Obsidian or The Warrior’s Stone

Obsidian or The Warrior’s Stone, has a volcanic origin and forms after a very quick cooling of lava rich in silica acid.It was discovered in Ethiopia by a Roman explorer by the name of Obsius. The colour of obsidian is fundamentally black and as a general rule opaque. We have six main varieties of this gemstone :


Black Obsidian

  • Black Obsidian which is jet black and opaque.

  • Apache Tear or Smokey Obsidian which is the only transparent obsidian because of its poor trace of strange substances in the lava.

  • Silver or Gold Obsidian receive its name for the silvery sheen due to the gas micro-bubbles evenly distributed.

  • Rainbow Obsidian has the iridescence of colours due to the water micro-bubbles.

  • Snowflake Obsidian happens when the obsidian has a slow crystallization and little inclusions of gray feldspar.

  • Mahogany Obsidian has a high content of iron and forms with reddish patches .


    Apache Tears Obsidian

Spiritually : The obsidian helps to reach integrity by permitting us to discover our inner shadows and to integrate them in our conscious mind, becoming one again. We reach in this way the “ Warrior’s Perfection “, the spiritual invulnerability and liberty.


Silver Obsidian

Subconsciously : Resolves states of shock, fear , blockages and trauma. Has a stimulating effect and makes our hidden inner worlds flourish. Helps with obsession. Purifies the atmosphere of negative spiritual actions and it is a good protection gemstone against spiritual aggression .


Rainbow Obsidian

Mentally : The obsidian amplifies the conscious mind and helps change patterns and ways of thinking, communication and conduct .


Snowflake Obsidian

Physically : It eliminates pain, rigidity, energetic blockages and vasoconstriction. Helps to stop hemorrhages and to accelerate he cicatrization of the wound. The obsidian improves the circulation even in extreme cases as Buerger disease, and serves to heat the extremities.


Mahogany Obsidian


Application : To obtain the mentally-subconscious effects the obsidian must be contemplated in silence as a meditation stone in the form of a mirror or a sphere. It is recommended to finish always the meditation with a Hyaline Quartz Crystal for a definitive depuration ( cleaning ). The most adequate obsidian for meditation are black obsidian, rainbow obsidian and silver obsidian. The smoky obsidian or Apache tear placed on the skin relieves pain almost immediately , Mahogany obsidian and snowflake obsidian stimulates the circulation at its optimal point when worn on the body.



References: Michael Gienger – Crystal Power, Crystal Healing  the complete handbook.


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