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The Metaphysical Properties Of Obsidian

Get a free reading at PsychicAccess.comI remember when first I came into contact with Apache Tears, a kind of Obsidian, when I was just a child. I loved it! Its translucent quality was captivating. At the time I did not know the metaphysical properties of this stone; all I knew was that it had a dream-like quality to it.

Obsidian is molten lava that has cooled very quickly. It is a type of volcanic glass and it is found worldwide. The ancient Aztecs made flat mirrors from Obsidian for use in divination. Obsidian may open a person to the gift of prophecy. Legend has it that Dr. Dee, a great mage and alchemist, hired by Queen Elizabeth I, may have used an Obsidian mirror in lessons of scrying.

Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas ~ Caryl Haxworth

Obsidian is useful for the purpose of grounding and centering. Author Scott Cunningham suggests holding Obsidian in the hands or placing bare feet on two small polished pieces, when feeling lightheaded or just ungrounded.

It can also be useful when used in protective workings. One can surround a white candle with four Obsidian arrowheads that point to one of the directions. This establishes aggressive energies that guard when it is set up. sites Obsidian as being very effective at cleansing the “psychic smog” within the aura. As a Reiki practitioner and reader, I know that anytime we work with people we can take on their issues into our space.  Obsidian would be very effective in ridding me of that “smog”.

Obsidian also blocks attacks that are psychic and absorbs energies that are negative coming from the environment. Since I am a reader, I often enter into contact with people that do not like the information I give to them. They might unconsciously feel anger or resentment, and those emotions can cling onto me.  Even if people are not consciously trying to ‘attack,’ Obsidian could block any residue left over from that energy.

This stone can further be used to release disharmony. It can help let go of resentment, anger, and fear.

Obsidian can help with past life healing and may help past misuse of power in those past lives or, even, present life. If we come back to this life, to resolve past life issues, we can put a piece of stone on the Third Eye and meditate on a subject. In doing this, we may be able to come to some resolution. Also, this may show the individual why they are on Earth at this time.

The Cakchiqueles venerated this stone as a symbol of divinity ~ David Carballo & Marc Levine

Obsidian is also connected to the base chakra and so after we do this past life work we can use that same stone to ground ourselves. Obsidian can also help us to communicate with spirit. As we are communicating with spirit, Obsidian will protect us.

Obsidian works very fast and has a strong confronting energy of truth. It is “truth-enhancing.” It may bring out characteristics that we would rather ignore or not even know. However, when we get this information the energy of the stone pushes us to make changes.

It is worth noting that Obsidian is said to help in the letting go of addictions, eating disorders, negative behaviors and emotional blocks. As a person who is almost constantly struggling to recover from an eating disorder, this stone could be very helpful.

Obsidian does well at clearing the mind. It helps us to become aware of who we are. As it does this, it can help us get rid of emotions and blockages of old traumas. I suspect it can increase the compassion we have towards ourselves. This would be imperative as we do trauma work.

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall discusses how Obsidian placed under a pillow or near the bed can bring out mental stress. This sounds negative, but Obsidian will then help alert us to the reasons for the stress. So, we need to be aware of this tendency as we use Obsidian. Along these lines, Obsidian can also help us to confront the ‘shadow’ side of our being.

Obsidian is helpful with the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps, and injuries. In healing, it also helps intestines, muscle tissue, and can be effective in bacterial and viral infections.

So we see that not only is Obsidian beautiful, it is useful in matters of protection and revealing the truth, to healing the physical body. As always it is important to remember that we need not neglect getting professional help when we need it, but one can use stones as a supplemental treatment while getting expert help.

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 2003.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 2002.
Charms of Light, Haxworth, Caryl., Liz.
Crystals and Jewelry, Harton, Robyn A.

About The Author: Mataya

Mataya's Light Readings are a gift from a higher source that she's worked hard to develop throughout her life. She understands more than most what it's like to struggle with emotional and physical roadblocks and with a Masters in Counseling, she has spent many years using her natural psychic gifts and acquired knowledge to see clients through difficult patches. Since 1988, she's professionally guided others, using Tarot and other divination tools, at various psychic fairs in California. She's worked one-on-one with clients in metaphysical shops, and enjoys a successful online practice. She's channeled energies from her guides and passed on accurate information to her clients. A true Sensitive, Mataya takes on the energy of others, feeling and sensing their challenges. Her name came to her out of the blue one day and she has since learned that Mataya mean's God's gift. If you'd like to experience Mataya's incredible gifts for yourself, try a reading with this compassionate and accurate reader. You can find Mataya at

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