Black Obsidian – (Root Chakra) – (Zodiac of Scorpio & Sagittarius)
Obsidian is a smooth, sharp and deep black stone and I can feel its power the instant I pick up the stone. This is a gemstone I reserve for when I need to get in touch with my True North and seek unfiltered guidance. It will keep you grounded and safe, but it also doesn’t sugar coat the message you need to receive.
Science – Obsidian is unique in its creation and healing properties. Obsidian is a form of volcanic glass created when molten lava cools very quickly. There are many varieties of Obsidian (Snowflake, Mahogany, Rainbow, Gold and Silver-sheen, as well as a variety of colors), but this article is focusing primarily on Black Obsidian.
Historical Significance – This gemstone can be shaved down to create an incredibly sharp edge; therefore, ancient cultures used to use Obsidian to craft arrowheads and knives. It was used often in Native American, Aztec, and Mayan rituals. Its power was thought to channel the essence of Magic and enhance rituals. It was also used to assist with divination and Spirit Quests to ascertain the future.
Metaphysical Attributes – This stone, this volcanic glass, is an incredibly powerful protector. Remember, this was used to make knives, used for physical protection, and it retains that energetically as well. Obsidian creates a shield of protection around your aura and energetic body. It provides protection again psychic attack or negative entities in your home. It provides a strong, grounding energetic connection to the Earth, and the vast Earth power helps to guard you during difficult times. This is an excellent stone to keep with you if you work or live in a toxic environment. It will prevent negativity from clinging to you, influencing you, and bringing you down.
Obsidian is a stone that exposes the truth and tears down barriers. It works quickly and powerfully, so should be used with care and guidance. This gemstone does not allow us to hide from issues, behaviors, or people that have been holding us back. We see straight to those hidden issues and the root of the problem. In conjunction, Obsidian is very useful for cutting ties, or cords, to unhealthy attachments. If you are working with a very great trauma, please make sure to consult a professional for support, as Obsidian is ruthless in bringing issues to the surface. Use Apache Tear for a gentler form of this healing energy.
Obsidian has often been used for ritual magic, scrying, and divination. Its mirror-like reflection makes it a spectacular scrying tool. It connects us swiftly to our personal power and intentions to strength and amplify our personal rituals and energetic practices. This stone continues to protect during deep, trance meditations or channeling.
Physical Effects – This is a stone that is said to help reduce pain. Obsidian’s power of insight helps us to realize the root cause of illness and work toward correcting the imbalances that have caused illness.
Practice Mantra – Sit in a seated meditation position, holding the Obsidian in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine yourself surrounded by a large, sturdy mountain. You are warmed by the heat within the mountain. Repeat this mantra, “I am Grounded. I am Protected. I have the Strength to uproot and eliminate that which is Negative in my Life.”
Alternately, hold a Obsidian mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
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