Obsidian Obsession
by Aimee Schreiber

Obsidian is a delightful word.

Aside from being super fun to say and pretty to look at, this inky black gemstone is full of awesome metaphysical characteristics. Like most black crystals, obsidian is very grounding and protective in nature. It is said to clear any psychic smog and repel negativity. Folks also use it to release emotions associated with conflict and disharmony. Grab a piece (or this piece) and let me know how you use it—I'm always interested in details of the human-rock relationship.

Because obsidian forms from molten lava, I like to think of it as a condensed ball of hot, creative energy with all the potential and mystery of a black hole. I created this particular pendant with that idea in mind using only obsidian beads, metal beads, and metal wire. It seems like a good new moon necklace to clear obstacles from your path as you formulate new goals while the moon is in hiding. I added a little spiral on top of the central teardrop as a nod to the spiral galaxy we call home.

Cultures all over the world have associated the spiral with various things, all of them positive as far as I can tell. It can signify the path from outer consiousness to inner enlightenment or the connectivity of all things, both tangible and intangible. The beautiful and wise Carl Jung believed the spiral is an archetypal symbol that represents cosmic force. He spoke about the continuity and pervasiveness of this force in the following very zen-like quote:

"At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons. There is nothing in the Tower that has not grown into its own form over the decades, nothing with which I am not linked. Here everything has its history, and mine; here is space for the spaceless kingdom of the world's and the psyche's hinterland."

(to be concluded following a brief 2 hour porn-out on Jung quotes on the interwebs) .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Back again. What a pleasurable trip into the underworld of the unconsious his ideas are. His understanding of symbology and the human condition in general is absolutely stunning. So you should probably just go read some of his books. Then read some of Joseph Campbell's books. Then put on your fantastic new obsidian necklace and contemplate your place in this wide and wondrous universe.