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Onyx: Correspondences, Healing & Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Onyx is a type of chalcedony formed in parallel bands. These bands can be just about any color except purple or blue, but the most well-known forms of onyx have bands of black and/or white.

Sardonyx is a type of onyx formed of bands of various shades of red (sard) and white.

Most black onyx on the market today is artificially colored. Pliny the Elder described a method for coloring agate and other colors of onyx to pass as black onyx.

In some cases, it is banded calcite, polished to a shine and sold as onyx.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Onyx, a powerful stone with a rich history, has been revered for centuries as a symbol of protection and strength, dating back to ancient Egypt where it was believed to guard against negative energies.

Onyx is associated with the Earth element and the astrological sign of Leo, making it an excellent choice for grounding, stability, and enhancing self-confidence.

It is renowned for its ability to alleviate stress and promote emotional balance, thanks to its soothing energy. It’s often used to support healthy bone structure and aid in recovery from injuries.

It serves as a potent tool for banishing negativity, absorbing unwanted energies, and enhancing one’s focus during ritual work. Its dark, mysterious appearance adds an aura of mystique to any spell or meditation.

History and Folklore

Onyx is a Latin word derived from the Greek ὄνυξ, meaning “claw” or “fingernail”.

One story states that Cupid trimmed Venus‘s fingernails with an arrowhead and the Fates turned them to stone so that no part of Her divine body should decay.

Throughout history, Onyx has been carved for jewelry and housewares. The Romans were quite fond of carved cameos, parallel layers of black and white create a striking contrast between the carved subject and the background. The Egyptians used onyx for bowls and housewares.

Onyx is a birthstone for the month of December and the star stone for Capricorn or Leo or Gemini. Onyx is an appropriate gift for the 7th or 10th wedding anniversary.

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Onyx Correspondences

Healing and Magickal Uses for Onyx

Healing PropertyDescriptionArea/Aspect of Healing
ProtectionShields against negative energies and psychic attacksSpiritual, emotional, and energetic
GroundingPromotes stability, balance, and connection to EarthPhysical, mental, and spiritual grounding
StrengthEnhances strength, resilience, and determinationEmotional, mental, and physical strength
HealingFacilitates emotional healing and inner strengthEmotional, spiritual, and energetic
Table 1: Onyx Healing Properties

Body

Onyx can improve physical strength and energy and help one recuperate after a long illness or other stressful situation.

Onyx can also help with conditions affecting bones, teeth, bone marrow, blood, and feet.

Mind

Onyx can be used to improve focus, discipline, self-confidence, and attention to detail necessary to bring a complicated and arduous task to completion.

Onyx can help recover from extreme stress and grief.

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Onyx in Magick

This is a wonderful stone to hold onto during grounding meditations. It can help with protection rituals and help balance extreme emotions.

Use/PurposeDescriptionMagickal Significance
Protection AmuletCarry or wear onyx as a protective talismanShields against negativity and psychic attacks
Divination ToolUse onyx in scrying or divination ritualsEnhances intuition and psychic abilities
Grounding MeditationHold onyx while meditating to promote groundingDeepens connection to the Earth and stability
Ritual JewelryIncorporate onyx into ritual jewelry or altar decorSymbolizes protection, strength, and magickal energy
Table 2: Onyx Magickal Uses

Also good for breaking bad habits and addictions and establishing new habits.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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