If you’ve ever held a black glassy arrowhead, you’ve held obsidian. Before it was expertly shaped into a sharp point, obsidian was formed through a complex and rare earth process involving lava and lack of crystallization.

Obsidian comes in many forms most often seen in black and can come in sharper raw chunks or smoothed out into little hand tumbles, crystal balls, or even pyramids. A common misconception about obsidian is that its dark color is due to having crystallized from lava. Obsidian is commonly a translucent dark brown or black.

Unlike basalt, obsidian’s dark color is due to high amounts of impurities rather than the presence of dark colored minerals. The color of obsidian depends on the chemical composition of the impurities. A unique type of obsidian is calledsnowflake obsidian due to the presence of radiating cristobalite, a light colored material that makes the stone look as if is it speckled with snowflakes. There is however various other obsidian such as golden, mahogany, and more.

Obsidian spheres are great crystal healing tools for dissolving emotional blockages and anger with current situations. The energy from the obsidian ball will transmute all the negative frequencies and turn the user back to a state of clear headedness and promotes qualities of compassion and strength.

For thousands of years Obsidian has been known as a stone for optimistic mystic. Keeping it close by for centuries many who believe in the powers of crystals say it is a great stone to suck out any negative energy.  One of Obsidians greatest gifts is to help show insight into the cause of dis-ease. It will also aide the digestion of anything that may be hard for the keeper to except into its world.

I personally surrounded myself with obsidian after losing an important member of my family. After being in a dark depression for a few weeks every time I would hold the stone it would bring me back to a state of understanding that everything happens for a reason. That being said, Obsidian is also known to be a strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity.

Having obsidian around makes the keeper feel more at ease with their surroundings. Allowing one to really stimulate growth on all levels feeling safer to explore the unknown yet.  Obsidian also has powerful metaphysical properties that were said to help stimulate the gift of prophecy.

Some healers also say that obsidian helps aide ina connection to those who have crossed over as well as spiritual guides. Mystics have been known to peer into an obsidian ball and see or connect with loved ones or those in spirit form to receive deep messages to help them along their spiritual journies.

Shiny Obsidian pieces or better known as “Golden Sheen Obsidian” were used for a type of fortune telling called “scrying” in the early centuries. It helps eliminate any sense of futility or ego confliction that may be hindering your development and growth. By helping release ego involvement it then helps impart knowledge of a better spiritual direction while balancing energy fields.

Overall, this stone acts as a great tool to remove any built up negativity caused by your own or others anger, fear, resentment and even stress, as well as aiding you to remove any negative attachments. It is a stone recommended to keep in your medicine bag or pocket as you venture the world. Any time you are stressed out or need a moment to get yourself into a more positive energy reach for your obsidian and take a moment to meditate, in doing so allowing yourself to release any negative thoughts and getting back to what really is important. Love.
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Written by Shannon Shine