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Black Obsidian is a true black, opaque volcanic glass, whereas the translucent variety is called Apache Tears. It has a glassy, glossy, mirror-like shine when broken or polished. Natural pieces may contain impressions or indents. It is commonly cut and roughly polished into a blade form.

Black Obsidian is sometimes known as the “wizard stone”, because it has been used in magical practices since ancient times.

It is a protective stone, often worn to guard against negativity, demanding people, hostile entities and geopathic stress. Obsidian protects the wearer from hostility, negativity, psychic ‘vampires’ and spiritual entities that do not belong.

It eases tension, especially in the home and offers a release from that tension, enabling one to move forward in his/her life, with a more promising outlook.

Use Black Obsidian during meditation to find a creative way through problems.

It is helpful in developing intuition and grounding you to the earth, releasing negative energies that result in restlessness, irritability and nervousness. Place a piece of Black Obsidian near a nervous pets’ bed to help it feel less frightened and skittish.

Black Obsidian is very helpful after trauma, especially sexual assault or domestic violence.

Black Obsidian can also be used for gazing or scrying, along with Quartz, to help make sense of any images or ideas gleaned from it. Using Black Obsidian can bring great foresight in this capacity. To gaze/scry with Black Obsidian, choose a quiet environment with soft lighting, get into a relaxed state, and gently gaze at the stone. Remain open to any images or insights that come into your mind.

Physically, Obsidian often points to the root cause of an illness. It clears the blockages that cause disease.  Use Obsidian for detoxifying, alleviating bleeding, increasing blood circulation, and helping with the pain associated with arthritis and other joint discomfort.


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Physical and Metaphysical Properties for
Crystal Name:Black Obsidian
Pronunciation:blak uhb-SID-ee-uhn / ob-SID-ee-uhn
Affirmation:I gently release negative energy within and around me.
Question:What are your thoughts on wiccan and pagan practices?
Astrological Sign:Aries (March 21 to April 19), Capricorn (December 22 to January 19), Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21), Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Primary Chakra:Root Chakra
Location:Brazil, China, India, Mexico
Mineral Class:Mineraloids
Crystal System:Amorphous Crystal System
Hardness:5 to 5.5 Hardness
Numerical Vibration:Number 1
Chemical Composition:SiO2, Silicon Dioxide with Impurities
Physical:Arthritis, Blockage, Circulatory Problems, Detoxifying, Joint Pain and Health, Knee Health, Pain Relief, Physical Protection
Emotional:Emotional Blockages, Reducing Stress or Tension
Spiritual:Grounding, Positive Vibrations and Energy, Psychic Attack, Psychic Protection
Extra Grade:Beautiful jet black color, translucent, < 10% matrix
A Grade:Nice black color, partially-translucent, 10% - 25% matrix
B Grade:Poor black color, opaque, and/or > 25% matrix
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Posted on March 29, 2013
    (Submitted by: I sleep with one under my pillow to stop nightmares. on February 03, 2021)
  Excellent guide for black obsidian! I rely on all your stone and crystal guides! Thank you!!????????  (Submitted by: Penny on August 07, 2020)

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