Black Obsidian Meaning and Benefits.



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Black Obsidian Meaning – General Information.

Black Obsidian (lapis obsidianus), was so named in the discourse of Natural History written by the elder, Pliny of Rome. He referred to a volcanic glass discovered in Ethiopia by Obsidius, a Roman explorer. It naturally occurs as a type of volcanic glass and forms when molten lava comes into contact with water, thereby forcing it to cool quickly. Resulting in an amorphous (lacking an inner structure) stone with a glossy, glassy texture.

Black Obsidian is a distinctive stone and is sometimes classified as a mineraloid with high silica content. Its dark colour comes from its iron and magnesium content. It has a Mohs hardness of 5.5 and is a translucent, siliceous glassy stone with a vitreous lustre.

Black Obsidian


Black Obsidian – History.

Black Obsidian has been revered since ancient times as one of the foremost barter materials. Prized for its ability to produce razor-sharp edges it has been used since prehistoric times for making cutting and piercing tools, including axes, arrows and spears for hunting and as weapons. It has long been used for making decorative objects and jewellery and polished to make Black Obsidian mirrors and crystal balls.

In the Middle Ages, Black Obsidian was alleged to drive out demons. At times it is referred to as the “Wizard’s Stone” as it is reputed to open the gateway into the netherworld while providing protection from negativity and mischievous or harmful spirits.

The pupils in the eyes of the statues on Easter Island are Black Obsidian.

Black Obsidian is still the tool for ritual circumcisions because of its sharpness. Also used in various cultures for deep healing purposes.

A Black Obsidian scalpel has a cutting edge that is much smoother and sharper than a modern-day high-quality surgical steel scalpel. Since the 1970s quality audio turntable plinths have been made of Obsidian.


Black Obsidian – Metaphysical Benefits.

Black Obsidian has an aura of unqualified mystery and energy that deeply draws you in, making it a very potent stone in lots of ways. Its powerful alchemy can generate significant transformation.

Black Obsidian has a sharpness that metaphysically cuts through matter to quickly reveal the truth; exposing blockages, illusions, lies, anxious facades, etc. It can reveal negative emotions and unpleasant truths. Because it is a very powerful and fast-acting stone, be sure to use it with caution and respect.

Black Obsidian, also known as the “Stone of Truth” and as a most significant spiritual teacher. Since it is without boundaries or limitations, nothing can hide when you’re working with it.

It reflects your true self back from its shiny surface; so prepare to face both the positive and negative sides of reality as it emerges. Upon having confronted and dealt with these issues, a great inner peace ensues. Some people find its effects too overwhelming and prefer to use a gentler stone.

The blackness of this stone allows easier access to the subconscious. Use it during vision quests and for prophetic dreaming. In shamanic travelling, its black colour provides protective energies; Black with its absence of light can also create invisibility.

Black Obsidian is a highly protective stone on all levels. It can form a shield against any negativity and will absorb negative energies from your environment. Because of this, it requires regular cleaning in running water.

Black Obsidian Obelisk

Black Obsidian powerfully grounds and centres spiritual energy into the physical plane. It is a creative stone that connects the mind and emotions. Self-control and resilience improve with its use. It impels personal growth and provides support. Black Obsidian is a helpful catalyst for change, especially for those who are unable or unwilling to let go of the past. It can also help to build razor-sharp mental abilities and powers of discernment. It can be very supportive for those who react emotionally to people and events in their life.

Black Obsidian reminds us that the cycle of birth and death is continuous and always present; all is one. It has a long association with the guardian spirits, said to watch over us.

Black Obsidian – Healing. 

Black Obsidian may help you become more grounded, focused and clear in all practical affairs. It provides insight and a unique opportunity to clarify the causes of dis-ease and/or emotional upset. And helps to protect the very sensitive from depression and is especially supportive in times of grief. It protects against negativity and hostility and is also very good at dealing with phobias, and is beneficial for treating shock.

Black Obsidian is a natural pain reliever, useful in the relief of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries. Helps decrease food cravings. Aids digestion, detoxifies and dissolves blockages and tension, including hardening of the arteries. Warms the extremities and accelerates the healing of wounds.

Tips for using Black Obsidian.

  • Keep Black Obsidian nearby when you are learning new skills and concepts to help advance your comprehension.
  • Look into Black Obsidian to reveal your true self and see your future.
  • Carry Black Obsidian to keep yourself grounded and down to earth.
  • Place Black Obsidian in your home, office, or sacred space to keep the area free of any unwanted energies and to eliminate negativity.
  • Wear Black Obsidian as a catalyst for personal growth.
  • Work with Black Obsidian if you feel your growth has stagnated and you need a jolt to get moving again.
  • Meditate with Black Obsidian to help unveil your inner wisdom.
  • Wearing a piece of Black Obsidian jewellery can help to anchor erratic energies, bringing balance into your life and clearing your mind of fears and distractions.
  • Hold Black Obsidian to remove flightiness and get your physical life back in order.
  • Study Black Obsidian to reveal the boundless secrets and mysteries within your inner world as well as the internal workings of the universe at large.


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© Ron and Sue Windred.
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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