Crystals and stones help offer protection, healing, and metaphysical properties that are beneficial to us on our spiritual life journeys. Beautiful and powerful, the Black Obsidian stone is rich with benefits and protection that you definitely want to add to your collection.
You may be thinking, “Wait, Black Obsidian isn’t actually a crystal, so how exactly does it work?”
We’ve got all the information you need to know about this volcanic rock and what it can do in your practice.
Origins of Black Obsidian
Black Obsidian, as you already know, is not a crystal. It is, however, an igneous stone. Igneous stones and crystals are formed from cooled volcanic lava, either from active volcanos or from lava in the center of the earth’s crust.
Sometimes, volcanic lava cools quickly, which does not allow crystals to form. When this happens, smooth, glass-like rock is formed. This type of rock is called a mineraloid. Black Obsidian is a mineraloid with a rich, deep color and smooth surface that is somewhat mirror-like.
The most common colors of Obsidian stones are black. However, Obsidian can also be found in greens, tans, and browns. Rare colors of Obsidian can be found in blues, reds, yellows, and oranges, and even two colors in a swirled-together, marble-like pattern.
Black Obsidian is not a rare stone. It is found all over the world, in both North and South America, Asia, Russia, and Japan. Most of the Black Obsidian used in jewelry is mined in the United States. However, Black Obsidian is not found east of the Mississippi River due to a lack of volcanic activity.
Physical Properties of Obsidian
Black Obsidian is a smooth, glass-like stone with a shiny, reflective surface. It has a Mohs hardness scale rating of 5.5.
This stone breaks into fragments with sharp, curved edges, which makes it ideal for cutting. Early peoples used Black Obsidian as tools and weapons, and the sharpness of the stone can be used today for ceremonial cutting, which we’ll discuss below.
The stone’s beauty is unsurpassed by even highly reflective, rainbow-colored stones, and the smooth surface makes it an ideal tool for use in “worry stones.”
Black Obsidian is a guardian stone. It’s used commonly as a powerful shield against negative energy, negative thoughts, and negative actions. In the metaphysical, Black Obsidian can:
- Awaken and stimulate the gift of prophecy;
- Siphon out deep insecurities, fears, and problematic behaviors so that you can see them clearly for what they are;
- Ground you to the earth, and ground your spirit and body;
- Offer protection to you as you travel the spiritual world;
- Protect you during contact with guides, or as you receive and send messages in the spiritual world; and
- Allow you to confront shadows and traumatic events from your past and unlock them if you have yet to notice them.
These properties make Black Obsidian a very useful stone to keep in your home, workplace, and close to your body to ward off negativity and ensure you are always being true to yourself and to others.
Black Obsidian’s Chakra Connections
Crystals and stones are typically tied to Chakras that allow them to help restore, balance, and transfer energy between themselves and your body.
The Black Obsidian stone is primarily a grounding stone, making it a wonderful accompaniment of the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine, at your pelvic floor. It attaches you to grounding energy from the earth.
A thoroughly balanced Root Chakra helps create a solid foundation for your life and provides stability to all other Chakras above it. If your Root Chakra is unbalanced, you will experience instability in all areas of your life, and all remaining Chakras will be unbalanced.
Chakra imbalance causes physical illness as well as unbalanced energy flow.
Black Obsidian has a deep vibration that closely matches your Root Chakra, which can help to balance it and keep it stable. Black Obsidian also aids in balancing the Third Eye Chakra, as it aids in the asking of questions and receiving of answers, which can help you see situations correctly.
Healing Properties of Black Obsidian
Because Black Obsidian means a relese from negativity, it’s one of the most powerful healing stones you can add to your collection. It can heal not just physical ailment but mental and emotional pain and thoroughly cleanse, heal, and restore your aura from toxicity.
Physical Healing Properties
Because the Black Obsidian stone is deeply connected to the Root Chakra, it is able to help heal physical illness associated with an imbalance in this Chakra. Imbalanced Root Chakras can have physical manifestations of:
- Bowel problems;
- Bladder and elimination issues;
- Low back pain and pressure;
- Lower extremity issues, pain, and pressure;
- Issues with the feet and trouble with gait and balance;
- Prostate issues in men; and
- Disordered eating.
Using Black Obsidian to help alleviate symptoms associated with these types of illnesses can prove useful. Black Obsidian balances the Root Chakra, alleviating the negative physical symptoms associated with the imbalance.
Emotional and Mental Healing With Black Obsidian
None of us are immune to negativity. Even the most balanced and spiritual among us struggle with our humanity and our natural ability to experience anger and fear. Anger and fear can lead to deep emotional resentments, and if left untreated, even hatred.
A Black Obsidian’s sharp edges are ideal for cutting through emotional resentments, negative feelings, and unhealthy emotions that hold us back from being fulfilled and reaching our full potential.
