Obsidian, General
Obsidian is essentially volcanic glass. It ranges in color from an opaque black, to green, brown,
mahogany, black with rainbow colors, red/black, black with snowflake patterns, black with a  
golden sheen and a translucent black (Apache Tears).  Obsidian is a powerful grounding stone
that provides an instant connection from the Root Chakra deep into the core of the Earth. It is
not to be used lightly, as Obsidian will unleash undesirable truths and negative energy very
quickly to the surface; however, when used skillfully, Obsidian releases these negative
patterns/past emotional traumas so that true soul healing can begin.

Obsidian protects the wearer from hostility, negativity, psychic ‘vampires’ and spiritual entities
that do not belong.  It offers release from tension and enables one to move forward in his/her
life, with a more promising outlook.

Physically, Obsidian often points to the root cause of an illness. It clears the blockages that
cause disease.  Use Obsidian for detoxifying, alleviating bleeding, increasing blood circulation,
and helping with the pain associated with arthritis and other joint discomfort.
Obsidian, Black
Black Obsidian is an opaque volcanic glass, whereas the translucent variety is called Apache
Tears. Black Obsidian is sometimes known as the “wizard stone”, because it has been used in
magical practices since ancient times. It is a protective stone, often worn to guard against
negativity, demanding people, hostile entities and geopathic stress.  It eases tension, especially
in the home and can protect against electromagnetic fields.
Use Black Obsidian during meditation to find a creative way through problems. It is helpful in
developing intuition and grounding you to the earth, releasing negative energies that result in
restlessness, irritability and nervousness.  Place a piece of Black Obsidian near a nervous
pets’ bed to help it feel less frightened and skittish. Black Obsidian is very helpful after trauma,
especially sexual assault or domestic violence.   
Obsidian protects the wearer from hostility, negativity, psychic ‘vampires’ and spiritual entities
that do not belong.  It offers release from tension and enables one to move forward in his/her
life, with a more promising outlook.
Physically, Obsidian often points to the root cause of an illness. It clears the blockages that
cause disease.  Use Obsidian for detoxifying, alleviating bleeding, increasing blood circulation,
and helping with the pain associated with arthritis and other joint discomfort.
Obsidian, Mahogany
Providing both grounding and protection, Mahogany Obsidian brings strength in time of need. It
eliminates blockages, relieves tension and stimulates growth on all levels.
Work with Mahogany Obsidian when you want to reclaim your power.
A stone of reflection, Mahogany Obsidian helps to show us what needs our attention in this
moment, while aiding with self-acceptance and self-confidence. Mahogany Obsidian is often
used to aid in the decision-making process. It allows us to make significant changes in the most
challenging areas of our lives.
  Obsidian, Rainbow
Rainbow Obsidian gets its name from the chatoyant, rainbow effect of light refracting off of tiny
air bubbles inside the stone. It is made up of volcanic glass. Rainbow Obsidian can help to
alleviate fears at home/work that seem to overwhelm, or that we find we cannot overcome. It
also can reverse a stint of bad luck and bring happiness and joy to the user.

In general, Obsidian is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of
negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment, but
also that of one's own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Obsidian is
often used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to
move truths to the surface to be resolved.
Obsidian, Snowflake
A stone of purity, Snowflake Obsidian brings about a balance to body, mind and spirit.
Snowflake Obsidian helps to keep centered and focused when any type of chaotic situation
(office, commute, home, etc.) presents itself. Snowflake Obsidian can remove negativity from a
space or person with ease.

Volcanic in origin, Snowflake Obsidian helps to draw emotions to the surface and to examine
harmful thought patterns. A good choice for past life work, Snowflake Obsidian heals old karmic
patterns and helps in examining harmful thought patterns. Snowflake Obsidian promotes a
sense of calm and inner centering which readies one for a deep meditative state.

Physically, Snowflake Obsidian is associated with the skeletal and vascular systems, and is said
to support smooth skin.

In general, Obsidian is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of
negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment, but
also that of one's own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Obsidian is
often used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to
move truths to the surface to be resolved.
Onyx, Black
A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to
prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and
physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress,
confusion or grief. Black Onyx fosters wise decision-making.

Use Black Onyx to encourage happiness and good fortune. Black Onyx is a strength-giving
stone and can provide support for self-discipline issues. Because it helps to hold physical
memories, Black Onyx can be useful in healing old wounds or past life issues.

Black Onyx is wonderful for meditation and dreaming. When using Black Onyx for either of
these purposes, it is recommended to use a secondary grounding stone in combination with the
Onyx. Black Onyx helps one to become master of their own future.
  Opal
There are several different types of Opal including Boulder Opal, Fire Opal, Andean Opal (both
Pink and Blue), Ethiopian Opal, Lemon Opal, etc. There are also differences in Common vs.
Precious Opals. Each will have their own specific set of metaphysical properties and geological
information. Opals are essentially silicon dioxide with water that has become trapped inside.

In general, Opal aids in strengthening personal and business relationships. It is often referred
to as the stone of happy dreams and changes. Opal is a soothing stone, helping to balance
mood swings and enhance trust in your own feelings. Opal awakens both psychic and mystical
qualities. Opal can also release fear and send comforting support to those who are grieving.

On a physical level, Opal can help to improve the memory, ease the birthing process, cool a
fever and fight infection.

Note: Because Opals contain water, do not leave them in sunlight or they will become brittle
and break.
  Orthoclase
Metaphysically, Orthoclase Feldspar has a pleasant, refined energy.  Orthoclase Feldspar can
help overcome tragedy, as well as aligning the chakras and meridians of the physical body.  
Once you have attuned to this crystal, Orthoclase Feldspar can bring great peace during times
of physical or emotional trauma.

Known as the “stone of cooperative effort", Orthoclase Feldspar encourages cooperation
among individuals and offers insight into group experiences.  Orthoclase Feldspar can help
one find new and unconventional ways to obtain goals, and is said to foster connection to the
wisdom of ancient Egypt.  Those lacking in self-confidence who carry low self-esteem can
benefit from Orthoclase Feldspar's work with the Solar-Plexus Chakra, enhancing self-will and
emotional strength and courage.
Credit for information goes to Healing Crystals
Back to Top
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z
Stones And Uses
New Earth Home
Book of Metaphysical
Information
(a.k.a. Community Book of Shadows)
New Earth's Store
Stone Information

Herb Information

Smudging Information

Mythical Creatures