Black Obsidian tumbled stone from Mexico
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Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass, formed when lava solidifies so quickly that mineral crystals do not have time to grow. The name Obsidian simply refers to glassy texture, and technically obsidian can have any chemical composition. However, most Obsidian is similar in composition to rhyolite, and is commonly found on the outer edges of rhyolite domes and flows. Like rhyolite, Obsidian can show flow-banding. It is also found along the rapidly cooled edges of dykes and sills. Obsidian is typically jet-black, although the presence of hematite (iron oxide) produces red and brown varieties, and the inclusion of tiny gas bubbles can create a golden sheen.
The Aztects fashioned flat sheets of Obsidian into scrying mirrors, and ancient peoples created arrowheads and axes with magical properties. A strongly protective stone, Obsidian forms a shield against negativity, providing a grounding cord from the base chakra to the center of the earth. It absorbs negative energy from the environments and blocks psychic attack and negative spiritual influences. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Providing deep soul healing, Obsidian goes back to past lives to heal festering emotions or trauma carried forward into the present, bringing depth and clarity to emotions.