Black Obsidian Meaning and Healing Properties

Black Obsidian Meaning and Healing Properties

Obsidian is an igneous rock (volcanic glass) that forms when molten rock cools so rapidly that atoms are unable to arrange themselves into a crystalline structure. This creates an amorphous material known as a “mineraloid”. Obsidian forms in many places across the globe in areas of geologically recent volcanic activity. Obsidian is extremely rich in silica (about 65 to 80 percent) and a chemical composition similar to Rhyolite and Granite. Obsidian can form in different cooling environments like along the edges of lava flow, along the edges of a volcanic dome, and where lava contacts water.


Obsidian is generally jet-black in color, the presence of hematite (iron oxide) produces the red and brown varieties, and the inclusion of tiny gas bubbles may create a golden sheen. It can also form as dark bands or mottling in gray, green, or yellow. The word Obsidian, is derived from the Latin word “obsidianus” and named after Obsidius, the Roman who discovered the stone in Aethiopia (also known as Ethiopia) according to famous historian Pliny the Elder.


The use of Obsidian dates back to the Stone Age for use as arrowheads, spear points, knife blades, and scrapers. Anicent civilizations like the Mayans and Aztecs used Obsidian for many uses from knife blades to jewelry.  The Aztec deity Tezcatlipoca’s name means “Lord of the Smoking (Obsidian) Mirror”. Obsidian has been used for thousands of years in ceremony, divination and in protection talismans. Historically, it was believed to dispel demons and spirits. Shamans and healers have used Obsidian for thousands of years to gain knowledge from higher realms, heal diseases and wounds.


Obsidian has a profound protective energy that helps you ground into the protective and healing energy from the Earth. With its natural reflective property, Obsidian will help you look into the depths of your soul to find your purpose, guidance and healing.


Hardness: 5-6

Color: Black

Structure: N/A


Care: Remove before contact sports, weight lifting or activities where it may come into contact with force. As always, it should be stored away from minerals higher on the MOHs scale.

Cleaning: Warm water, detergent, and soft brush.

Feng Shui Placement: Obsidian is the perfect stone to place at the front of your home or entryway for protection.

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Metaphysical properties



Black Obsidian

♡ Chakra: Root

♡ Element: Earth

♡ Numerology: 1

♡ Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius, Scorpio, Capricorn


♡ Stone of grounding and protection

♡ Clears energetic blockages

♡ Helps uncover unconscious thoughts

♡ Removes negative energy, a "Psychic Vacuum Cleaner"

♡ Supports the reproductive system

Use + Crystal pairings

Black Obsidian is a powerful stone of protection that can be used to charm your space so that no malicious entities or energy can enter. Black Obsidian is great to wear in jewelry for protection and grounding. One of Obsidians most popular uses is in divination where one will gaze into the stone to find the answers you are seeking.


Peridot + Black Obsidian

This combination is great for manifesting financial wealth and security. Peridot and Obsidian harmonize perfectly for both healing work and manifestation. 


Amethyst + Black Obsidian

This is a beautiful combination for cleansing and purifying the energy of your space. Amethyst and Obsidian both contain protective and purifying properties and will assist you in removing energy that is not in alignment with yours.


Moldavite + Black Obsidian

I love to recommend this pairing to anyone beginning their healing journey with Moldavite. Obsidian is one of the most powerful grounding stones on the planet and will support you as you begin to work with the highly transformative energy of Moldavite. If this pairing is intimidating to you, try replacing Moldavite with Libyan Desert Glass.

Affirmation: I cleanse and release any negative energy attachments from my body and energetic field.

New custom Black Obsidian jewelry will be available on this week's Instagram live sales on Thursday, October 5 from 5-8 pm CST and Friday, October 6 from 11 am to 1 pm CST! New arrivals will be released to our website Sunday, October 8 @ 4 pm CST!!

Jamie Inglett

Jamie Inglett is founder and CEO of Enchanting Earth and author of Crystal Creed. Founded in late November 2019, Enchanting Earth has an ever-growing online crystal community of over 185,000 and has sold millions of crystals to enchanted souls across the globe. Jamie is an intuitive healer, shamanic practitioner, and spiritual teacher. She also has a master’s degree in Business Administration. Jamie retired from her career as a banking executive to pursue her mission of spreading empowerment, love, and healing through crystals.


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