The obsidian is volcanic glass: it is formed by the sudden solidification of a siliceous melt – boiling lava meets cold, clear water – the encounter of heat and cold then produces the obsidian.
The rapid cooling does not lead to the formation of regular crystal structures. Therefore, the glass that makes up the obsidian, unlike crystals, always has a chaotic, amorphous texture.
The obsidian is found especially where once volcanoes were or are still active. In Ethiopia at the volcano Chabbi, in many places in Iceland, in Sicily at the volcano Etna, along with the volcanoes of Mexico City, on the Chilean Easter Island as well as on the New Zealand island Mayor Island.
Although the obsidian is best known for its magical black, it can also be dark green, dark brown, or red by the addition of other elements. The line color – i.e. the color of the mineral powder – is still white to pale yellow in all obsidians.
The Obsidian owes its name to the Roman Obsius, He brought the first stone from Africa to Rome, as the poet Pliny describes it in his natural history.
But even in the Stone Age, weapons were mainly made from the hard volcanic glass because, just like Feuerstein, it was particularly suitable for its breakage. In antiquity, the obsidian also made elaborate figures, jewelry, and even the first mirrors.
The American Indians also used obsidian for the production of weapons and works of art, and to this day Obsidian is revered there as an important healing and gemstone. The legendary obsidian balls were used in ancient Mexico by the priests of the god Tezcatlipoca.
Obsidian is also of particular importance to Māori in New Zealand – volcanic glass is valued as a material for cutting tools, in the Māori language it is called Obsidian ‘Tuhua’.
Obsidian has been regarded as an ideal remedy for hemostasis, wound healing and pain relief since ancient times, and is also used primarily in the processing of physical and emotional trauma. Applied to the appropriate places, the obsidian releases pain and tension, in conjunction with tourmaline the released energy is then distributed.
The obsidian works best on the root chakra. On the astrological level, he is assigned to the star sign Libra, Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Capricorn. To achieve a positive, psychic effect, it is enough to have a silent look at the calming, black obsidian surface.
Obsidian should be in direct contact with the skin for the best physical effect, such as wearing an amulet, but it may also be targeted to the appropriate parts of the body.
It is advisable to purify obsidians regularly under running lukewarm water and to charge in a rock crystal group or under the sunlight. Jewelry chains can also be unloaded in hematite tumbled stones.
As a supplement and compensation, you can also wear very beautiful clear mountain crystals for the obsidian or use it in a meditation.