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Obsidian

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock.

Obsidian is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. It is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows, where the chemical composition (high silica content) induces a high degree of viscosity and polymerization of the lava. The inhibition of atomic diffusion through this highly viscous and polymerized lava explains the lack of crystal growth. Obsidian is hard and brittle and therefore fractures with very sharp edges. In the past it was used to manufacture cutting and piercing tools and it has been used experimentally as surgical scalpel blades.

Chakras associated with Obsidian- Base Chakra (root, or muladhara chakra) 
Zodiac sign associated with Obsidian- Scorpio, Sagittarius
Element - Earth/Fire
Typical colors - Black, silvery or brown

Obsidian is truth-enhancing.  A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity.  It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment.  Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension.  It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons.  Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion.  Helps you to know who you truly are.  Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas.  Promotes qualities of compassion and strength.

Obsidian aids the digestion and detoxifies.  It reduces arthritis pain, joint problems and cramps.  Warms the extremities.

In addition to the generic healing properties of Obsidian, specific colours and types have additional attributes:

Black Obsidian

Chakras - Base Chakra

Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone.  It increases self-control.  It forces facing up to one’s true self.  Releases imbalances and negative energies.  Black Obsidian is protective and provides support during change.  It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts.

Golden Obsidian

Golden Obsidian is a strongly protective stone. It is particularly effective for scrying, and balancing energy fields.

Mahogany Obsidian

Mahogany Obsidian has a gentle energy, resonating with the earth it grounds and protects. It is a stabilising stone that strengthens a weak aura.