Black Obsidian is another member of the energy emitting group of "crystalline" materials. However, despite being comprised primarily of quartz (SiO2), the conditions under which it forms and the presence of inclusions prevent the formal crystalline structure of quartz from forming.
Obsidian forms when silicon dioxide, super heated by volcanic processes, is rapidly cooled after eruption. The homogenous presence of lesser fractions of other elements in the molten glass, primarily iron and magnesium, combined with the rapid cooling, give the glass its opaque, dark color and surface texture.
Metaphysically, black obsidian functions on the subconscious and unconscious levels. It acts by adding energy to the psyche that spotlights negativity and negative thought forms, transforming them and bringing them to consciousness to be processed and released. Through the process and by the very nature of the energy radiated, obsidian lessens the effect of negative or toxic energies that constantly bombard us, as well. In short, it has a protective and transformation energizing effect.
The effect of obsidian isn't always pleasant, given that it's helping us to process negative emotions and thoughts from levels of ourselves that are below consciousness, but it is always rewarding (the way that a good workout is always rewarding). It is this transformation supporting quality that makes obsidian grounding in its effect. It brings comfort through change and comfort is the feeling of being grounded.
KEY MINERALOGICAL INFO
- Mohs rating 5-5.5
- Volcanic glass
- A cryptocrystalline silicate rock, with microscopic inclusions of iron and magnesium
- A glass formation, not crystalline in structure
KEY METAPHYSICAL INFO
- Chakra: Root
- Zodiac affinities: Scorpio and Sagittarius
- Removes and banishes negative energies, influences, and psychological constructs
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