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PROPERTIES: Emotional healing, revealing the truth, protecting, grounding, shielding against negativity

Obsidian is a fast acting, powerful stone without boundaries or limitations that is strongly grounding, protective and shields against negativity. It draws out and dissolves painful memories, clears confusion and constricting beliefs emotional blockages and ancient traumas, but can explode the truth out into the open before it brings depth and clarity to the mind and emotions, calms stress, brings peace and creates deep soul healing.  Obsidian brings you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to integrate it, helping you to know who you truly are.   It also helps you to identify behavioural patterning which is now outworn and outdated. When used appropriately and skilfully, it is cathartic and can vitalize soul purpose. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian and it impels us to grow, lending solid support to do so, encouraging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons.  It is helpful for highly sensitive people, blocks psychic attack, removes negative spiritual influence, anchors the spirit into the body, promotes compassion and strength and gives confidence and ease to face the unknown.

COLOURS: Brown, black, blue, green, rainbow, red-black, silver, gold-sheen

SOURCE: Mexico and worldwide

METHOD OF CLEANING: Running under water, Return to the Earth, Rice, Salt, Smudging, Visualising light, Essences, Sound, Crystal Recharging

METHOD OF RECHARGING: Sunlight, Moonlight, Earth, Essences, Sound, Crystal cluster


HEALING: Obsidian reveals the cause of dis-ease.  It aids the digestion and detoxifies and dissolves blockages and tension in the physical and subtle bodies, including hardened arteries. It aids arthritis, joint pain, cramp and injuries, alleviates pain, staunches bleeding, benefiting the circulation, warms the extremities and can be used to shrink an enlarged prostate. An elixir is beneficial for shock


For Blue, Blue/Green, Electric Blue, Gold Sheen, Green Mahogany, Mahogany Sheen, Red-Black, Silver Sheen and Spider Web Obsidians,  

BLACK OBSIDIAN has the protective, grounding, repelling and truth revealing properties of obsidian and magnifies all negative energies to be fully experienced and released.  Its healing effect works on the ancestral and family line and past lives. It addresses power issues on all levels, teaching that to be empowered is channelling power for the good of all. It is a very powerful and creative stone that increases self-control, grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will and making it possible to manifest spiritual energies on earth. Used with care, it can draw together scattered energy and promote emotional release.

It facilitates the release of old loves, disperses unloving thoughts and provides support during change. Black Obsidian balls are powerful meditation and scrying aids but should be used only by those who can consciously process what they see and use it for the highest good of all.   Used in shamanic ceremonies to remove physical disorders, Black Obsidian also has the gift of prophesy

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RAINBOW OBSIDIAN has beautiful bands of rainbow colours and is one of the gentler obsidians but has strong protective properties. It acts gently to release past pain, cutting the cords of old love and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart, replenishing the heart energy. It clears emotional bondage and teaches you about your spiritual nature.  Worn as a pendant, Rainbow Obsidian absorbs negative energy from the aura and draws off stress from the body.

Content very kindly written by Judy Hall, Judy Hall is a successful Mind Body Spirit author with over 40 books to her credit including the million selling Crystal Bible (volumes 1, 2 and 3).