The Meaning and history of Onyx Gemstone
Onyx is the birthstone for the “Old Tibetan Calendar” month of December
Onyx in the ancient Hebrew and Italian calendar it’s the birthstone month of July
Onyx is the gemstone for the 7th and 10th Anniversary year of marriage
Onyx is the zodiac sign for Leo and Capricorn
Onyx is strength giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress. Centering your energy and aligning it with a higher power, accessing higher guidance, is facilitated by Onyx as is connection with the whole. It can take you forward to view the future and with its capacity to impart personal strength, facilitates being master of one’s density. This stone promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. It aids learning lessons, imparting self-confidence and helping you to be at ease in your surroundings.
Onyx is a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel. However, Onyx is said to hold memory of things that have happened to the wearer. It can be used for psychometric, telling the story to those who are sensitive to its vision.
This property of holding physical memories makes Onyx useful in past life work for healing old injuries and physical trauma that are affecting the present life. Holding a piece of Onyx takes your attention to the site of the previous injury, which can then be released through body work, reframing or crystal therapy. Onyx can also be used to heal old grief and sorrows.
Black stones such as onyx are considered very fortunate in attracting money
Because of its power of assisting in letting go it is wonderful to have around if going through a break-up or divorce. It is also great for keeping negative people away from you and out of your life
Onyx recognizes and integrates dualities within the self. It anchors the flighty into more stable way of life and generally imparts self-control. Onyx is a mental tonic that alleviates overwhelming fears and worries. Onyx conveys the invaluable gift of wise decisions.
Onyx assists in absorbing from the universe energies that are required for healing or other purpose. It balances the yin and yang energies within the body
The History and Legend of Onyx
In the Indian tradition is said to help people to forget about their past relationships and bring people in tune with the present
The goddess Venus was resting on the banks of the Indus River. As she slept, Cupid used the point of one of his enchanted arrows to give her a manicure. The parings of her nails then fell into the waters of the sacred river. Since the nails were of heavenly origin, they sank to the river bottom and were metamorphosed into onyx
Onyx has a long history of use for carving and jewellery making, where it was used for cameo engraved gems.
Onyx gemstone was used in Egypt as early as the second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items, Brazilian green onyx was used as plinths for art deco sculptures in the 1920s and 1930s
Onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, blood disorders and the feet.
Onyx has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale
Onyx is a variety of Chalcedony which falls under the group of minerals called quartz
Onyx can be found in Brazil, India, Afghanistan, Peru, Madagascar, US, California and Mexico
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