Crystal of the Month - Black Obsidian
Crystal of the Month - Black Obsidian
October, the month of Samhain which signals the beginning of winter. A time where we begin to retreat inwards, rest and make plans for the year ahead. On this day, the Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was especially thin, so if there is anyone on the other side you’d like to communicate with now Is the time to do so!
So with this in mind the stone I have decided to talk about this month is Black Obsidian, it is a strong and powerful stone of protection and also used to help connections with the spirit world.
Black obsidian is a dark black stone that when tumbled, has a shiny surface. It is very smooth and hard when tumbled but can be very sharp in its raw form. Formed when a volcano erupts and the lava cools very quickly because of this black obsidian stone is also known as volcanic glass.
Therefore it is found in many areas of the world where there is volcanic activity such as the United States, Greece, Russia and Japan.
Obsidian can be found in numerous colours including brown, green and blue (as pictured below)
It is mainly used for protection, particularly against psychic attacks. It has such a super strong energy, that lots of people prefer to use a gentler stone in everyday life (such as Smokey Quartz or Mahogany Obsidian) and use this one when doing deep shadow work or when working with spirit. It can bring deep uncovered issues to the surface that need to be addressed and if you aren’t ready to do this work it can be uncomfortable. It is also fantastic for helping to shield you from negativity, or as a super cleanser of your aura.
It is also known to be a good crystal to cut or sever ties. This makes it ideal for using in cord cutting rituals when you are wanting to break emotional ties to another person to whom you have been close too, this is why you will often see the sharp raw form made into arrowheads and athanes. It was even used as far back as the prehistoric ages as a divine for cutting things physically.
As obsidian is very shiny it is also frequently used for the practice of scrying, many use a black obsidian mirror. Scrying is a form of divination, like using a crystal ball - In a dim light room, candle light is perfect although ensuring your candle is away from your scrying object so doesn’t reflect, relax and simply stare into the shiny surface of the object, then soften your gaze and see what messages and images come up for you.
Another reason that it is an ideal crystal to use during spirit work is that it’s strongly connected to the base chakra, the chakra point associated with keeping us grounded, and feeling safe and secure in our physical environment.
Have a blessed Samhain,
Much love as always,
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