Black, shiny, and extremely beautiful, obsidian is molten lava that cools so fast it does not crystallize. This stone looks more like glass and its brittle nature causes it to fracture with very sharp edges, so much so that, with modern tools, it has been fashioned into and used as scalpels. For early man it could be knapped into tools and weapons far sharper than flint, although not as strong.
On the eastern side of northern Spain there exists an area called Garrotxa Volcanic Park. It has over 40 volcanic cones and evidence of at least 20 lava flows. For the sake of 'Too Long To Die' I have taken this area to be the source of the Death Stone.
So why did I call it Death Stone? I first came across obsidian a number of years ago. When I picked it up I instantly felt faint and a wave of nausea hit me. Now, when I touch it I still feel a bit queasy to start with but the effect soon disappears. Why? Obsidian is considered a very strong, healing stone. It works by bringing stress and problems to the surface so they can be faced and dealt with. Judy Hall, author of The Crystal Bible writes, 'It magnifies all negative energies so that they can be fully experienced and then released' and she says, 'many people find its effects overwhelming.' I obviously have a number of buried problems to deal with!