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The Magic of Rocks and Stones
(The Wizard Stone)
by Patricia J. Martin
As the weakened Sun begins to slide into its long seasonal
sleep here in the Northern Hemisphere, there is no better stone than
Obsidian to accompany us through the spectral nights of Autumn and
protect and guide us through the trials of Winter!
A lustrous rock, rich in silica and born of
volcanic origin, Obsidian is a type of natural glass, formed when lava is
rapidly cooled. It can be found all over the world wherever volcanic
activity has occurred, but most notable deposits are located in Obsidian
Cliffs, Wyoming, and in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California in
the U.S., and Mexico, Italy, Iceland and Scotland worldwide.
Obsidian's color is most often a vitreous (glassy) jet
black or very dark brown which is due to Iron and Magnesium inclusions, but
it can also be found in dark green or gray. Small naturally
rounded water-tumbled pieces that often exhibit conchoidal markings are
called Apache Tears, named after a sorrowful event when Apache tribe
women wept at the base of the cliff that their husbands had been driven over to
their death during an ambush. It is said that whoever carries the
Apache Tears stone will never know deep sorrow, for it has been wept for
Other colors of Obsidian can occur when small bubbles of
air become trapped within Obsidian's layers just before cooling.
In this case it can create what is known as Sheen Obsidian - these can
be in hues of red (containing Hematite), blue, purple, gold, or
even a full rainbow sheen.
Obsidian containing small white inclusions of Cristobalite is called Snowflake Obsidian. Larger pieces of Obsidian appear opaque, but thinner specimens show that it is actually translucent when held up to the light. The word "obsidian" derives from the Latin "obsidianus," a misprint of "obsianus (lapis). According to Pliny, the stone was named after the prominent ancient Roman, Obsius, who was credited with finding it in what is now Ethiopia.
Apache Tears - Sheen Obsidian - Snowflake Obsidian
Obsidian is of Granite or Rhyolite composition and has the same chemical formula as Quartz, but lacks any crystalline structure and is amorphous, thus registering only a medium hardness of 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs Scale. For this reason and because it can be shaped easily, it was often used by Native Americans to make arrowheads and spear points, for when broken or cut, it has a razor-sharp edge. Prior to that, artifacts reveal it was used during the Stone Age to make knives and other tools. Incas utilized it for constructing weapons, mirrors, masks and jewelry, while the Mayans once carved idols of their god Tetzcatlipoca from this veritable black beauty. Incidentally, the name Tetzcatlipoca means "shining mirror," so Obsidian was likely beloved by or chosen to mimic the god's attributes. The Mayans also used polished Obsidian as "magic mirrors", a divining tool.
is effective when carried or used in protective rituals. One involves
surrounding a white candle with four Obsidian arrowheads that each point to one
of the directions. This sets up aggressive energies which guard the place
in which it is set up."
"Cunningham's Encyclopedia of
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic" by Scott Cunningham
Many considered this useful stone to be a powerful talisman that enhanced psychic ability, and many a Shaman used it in ritual along with carrying it on their person. Later in time, black Obsidian was much sought after for use as scrying mirrors. During the Elizabethan Era, the famous magician, alchemist, mathematician and astrologer, Dr. John Dee, is said to have utilized an Obsidian scrying mirror.
This was the mirror used by the Elizabethan
mathematician, astrologer and magician, Dr. John Dee (1527-1608).
Together with a small smoky quartz crystal ball (also known as a
these are just a few of the many polished, translucent and reflective objects
that he used as tools for his occult research.
Those shown above are on display at the British Museum in London.
As we look to Autumn and begin preparing for Winter - the
time of deep reflection - Obsidian can be of great help within our inner sanctum
and in showing us just what is possible. As a scrying tool and
because of its deep mirroring ability, this shiny Fire and Earth stone
is known as the "Stone of Prophecy" and is excellent for
peering into its depths to detect the past, present and future.
But it wasn't simply the dark and mysterious reflective physical
characteristics of Obsidian that made it one of the better surfaces for gazing
into; this stone is also rich in metaphysical wonders. Not only is it known
to enhance clairvoyance by promoting acute awareness of what needs fixing, it
provides clear guidance on much needed remedies. It is also an excellent stone for grounding,
meditation and protection, and provides a strong shield against all forms
of negativity. It will even
transform an area or situation into a more positive one. It
cools anger and frustration while at the same time creating the impetus for
For physical healing, Obsidian has been known to
dissolve blockages and banish stagnation of any kind. It can ease aches
and pains, lessen phobias and relieve stress, depression or grief, and can
generally bring clarity to the cause of a disease while working to dismantle
it. Whatever it is used for, Obsidian can be counted on to be a
very blunt and to-the-point stone. It increases one's psychic ability,
making it appear even stronger in the answers it provides. It has
the uncanny and sometimes unsettling ability to dig deep into the shadows,
bringing forth great insight and knowledge, both personal and worldly on
things which could and should be made better. Obsidian is like a truth
serum; you will not be able to delude yourself when in its presence. This
volcanic stone can cut the ties that bind. It is a projective stone,
and its ruling planet is Saturn.
I would say the ancients knew what they were doing. For,
beyond their practical uses of the stone...in the task of mask-making, it
can be seen as Obsidian's power to shield and protect us as we take
the journey within. In the task of weapon-making, it coincides
with Obsidian's ability (both physically and metaphysically) to cut to the
chase and swiftly slice directly through to the core of an issue, as we hunt for
that which will spiritually sustain us. As a tool and divining device, it blends
with Obsidian's usefulness in allowing us greater access to the
Ancestors, the spirit world and Akashic records.
This Mabon, and beyond, let the depths of the Obsidian mirror give back to you what wisdom awaits to be found!
Alive!" by Twintreess
Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals" by Cassandra Eason
First published in The Controversial Cauldron - the group newsletter of Email Witches
September 2009 © Patricia J. Martin
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Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Unicorn / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat / Rats / Unicorn
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Allan Kardec (Spiritism) / Alphonsus de Spina / Amber K / Ann Moura / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Balthasar Bekker / Biddy Early / Barbara Vickers / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christopher Penczak / Christina Oakley Harrington / Cornelius Loos / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Donald Michael Kraig / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edain McCoy / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Heinrich Kramer / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jean Bodin / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim - the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Lodovico Maria Sinistrari / Ludwig Lavater / Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Michael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" / Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Martin Antoine Del Rio / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Paul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school / Peter Binsfeld / Philip Heselton / Raven Grimassi / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Richard Baxter / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Rossell Hope Robbins / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / Walter Ernest Butler / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
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