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.
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities.
Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.
Statues of Ganesh can be found in most Indian towns. His image is placed where new houses are to be built; he is honored at the start of a journey or business venture, and poets traditionally invoke him at the start of a book.
Ganesh is also patron of letters and of learning; he is the legendary scribe who, using his commonly held broken tusk, wrote down parts of theMahabharata Epic.
Ganesh is usually depicted colored red; he is pot bellied, has one tusk broken, and has four arms that may hold a noose called apasam, an elephantgoad, and a pot of rice, or his favorite sweets,laddus. His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.
Apasamor noose is a triple twine weapon. Each of the three twines represent: 1. Arrogance and conceit, 2. Maya - the illusory nature of the real world, and 3. Ignorance.
Goads (or elephant prods) are typically used to direct elephants. Goads are symbolic of how one should steer the soul away from the ignorance and illusions of this earthly world just as a mahout would steer an elephant away from any treacherous path.
In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type of bloodshed.
Ganesh's characteristic pot belly is usually bound around with a cobra. The cobra is an animal usually associated withShiva, a reminder that Ganesh is his son.