Crystal Meanings

Mahogany Obsidian: Meaning, Healing Properties & Benefits

Mahogany Obsidian is a beautiful stone that’s brimming with strong energy. And as you would expect, it’s growing in popularity among crystal healers.

This guide will teach you about the meaning, healing properties, benefits, and various uses for Mahogany Obsidian.

History & Overview

Mahogany Obsidian, a form of Obsidian that contains inclusions of Magnetite or Hematite, is a stone that originates from Earth’s very lifeblood. This reddish stone, like other kinds of Obsidian, is an igneous rock that forms when volcanic lava cools very quickly. In fact, Mahogany Obsidian is actually a type of volcanic glass. You’ll find this stone in many places where there is volcanic activity, and most Mahogany Obsidian deposits can be found in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Afghanistan and Japan.

A polished piece of Mahogany Obsidian

The use of this stone can be easily traced throughout history, but evidence of Mahogany Obsidian and the cultural impact of its meaning is rather elusive. What we do know, from archaeological findings, is that Native American people used Mahogany Obsidian to create arrowheads and needles. While the actual purpose of the needles is not known, it’s thought that they could have been used for sewing, tattooing or even for medical purposes. Other cultures, such as the Egyptians, likely used this stone as well, but the evidence is inconclusive.

In your search for just the right Mahogany Obsidian, you will most likely encounter different forms of this stone. These forms include Blood Red Obsidian, Red Snowflake Obsidian and Red Ribbon Obsidian. Don’t get confused. These stones are still Mahogany Obsidian, but they have specific patterns and subtle color differences based on the inclusions in the stones.

Mahogany Obsidian Meaning

Mahogany Obsidian, like any healing stone, means different things to different people. Having said that, there are still the underlying vibrations of this stone that are the same for everyone: grounding and protection. All the other meanings stem from these two basic properties.

Sometimes called the Stone Of Strength, the meaning and properties of Mahogany Obsidian are all about giving you the grounding you need to find your inner-strength and willpower. This stone can give a person the strength to face issues such as past traumas, hurt feelings and insecurities in order to grow and move forward.

Mahogany Obsidian is also known as the Stone Of Reflection. It’s called this because using this stone may help you to reflect upon all of the things that are important in your life. Instead of fear, anger and confusion, you will have the ability to focus on what really matters.

For some people, the meaning of Mahogany Obsidian is all about wealth and prosperity. For others, this stone symbolizes sexual healing and the desire for love and healthy relationships.

Healing Properties & Benefits

If you’re looking for a great, all-around healing stone, then we would like to suggest Mahogany Obsidian. The grounding and protective properties of this stone shower the user with incredible spiritual, emotional, physical and metaphysical benefits.

The healing properties of this stone will keep you steady, help your body to detox and heal, protect your auric space and help to keep your lower chakras open and healthy.


Using Mahogany Obsidian as part of your daily practice can have a number of incredible emotional healing benefits. We absolutely love this stone for the way that it seems to offer relief in so many areas of emotional health and well-being. Keep your emotions balanced and in a state of good health, and physical, spiritual and metaphysical health should follow.

Mahogany Obsidian is a stone with a meaning that’s all about personal growth. Just like plants need strong roots and healthy soil to grow and reach skyward, people need to feel grounded and nourished in order to grow and blossom. 

Mahogany Obsidian is a grounding stone that is used to create a healthy internal atmosphere that will inspire confidence and self-development. Use this stone to overcome fears based on past traumas and negativity, thereby paving the way for the courage and desire to try new things and follow your dreams.

Personal growth, self-confidence and the release of old baggage may lead to greater wealth and prosperity because you won’t be held back from taking chances on a business venture or new career.

This stone is a must-have for anyone who is looking for a crystal for creativity. Mahogany Obsidian can help remove the negative thoughts, self-limiting behaviors and the lack of confidence that can completely shut down creative pathways. 

The healing properties of Mahogany Obsidian really shine as a crystal for love and passion. It’s no wonder that so many people experience difficulties in the love department. The stress of daily living, negative energies, toxic vibrations and past wounds can all contribute to the fact that finding and maintaining a healthy love life can seem all but impossible. The unique and protective vibrations of Mahogany Obsidian are thought to bring the sense of safety and confidence that’s needed to not only open your heart to another, but to kindle the flames of passion and sexuality.


