The Complete Guide To Wearing Obsidian

In order to do collaborate with your obsidian effectively, you will need to know how to. You’ll find the complete guide to wearing obsidan in the post. In short, this is how it is recommended you wear the stone:

Wearing obsidian is beneficial for everyone, especially for those with the zodiac sign of Capricorn, Aquarius and Scorpio.  Wear obsidian daily on either your receiving or giving hand. Try to keep obsidian out of water and sun.

Continue reading if you want to learn more about how to wear obsidian. At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find a quick overview of its associated elements, zodiac signs, benefits and chakra.

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Also Read: Can Obsidian Go In Salt?

Why Wear Obsidian?

Crystals work together with your energy field to help with healing. This can be emotional, physical or spiritual.  There are different ways in which we can interact with these stones. Some like to make elixirs to consume throughout the day (don’t do this with obsidian), whereas others like to meditate with it to really hone into the energy. Wearing your crystal is just another way of working with the stone’s energy – quite a popular one as well! Not only because it allows you to work with its energy all day, but also because they simply look very pretty.

Obsidian specifically is worn for many different reasons. Most importantly, obsidian’s dark color is great at drawing out negative energy and helping you remove low vibrations from you life. This can be people, a job, or environment that does not serve you anymore. If you struggle to let go of these things, carrying obsidian with you can be extremely beneficial.
The stone is also associated with the root chakra, which means it is remarkably grounding. If you want to be more present, or manifest material things, obsidian can help you.

Who Should Wear Obsidian?

Obsidian can be worn by anyone and most likely won’t have any negative side effects. However, your sun sign, birth month, profession, and mental and physical health may affect whether you want to wear obsidian or if another crystal might be more beneficial for you.

Generally, obsidian is great for those who feel they could use some sort of protection from negative energy or are looking to be more present. As many of us can benefit from a protective shield, obsidian can be worn by most.

In terms of birthstones, Obsidian is not a modern or traditional birthstone. This means it has no particular association with any zodiac signs. However, obsidian is associated with Saturn (the planet of responsibility and determination) and Pluto (the not-planet of transformation). Saturn rules the zodiac signs of Capricorn and Aquarius, whereas Pluto rules Scorpio. As a result, obsidian will provide a soothing and familiar energy to both these signs.

Wearing obsidian is great for the hard-working Capricorn, as their powerful energy can sometimes attract unwanted energy. The stone will protect this sign from them, so they can focus on their goals.

Aquarius’ on the other hand, would benefit from keeping obsidian on their person as it helps them to ground their ideas and visions in reality, whilst protecting this whimsical sign from negative energy. Scorpio’s will find obsidian benefits them as this sign has a tendency to just throw themselves into whatever they want, without checking if it is safe. Obsidian will provide them with a much needed safety blanket.

In terms of physical health, obsidian helps heal many physical ailments caused by tension and stress. The stone is not only very good at protecting you from negative people, it also helps to draw out any low vibrations withing yourself. If you find you have tension headaches or are always clenching your jaw – give obsidian a try. Besides, this stone is specifically related to the root chakra, which is located right at the bottom of the spine. As a result you are likely to experience aches and pains in this area if this chakra is blocked. Examples are issues with the bowels, bladder or reproductive organs.

Of course, crystals are never a replacement for professional medical help. If you are experiencing serious issues, always go to a doctor. You can then use your obsidian to support you.

In terms of profession, any person working in a field or environment where they feel is a lot of negative energy would benefit from this stone. It is great at purifying energy and keeping out negative vibrations.

Who Should Not Wear Obsidian?

Most people will benefit from wearing obsidian. The stone has lots of protective energy, which is not something that could hurt you.
One of the main reasons you shouldn’t is because you are not currently trying to work with its energy that is geared towards the root chakra. For example, if you are looking for a stone that will help you find open your third eye chakra, you might be better off getting an amethyst.


However, I always recommend trying obsidian out: if you are drawn to this stone it is probably for a reason. Wear it for a week or two and see how your feel. Again, crystals are meant to be used intuitively so you are the best person to decide if it works for you.

When Should You Wear Obsidian?

Obsidian, just like any other crystal, works best if it gets to work with your energy as much as possible. Therefore, it is recommended to wear it daily.
It is also particularly useful to wear this stone when you are meditating specifically with the intention of letting go of low vibrations and protection. If this is your goal, I’ll leave a 15 minute guided meditation video for you to use below.

When Should You Not Wear Obsidian?

There are some times when you should take your obsidian jewelry off however, which you’ll find below.

Firstly, it is recommend to take off your obsidian jewelry when you’re coming into contact with water; showering, swimming or cleaning.
The reason for this is that obsidian has a relatively low score of 5,5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This scale provides each mineral will a number from 1-10. The lower the number, the softer the stone. For reference, talc is a 1 whereas diamond get a 10.  

Generally, a stone needs at least a 5 to safely be submerged in water. As you can see, obsidian only barely passes that mark, meaning it is still sensitive to water, though it won’t break immediately.  
When you’re swimming in the ocean it is even more important that you take it off, as salt is naturally abrasive and will cause your stone to be damaged even quicker.If you’re wanting to know more about obsidian and water, I recommend reading this post: “Can Obsidian Go In Water?

