Black obsidian is a black glass-like rock that forms a result of volcanic lava cooling quickly. In metaphysical circles, it has the aura of absolute mystery. Its energy draws you in softly, but very deeply, which makes the presence of black obsidian powerful in many ways. It is commonly used for protection, healing, truth-telling, and feng shui.
Black obsidian's sharpness is expressed as a physical property and used in various tools to cut through matter such as blades and arrows.
The powerful esoteric properties of black obsidian are due to its origin. Obsidian is born out of quickly cooled volcanic lava, so it has the most potent energy of the interaction of several raw and powerful elements like fire, earth, and water.
The highly reflective, smooth water-like surface of black obsidian paired with its volcanic origin are believed to produce a powerful transformation in those who know how to use it.
Both black obsidian crystal balls, as well as black obsidian polished mirrors, are used in various cultures for deep healing purposes.
Black obsidian is used to help one become more grounded, focused, and clear in all practical matters. It can also help develop razor-like mental abilities and the powers of discernment.
Because black obsidian expresses a clear, detached energy of truth without "taking any sides," it can be very helpful for those who tend to react emotionally to people and events in their life. A piece of black obsidian jewelry— be it a ring, a bracelet or even an ankle bracelet—can help anchor erratic energies, bring more balance to one's life, and clear one's mind of fears and distractions.
Also called the stone of truth, black obsidian can reveal boundless secrets and mysteries, both about the inner world of the person working with the obsidian, as well as about the inner workings of the cosmos at large.
The glasslike sharpness of black obsidian is also expressed as a metaphysical property. This powerful stone can help cut through illusions, lies, fearful facades, and blockages.
The amount of information that black obsidian can reveal and the intensity of this truthful energy can be overwhelming. The perfection of its black color reveals the darkness that blocks the light in any situation and in any person. This is why the black obsidian is best used with much respect and care, especially black obsidian spheres.
Another facet of black obsidian is its ability to draw in negative energy, thus protecting the wearer or the surroundings in which it is placed. As such, the black obsidian was (and still is) used as protection in various body adornments, jewelry, as well as in many areas of one's home.
Feng Shui Uses
In feng shui, black obsidian is an excellent feng shui cure for the north bagua area—the area connected to the energy of career and path in life. The energy of black obsidian not only provides the water quality feng shui element energy needed in the north area but also offers protection as well as clears the obstacles in one's life path.
You can use a bowl of tumbled black obsidian stones in a glass bowl or use a small black obsidian sphere. There are also many feng shui carvings made of obsidian that you can explore from animal to spirit carvings. Be mindful to use only the symbols you like and can associate with.
Because black obsidian is believed to draw in negative energy, be sure to cleanse it regularly as well as take good care of its physical surroundings. Do not place black obsidian on the floor or anywhere else where it can get neglected.