Obsidian is probably the most challenging stone used in
crystal work. It is actually volcanic glass and has been
used by many native cultures to make knives. Like a knife,
obsidian cuts to the heart of the matter, sometimes, it
seems, without the use of anaesthesia.
This doesn't mean that you need to shrink in alarm from
it. Obsidian is simply a stone to be worked with consciously
and with respect.
If you feel your growth has stagnated and that it needs
a jolt to get yourself moving again, there is no better
stone to use. It will help to show you the layers of ego
and identity which are blocking that growth. Though some
of its information may be painful, it helps a great deal
at such moments to realize that there is also much pain
Those of you who enjoy intense experiences will take your
Obsidian unadulterated. Others can use stones to soften
Obsidian's blade. These include Aventurine, Rose Quartz,
and Chrysocolla. As members of the quartz family, the first
two stones help to dissolve what Obsidian surfaces; Chrysocolla
is a warm and nurturing stone which makes the truth easier
to hear. Snowflake Obsidian also offers a softened version
of this stone.
Obsidian and Scorpio
They share an affinity for the planet Pluto, considered
by many to be the planet of transformation, of powerful
change emerging from deep within. As Obsidian is dedicated
to truth, so Scorpio is dedicated to honesty of feeling.
It has been said of them that they would rather have any
feeling, no matter how unpleasant, than none at all, and
Obsidian is a particularly good stone for them to use.