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Black Obsidian ObeliskBlack Obsidian is molten lava that cooled very quickly, it is sometimes referred to as volcanic glass. A stone without boundaries or limitations, it works extremely fast and with great power. Black obsidian is a creative stone, grounding the soul and spiritual forces to the physical plane while helping the individual to face their true self with honesty and clarity. It is detached, non-threatening, and yet defines a “safe area” very well. This stone is excellent when placed by a door to keep negative energies out, or on a desk to avert negative energies from approaching you.

A protective, grounding stone, black obsidian provides support during change and is believed to help with the release of old loves. Black obsidian magnifies energies that are no longer working for the individual good so they can be released, bringing in healing. This effect can go back to past lives and also the ancestral and family line. Self-control is believed to increase with the use of this stone. Black obsidian addresses power issues on all levels, teaching that power is to be channeled for the good of all as opposed to using it for gain.

Black Obsidian 

Historical Folklore

Black obsidian was long regarded as a magical portal through time and space. 

Ancient Greeks used highly polished black obsidian as scrying mirrors.

This stone was used by many cultures for knife blades.


Obsidian is a type of igneous rock. Black Obsidian is the most common coloration of this stone. other varieties include Rainbow Obsidian, Silver Sheen Obsidian and Gold Sheen Obsidian. It can be found worldwide.

Chakra Association

Black Obsidian is connected to the Earth star, base, and sacral chakras.


You can place this stone in full moon moonlight to energize. It can also be moved through sage smoke or incense, placed in rice, or buried in the earth overnight.

Astrological Association

This stone is associated with Sun in Libra, sun in Scorpio, sun in Capricorn, moon in Gemini, and moon in Sagittarius. 

Health Folklore

Black Obsidian Arrowhead

Black Obsidian Arrowhead

Helps with digestion, detoxification arteries, joints, circulation, and the prostate. 

Disclaimer: Crystal meanings and spiritual healing lore are not a prescription, diagnosis or healthcare information. They are presented as spiritual supports to healing and other life issues. See a doctor or licensed medical practitioner for all health issues.

Black Obsidian at Crystal Life

All of our stones are hand-selected by Crystal Life President,  Atala Toy. After hundreds of thousands of years in the earth, they are eager to begin work with their new human partners! When stones arrive at Crystal Life, they are welcomed warmly by staff members and the store’s resident nature spirits. The stones are energetically cleared on a regular basis, to help them maintain their own inherent peaceful characteristics and personalities while being visited by so many store guests.

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