Gem Analysis: Black Obsidian, the Smoking Mirror

obsidian's magical properties
The Smoking Mirror of Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth’s alchemist and sorcerer An item that can be found in the British Museum
Gem analysis: Obsidian is a volcanic glass produced by rapidly cooled silicic lava. Due to the fact that obsidian is a hard volcanic material it was used to produce sharp instruments and ritual artifacts. Atzecs referred to this rock as the Black Mirror, Smoking Mirror or Even Shining Mirror and they associated with the god Tezcatlipoca. Tezcatlipoca is a god associated with North, Earth, cold and night sky. He is a frightnening God. His qualities were both negative as war, temptation and strife but also very positive as divination, magic and Beauty!

A stone of Power

whose name in fact means Smoking Mirror, Obsidian
His name itself means Smoking Mirror, an epithet used to describe the Obsidian. For Aztecs the stone itself is a manifestation of the God and an instrument to access his qualities! When dipicted Tezcatlipoca’s right foot is an Obsidian while sometimes the gem .
Obsidian is one of the most Earthly Stones, dark and mostly black is associated with the Element of Earth and its planet it Saturn, the lord of time. Therefore the powered day to practice with Obsidian is Saturday.
Obsidian’s association with Earth makes it a perfect insturment for Grounding rituals and Meditations. It helps us connect with our deeper selves our deeper feelings and insticts. Worshipers of the God Tezcatlipoca were sorcerers and warriors of the Aztecs.
The Smoking Mirror of Dr. John Dee,
Queen Elizabeth’s alchemist and sorcerer
An item that can be found in the British Museum
Aztecs used the black one to make sharp ritual instruments and Mirrors to be used as divination tools. The power of the Smoking Mirrors (as the Black divination Mirrors are usually called) was so famous that the alchemist and sorcerer of the Queen of England Elizabeth the First, Dr. John Dee used some for his work. The legend sais that the Angels appeared in the Mirror and instructed him. It was brought to the possesion of the Queen after the conquest of Mexico by Cortés between 1527 and 1530.
Were they Angels? Where they Demons? Just Spirits? No one really knows.

Magical Powers of Obsidian

But what we do know is that Smoking Mirrors is maybe the most powerful instruments of Divination ever created. This is mostly because of the freedom it provides to the Mage/Witch/Shaman who preforms scrying. We will post soon an article on Smoking Mirrors and how to use them for Divination and Also magic.

But lets take a deeper look now to the magical properties of Obsidian, the magical properties of the Smoking Mirror. Use Obsidian in:

* Grounding and Centering Rituals and Meditations
* Protection (the obsidian is a projective stone and acts protectively absorbing magic)
* Alluring and charming Spells

Simple Grounding technique utilizing the Obsidian.

Take one in your hands and close your eyes.
Take a few breaths and exhale reminding yourself that with each breath your relax and your feel more secure.
Stay there with your eyes close for few minutes and repeat a mantra like “I am safe, I am powerful”.
Repeat the words till they make no sense. Keep breathing slowly, easily.
When you feel ready open your eyes.
Go and wash your obsidian with running water. Its quality of absorbing magic makes it a very handy tool but we have to cleanse it from negativity.
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