Obsidian, most commonly recognized by its dark and glassy texture, also lends a vast multitude of healing properties to the seeker. It’s quite easy to get lost in the depths of this particular stone so for those purposes, in this article, we’ll talk about Obsidian Crystal’s healing properties and their relation to us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
What is Obsidian ?
Obsidian is volcanic glass found in many parts of the world. Throughout history, it has been used to make spears and blades as well as to absorb, purify, and deflect negative energy. Depending on how you use it and what stage you are in life, obsidian crystal will have a different effect. In general, obsidian dispels negativity from yourself and your immediate surroundings while protecting you and your space. It also helps to release negative emotions such as anger, fear, insecurity, and dishonesty. Obsidian is often used for introspection, self-work, and for divination purposes such as scrying. Its dark, reflective surface acts as a mirror for the spirit, allowing you to look deeply into yourself and find the answers you seek. Incorporate this stone in your meditative practices to gain insight on the ethereal aspects of your being.
How Obsidian Crystal Affects us
Before we can properly benefit from a crystal, we must first understand what areas of the body and mind they relate to best, as well as how they affect us. Each healing crystal has its correlations to the zodiac, the planets, and their chakras, each affecting us in different ways, depending on their and our characteristics. Listed below are the astrological, celestial, and spiritual aspects of Obsidian Crystal.
Birthstone: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Obsidian is most closely associated with these two zodiac signs, each for their own reasons. Sagittarians are known to be harshly truthful and expect the same from others. Otherwise known as the “warrior of truth”, it’s no wonder Obsidian crystal fits Sagittarius so well. On the other hand, Scorpios are known to be emotional creatures who often require balance in this area. For them, obsidian helps to stabilize their feelings and keep them grounded.
Also known as the “Dweller at the Threshold”, Saturn symbolizes the challenges we must face in order to grow and heal. It represents karma and life lessons, relating to obsidian crystal in the sense that it promotes introspection and personal growth. This healing stone keeps us grounded and self-aware in much the same way that Saturn is recognized as the planet of teaching.
Vibration Number: 1
In numerology, each number or combination of numbers corresponds to a particular energetic vibration. Every crystal and healing stone has a vibrational frequency that is unique to its structure, shape, size, and color. This number determines the level at which the stone itself vibrates energetically and therefore how it responds to different areas of our being. Obsidian crystal vibrates at level 1 which, in numerology, corresponds to leadership and evolution and represents the individual who is determined and ambitious. This healing stone lends its properties to those with life path number 1, but it will also help any individual to find the strength and perseverance to accomplish their goals. Under this vibration number, obsidian crystal helps to keep the seeker grounded and focussed in their endeavours so that they may change and grow according to their own personal path in life.
The base (or root) chakra is responsible for keeping the spirit grounded as it corresponds directly to our earthly nature. When this chakra is out of balance, we may experience limiting thoughts and negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, and anger. Obsidian crystal’s ability to deflect negative energy as well as its powerful grounding properties, opens up the base chakra, balancing one’s emotions as well as aligning all the other chakras. Meditate with this stone near the base chakra to promote healing and alignment of the self.
Obsidian Crystal Healing Properties for Specific Intentions
Every healing crystal is known for its own unique variety of healing properties, but what are they when it comes to obsidian crystal? Listed below are six specific purposes for which we may use obsidian in various aspects of healing.
Although this healing stone is mostly known for its protective properties as it banishes negativity, it can also be used for cleansing. Obsidian crystal purifies energy and draws out stagnant and negative emotions from your space. Keep this stone near the entrances of the home to cleanse the energy brought in and left behind by visitors or meditate with it to cleanse yourself of negative thoughts.
One of the most prominent healing properties associated with an obsidian crystal is its ability to protect the wearer from harm. Typically, stones that are dark in color are known to absorb and deflect negative energy and the same is true for obsidian. You may add this stone to your altar, a protection pouch, or simply keep it on your person in order to harness its protective energy.
A powerful divination practice, scrying is often done to gain insight into a situation or to look into oneself. It’s most commonly done by gazing into a reflective surface for long periods of time to invoke visions and clairvoyance. While a mirror or crystal ball are quite effective, you may also gaze into a black obsidian crystal. This will not only provide the seeker with unbroken focus, but it will also keep them grounded during this practice.
