Obsidian Meaning

Healing Properties of Obsidian

Learn the meaning of Obsidian, properties and uses of Obsidian.

Obsidian Meaning

Obsidian is an earth-stone, activating the root chakra and grounding you in your connection to the Earth. It clears the aura of negative energy, and can also be used for scrying.

Obsidian As a Gemstone

About the Stone

Obsidian is a volcanic glass created when lava erupts from a volcano, but only when certain conditions are met:

  1. There needs to be a large amount of silica in the environment (this accounts for 70% of obsidian’s composition)
  2. The lava must cool rapidly, before in it has time for crystal growth.

Obsidian sits at a 5-5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It breaks to form very sharp edges, and was therefore used since ancient times for arrowheads and other tools.

Because is has no crystal structure, obsidian blades can reach molecular thinness. It has been used experimentally in modern times by some surgeons because its cutting edge is many times sharper than surgical steel, and much smoother, creating a cleaner cut with less tissue damage, inflammation, and scarring.

Pure obsidian is dark, but impurities can result in dark green, brown, black, and gray coloring. Other impurities result in stones known as snowflake obsidian, golden obsidian, apache tears, and rainbow obsidian.

Obsidian is found in many places in North America, Armenia, Italy, Mexico, Greece, and Scotland.

Obsidian in Jewelry

Obsidian is not technically a “gemstone” but instead a naturally occurring glass, but it is used for jewelry nonetheless–particularly apache tears and snowflake obsidian.

Disclaimer: Obsidian Properties, Obsidian Meaning, and Obsidian Uses listed here are not a substitute for medical care. If you have a physical or mental illness, please see a doctor or mental health professional.

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