Black Obsidian, really brought to fame in Game of Thrones as "Dragon Glass" is not truly a crystal, but is an amorphous natural glass formed from volcanic lava and hardened so quickly it formed no crystalline structure.
Its metaphysical use is not based on chemical composition. However, its deeply protective nature and powerful connection to Spirit. It has no boundaries or limitations, and works rapidly with great power. Its edge can be razor sharp, and its dark, glossy surface polished into cold, hard glass, a “mirror stone” for those prepared to look deep into the inner being, the subconscious.
Black Obsidian is a teacher stone and could be deemed the “Warrior of Truth.” It is the most powerful of the Obsidians and does not cater to the ego; rather it exposes darkened areas of the subconscious to force one to face one’s true self. It assists in examining unresolved issues and harmful attitudes inhibiting one’s personal and spiritual growth. Black Obsidian works quickly and can be overwhelming as it rushes negative emotions and difficult truths to the surface to be experienced and released. It effectively transmutes all negative energies. Obsidian is an excellent tool for creating and strengthening the grounding cord that extends from the Root Chakra through the Earthstar Chakra below the feet, and deep into the heart of the Earth.
Gold Sheen Obsidian
Obsidian displaying a golden chatoyance when viewed in strong light, created from gas bubbles aligning across the layers during formation. Gold Sheen Obsidian is an excellent tool for gazing, to view the future or access knowledge from the past, but more importantly to reveal the heart of a problem or situation in the present. While Gold Sheen reflects that which is needed in one’s life for healing, it does not provide the healing. It does, however, give insight into the paths of action available to bring it about.
Gold Sheen Obsidian dissolves negativity and purifies the aura, and is particularly useful for clearing blockages of the Solar Plexus Chakra, the seat of the Will. It is highly effective for exposing and releasing ego conflicts and power abuse, and dispelling any sense of futility or cynicism. Gold Sheen Obsidian allows one to commune with the Source of all being, and to realign one’s personal power with the Divine to better direct one’s life. It is useful for bringing out hidden talents and to manifest one’s true calling.
It is a favorite with Reiki workers and those advanced in the shamanic and healing arts. As Gold Sheen gets to the root of any problem, it can be worn or carried for all diagnostics work, from medical or psychological, to finding faults in machinery or circuits. It is particularly strong for Earth-healing, and can be used to locate areas of disturbance in the Earth’s energy systems. Obsidian is an excellent tool for creating and strengthening the grounding cord that extends from the Root Chakra through the Earthstar Chakra below the feet, and deep into the heart of the Earth.
Obsidian draws one inward to the center of the Self, to the place of truth. It is a stone of integrity and deep soul cleansing, anchoring the spirit into the body to stimulate growth on all levels. It blocks harmful intentions by providing a shield for the aura, and is an excellent shamanic tool for removing blockages and debris from the past. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind, discharging confusion and constricting beliefs, and encourages exploration of the unknown. It is highly effective for expanding consciousness in the meditative state and for activating untapped abilities. Obsidian is used to aid digestion and detoxification, and provides support in efforts to relinquish dependencies, such as smoking, overeating, overdrinking or using drugs.
Snowflake Obsidian – a black Obsidian with inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of crystobalite (which has an octahedral crystal structure at the molecular level) that when polished resembles snowflake patterns. Snowflake Obsidian is a “stone of purity,” bringing truth and balance to the mind, body, and spirit, and is especially empowering for accepting change and transformation in one’s life. It calms and soothes the system, and helps one be more receptive to recognizing unnecessary patterns of negativity, self-defeat, “poor me” victimization, or unyielding emotional stress.
Snowflake Obsidian allows one to see through the darkness of adversity and to realign with the light, perceiving sources of support that may have been overlooked or taken for granted, and to find the strength and willingness to shift one’s reality for the better. It inspires new ideas to improve one’s condition, and opens new pathways of spiritual thought and connection. It increases one’s psychic sensitivity for recognizing meaningful synchronicities pointing the way to one’s higher path.
Snowflake Obsidian is not ideal for gazing, but is superb for stimulating total surrender during the meditative state, and can assist one in connecting with the world of souls to communicate with lost loved ones. It is excellent for overcoming feelings of loneliness and isolation, and its presence in the workplace provides an ongoing cleanser for stagnation, lack of enthusiasm and undercurrents of tension. Snowflake Obsidian is an excellent tool for attuning to animal totems and animal allies, and for becoming more sensitive to the subtle flow and movement of energy in the environment