Obsidian is one of the most important stones for Root Chakra, or the energy center located near the base of the spine. This dark volcanic glass forms when lava reaches the Earth’s surface and quickly cools before crystals take shape. Its creation embodies the elements of fire, water, and earth, making it an extremely powerful stone.
Today, we see this crystal on the beaches of Hawaii and Iceland, but it has been known since the Prehistoric times. Due to the way it sharply fractures, it was used to make arrowheads, spear points, and other cutting tools. It first took on the name Obsidian, however, about 2,000 years ago when a Roman explorer, Obsius, brought it back from Ethiopia.
Black sand beaches of Maui
As a powerful protection stone, Obsidian helps identify your dark side, allowing inner healing to take place. This stone reflects your inner truth, allowing you to see blockages and flaws so that they may be resolved.
Obsidian also shines light on negativity and clears it away, helping you to choose the path leading towards love. It helps release built up negativity from others and shields you against anger, frustration, resentment, or stress.
This black glass is mainly known for its stabilizing and grounding effects, making it an excellent crystal for organizing scattered energy. It stabilizes your Root Chakra and anchors you securely to the earth.
Physically, Obsidian It is thought to relieve stress, ease tension in the muscles, and improve circulation. It is a detoxification stone and provides support in efforts to rid yourself of dependencies.
There are many shades of Obsidian.
Each has its own unique healing properties. For example, Snowflake Obsidian, having small inclusions of white minerals, is the “Stone of Purity.” It brings truth and balance to the mind, body, and spirit, and allows you to more easily accept change. It calms and soothes you, putting you in the right frame of mind before bringing your attention to ingrained patterns of behavior. It also teaches you to value of mistakes, as well as, successes.
This is a good stone for the Zodiac signs of Scorpio (especially Snowflake), Capricorn, Aries and Sagittarius.
Obsidian with Other Stones
Combine other Chakra stones with Obsidian too! When I need to be confident in speaking my truth, I pair it with a Throat Chakra stone. Some examples are Angelite, Blue Agate, Amazonite, or Lapis Lazuli.