Obsidian: Properties:Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as "the protector". It is said to "mirror one's soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Black obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones; cleanses and uplifts. Changes fear into flexibility with the advent of change. Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found in mirrors and crystal balls. Obsidian is used for transformation.
Folk Remedies: Obsidian is believed to draw imbalances to the surface and helps to release them. Problems or issues that are hard to face can be brought to light with obsidian. It is said to reveal half truths.
Feng Shui: Obsidian is used in the area of North for personal journeys and in the Center area for grounding and protection.
History: Obsidian is Igneous rock with inclusion. Solid/translucent black to smoky, this stone takes on many characteristics due to its unique formation. Bubbles of air can get trapped in molten rock, which, when densely packed, can produce effects that look like rainbows. When clusters of small cristobalite or feldspar get trapped in the stone, it creates snowflake effects. Apache tears are the results of wind and water smoothing out the rock. When iron is introduced into the formation, mahogany obsidian is formed. Obsidian has been used by many cultures for jewelry and tools. Obsidian arrowheads are often found, dating back centuries.
 
Apache Tears/Navaho: Represents the tears of Native American women, mourning the death of their warriors driven over the cliffs by the cavalry. Therefore, this "volcanic glass" has been used to comfort in times of grief. This stone allows us to see the true meaning of a situation and can provide us with insight and the understanding to accept it.
 
Blue: Stimulates Throat Chakra, communication, helps in astral travel, Tarot reading. Helps keep away negativity and is an extremely protective stone when traveling. Helps with directional knowledge, as well, particularly for sensitive people.
 
Green: Heals broken crystals and charges them. Balances Heart Chakra. Assists in energy healing during Reiki. This beautiful stone allows for a connection with nature and the self-realizations of love, tenderness and the significance of nuturing.
 
Obsidian Balls: help to see truths by initially amplifying beliefs, patterns, fears, blocking our growth. The power of the sphere represents the Universe and everything contained in it. Spheres are synonymous with the "whole" person. Including consciousness, mobility, non attachment, self containment and a powerful mind. Tied to our spiritual nature, these spheres allow for our purity, clear mind and flexibilty to emerge.
Rainbow: brings light and love to one's life. Allows for the spiritual side in one's nature to be recognized. Known as the "stone of pleasure", it can bring enjoyment and gratification to one's life. It is also used for "gazing" especially in matters of love, relationship and the development of one's etheric and physical bodies.
Snowflake: This obsidian stone, which has inclusions of phynocryst, gives it the snowflake pattern on it's surface, and allows us to recognize unnecessary patterns in our lives. Promotes self-esteem and confidence. Clairaudience and owning our lower aspects for growth; Healthy balance. Allows us to be more sensitive and aware of the beauty and love that is around us.
 
Strawberry:This rare stone is a luscious red with the fire of the volcano still in its appearence! Stimulates the Root Chakra and therefore, our physical energy and validates our self-worth. Grounds us and allows us to stand up to fear and face anxiety. This red obsidian allows for our dominate qualites to awake as it balances our male and female energies.
 
Violet: This rare stone has the cooling properties of the Third Eye, Crown and Transendental Chakra energies. This is a stone that shows us the power of spirituality and the endless possibilites through Universal attraction, love and growth. This stones connects us to our intuition, our auric fields and is one of the most powerful gazing stones for it comes from the earth, yet has the properties of the heavens.
 
Onyx: Balances and grounds. Reduces sex drive. Promotes fidelity. Absorbs and flattens emotional intensity. Androgynous. Excellent for centering/aligning total person with higher powers. Banish grief,enhance self control, wise decision-making, encourages happiness/good fortune. Can be used to provide a "peek" into the future, helps one to follow the path alone, promotes personal strength, understand the reality of the moment, become the master of one's own future. Helps with disorders of soft tissue, bone marrow and the feet. Black: Root Chakra. Grounding. Green:Heart Chakra. Yellow: 3rd Seriousness, logic. Blue: 5th Chakra. Found in Italy, US, and in Mexico. The shapes or patterns that Onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that Onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. An Onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychometry because it tells the story of the wearer. A strength-giving stone. A good stone for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. It brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind. Good stone for those who are flighty by nature. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence. Said to be good for the teeth and bones. It is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with Pearl and Diamond.
 
Opal: A silicate. Contains water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). Less inhibition, more spontaneity. Crown and Brow Chakra. Visualization, imagination, dreams, healing. Easily absorbs, stores emotions and thoughts. Fragile. Fades/cracks in sun, heat, salt, acidic foods. Moisten frequently with water or oil. Some cancel/negate other gems. (backfires if not used for good of all) May change color with high energy/intensity people.
White: Balances Left and Right. Brain. Opals are extremely sensitive and must be treated with great care. Rarely used in crystal layouts except by someone who wishes to intensify his or her emotional state. They easily diversify and scatter energy. Some literature states frankly that many who wear this stone have a fickle nature. Anytime the wearer feels uncomfortable with an Opal, the stone should be removed.
Black/Dark Blue: One of the most potent. Although Opal was regarded as a stone of misfortune, black Opal is considered an exceptionally lucky stone. It is said that if you dream of Opals, you will receive great possessions.

Fire Opals: May stimulate passion, temper, energy. Opals, particularly Fire Opals, are good for business, though they can adversely affect the solar plexus.