Obsidian, as a gemstone, has a wide variety of meanings and is one of the most beloved stones for crystal healers. Its unique iridescence comes from nanoparticles of Hedenbergite that form inside the volcanic glass.
Rainbow Obsidian is a polished version of Black Obsidian that shows layers of scintillating colors. This iridescence is created by tiny inclusions of water vapor bubbles that have been trapped within the volcanic glass and have been pushed almost flat into a series of layers that reflect the light.
It is believed to assist in releasing negative feelings and replacing them with positive ones, so it is an excellent stone for emotional healing. It is also thought to protect the sensitive soul from everything that would disrupt their peace.
Psychically, this stone enhances clairvoyance and is an excellent scrying stone (apparently Nostradamus used it to foresee his predictions). It is especially effective in protection rituals and amulets because it works by grounding out negativity, allowing the light to enter.
Like all obsidian, rainbow obsidian is a powerful meditative tool and helps calm your mind during meditation. It is also said to relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
A stone of courage and strength, rainbow obsidian can assist those who are experiencing a difficult situation and help them move on. It can aid in dealing with grief and loss of any sort, from a breakup to the death of a loved one.
It is important to cleanse and recharge your rainbow obsidian periodically so that it can keep its healing energies in your energy field. Mix a saltwater solution and submerge your stone for up to 24 hours.