Even if you don’t have a Black Obsidian with sharp edges, the Black Obsidian stone can help break ties to negativity you are holding.
Simply by focusing on the resentment or negative, non-serving emotion while holding a Black Obsidian can help bring it into your aura, allowing the Black Obsidian to absorb it.
Spiritual Healing With Black Obsidian
The Black Obsidian stone is a highly favored stone in mysticism.
Often used by ancient healers and shamans, this stone is popular as a talisman and often kept close to the body. Black Obsidian pulls negativity from your aura, clearing out negative aura pollution.
Black Obsidian can help you avoid feeling drained, tired, and weighed down by heavy feelings, but it can also help you realize deeper purposes in your life.
Many of us feel that we are here to finish tasks and lessons or to make resolutions for events in our previous lives. If you’ve felt unsure about your ultimate purpose, or if you feel that there are areas of unresolved conflict in your past life, the Black Obsidian can help surface these events so that you can see them, resolve them, and heal from them.
For centuries, Black Obsidian has been used for scrying. Scrying is the practice of looking into a surface for specific meaning, messages, and visions. The dark, shiny surface of a Black Obsidian is the perfect medium for scrying.
Along with scrying, Black Obsidian can help awaken precognitive abilities, even if you’ve never experienced them. Black Obsidian can strengthen psychic abilities, deepen your connection to prophetic visions, and help you better explore the spiritual realm.
If you feel you have difficulty reaching your spirit guide, Black Obsidian is the perfect companion stone to bridge the gap between your physical and spiritual body and your spirit guide. Because Black Obsidian is deeply connected to mysticism, it provides safe and easy access to spirit guides and the angels.
Using Black Obsidian
With so many benefits and powers, you’ll definitely want to begin using Black Obsidian in your rituals, meditations, and ceremonies. However, Black Obsidian is also a great accompaniment to your everyday life.
Often used in Feng Shui, Black Obsidian is considered a protector of the home and workplace and a dispeller of negative energy. Here’s how you can use Black Obsidian in every aspect of your life.
Home and Workplace: Where Should I Put My Black Obsidian?
The home is the best place to start when placing Black Obsidian stones for protection. Black Obsidian is a part of the family of water elements. Feng Shui attributes wisdom, depth, fluidity, career, and social networking with the water elements.
Black Obsidian is used in the home as a shield of protection to ward off negative energy.
The use of Black Obsidian in the home and workplace for protection should operate as a grid. Consider using smaller stones, and more of them, to form a tightly woven criss-cross pattern in your home that allows the Black Obsidian stones’ vibrations to fill the entire space with absorbent energy.
It’s suggested that using Black Obsidian in your home captures negative energy before it has the chance to enter into your home, cloud auras, and disrupt peace and positivity. Not sure where or how to place it? Try these tips.
The entrance to your home controls what kind of energy will flow in and out. Protecting your entryway from evil, negativity, and anger is essential in keeping your home feeling at peace.
Placing Black Obsidian in your entryway can help pull negative energy from guests that enter your home and protect your home from evil spirits or travels from the spiritual realm.
Placing Black Obsidian in your kitchen can offer protection over your food and your health. Using this stone in your kitchen offers safety over your supply chain, protecting sustenance and nourishment.
You may also use Black Obsidian in your kitchen if you or someone in your home struggles to eat properly or get proper nutrition.
In Feng Shui, the bedroom is the room most closely associated with the personal aura and spirit. Your bedroom is where you will place stones to manifest energy that you wish to experience personally.
Using Black Obsidian in your bedroom can help if you are often anxious or have trouble sleeping. You can place Black Obsidian under each corner of your bed, forming a grid of protection beneath you.
In the Workplace
Black Obsidian is popular in the workplace and can protect you from all kinds of workplace gossip, jealousy, competition, and mistreatment.
If you feel you work in a particularly hostile work environment, place small Black Obsidian stones in a grid-like pattern beneath your workspace to encase it in protection.
If you’re unsure if you’ve properly placed your stones in your home or workplace, do not worry. Simply having Black Obsidian present provides a mighty fortress of protection, even if they aren’t placed in the traditional Feng Shui pattern.
Spiritual Ceremonies and Meditations
Although the Black Obsidian protects against negative energy, it is suggested that your spiritual meditations and ceremonial practices center around the stone’s ability to heal yourself rather than simply block negative energy from other people.
In meditations and deep reflection, holding a Black Obsidian in your hand, placing it on your Third Eye Chakra, or sitting it nearby can help you:
- See a truer reflection of your innermost self, and give you the courage to face whatever that reflection shows;
- Uncover areas of resentment, shame, guilt, and pain that have been deeply buried in your subconscious.
- Give you the ability to contact your spiritual guides if you have trouble reaching them.
