Working With Crystals: Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian is a crystal that I personally love to use because of the intense energy it gives off. But with all that it has been associated with and used for, it’s no wonder.

For centuries this stone has been used in the making of weapons, from arrowheads to ritual blades. The blades would be used to cut ties between people, while the arrowheads were used in war. Nowadays you can still use them, as the arrowheads can be turned into amulets of powerful protection.

Sages and healers would use this crystal through the centuries as well, hoping to tap into their third eye.

And since 100 BC, Mayans used it for trading as well.


Over time, we have come to know Black Obsidian as a powerful protection stone, and I believe this is because of how it works. In fact, there are multiple ways it works on the human body.

For your inner world, this stone will ground you for deep-set healing while keeping your body, mind and spirit tuned in together. And like the darkness of night protecting our sense of privacy, this stone protects us as we become vulnerable to this healing deep within ourselves.

Outside ourselves, Black Obsidian is a powerful protection stone as well. It cuts through our destructive thoughts, blockages, and any other bad habits we might hold that harm us.

It is able to do so, I believe, because of its connection to our root chakra. And for those that are unaware, the root chakra is all about your survival and safety.

This gives it an immense ability to affect our physical and mental health as well.

Mentally, this stone can be known to ease frustration so that you can remain calm in stressful situations. I have also seen it help those with phobias and anxiety find their way through those terrifying thought patterns. It has even helped me accomplish this, which brought about a sense of relief.

And with how we cause ourselves the most harm physically, through what we eat, Black Obsidian is known to aid in this. It has been known to relieve pain for those with digestive issues, mainly the gall bladder. To be honest, I wish I had known this when I had to have my gall bladder surgically removed.

As I have learned how to use this crystal, though, I have come to associate it as one of the most powerful protection stones. To me, it gives off an energy similar to a warrior husband who still knows how to be gentle with you. Which is probably why it has come to be one of my personal favorites.

To keep myself safe from anyone’s deceit, I place one of these stones next to our doorway. And to add another layer of protection, I place another in each of the four corners of our house.



Because of the nature of this crystal, I recommend cleaning it at least once a month, or whenever you come across difficult and possibly harmful situations.

To do this, simply give it a simple wash in warm water, and be sure to polish it dry afterwards.

If you need to give your Black Obsidian a little boost or recharge, I would suggest placing it outside in the moonlight to let it sit overnight. This dark stone likes to absorb the dark night air.

However, if you do not feel comfortable with leaving this precious crystal outside overnight, I have heard that it responds very well to bells and singing bowls.

All in all, Black Obsidian is a crystal of strength, with a touch of gentility. Which makes it the ideal crystal for protection and deep healing.

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