Onyx – (Root Chakra) – (Zodiac of Leo)
Onyx is such a strong and powerful stone, yet it is supportive and comforting at the same time. This is one stone I am attracted to when I just feel “off” and don’t know what I need to get back on track. I highly recommend having some Onyx on hand for those times that feel scary, or you just feel adrift. Find out the Onyx spiritual properties and how you can benefit from their supportive and healing blessings!
The Science of Onyx
Onyx is part of the Chalcedony family and is best known for its deep, solid black varieties. However, Onyx can also be found as a black and white banded variety (sometimes called Sardonyx). Onyx is very much like Carnelian (also a member of the Chalcedony family) because it comes in solid orange and also banded varieties. I have tumbled Onyx that has multi-colored banding, so there is a great variation in Onyx above and beyond the solid black stones.
Historical Significance of Onyx
The name is derived from the Latin word (also onyx) meaning “claw” or “fingernail.” Onyx has been widely used throughout history to make tools, bowls, and carved jewelry. The Egyptians, Ancient Greek and Romans all used Onyx because of its strength and beauty. Ancient Romans carved amulets with the image of Mars, the God of War, for soliers to wear into battle. Onyx is also one of the gemstones mentioned as a Holy Stone in the Bible.
Metaphysical Attributes of Onyx
Onyx is used to absorb what we need from the Universe. It is used to cleanse and sharpen the intuition, so we can better receive this Higher Guidance. If you are having difficulties determining your next step, how to solve a problem, or what you need to feel better – sit with Onyx, release any urges to “figure it out,” and allow Onyx to bring what you need to mind. Carrying Onyx will help to amplify and multiply the external signs from the Universe providing you with guidance. Make sure to journal and record what you observe while carrying Onyx, so you can recognize the advice from the Universe, Spirit Guides, or Angel Guides. You may find yourself noticing even more Angel Numbers, animal signs, colors, song messages or synchronicities – write them all down and you will receive what you need in life.
The Onyx spiritual properties support us during mourning and times of deep emotional stress. It helps reduce overwhelming fears and anxieties. Onyx helps us to feel more rooted and stable as it is an extremely grounding stone. We can sit firm in the present moment and release worries of the past or worries of the future. If life is scary and overwhelming at the moment, sit with Onyx for deep comfort.
This stone holds a memory of what has happened to the wearer which helps with past-life work. Onyx works very well with psychometry as it holds the energy and memories of those who have worn it. If you inherit Onyx jewelry, or buy it from and antique store, you will want to cleanse it thoroughly if you are sensitive to picking up external energies. As this stone enables access to the past, it is an excellent tool for helping us discover the life lessons in past situations.
Additionally, Onyx spiritual properties help to focus other gemstones energies, so combining Oynx with other crystals for energy work is extremely useful. If you want an extra boost of a particular gemstone’s benefits – hold a piece of Onyx in the same hand as the other stone for a super charged energy experience.
Physical Healing Benefits of Onyx
The physical healing benefits of Onyx are said to be improved healing due to Onyx’s ability to absorb what we need to bring us back to a normal healthy state. Onyx is also said to help relieve issue dealing with the feet as it is deeply connected with the foot chakras.
Onyx Mantra Practice
Sit in a seated meditation position, holding the Onyx in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine you are seated on a Giant Piece of Onyx that is providing stability and support. Then a bright light opens at your Crown and is ready to receive Divine Guidance. Repeat this mantra, “I am Not Afraid. I am Safe. I am ready to Receive the Guidance and Support from my Higher Guides.”
Additional Onyx Resources:
- “The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach”, By Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian
- “The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals,” by Judy Hall.
- “Crystals for Healing: The Complete Reference Guide With Over 200 Remedies for Mind, Heart & Soul,” by Karen Frazier
- “Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition,” by Walter Schumann
- “Healing Crystals and Gemstones: From Amethyst to Zircon,” by Dr. Flora Pescheck-Bohmer & Gisela Schrieber.
- “Love is in the Earth: A Kaliedoscope of Crystals,” by Melody
- “Herkimer Diamonds: Doubly terminated quartz crystals named for Herkimer County, New York” by: Hobart M. King