Beginners may find it hard to work with Black Obsidian in the early stages of their practices. It is a deeply revealing stone, capable of bringing forth uncomfortable feelings and unlocking memories from the past. It can be hard to face difficult truths, especially if you are just beginning your spiritual journey.
Black Obsidian for Healers
Healers, this stone is an absolute requirement for you in your practices!
Healers are much more susceptible to absorbing negative energy. When working on their clients, negative energy can naturally be absorbed into their auras as it leaves the client’s aura.
Especially empathetic or emotionally connected healers may find themselves feeling drained, down, or even angry after healing sessions. Black Obsidian waved over the body can clear the aura of smog and relieve negative energy build up.
Jewelry and Charms With Black Obsidian
With so many protective powers, it’s no wonder Black Obsidian is a popular stone for jewelry, charms, and talismans. In fact, it’s even a zodiac stone, offering a special connection to people born under the Scorpio sign. (The Black Obsidian is a secondary birthstone for this sign.)
Combining Black Obsidian with other precious stones and crystals is a popular way to make jewelry that offers ultimate protection against negativity.
Black Obsidian is often used in rings, offering protection to you as you shake hands with new people both so that negative energy isn’t transferred to you. It also protects another person from siphoning your energy, leaving you feeling tired and drained.
Cleansing, Recharging, and Activating Black Obsidian
Like every stone and crystal, Black Obsidian needs to be cleansed, recharged, and activated regularly. If your stone is in an area of high traffic, you’ll need to clean your stone more frequently.
Cleansing Black Obsidian is similar to cleansing other crystals and stones. However, because Black Obsidian is such a highly absorbent stone that, at times, can possess a massive amount of negative energy, you’ll want to make sure you clear it thoroughly by meditating on a cleansing intention.
We suggest this general, cleansing intention: “Remove all energy build-up that is not beneficial for the greater good, for all good, for everyone, and for myself.”
Whichever method you use to cleanse your Black Obsidian, remember to hold the stone (at some point) during the cleansing while meditating on that intention.
Many stones and crystals love moonlight. You can charge and cleanse your Black Obsidian in the lunar energy by setting it outside when the moon is the largest and brightest. Because Black Obsidian is a grounding stone, it can be helpful to sit your stone on the earth.
Sitting your stone on the earth while in direct moonlight can allow for the transfer of negative energy back into the earth, while the moonlight recharges the stone.
Black Obsidian is a highly vibrating stone, and its vibrations can connect and balance your root Chakra. Using sound to cleanse and restore your Black Obsidian is a great way to connect with the Obsidian’s vibrations, balance it and harmonize it with positive energy.
Using a tuning fork, sound bowl, or by reciting chants, involve your Black Obsidian in a cleansing ceremony to help clear the negative pollution from the stone and increase the power of its vibrations.
Sound cleansing is especially helpful if you have more than one crystal or stone to cleanse at one time. Sound cleansing washes over large areas with cleansing power.
Salt can also cleanse your Black Obsidian. The salt pulls out negativity and weight in the stone while it soaks. Place your Black Obsidian in sea salt for around six hours to cleanse it.
In the same way that you smudge your house with sage, you can cleanse your crystals and stones. Smudging is a great way to cleanse multiple stones at once because the smoke effects of smudging cover larger areas.
To smudge your Black Obsidian stones, light your white sage bundle as you normally would and ensure your stone passes through the smoke veil several times until it has been fully covered. Remember to keep your cleansing intention in mind while smudging.
Cleansing and Recharging Tips and Tricks
Cleansing and recharging can be done as frequently as you would like. If you are experiencing a period of particularly negative energy, negative thoughts, or are having difficulty reaching your spirit guides, that’s a good indication it's time for a cleanse.
Stones that are in areas where numerous people pass through each day (workplaces, businesses, shops, etc.) should be cleaned on a frequent and regular basis. When cleansing your Black Obsidian, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Avoid placing your Black Obsidian in the sunlight or water. Sunlight can fade your stone and cause it to lose some of its brilliance, and water could damage the delicate stone.
- When cleansing stones in jewelry, make sure you check with the manufacturer to get specific care instructions. Many times the precious metals that make up your favorite pieces of jewelry should not be left in water.
Black Obsidian isn’t a crystal. It’s a volcanic glass stone that is highly protective and absorbent, with abilities to act as a shield against negativity and evil.
If you would like to explore your deepest, innermost self, uncover unknown memories or areas of negative emotions and experiences in your past, and safely heal from them, Black Obsidian can facilitate that journey.
Black Obsidian vibrates closely with the Root Chakra, helping to ground you and provide a safe foundation for you to do spiritual work that can sometimes be difficult. Black Obsidian is deeply connected with the spirit realm, and is a very effective medium for scrying and for seeing your true reflection.
Adding Black Obsidian to your practices, home, and workspace can help protect you from the negative energy of others and help absorb negative energy in your aura, helping you feel balanced, joyous, and richly connected.