History of Black Onyx
The term onyx is said to have been generated from the Greek word “onux”, which means fingernail or claw. Though why it is related to a fingernail may seem baffling, legend has it that the mischievous Cupid once cut off Venus’s fingernails when she was sleeping. As the fingernails scattered on the ground, the Gods turned them into flesh-colored stones, as no part of a heavenly body was supposed to perish.
Origin of Black onyx
Origin of the Black Onyx is contradictory to its uses today. Magic lores believed that the Onyx was actually a terrifying demon who was imprisoned in the stone. It was believed that the demon troubled those who possessed the Onyx or kept it in close vicinity, through bad luck and nightmares. However, it is used for protecting oneself from negativity and dark magic, so the validity of this tale is actually doubtful
Onyx comes in a variety of colors like red, yellow or blue. It falls under the category of quartz stones, and has a hardness of between 6 and 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.
In ancient Indian and Persian tales Onyx is referred to as a protector from evil. The Indian gemologists describe onyx as a protector for harmonious relationships. The stones’ close union and yet strong contrast between the layers of black and white are considered symbolizing for the love between two people.
The stone is found in a variety of places from Yemen to Uruguay to Germany and India. There are a few onyx mines in Arizona like Prescott, Ash Fork and Mayer.
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Black Onyx became most popular when the Queen Victoria used it after the death of her husband for almost forty years. The other reason why it became popular is because of the restriction on the use of any color other than black.
In Indian and Persian culture there are lots of superstitions that revolve around the Black Onyx. It has been believed that the Black Onyx acts as a protecting agent from the evil or the negative energy. It is also been used by pregnant women to ease the pain during pregnancy or at the time of delivery.
Healing Properties of Black OnyxReleasing Negativity
The Black Onyx gemstone is worn to release any sort of negativity from a person. The stone is soothing, and helps the wearer to deliver himself/herself from negative emotions, thoughts, and ultimately, situations. Letting Go of the Past
An important aspect of releasing negativity is letting go of the past. Wearing this stone helps people get over their previous relationships, and to let go of the past. This is ideal for people who haven’t been able to forget their previous relationships even if they ended years ago, and who are living more in the past rather than in the now. Separation
Black onyx gemstone is also known to help one separate from people or situation that are unhappy, or troublesome. It is believed that wearing it or keeping it with oneself help in ending unhappy relationships. Changing Habits
This gemstones is also believed to help a person change irregular/unhealthy/bad habits, if any, and become more focused and balanced. It helps the wearer stay free from any kinds of stress, and helps him or her make quick, correct decisions that will effectively change his/her life for good. Good for Entrepreneurs
A Black Onyx gemstone is said to be excellent for entrepreneurs who are thinking of, or are in the process of, starting a new business. It helps entrepreneurs make quick and good decisions regarding their business, and it also wards off negative opinions, thoughts and emotions by others around them.
A person wearing a Black Onyx gemstone will have better intuitive powers, claim experts. This gemstone helps to show the correct life path for a person through dreams, visions, meditation, etc.
A Black Onyx gemstone helps a person’s mind, body, and spirit align with the Universe, and put himself/herself on the receiving frequency of goodness. One who wears it with complete faith can manifest all that he/she wants and needs. Deflecting Negativity
Negativity can make itself felt through different sources― negative relationships, negativity at work, etc. A Black Onyx stone helps in deflecting inner and outer negativity and protects the wearer from the ‘evil eye’ or bad luck that is caused due to jealousy or negativity of some sort in the mind of others. Protection from the Paranormal
In some cultures, it is widely believed that this gemstone helps ward off evil spirits from a person and his/her family. Some tribes have been known to worship Black Onyx statues that supposedly kept away black magic and dark sorcery, as well as evil spirits from a person’s home and family. These statues were even made offerings of blood for appeasement. Sharpening of Senses
Black Onyx gemstone is believed to sharpen the senses of those who wear it/keep it with them. It makes the wearer more alert, more conscious, and more focused. The wearer also becomes more grounded, confident, and balanced once he/she starts using the gemstone regularly with absolute faith. Physical Healing
It is widely believed that this gemstone can heal eye disorders, teeth problems, epilepsy, feet trouble, bone issues, etc. For this purpose, healers often advise their patients to wear a Black Onyx, as it starts to show effects after continual use. Water charged with it is also believed to effectively treat skin problems and other infections. Pregnant women are also encouraged to wear it for a smooth, trouble-free pregnancy and childbirth. Attracting Money
Feng shui experts believe that a Black Onyx gemstone is very good for attracting financial gains, and recommend using this gemstone as a paper-weight or a decorative piece at home or work, so as to keep it around you most of the time, if wearing it is not possible or comfortable for you.
Experts recommend that a Black Onyx gemstone should be discharged once in two weeks under running water, or should be kept underground overnight for it to rejuvenate its spiritual powers and healing properties.
A Black Onyx gemstone is not only a classy addition to your jewelry, but it is also a great way to keep yourself away from any sort of negativity. However, it should be kept well in mind that the healing properties we have mentioned in the article cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice
According to Vastu Shastra, dark black stone should be installed on the floor of the north direction.
Black Onyx stimulates the Root chakra, the source of physical and spiritual energy that flows through the body. When in balance the body begins to regain strength and stamina. Black Onyx aids that process by harnessing the power of the inner warrior to power through anything. The black onyx stimulates the Earthstar and Base Chakra which grounds the soul to the physical world and controls the person’s awareness, emotion, and movement.
The Crown Chakra is also activated by the Onyx which is the gateway in controlling the mind and the body on how to respond in its outer stimuli. Located in the top of the head, it is the source of the balance of the spirit and the energies.
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