Crystals work best if we know how to work with them effectively, and part of this is knowing which chakra your stone is related to. Below you’ll find all the information you need about obsidian in general, as well as the different types.
Obsidian is associated with the root (Muladhara) chakra, located at the bottom of the spine, as it helps us with grounding and our sense of security. However, each different type of obsidian is also associated with additional chakras.
Continue reading if you want to know more about the obsidian’s related chakras, as well as how to use it.
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What Chakra Is Obsidian?
The reason we associate obsidian with the root is for two reasons: its abilities as well as its color.
As you might know, each chakra represents a different part of ourselves and every crystal has different abilities to help in those areas. There are 7 chakras, which you’ll find below, from lowest to highest.
- The root chakra (Muladhara): our sense of stability and security.
- The sacral chakra (Svadihsthana): the emotional body, sensuality and creativity.
- The solar plexus (Manipura): self-esteem and your overall personal power.
- The heart chakra (Anahata): love, for ourselves and the world around us.
- The throat chakra (Vishuddha): communication, self-expression and trust.
- The third eye chakra (Ajna): our intuition, perception and overall awareness.
- The crown chakra (Sahasrara): the connection to the divine, transformation and clarity.
Obsidian is a protective stone that can help you settle in to a sense of security and stability in the physical world. It can help solve the issue of not feeling ‘enough’ and consequently, achieve a comfortable life in finances, relationships, career and more. As a result, you’ll be able to make decisions based on what you need and want, not out of fear or lack.
Obsidian is also a great stone for when you feel the need to self-reflect; volcanic glass can act like a mirror.
Because of these abilities, we associate black obsidian with the root chakra, located at the bottom of the spine. It can help open this chakra up and is a great stone for anyone looking to heal this part of their life.
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Apart from its abilities we can also look at the color. As every chakra has its own color, we can simply match a crystal to the chakra:
- The root chakra is red, but black stones are also a good match.
- The sacral chakra is orange.
- The solar plexus is yellow.
- The heart chakra is green, but also matches with pink stones.
- The throat chakra is blue.
- The third eye chakra is indigo.
- The crown chakra is violet, but also matches with stones that are clear or white.
As you can see, the black obsidian matches perfectly with the root chakra.
However, depending on the type of obsidian that you have, it might have additional associations. Continue reading if you want to know the chakra for the different types, as well as the benefits of obsidian to the chakra and where to place obsidian on the body for it to be most effective.
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What Chakra Is Snowflake Obsidian?
Just like typical obsidian, snowflake obsidian has a deep, black color. However, this type also has grey/white flecks all throughout.
As a result, you probably aren’t surprised to hear that this stone is also associated with the crown chakra, located at the top of the head. This chakra is often seen as our umbilical cord to the divine, which is why many like to use this stone during meditation.
A person with a blocked crown chakra might feel like they struggle seeing the bigger picture, or like they are stuck in old ways. When your crown chakra is blocked, you might also feel like you can’t really relate to other people; like everyone is living their own separate lives and there is no connection to yours.
The combination of dark/light and root/crown is incredibly powerful; it allows you to release negative energy through the root and pulling positive energy into you from the crown.
What Chakra Is Rainbow Obsidian?
Rainbow obsidian has, apart from its deep black color, an iridescent shine that reflects all colors. As a result, we associate this stone with all 7 chakras that has the ability to align them.
After all, our chakra’s are all connected; a blocked root leads to insecurity, which affects the sacral and solar plexus, which will continue on to block the other chakras as well. Rainbow obsidian can help you find the cause of your issues and align all chakras. When they are all aligned we live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life, which is why it is considered the ultimate goal.
By meditating with rainbow moonstone or keeping it close to us, we receive some help in aligning, making use feel more comfortable in our emotional, spiritual and physical body are all on the same path.
What Chakra Is Blue Obsidian?
The combination of the blue and black color in blue obsidian works on both your root chakra, as well as your throat chakra. It will help you to ground down, and to feel more secure whilst also helping you to stand up for yourself. Blue obsidian can also help you to feel closer to loved ones, as it promotes healthy communication. As a result blue obsidian is a very powerful stone, particularly for those struggling with insecurity and feeling shy.
Blue obsidian is very good at releasing blockages in the throat chakra, which can show up in different ways.
A person with a blocked throat chakra might feel like they struggle to stand up for themselves or express their thoughts. You meight also find yourself having difficult making decision and experience social anxiety.
Physical issues with the throat chakra manifest in the area of this energy center; the neck and mouth. You might experience neck, jaw, or throat pains, thyroid issues or problems with the teeth and gums.
What Chakra is Yellow Obsidian?
Yellow chakra is completely devoid of the dark color that we associate with obsidian, and instead is translucent yellow/gold. Consequently, yellow obsidian isn’t connected to the root chakra, but the solar plexus instead.
A blocked solar plexus can show itself through a lack of motivation and joy, as well as low self-esteem and trust. Physical signs manifest in the are of the solar plexus; the abdomen. Examples are stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, and a low appetite.
What Chakra is Green Obsidian?
Green obsidian still has the biggest association with the root chakra, however its green color means it can also be beneficial to the heart chakra.
When your heart chakra is blocked, this can show in different ways.
Physical issues manifest in the area of the heart chakra; the chest. Think of respiratory issues, poor circulation and a weak(er) immune system. Emotionally, you might feel a lack of empathy, or experience bitterness or grief. You may also find yourself struggling to forgive and holding on to grudges.
Obsidian Benefits To The Root Chakra
A blocked root chakra can manifest in different ways.
A person with a blocked root chakra is likely to feel very anxious and insecure. As a result, there might be a lot of frustration and anger, especially as the blockage manifests as financial issues or low self-esteem.
Physical issues with the root chakra manifest in the area of this energy center; the lower body. You might have issues with the colon, bladder or prostate. You might also have cramps or lower back problems.
As obsidian perfectly connects to the root chakra, it can help unblock and heal these issues. You’re likely to feel more comfortable in your own skin and protected from negative outside influences. Please beware that crystals are never a replacement for medical help. Always go to a doctor if you experience serious issues. You can then work with your black tourmaline to support treatment.
Where To Place Obsidian On The Body?
Where you put your black tourmaline completely depends on what you use it for. Below you’ll find some guidelines for both jewelry as well as meditation, depending on what you are looking for.
As a general rule, it is best to keep the stone on the skin closest to the appropriate chakra. If you are meditating with the black tourmaline and like to lie down, just place it on your lower abdomen. You can also keep it in your hand if you prefer.
Be careful about which hand you hold it in; there are two different opinions on this.
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 just 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.
We can place obsidian in either the receiving or giving hand, depending on the intention. Do you want to protect yourself from negative influences (receiving hand), or do you want to release anxiety, fear or anger (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.
If you prefer to wear obsidian, make sure to wear it closest to the chakra. For black obsidian, this would be on the wrist or fingers.
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