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Black Onyx


Geology and History


The word Onyx is Latin and derives from the greek ὄνυξ, meaning “claw” or “fingernail”.  Black Onyx has ab ancient history of human utilisation for both practical and religious/spiritual purposes.  Egyptians as early as the Second Dynasty made Onyx bowls and other carved items.  Sardonyx appears in the art of Minoan Crete, notably from the archaeological recoveries at Knossos.  Biblical texts also state the use of Onyx.

Traditionally, Ancient Romans entered battle carrying amulets of Sardonyx engraved with Mars, the god of war.  This was believed to bestow courage and protection in battle.  During the Renaissance period in Europe, wearing sardonyx was believed to bestow eloquence.  Persian’s believed it helped with epilepsy and English midwives believed laying a stone between the mother’s breasts would ease childbirth.

Black Onyx belongs to the Quartz family and is a banded variety of cryptocrystalline Chalcedony.  Back Onyx is the most sort after as it is less common than any colour variety, it is primarily used for ornate jewellery and intricate carvings.


Metaphysical Properties


The warrior stone of destiny and protection, Black Onyx strengthens and fortifies releasing fear, worry and stress.  It grounds, releases and deflects unwanted or negative energies.  Guiding one to the light through darkness and time of unease or turmoil it also reduces confusion and regenerates lost focus.

Onyx ignites stomach and kundalini fire with immense power and driving force.  This releases one’s inner strength and stimulates creativity through the freedom of self-expression.  Black Onyx teaches mastery of one’s innate abilities.  When to be still and when to move.   It imparts a deep knowing by connecting intuition with the conscious mind and promotes an optimistic disposition.

A transformational stone that helps to shed layers of old energy.  Black Onyx teaches the cycles of life, showing what must be removed for the new to birth and grow.  Removes disjointed and conflicted thought patterns, which aids in eradicating destructive behaviours/habits.  Highlights synchronicities to show interconnectedness and truth, it reveals different perceptions and all sides of the story.

Black Onyx grounds and anchors the self in the moment, this makes it a powerful tool for magic.  Connected to the three fates and harbours infinite possibilities  Black Onyx shows how to look within, bringing clarity and understanding of wholeness with oneness.


Crystal Healing


Pain reduction, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, heart function, balancing endocrine system, emotional trauma, assists in illness recovery.


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Quick Overview


Pronunciation:black on-iks, oh-niks
Formula:SiO2
Stone Qualities:Skin, regenerative, youthfulness
Hardness:7.0
Chakra:Solar Plexus (3rd)
Zodiac:Virgo
Origin:Brazil, Uruguay, India, USA

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