Pendant

Stay powerful~


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