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Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian, Russian Lace Obsidian. Gold Sheen Obsidian, Silver Sheen Obsidian, Black Obsidian, Blue Obsidian, Green Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Apache Tears Obsidian

Metaphysical Healing Properties of Obsidian

Grounding, Protecting, Healing

  • Protective so use in environments where a lot of negativity is released.
  • Helps to disperse and transmute these energies and and enhances one's energy field.
  • Grounds and provides masculine energy.
  • Stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown to open new horizons.
  • Brings clarity to the mind, clearing confusion and constricting beliefs.
  • Helps you to know who you are bringing you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to integrate it.
  • Dissolves emotional blocks and ancient traumas - past life stories that are affecting the present, so revitalising soul purpose.
  • For ongoing personal protection may be better to use a gentler variety like Apache Tears or Snowflake Obsidian as you will be able to wear them for longer periods of time.

Geological/Historical Information

Special Notes

  • It works fast and with great power so you may not be able to use it or wear it except in short bursts - a lot comes up to reflect upon and transmute: false truths, emotional blocks, dis-empowerment and destructive conditions. Look to use gentler varieties below if you want a softer release.
  • Most of the clear, blue, green and tea coloured varieties are man-made rather than natural volcanic glass. Man-made varieties do still work energetically (mainly through colour effect) but are not infused with Gaia's life force.

Additional Properties of Varieties

Apache Tears

  • Brings up negativity slowly enough to transmute.
  • Excellent for absorbing negative energies and protecting aura.
  • Comforts grief, providing insight as to the sources of the distress and helps relieve long-held grievances.
  • Promotes forgiveness, removes self limitations.
  • Stimulates analytical capabilities and spontaneity.

Black Obsidian

  • Very powerful form so be careful.
  • Best used by experienced crystal users.

Special notes

  • Often napped by hand into arrow heads.
  • Adds the energy of warrior - physical warrior (to help more embracing of the masculine courage, strength, protective nature) and the spiritual warrior (to help empower self to being true to one's needs walking the spiritual path, stepping up to spiritual work without being taken down by others opinions)

Blue Obsidian

  • 99.9% of this on the market is actually blue glass
  • Enhances ones communication skills and telepathic endeavours.

Green Obsidian

  • 99.9% of this on the market is actually green glass
  • Stimulates and cleanses the heart chakra, clearing emotional stress of the moment.
  • Removes "hook-up" chords creating openness and state of well-being.
  • Great for a person to hold when performing energy clearing where unresolved emotional stories are likely to surface.


Gold Sheen Obsidian

  • Stimulates growth on all levels, urges exploration of the unknown to open new horizons.
  • Great to use during times of large spiritual transitions like on a spiritual trip (physical journey).
  • Takes you into the future and past, and deep into the core of a problem.
  • Eliminates sense of futility or ego conflict enabling knowledge of spiritual direction.
  • Balances energy fields.
  • Dissolves emotional blocks and ancient traumas affecting the present to revitalise purpose.
  • Said to aid stomach and digestion issues.

Special notes

  • Golden sparkles against black.
  • It is very strong so use over short periods of time - you may feel to set aside after a big transition for several months.

Rainbow Obsidian

  • Gentler form of obsidian.
  • Strong protective properties to absorb negativity and draw out stress.
  • Brings light and love to one's life and to recognition of one's spiritual side.
  • Eases grief, releasing unhealthy hooks and chords in the heart to replenish the heart's energy.

Special notes

  • Rainbow usually needs careful cutting to bring out the multicoloured layers.
  • Variations where the colours are many but the layering is not obvious - velvet obsidian,


Silver Sheen Obsidian

  • Moon mysteries + Fire.
  • Aid to articulate communication to another.
  • Soothing stone if possessive mother issues.
  • Give to person needing an ego bust when they blame others for things going wrong!
  • Helps those in high pressure jobs not lose irritability and to stay focused.
  • Removes personal likes and dislikes from decision making.
  • Good energy for social activities.
  • Wonderful scurrying tool when moon shines on it so creates a strong sensing of knowing.
  • May aid pain relief and in emergency surgery situations.

Special notes

  • Silver flashes in black.
  • Feminine (Luna) version of gold sheen (solar).

Snowflake Obsidian

  • Allows you to feel empowered when in isolation or lonely.
  • Automatically grounds you and helps you surrender in meditation.
  • Stabilises the movement of Kundalini energy.
  • Calms and soothes so you can be in the right state of mind to be receptive to seeing your ingrained patterns of behaviour.
  • Teaches you how to value mistakes as well as success.
  • Balances body - mind - spirit.

Russian Lace Obsidian, Russian Midnight Lace Obsidian, Banded Obsidian, Midnight Lace Obsidian

  • From the Caucasus Mountains, Midnight Lace Obsidian is recognised by its special, lace-like pattern. This mineral is transparent with beautiful, collateral, black layers.
  • If you look at the stone in your hand it just looks like a somewhat dark piece of Obsidian. When you hold it up to the light, though, the stone shows areas of very clear smoky Obsidian contrasted with dark brown stripes.
  • New healing stone - connects us with our innermost knowledge.
  • Gentle Obsidian to draw out the past so you can slowly release the negativity stuck in the layers of your energy.
  • Helps you flow with life and letting things unfold as they need to as you feel safe and protected.
  • Helps the mental and emotional bodies come into harmony with each other which aids you to ground softly with the Earth.

Mahogany Obsidian

  • Can be used to stimulate growth of the physical emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
  • Provides strength in times of need.
  • Provides vitality to one's life work and/or the fulfilment of one's aspirations.
  • Assist relief of tension by calming and allowing for the release of what causes tension.
  • Grounds and stimulates both so sacral and solar plexus chakras.
  • May allow dreams based on archetypal symbols and the interpretation of the symbols.
  • Geological Information

    • Combination of red brown and black colours due to magnetite or haematite oxidising within the Obsidian.
    • Some discussion as to whether recent version are from factory slag rather than natural.