Crystal Properties and Metaphysical Meanings A-Z: Obsidian


Obsidian, the perfect Root Chakra stone, provides protection, strength, and stability. It comforts the user during both meditation and everyday life. Known for banishing negativity, Obsidian wards off unwanted energy; it attracts successful interactions, and keeps away stressful circumstances. Pairing an Earthy, weighted vibration with tranquil levity, Obsidian is an effective shield when carried in pockets or jewelry.

Obsidian encourages personal growth, guiding spirituality and grounding the body. It also promotes release of old baggage, which may be holding the user back. These outdated emotional ties can create physical discomfort, thus whole body healing is an inevitable side effect when working with Obsidian. This stone allows truth to be unearthed, deciphered, and applied; It highlights areas in which change may be beneficial.

Obsidian diffuses negativity, allowing positive energy to dominate. It heals physical and emotional ailments, bringing dormant issues to the surface in order to be properly dealt with. It also facilitates inner-knowing, inspiring confidence during periods of regeneration and change. A stone of release, Obsidian not only prompts loss of resentment, but also habits which no longer serve the user. It couples serenity with progression, resulting in smooth transition.

Throughout time, Obsidian has been associated with safety and connection to the Root. Tools, arrows, and knives are historically cut from Obsidian; The stone’s presence signifies metaphorical and literal wellbeing, from the home to the battlefield. It was first discovered in Ethiopia by a Roman explorer named Obsidius. Today, it occurs wherever rhyolitic eruptions are common: the United States, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zeland, Peru, Scotland, and Turkey. Domestically, Obsidian is mined in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington.

Hardness: 5-6

Classification: Volcanic Glass

Color: Black (most common), Green, red, speckled, rainbow, snowflake, and more.


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