Obsidian is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green, brown or black colour. Obsidian has been used by ancient people as a cutting tool, for weapons (arrowheads), and for ceremonial purposes and is sometimes found by archaeologists in excavations.

Obsidian has several varieties. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing just before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden sheen, known as Gold Sheen Obsidian or a rainbow sheen called Rainbow Obsidian. Obsidian with a high iron content turns the stone a reddish brown and is known as Mahogany Obsidian.

Inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern producing Snowflake Obsidian. Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called Apache Tears.


OBSIDIAN AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

Obsidian's gift to you is the insight into the causes of disease. It helps with digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension, including hardened arteries. It reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries. Crystal water made from obsidian is useful for all types of shock. It can be used to reduce an enlarged prostrate. Shock sustained through injury is dissolved on a cellular level and it therefore helps staunch bleeding and accelerate the healing of wounds. Obsidian improves the circulation, even in extreme cases such as hardening of the arteries in the legs caused by smoking and also ensures warming of the extremities, for example chronically cold hands and feet.


OBSIDIAN AND YOUR FEELINGS

Obsidian helps you to understand who you truly are and not who you think you are, it will help to integrate these two perceptions into a whole. This stone helps you identify behavioural patterns that are outdated and assists in clearing them. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes compassion and strength. Obsidian dissolves shock and fear. It has an enlivening effect and brings hidden inner images to light. Obsidian bestows an unimagined depth, on your emotional nature and helps with any type of obsession. It purifies the atmosphere of negative spiritual influences and serves as a protection against psychic attacks. ​Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against emotional negativity. It grounds you to the earth through the base chakra and strengthens you in times of need. It is helpful to highly sensitive people​. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences. ​Place obsidian by your bed or under the pillow to draw out mental stress and tension, it may have a calming effect but it will also highlight the cause of the stress. The cause must be redressed before peace can return, this will resolve the problem permanently rather than just having a palliative effect.


OBSIDIAN AND THE MIND

Obsidian expands the consciousness and helps change restricted beliefs, communication and behavioural patterns. It sharpens the senses and helps the intellect penetrate mysterious phenomena, experiences and accounts. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and restricted belief systems. It may do this by making it absolutely clear to you what lies behind the mental distress or disease. Once the confusion and belief systems have been cleared obsidian expands your consciousness and helps you enter the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease. ​​A large piece of obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its tendency to expose the truth has to be taken into account. It is helpful for therapists and counsellors as it not only helps to get to the core of a problem, but it also clears the negative energies that are released. ​Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. It works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from obsidian. It points out how to relieve all destructive conditions. Obsidian urges you to grow and lend solid support to others while you work toward a goal. It can bring unpleasant truths to the surface which will then enable you to examine them and then bring in love and acceptance. ​Obsidian provides deep soul healing. It can facilitate going back into the past and heal festering emotions or trauma that is still there in the present.


OBSIDIAN AND THE SPIRIT

Obsidian helps you achieve integrity through helping you to see the shadow side in your true nature, so you can once more become whole. This stone shows how to achieve freedom and spiritual invulnerability. it will show you capabilities and strengths that have been forgotten, so that they can be retrieved and refined to the point of clairvoyance. ​Obsidian vitalises the purpose of the soul. It eliminates energy blocks and relieves tension. Obsidian anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges you to explore the unknown there by opening up new horizons for you to explore.


OBSIDIAN VARIETIES

APACHE TEARS

Apache tears are native to Mexico and the Southwest of the USA. Their name is derived from a story about about an Apache Indian tribe who were pursued by the US Cavalry. It is said that the warriors were forced of a cliff to their deaths and the tears of grief of the Apache women left behind solidified into the droplet shaped stones. Apache tears give you general strength and stamina, help to visualise and purify the blood, stimulate hair and nail growth, and boost the immune system. Apache tears can help you with the physical ache that often comes with grief. The stress associated with sorrow can cause physical pains in your bones and muscles. Don't be afraid or too embarrassed to cry as physical tears are psychologically beneficial. If you are having a hard time letting yourself cry, regardless of whether or not it is grief associated, this stone can help you release your pent up emotions. Apache tears helps those who feel trapped in their bodies to find joy in physical activity. They are useful for gently pointing out the value of this life to those who may lean toward depression and depressive thought patterns. These stones can help you in finding more positive thoughts with which to create your own reality. Apache tears support you during periods of grief and mourning. Although there is an inconsolable aspect to missing someone close who as passed, this stone will remind you that you can turn to others for support while allowing your feelings of grief to take their normal course, which can seem to take forever and be rocky at times. Apache tears help to ground you and keep you focussed. Use this stone to keep your mind on the task at hand. It is beneficial for maintaining a positive outlook, keeping negative thoughts at bay. It is ideal for deflecting all negative energies. Apache tears help you understand the value of the physical plane of existence and the spiritual lessons it has to teach. They are useful for psychic protection and can help you open the realm of Nature Spirits. Apache tears support all types of grieving processes, but they are especially sympathetic when trying to cope with the grief associated with suicide. Turn to Apache tears to give you strength as you experience an array of emotions, from guilt, anger, blame, shame and confusion to relief, despair, betrayal, abandonment and acceptance. Apache tears can connect survivors with departed loved ones who chose to die as they gain the necessary spiritual understanding to cope with their decision.



BLACK

Black obsidian assists with removing blockages in the meridian system. Its energy is useful in clearing reproductive problems based on past abuse or current self abuse issues. Black obsidian opens and clears the base and sacral chakras. Black obsidian helps you avoid ingesting toxins by keeping you focused on healthy eating. It realigns your energy so that you can make proper food choices. It also supports you during the process of breaking bad habits, such smoking, overeating, over drinking, using drugs or putting an end to habitual patterns that no longer serve your higher self. Black Obsidian is a powerful emotional teacher. It leads you to an understanding and acceptance of the darker side of your nature, so that aspect can be evolved and illuminated. It helps you in breaking negative emotionally based patterns such as self abuse, eating disorders, and addictions. When you are willing to take responsibility for your own healing. Black obsidian helps you dredge up emotions that are buried deep within yourself. This stone reminds you that negative emotions can play havoc on your life by broadcasting an unconscious program that perpetuates negative patterns. Black obsidian supports you while you search the darker recesses of your emotional body. Black obsidian helps you uncover unconscious thoughts and patterns that inhibit your spiritual growth. Thes patterns can contribute to addiction, abusive behaviour, negativity, scarcity and other undesirable traits. This stone will point out where you are holding these patterns and assists in clearing them from the auri field and cellular memory. Black obsidian is perfect for grounding and keeping you focused. If you have a tendency to be easily distracted or off centre, use this stone to keep your mind on the task at hand. It is also beneficial for maintaining a positive outlook by keeping negative thoughts at bay. Black obsidian helps you to recognise where you are holding negativity and helps to light up and cleanse negative emotional patterns from the aura. It can help you when you are sensitive to psychic noise or are emotionally sensitive to maintain the integrity of your own energy fields. Black obsidian draws you inward to the centre of yourself, to the place of truth. It is a stone for spiritual dreaming and creating.


GOLD SHEEN

Gold sheen obsidian can be helpful in digestive disorders, ,ulcers, reflux and similar issues of the stomach. It helps clear, energise and balance the solar plexus and sacral chakras. It can be helpful for men with issues of impotence due to stress. Gold sheen obsidian keeps the physical body prepared for energetic focus and reflection. With this stone in hand, accept the gift of health and release old memories that interfere with your ability to be healthy. Us