Some stones are used because they are thought to help the person using them reach higher realms of consciousness. Mahogany Obsidian, on the other hand, is meant to keep you firmly grounded, protected and free from negative energies and vibrations. Using this stone will help you stay clear of psychic attacks and something known as psychic implants. It can also help you fend off negative energy while you are asleep. Place Mahogany Obsidian under your pillow to benefit from this crystal for protection while at night.

The spiritual healing properties and meaning of Mahogany Obsidian are also about finding your inner truth, connecting to your higher self and developing the openness it takes to trust the messages sent by spirit guides and your own intuition.


For centuries, practitioners of natural medicine have turned to the healing properties of crystals and stones. Mahogany Obsidian is a stone that is often used by crystal healers with the goal of addressing a number of physical issues.

What are some of the physical issues that may be treated with the help of Mahogany Obsidian? This stone is often a top choice for those who are dealing with wounds, bruises and the pain that accompanies them. Need to detox? Mahogany Obsidian is also used with the intention of detoxifying organs such as the liver and kidneys.

This stone is also used by those who have issues with circulation, digestion, and even tense muscles. Since Mahogany Obsidian is considered to be a great choice for those who want help with circulatory issues, some crystal healers use this stone to help clients who have sexual problems that are related to blood circulation.

It’s often recommended that Mahogany Obsidian be placed on the area of the body that needs detoxing or pain relief. This is often more effective when done with focused intention.

Metaphysical Properties

When you use a healing crystal like Mahogany Obsidian, it’s important to take all kinds of healing into consideration. This means that the health of your energy centers, or chakras, is as important as your emotional, spiritual or physical health. 

Everyone possesses seven major chakras, and in an ideal situation, these energy centers are always open, flowing and in complete harmony. When one or more of these energy centers becomes blocked, it can cause a whole chain reaction of negative emotional, spiritual and even physical issues.

A Mahogany Obsidian healing stone

Many stones, like Mahogany Obsidian, are thought to have metaphysical properties that form a unique connection to one or even several different chakras. Using a healing stone during meditation may be able to correct an issue with a chakra, thereby allowing the life-force energy to flow freely again. 

In the case of Mahogany Obsidian, it is most closely associated with the root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. For the root chakra, this stone may help you to receive the grounding you need to be able to find stability, courage and initiative.

If you are experiencing sexual difficulties, relationship issues or need help sorting out problems in your love life, then Mahogany Obsidian may be able to help. Working with the sacral chakra, this stone is thought to release any blockages that are keeping you from having the sensual and loving life you want.

Meditating with Mahogany Obsidian, while focusing on your solar plexus chakra, is said to bring about a greater sense of willpower, confidence and inner-strength.

Ways To Use It

The whole idea of having Mahogany Obsidian is to use it. It’s not meant to be shoved in a drawer, put into a box or left on a shelf to be forgotten. This is a stone that is simply brimming with an inspiring meaning and healing properties that should be a part of your daily routine.

Lots of people buy a healing stone on an impulse and then fail to utilize it. This is usually because they don’t really know what to do with it once they get it home. If this sounds familiar, then we hope to inspire you with a few simple and practical ways to put your Mahogany Obsidian to good use. 

One obvious way to harness the meaning and healing properties of Mahogany Obsidian is in jewelry. This stone is actually pretty popular in jewelry, so finding a style you like should be easy. Whether you decide on a necklace, bracelet, pendant, ring or earrings, we suggest a setting made with silver. This is because Mahogany Obsidian is thought to have a special, resonant connection with silver. Wearing this stone serves the dual purpose of having its protective vibrations close to you, while protecting others who are near you.

If you’re not into jewelry, that’s perfectly fine because there are lots of other ways to use Mahogany Obsidian. Placing this stone in strategic areas around your home or office space is another effective way to use it. This is not the same thing as putting it somewhere and forgetting it. Once you choose where to place your stone, it still needs to be a focused and conscious part of your daily practice.

