Obsidian, named after its Roman discoverer, Obsius, is known by various other names, such as ‘Iceland agate’, ‘volcano glass’ and ‘mirror of the Incas’. The power of this ‘nature’s glass’ is legendary.
Formed by cooling lava that hardened so quickly that it failed even to form a crystalline structure, this stone can be polished into a dark glossy hard glass. In fact, this hard glass becomes so sharp-edged on breaking that it had been used by the ancients for making tools and arms. It continues to be used in scalpels for precise surgeries.
Physical properties of Obsidian
Obsidian is composed of an amorphous material called ‘mineraloid’. It measures 5 to 5.5 on the hardness scale and is opaque, except at the edges. This stone is usually jet black in color, but is also found in dark brown, gray or gray-green colors.
Obsidian exists in nature in different varieties. The most noted ones are Apache Tear, Black Obsidian, Golden Sheen Obsidian, Silver Sheen Obsidian, Mahogany Obsidian, Peacock Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, among others.
Obsidian down the ages
Obsidian has been used by the ancients of the Old Stone Age in rituals and in their daily lives.
Since this stone breaks into sharp-edged pieces, it proved perfect for producing sharp knives, scrapers, axe heads, arrowheads, spear points and various other cutting instruments.
The use of this stone for arms continued through Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans, who used it to fabricate ‘macuahuitl’, an Obsidian blade mounted on a wooden body.
It was used in ritual circumcision by people of the Middle East. People of Easter Island made multipurpose tools from it and also decorated their famous statues with pupils made out of it.
Mayans considered Obsidian stones as conduits for supernatural forces that gave them a means to communicate with other worldly beings. Mexicans also considered it a ‘divine stone’ and used it for amulets, jewelry and other items..It acted as a Chakra Balancing Healing stone.
Ancient Greeks used Obsidian balls and flat mirrors to foretell the future and even Native Americans used it in spiritual ceremonies.
Metaphysical properties of Obsidian
Obsidian is considered a shamanic stone that helps one to look deep into the subconscious to reveal weaknesses, flaws, fears and the like.
Its amazing power of catharsis, helps one to vent one’s pent up emotions in positive and creative ways, thereby helping in deep soul healing.
This stone is known for its stabilizing and grounding effects that helps rein in scattered energies. These Chakra Meditation Stones also restores harmony to the root chakra, which anchors one securely to the earth.
Known as a stone of integrity and deep soul cleansing, it helps removes blockages and clutter from the past.
Obsidian provides clarity and open-mindedness that helps in exploration of the unknown through meditation.
It has been found very effective in enhancing meditative state, resulting in expanding of consciousness and releasing of untapped abilities.
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