Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcano glass formed during eruptions when the lava cools rapidly. It is black to blackish green, smooth and glassy. Black Obsidian could be fashioned into many tools, and its’ uses dates back to the Stone Age when it was utilized for arrowheads, spear points, knives, axe heads, scrapers and other various cutting instruments. Ancient carved status made from Obsidian have been found. Throughout history, Obsidian was used for everything from food preparation to tattooing and magic. Native American cultures utilized Obsidian to sharpen their inner sight during spiritual ceremonies.
Black Obsidian has been used in divination, in the form of Black Mirrors, as far back as the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Even Ancient Greek civilizations used Obsidian Spheres and flat mirrors for scrying. These are still in use today, for divination, and in Witchcraft and Wicca, Shamanism, and Paganism. Larger mirrors have been used for conduits for supernatural forces, a way to communicate with the otherworld entities, and for portals to other realms. One is said to be able to see all that is transpiring in the heavens and the earth with a Black Mirror.
Black Obsidian’s vibrations are grounding and protecting. Shielding against unwanted energies, it makes a great talisman. Many cultures wore Obsidian for this purpose. Obsidian allows one to look inwards for causes of dis-ease or for deep healing.
Black Obsidian is also known as the “Teacher Stone", or the “Warrior of Truth”, because it does not cater to the ego, instead forcing one to see their true self. This gemstone can be overwhelming when working with it for healing, as it will quickly bring to the surface the negative energies and the difficult truths to be released, and can affect emotions. When working with Obsidian, one should be ready to just let the emotions spill over and be released, rather than try to hold them back. It is best used by an experienced Energy Worker. During healing work, Obsidian will offer protection, remove energetic attachments, hooks and cords, as well as any negative energies from the Auric Field.
There are many uses for Obsidian, spheres for scrying, pyramids under beds for protection and healing, palm stones for Astral Travel, Shamanic practices and meditation, communication with Spirit World and for divination. Obsidian knives and mirrors are used in magic work.