Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Do you travel at night? Do you need some help in focusing? Do you suffer from negative emotions like fear or anxiety?
Then, by all means, get yourself some Onyx.
Featuring a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, Onyx is solid black or banded Chalcedony (a form of quartz). Its name comes from the Greek word for fingernail, apparently a reference to a legend in which Eros cut the nails of Aphrodite, and the gods turned the clippings into stone.
Ancient Greeks and Romans carved Onyx into cameos. Today, it’s cut into cabochons and beads for use in bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings.
It can be found throughout the world, including the U.S.
Onyx is thought to help wounds heal and to benefit skin, hair, and nails. It’s said to enhance memory retention, increase persistence, and promote follow-through. Healers say it helps focus and guide the will, soothe nervousness and stress, and even rebuild vitality after a period of illness.
An ideal stone for helping you let go from persons or situations that are no longer healthy, Onyx is beneficial to entrepreneurs and inventors (to keep the negativity away) and to athletes (to boost their strength and determination). It’s used as a “worry stone” in the Middle East; in India, it’s used to ward off “the evil eye.”
Attuned to the root chakra, Onyx is associated with the planet Saturn. Feng Shui experts say Onyx helps attract financial gains.
Onyx can be worn in jewelry as an everyday form of healing. Additionally, a chunk of it can be placed nearby when you work (maybe a paperweight?) or held in your hands while meditating.
Clean it by simply wiping it with a moist cloth, as ultrasonic cleaners could seep chemicals into the porous stone and cause discoloration.