Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Black Obsidian Crystal Healing Correspondences: Metaphysical and Physical Qualities

Name: Black Obsidian

Also known as: Obsidian, volcanic glass, glass agate, glassy lava

Family: Amorphous Crystal System, silica with many impurities

Habit: compact nodules or layers between other volcanic rocks

Hardness: 5-5.5 Mohs 

Element(s): Earth, Fire

Month(s): November

Astrological: Sagittarius

Planet(s): Pluto, Saturn

Number(s) 1 

Goddess: Gaia, Pele, Sekhemet

Angel: Uriel

Chakra(s) Root (first), Third Eye (sixth)



Arthritis, pain, helps joint issues (especially the knees), muscle tissue, eases cramping, aids digestion, depression, accelerates healing wounds, pain relief, improves circulation, helps cold hands/feet, aids detoxification, reduces enlarged prostate, reduces food cravings, releasing past hurts and trauma, clearing emotional blocks

Folklore/Magickal Uses

Business, entrepreneurs, investors, grounding, protection, powerful cleanser, cuts through illusions and glamour, fast acting. Provides a deep connection to the first chakra and the Earth's core. Releases negative energy and emotions: i.e. resentment, greed, anger, hatred, jealousy and their root causes. Paired with quartz crystal, black obsidian can be used for the divination practice of gazing. 

How to Clean: Because Obsidian is a volcanic glass it can be cleaned with soapy water and rinsed or in any manner in which you would clean glass.


Obsidian is not a true gemstone. It is created by volcanoes when the molten mineral hardens, thus the reason it is known as volcanic glass.

Obsidian has been used in the making of tools and weapons such as knives and arrowheads, for thousands of years. It is used, even now, as a surgical scalpel in the middle east. Obsidian was also used by the Aztec warriors known as Macuahuitl for a weapon that consisted of several obsidian blades that were mounted on a wooden handle.

Obsidian was named for Obsius, who is said to have discovered it during the Roman empire, however, his "discovery" was one that had been made centuries earlier.

The information given here is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor and is intended for general use. It is not meant nor intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease/condition.  Please discuss any health problem or concern you may have with your doctor and call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency department if you believe you may be experiencing a medical emergency.

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