Here's 1 of the first items included in the Obsidian Samhain Auction...
An Obsidian Scrying Mirror
Obsidian is a silica-rich, glassy, volcanic rock with a water content of less than one percent. It is an amorphous stone, meaning that its structure contains no regular geometric pattern. Since it breaks with very sharp conchoidal fractures it has been used to make tools and arrowheads, spear points, scrapers and many other cutting instruments since Paleolithic times. The name Obsidian comes from the Latin word obsidianus meaning “The Stone of Obsius,” who according to Pliny The Elder, was the first to ‘discover’ Obsidian somewhere in modern day Ethiopia.
Black Obsidian aids greatly in past life healing and allows you to manage problems created by a misuse of power. It eliminates negativity in oneself or their environment that may be caused by built up anger or stress whether it is your own or someone else’s around you. One name that Black Obsidian is known by is the “Warrior of Truth”. This is extremely fitting as it assists in digging deep into your past (and future) lives in order to face your inner demons and own your darkest truth. It provides insight into the darker parts of one’s subconscious, also known as the shadow self, in order to accept your truest self.
Black Obsidian has been used as a scrying tool in many ancient cultures. In Mesoamerican civilizations, it was polished into mirrors which reflected shadow images and were seen as metaphors for sacred caves and bodies of water or as a passage for supernatural entities. In Mayan civilizations, these Obsidian mirrors were tools used to communicate with otherworldly forces or as a portal to other realms. Black Obsidian has a deep association in ancient Mexican and Aztec cultures, specifically with their nocturnal sky god, Tezcatlipoca, whose name means “Smoking Mirror”. Tezcatlipoca was believed to have the ability to see all that happened in this world and the heavens through his Black Obsidian mirror.