Advent Calendar Day 21: Black Obsidian

Thursday, December 21, 2023

December 21: prized by warriors and shamans alike, black obsidian is a versatile gem. It was used by various ancient civilizations and peoples around the world to craft weapons, tools, and even mirrors. Ancient Egyptians created jewelry and decorative items with this lustrous stone and employed it as knives in ceremonial circumcisions. Widely present in the Americas, this stone was a symbol of Tezcatlipoca, the Jaguar God of the Aztecs, whose name translates into "smoking mirror", in reference to the Obsidian mirrors that Mayan priests and shamans exploited for divination purposes. These mirrors carved out of pure Black Obsidian pointed out a person's flaws and needed steps to make adequate changes ✨

Nowadays, black obsidian is fashioned into many decorative objects such as vases, candle holders, and sculptures. In Feng Shui, it is believed to absorb negative energy and strengthen positive vibes. Healers assert black obsidian is a powerful manifestation tool that clears blockages and aligns one's energy with their desires and intentions. This lustrous crystal comes with multiple healing properties, both physical and spiritual. It helps make one feel centered, present, and grounded with the earth, mind, body, and spirit. It can also be an excellent talisman for self-control ⚡️

While being considered a protective stone, black obsidian is not a birthstone associated with a specific Zodiac sign. It can be linked to Capricorn ♑️ since this sign's lucky color is black and because it balances their tendency to lull on dark thoughts. Black Obsidian honors the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, Lightning, Wind, and Volcanoes, as well as the Polynesian Goddess of the Night, and the Maori Goddess of Darkness and Death. It was also employed to venerate the Viking Goddess Edda, the Celtic Goddess Cailleach, and the grandmother of Christ, St. Anne ✨

Three more windows to be opened. What will tomorrow's stone be?

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