Being born out of lava, black obsidian has the potent energy of the interaction of several raw elements, including fire, earth, and water. It’s categorized as volcanic glass and is very hard and smooth, but it can have incredibly sharp edges. In crystal healing Black Obsidian is seen as providing an instant connection to the Root Chakra, it is a deeply grounding and protecting stone, defending the carrier from psychic attack. It is also known as the “grief stone” as it is thought to be very helpful for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. If it is held during meditation it can unblock hidden feelings of grief allowing the healing process to start.