For Mental Health
With its many healing properties, obsidian crystal is the optimal choice for promoting mental clarity. When the mind becomes too busy or overactive with chaotic thoughts, it can be quite difficult to focus any one thing in particular. We all know how frustrating this can be, especially when you have a task to finish or whenever you just need to unwind and relax. Utilizing obsidian during meditation can stabilize and organize the thought process, instilling a sense of calm and clarity in the mind. Meditate with this stone atop your head or in your hand to quiet the mind and relieve anxiety.
For Physical Health
While obsidian is known mainly for its psychic and spiritual healing abilities, it also provides healing in various aspects of the physical body. Obsidian crystal promotes healthy bones and aids the digestive system. It detoxifies the body and relieves arthritis pain as well as cramps and aching in the joints. Implement the use of this stone during physical therapy or holistic therapy sessions to benefit its physical healing properties.
For Wealth and Abundance
Also known as the stone of manifestation, obsidian crystal brings dreams into reality. Utilize this stone’s ability to to manifest any intention for the specific purpose of attracting prosperity by meditating on your goal. You may also pair obsidian with any wealth-attracting crystal such as green aventurine, pyrite, or tiger’s eye. Include obsidian in your prosperity pouches or rice bowl.
Cleansing and Charging your Obsidian Crystal
Every person who has handled a crystal, has involuntarily made an energetic impression upon it, which will in turn be inevitably passed on to you. So even though obsidian crystals might have cleansing abilities, and unless you’ve personally mined for it and it has come directly from the earth, it’s important to cleanse and charge it yourself. One of the simpler ways to cleanse an obsidian crystal is by giving it a bath in either regular water or moon water and then leaving it out in sunlight for anywhere between three hours to three days. Although most types of obsidian are safe in water, exercise caution as certain temperatures may cause the stone to crack and/or break. Like most other healing crystals, it can also be paired with selenite to cleanse, charge and amplify its energies. Luckily, because of its dark color, obsidian doesn’t fade easily in the sun. You can even go a step further and repeat the process of cleansing in a water bath that’s been left under moonlight and then follow up with drying them in the sun. After each time you’ve cleansed your crystal, it’s also important to form a bond between yourself and the stone. Bonding with your crystal is quite simple. In the same way that healing stones lend energy, they also absorb it so in order to make a stone your own, simply hold in your hands, meditate with it and wear or carry it often. This imprints your energy on the stone, forming a bond that allows for smooth communication between the crystal and the wearer.
Obsidian Crystal Stone Pairings
You know about stone pairings, but what does it mean for this particular healing stone? Obsidian Crystal, with its dark color and powerful cleansing and protective energy makes it a great partner for virtually any stone. Be careful when pairing two dark crystals, however, as their combined low energetic vibrations may cause depression. Below is a list of crystal pairings that best complement the healing properties of obsidian.
Obsidian and Tiger’s eye
Tiger’s eye, also known as the stone of confidence and courage, promotes self-esteem and an overall positive feeling. It relieves negative emotions and anxiety while keeping you focused on your goals. Tiger’s eye is a manifestation stone which, when paired with an obsidian crystal, can eliminate negativity and promote strong feelings of positivity.
Obsidian and Pyrite
Also known as ‘fool’s gold’, pyrite brings good fortune and wealth to the wearer. It promotes richness and abundance not only in a monetary sense, but also in spirit. Paired with obsidian crystal, pyrite encourages creativity and imagination, making it more possible than ever to accomplish your goals and succeed in your career. This combination of healing stones helps to manifest wealth and prosperity.
Obsidian and Citrine
Citrine is a healing stone that’s commonly known to bring joy, success, and good fortune to the wearer. This stone promotes feelings of positivity and empowerment, lending the physical strength and motivation necessary to get the job done. Citrine also balances emotions and purifies the aura, clearing the mind of hindering thoughts. Pairing citrine with obsidian crystal makes it possible to manifest happiness, abundance, and light into everyday life.
Obsidian and Hematite
Hematite protects against psychic attacks and transfers negativity from the auric field into the ground. This particular healing stone amplifies the protective energies of obsidian crystal while purifying the energy within yourself and your surroundings. Pair these crystals for optimal energetic balance and to fully utilize both stone’s grounding energies.
Obsidian and Selenite
Selenite is known as the universal healing stone as it cleanses, charges and amplifies energy in all forms. It is the bringer of light and positivity and lends its many healing properties to any stone it is paired with. Together with obsidian, this powerful cleansing stone dispels negativity and stagnant energy, allowing only good feelings to come near the wearer. Pair these stones for optimal protection and renewal.