Also known as smoky obsidian

Key Words: Grounding, protection,
Shadow, transformation, shift of consciousness

Chemical Formula: ~SiO2

(undifferentiated mineral matter)

Birthstone: Secondary Birthstone for Capricorn

Chakra: Root
Element: Earth

General Properties: Obsidian symbolises the potential we are born with, in
suspension, before it begins to crystallise through the experiences of our
lives. All obsidians ground and protect, root spiritual energy, and dissolve
shock, fear, pain and energy blocks. Obsidian aids inner reflection, and helps
us to release addiction and other unhealthy behaviour patterns. It can elicit a
paradigm shift in consciousness.

I have a large sphere of silver sheen obsidian in my
treatment/teaching room, which aids transformational shifts in clients and
students alike. For many, its grounding and protecting qualities are very
comforting. For others there is a flip side to this stone, in that it enables
us to gain integrity by allowing us to see and accept our Shadow side as it
really is, helping us to become more balanced and whole. Because of this
quality, it should be used with caution, and only when the user feels ready to
face his/her personal darkness. Obsidian is also a useful scrying (crystal
gazing) tool.

usually forms as small droplets. It is translucent rather than opaque,
and often occurs as nodules in matrix. In the US it is known as Apache Tears,
and in Hawaii as Pele’s Tears (Pele being the goddess of the volcano). There
are many variations on the Apache legend, including one account of a small band
of Apache warriors fighting the US Cavalry in Arizona in the 1870s. Hopelessly outnumbered,
they were driven to the edge of a cliff. Rather than face defeat, they chose to
ride their horses over the cliff to their deaths. When their people heard of
the tragedy, their tears fell to the ground and solidified. Smoky obsidian is
used to bring comfort and acceptance to those who are grieving.