For front-line protection, we like to put Mahogany Obsidian in a front hallway or entryway. Placed here, it has the best chance of absorbing any negative energy before it gets into your home.

Mahogany Obsidian emits vibrations of wealth and abundance, so it’s often set in a southeast or east area of a home or office. 

This stone may also provide protection when carried in a purse, backpack or briefcase, and it is an excellent stone to bring to your meditation session while you reflect on its meaning.

Stone Combinations

As with many other healing crystals, Mahogany Obsidian tends to pair pretty well with other stones. However, stone combinations need to be well thought out, and not all combinations work well or are even advisable. It’s always best to ask someone with experience and knowledge about the correct way to pair up your Mahogany Obsidian before you attempt coming up with your own pairings

Choosing a stone to pair with Mahogany Obsidian will take a bit of research because this stone needs to be matched up with something that has a higher vibration. Herkimer Diamond and Phenacite are two stones that may combine nicely with Mahogany Obsidian and are used when a little more awareness and clarity of vision is needed. 

Ready to get rid of old habits, toxic thoughts and regain your self-confidence? Using Mahogany Obsidian with stones like Black Tourmaline, Sugilite or Tibetan Black Quartz may help you to clear away all the negative energies and blockages that are holding you back.

Other stones that are sometimes paired with Mahogany Obsidian include Carnelian, Citrine and Pyrite since they have complimentary energy profiles and meanings with some overlap.

How To Cleanse Mahogany Obsidian

Mahogany Obsidian, like all other healing crystals, needs to be cleansed on a regular basis to keep it working at its best. Ideally, this should be about once a week if you use it every day. It’s good to give it a good cleansing after you bring it home for the first time, or if you have had your stone laying around for a while.

There are a few ways to cleanse and charge your Mahogany Obsidian, and it’s fine to try all of them, although not at once. Your stone may respond more to one method than another, so take a few minutes to sit with your stone to get a better feel for what it needs at that moment. This will bring you closer to your stone and will help to strengthen the lifetime bond that can occur between you and your stone.

One very easy way to cleanse your Mahogany Obsidian is to place it in a bowl of raw, brown rice. It’s best to leave it overnight, but you can leave it in for four to five hours if overnight is not possible. Be sure to throw away the rice when you are done.

Letting your Mahogany Obsidian soak in the rays of a full moon is another gentle yet powerful way to cleanse and recharge the healing properties of your stone. Leave it all night on a windowsill for the best results. Some use sunlight in much the same way, but we don’t recommend using this method too often as the sun will tend to fade your stone over time.

Mahogany Obsidian can also be cleansed by holding it under lukewarm water. Rub it gently with your fingers as you hold it in the water. When you’re done, rub it dry with a clean cloth.

Many people choose to smudge their Mahogany Obsidian with the smoke from a sacred plant such as sweetgrass, sage, cedar or lavender. After lighting the herb bundle, hold your stone in the smoke as it begins to rise. Once the smoke rises gently and evenly around the stone, the cleansing is done.

Other ways to cleanse Mahogany Obsidian include using a Tibetan singing bowl, placing it on a Clear Quartz cluster, burying it in soil overnight or letting it bathe in the cleansing water of a rainstorm.

Zodiac Connection

If you’re a Libra or a Sagittarius, then you’re in luck. Mahogany Obsidian, a powerful and grounding stone, has a meaning that strongly connects to these particular zodiac signs.

Other signs can benefit from the healing properties of this stone as well, but a Sagittarius or Libra is thought to receive additional support. Interestingly enough, there’s a debate as to whether the sign of Scorpio should be added to the list as well.

Closing Thoughts

Mahogany Obsidian has a meaning that’s all about keeping you grounded and full of inner-strength. This is a stone that many people can benefit from, and we highly encourage you to give it a shot!

Let us know if you have any questions about this stone that you think we can help you answer. We’re always happy to help!

About Author

Heather was first introduced to the power of crystals on a trip overseas to study meditation and manifestation practices. After experiencing the positive impact of these stones first hand, she founded Crystal Viden to share her knowledge with others.