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Snowflake obsidian: The history, crystal formation and healing properties

Hi everyone better late than never!

This is a blog post about snowflake obsidian.

Crystal Family

Snowflake Obsidian is Black Obsidian with grey/white feldspar inclusions. It is formed via volcanic lava which quickly solidifies into a clear or black volcanic glass. To create snowflake obsidian feldspar minerals/silic acids are in the volcanic lava as it is hardening crystalizing within the obsidian. It has no crystal structure.

Snowflake Obsidian is found in New Zealand, USA, Peru, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Guatemala, Iceland, Russia, and Italy. The stone is 5-5.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale. Its used for amulets and necklaces.

It can be water cleansed and used as tumblestones, points and jewellery.

Snowflake Obsidian Formation: amorphous with complex crystals

Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon dioxide with Feldspar impurities

History and Mythology of Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake Obsidian has its history intertwined with obsidian. Obsidian has been used since Paleolithic times as blades and arrowheads for weapons for hunting.

In Ancient times, It was believed to have been found by a Roman Obsius (Hence Obsidian’s name), who found it in Ethiopia. This crystal was believed to help Drive out demons as well as heal wounds and alleviate pain.

The Ancient Greeks of Milos traded Obsidian and became extraordinarily rich off it.

In Central America, The Aztecs made clubs, axes and swords with the stone and used it for religious carvings and ornamental regalia. In Mythology, The Aztec mother Earth Goddess, Coatlicue gave birth to the moon, Coyolxanuhqui and the stars with the help of an obsidian blade.

The Mayan Priests of the god Tezcatlipoca used Obsidian for mirrors to predict the future.

In Europe during the Middle Ages, Obsidian was used for spheres and magical mirrors to aid in magical rituals.

Obsidian was also used as a surgical tool for Trepanation which was an operation to cut into the skull of a patient.

A Scientist in the Royal court for Queen Elizabeth called John Dee had a Magic mirror which he claimed was given to him by Uriel the angel. It was actually a Aztec mirror brought back from the Conquista.

Now it is used in cardiac and eye surgeries as the blade is thinner than a steel scalpel. It is also used for piano keys and chess pieces.

Crystal healing Properties

Snowflake obsidian helps to teach you to value your mistakes as well as your successes. It is known as the stone of purity as it balances your mind, body, and spirit.

It helps you overcome parenting mistakes so great for a new parent.

It is highly protective as it blocks negative energy and absorbs it and it is gentle in doing so.

Spiritually it aids:

  • Awakens you

  • Feel intact with the Earth

  • Brings hidden emotions to the surface

  • Opens an awareness of your past lives - aids past life meditation and regression

  • Spiritual invulnerability and freedom

Emotionally it aids by:

  • Meditation - Isolation and loneliness become empowering

  • Dispels fear and emotional blockages from the soul

  • Empowers to help you see lessons and blessings in your heartbreak

  • Promotes forgiveness for pain others have caused you.

  • Aids compassion

  • Dissolves shocks, fears, blocks, and traumatization – grieve as well

  • Helps obsessions

  • Purifies negative atmospheres

  • Protects against psychic attacks

Mentally it aids by:

  • Helps release ‘wrong thinking’

  • Releases stressful mental patterns

  • Motivates to spontaneously materialize ideas

  • Expands consciousness

  • Sharpens senses

Physically it aids:

  • Treats veins

  • Skeleton

  • Improves circulation – warms hands and feet

  • Enhances blood flow even extreme undersupply

  • An elixir is good for the skin and eyes

  • Aids wound healing

  • Helps hardened arteries

  • Detoxes – keeping it by the fridge to make wiser food choices

  • Arthritis

  • Joint pain

  • Cramp

  • Injuries

  • Pain

  • Bleeding

Zodiac sign: Virgo

Chakra Association: Base and Sacral chakra – Calms and soothes, receptive mind and brings ingrained behaviors to your attention

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this has been informative! See below my bibliography for further reading :)


The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall

Crystal Co-creators, Dorothy Roeder, 1994

Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook, Michael Gienger

Healing crystals: the A-Z guide to 430 gemstones, Michael Gienger

Crystal clear: Change your energy, heal your life, Golmaz Alibagi

Gemstones of the world, Walter Schulmann

The Encyclopedia of crystals, Judy hall

The Crystal healing bible – Sue Lilly

Gemstones A-Z, Diane Stein

Crystals: Colour and chakra, Sue lilly, Josephine De Winter and Gill Hale

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