Five Varieties of Obsidian and Their Healing Properties

Updated on November 19, 2018
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I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.

Although not a crystal in the traditional sense, igneous rocks are used as healing crystals due to the fact that they possess a range of beneficial properties. Obsidian is, in fact, a form of naturally occurring glass that forms when lava cools quickly which prevents it from crystallising. Black is the most common form of obsidian but it can also be found in colours such as brown and green and less commonly blue, red, orange or yellow. Varieties such as snowflake or mahogany obsidian feature a combination of colours in various markings and patterns.

Due to the quick cooling and formation of obsidian, it is believed to be a fast-acting stone that works without boundaries and limitations. It is found all over the world and has been utilised by humans since prehistoric times. Obsidian’s reflective qualities are excellent in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. A downside of this is that it can cause negative emotions, unpleasant truths and repressed feelings to rise quickly and this may feel overwhelming to some. Mahogany obsidian has a gentler energy so is a good choice if this may be a problem.

Obsidian is a protective stone that can shield against negativity, psychic attacks and negative or unwanted spiritual influences. It can help clear mental stress by helping us to realise and resolve the root of this. These crystals can aid in clearing the mind and eliminating energy blockages.

Black obsidian is a powerful stone for emotional healing.
Black obsidian is a powerful stone for emotional healing. | Source

1. Black Obsidian

This variety is a stone of truths that can reveal secrets and answer your questions about life. This powerful stone can help you see through illusions and lies created by other people and keep you on an honest path in life. Black obsidian can work like mirror helping you to see you own faults, weaknesses and mistakes and then support you in working to resolve these. It can be used in cleansing the aura and is thought to help ease issues within the digestive system. If you struggle with depression or anxiety black obsidian can bring you insights on the root of these and help to restore your personal balance. This crystal can help drive you towards making changes in life and achieving your goals.

Snowflake obsidian is a white and black variety of natural glass.
Snowflake obsidian is a white and black variety of natural glass. | Source

2. Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake obsidian is a mottled black and white stone that is formed from felsic lava. The white patches resemble snowflakes and this where the stone gets its name. This healing stone can help to restore balance to mind, body and spirit and lessen any fears and worries that you are holding on to. Snowflake obsidian is a protective stone that brings a strong sense of stability and security to life. It can remind you of the importance of perseverance and determination in order to achieve what you desire. This is a beneficial stone in helping you to recognise when people are taking advantage of you.

Apache tear is strongly connected to Apache mythology.
Apache tear is strongly connected to Apache mythology. | Source

3. Apache Tear

This is a form of black obsidian but has a much gentler energy. Although it still unearths negativity within the body and spirit it does so slowly allowing any issues to be worked through at a more manageable pace. This crystal is comforting in times of grief and has a strong connection to the mythology of the Apache tribe and culture. The study of Apache history and mythology will help you form a closer connection to this stone. Apache tear crystals can help you in recognising what endeavours are worth your time and energy. Its gentle comforting nature is beneficial if you are struggling to get back on your feet after a difficult or life changing experience. This form of obsidian is connected to the root chakra and so can help toy ground you into physical reality.

Mahogany obsidian is a gentle and protective stone.
Mahogany obsidian is a gentle and protective stone. | Source

4. Mahogany Obsidian

Like Apache tear mahogany obsidian has a gentler energy than black obsidian. It is grounding and protective stone and is particularly useful in protecting against negative psychic attacks. This is a stone of strength that can support you in times of need and will increase willpower to overcome your personal challenges and fears. This form of obsidian is believed to aid in riding the body from free radicals and to help improve the circulation and boost kidney and liver function. Mahogany obsidian can help in releasing old emotional patterns that no longer benefit your life or are holding you back. Its protective qualities will shield you against anybody who wishes you harm and unhappiness and can dissolve obstacles that stand between you and what must be done.

Rainbow obsidian is useful in detoxification.
Rainbow obsidian is useful in detoxification. | Source

5. Rainbow Obsidian

This crystal has a strongly protective but gentle energy that guides you to your true spiritual nature. It can help you in cutting the cords from old loves and other attachments that no longer benefit you. Rainbow obsidian can be used to draw negative energy and stress from the body and aura. This variety of obsidian is also known as sheen obsidian or rainbow sheen obsidian. Rainbow obsidian is useful when looking for the true cause of emotional issues so that you can work on resolving them. It is a good stone to use in detoxification that unclogs blockages and supports the function of all organs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2018 Claire


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      19 months ago from Lincolnshire, UK

      Thank you.

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