Additionally, sunbathing with your obsidian on is also not ideal. Not only will you be sure to get strange tan lines, but you might end up with a broken stone and faded.
The UV light from the sun can compromise the integrity of the stone and cause the colour to fade. This is only likely to happen if you leave your stone in the sun for a few hours, so if you just wear it when it is sunny outside you’ll be fine.

If you want to know more about obsidian and the sun, this post will help: “Can Obsidian Be  In The Sun?

Lastly, you might want to take your obsidian off when you sleep. Though some find it protects them from nightmares, other actually find that it causes them. If you want to know more about this, I recommend scrolling down to “Can you sleep with obsidian on?”. I’ll go into more detail about  this there.

On Which Hand Should I Wear A Obsidian Bracelet Or Ring?

There are generally two opinions on this topic.

Firstly, some say the left hand is your receiving hand, whereas your right is your giving hand. Depending on what you are looking for from your crystal, you can place it on either of those sides. In this case, this left-in and right-out is said to just be the flow of energy through the body which never changes.

Others however, believe that this flow of energy changes depending on if you’re left or right-handed. Your dominant hand (the hand that you write with) is your giving hand and releases energy. Your non-dominant hand is the receiving hand.

Obsidian can be placed on either side, depending on what you are looking for. Do you want to receive help with transformation (receiving hand) or would you like to release negative energy (giving hand)?

As you can see, there are some different views. Personally, I would recommend trying out both sides and see how you feel. Crystals are meant to be used intuitively, so use this to determine which side works for you.

Can You Wear Obsidian Every Day?

When it comes to obsidian’s energy, you can absolutely wear it every day. In fact, it is recommended to do so, as it allows the stone’s energy to be fully incorporated into your life.

However, if you have a piece jewelry that you are particularly fond of you might not want to wear it every day. As obsidian is a 5.5 on the Mohs scale of there is a chance that it will chip off when worn daily. Besides, just like anything when you use it regularly, it most likely won’t look as pretty after a while.

If you do choose to wear obsidian every day, it is best to buy a ring in a more protective setting such as a bezel or halo, or a necklace that you can hide under your shirt when you need to.

Can You Sleep With Obsidian On?

It is possible to sleep with obsidian on, but beware that there might be some consequences. In fact, many people love to use it as a protection from nightmares. However, others find that obsidian results in the exact opposite for them.

Similarly to black tourmaline and other dark stones, obsidian is like a storage box for negative energy. It draws it in from your environment and you, so you do not have to absorb it yourself. This is, of course, a great quality. However problems can occur at night, as this is when you are more susceptible to energy. You might find that this storage box’ energy seeps into your dreams, causing nightmares.

To avoid this, I highly recommend using different methods. For more information on cleansing your obsidian, you can read this post: “Can Obsidian Go In Water?

If you are looking for a stone to protect you from nightmares, amethyst might be a safer option. It’s gentle energy soothes anxiety and helps you have a calm, restful night’s sleep. If this sounds like something you’re looking for, you can find all the information on amethyst here: “The Complete Guide To Wearing Amethyst”.

Can You Shower With Obsidian On?

The fact that clear quartz scores a 5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness means it only just has a high enough score to prevent immediate damage. Technically, your stone should be okay when you shower with it on, but it isn’t recommended to do so regularly.

Besides, any stone that comes into contact regularly or for extended periods of time will eventually turn dull. This is especially true for polished stones, as they often have a finish over them to make them more shiny. When you expose your stone to water it eats away at this layer first. This is a good thing, as it protects your stone for a little while longer. The bad news however, is that it will also remove the shine.

Additionally, every stone, polished or raw, has tiny cracks in its surface. Water will go into those cracks and expand them. When a stone has a relatively high hardness, the cracks will grow much slower. Obsidian’s absolute minimum score of 5,5 means the cracks are expand rather easily.

Can You Swim With Obsidian?

As written above, obsidian is not hard enough to withstand water. Submerging your stone for longer periods of time is even worse and will very likely cause your stone to break much quicker. This is caused by the fact that though water will eventually evaporate, salt will be left behind. The result is that the cracks will continue to move even after the water has gone. Salt will also cause silver to tarnish so if your obsidian is in a piece of silver jewelry this would be even worse.

If you’re wanting to know more about obsidian and salt, I recommend reading this post: “Can Obsidian Go In Salt?

Obsidian Overview

Chakra: Root
Element: Fire | Earth | Water
Zodiac: Scorpio | Aquarius | Capricorn
Benefits: Grounding | Transformation | Decision making | Protection 

The black color, as well as its association with the root chakra, makes this stone a perfect one for reflection. If you find yourself in a difficult situation and you’re not quite sure what to do, this stone can help guide you. It is also good if you find you keep repeating the same mistakes and want to release yourself from this. Lastly, obsidian is a great stone to protect you from negative energies. Carry it with you if you find you always absorb other people’s energies.

Neat Crystal

I am a Crystal & Gem Specialist with 20 years experience collecting and analyzing crystals and gems. My main focus is on crystal and gem abilities to influence our human experience through energy caused by visual and physical properties of each. I also love to dive into the formation, chemical makeup, and rare impurities found within crystals - a Geologist in training. I started Neat Crystal as a place to jot down my thoughts, notes, and share my knowledge to help others.

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