It is one of the most powerful stones to clear a space, pull out negativity, or eliminate old patterns of thought or ideas. If you are no longer using an old energy – or wish that you weren’t – Obsidian is the best stone for releasing the energy. Obsidian will hold the energy you have released, so you must cleanse this stone on a regular basis to keep it as an active member of your mineral arsenal. It is also a great grounding stone to use as it stimulates the Root (First) Chakra helping it to connect with the Earth Star Chakra deep in the Earth’s core. Grounding at this level will assist you in remembering your own unique Earth history and why you chose to reincarnate at this time.
Obsidian is a natural part of the planet as created by volcanic activity. Obsidian is a form of volcanic glass created by the rapid cooling of viscous lava. It holds the energy of Pelé and Earth’s depths showing how to release through fire and rebirth. It reminds us that even as old thoughts and patterns are released, space is made for new potential and future growth.
Obsidian is protective during sleep time and during meditation. You can sleep with a piece of Obsidian to release negative, subconscious patterns. It is also excellent in front of a window where you may have unwanted disembodied visitors or entities. Many people report total elimination of hauntings when they place a rough piece of Obsidian by their doors or windows… no more bad dreams.
Many seers prefer using a black Obsidian sphere for scrying rather than clear quartz. An Obsidian sphere is very powerful and accurate visions can be formed through their use. However, because of their quality to help release negativity you must be clear and free from your own past beliefs and fears to use this type of sphere comfortably. The best Obsidian spheres to use for this purpose are called Peacock Obsidian. These special pieces are noted by the swirling in the layers seen on the surface caused by being vigorously stirred by molten lava. They are both useful and beautiful.
A newer member of the Obsidian family is Midnight Lace Obsidian. There is a limited quantity of this rare beauty is from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. Midnight Lace Obsidian integrates the shadow and the light in this “lace” patterned dark and light volcanic glass. Its lacy pattern was caused during the initial volcanic flow and creation of the volcanic glass. This stone creates its own sphere of privacy and seclusion. Midnight Lace Obsidian effectively shuts off the outside world influences so one may concentrate and focus on the situation at hand. This stone is able to transmute the in-between. It is very helpful for people who are locked into seeing reality as only shades of black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. Midnight Lace will help you see the wide range of possibilities and answers that are available in any situation. It also imparts the sense that a higher solution is in affect and readily at hand. It can also block psychic attacks and provide a balance of your emotions during times when diplomacy is needed over aggression. Midnight Lace Obsidian may be a supportive energetic ally during a crisis situation providing quick answers and results.