- by Freya Miller
- June 16, 2022
- Gems Knowledge
Black onyx is a stone for the root chakra because it brings all the glorious grounding energy that connects us to the earth beneath our feet. The root chakra is one of the most important chakras of all, as it invites the release of excess energy from the body. If the root chakra is not cleansed, it can throw the entire chakra system out of balance. This stone can also help you stay protected when opening the crown chakra and doing any kind of psychic work or past life exploration that can leave you open and potentially vulnerable.
Onyx is a form of chalcedony, microcrystalline quartz that forms in the gas cavities of lava. Its multi-layered structure resembles that of agates. When the stone has a black base and a white top layer, it is called onyx (black onyx is uniformly black chalcedony).
|Mineral Information||Microcrystalline quartz, chalcedony group|
|Color||Black, usually dyed these days|
|Hardness||6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)|
|Specific Gravity||2.58 – 2.64|
|Refractive Index||1.530 – 1.539|
All black stones have solid healing properties, especially when it comes to protection and shielding against anything that could bring harm. The onyx has strong vibrations and can give strength and willpower to its wearer. Black Onyx not only builds a force field around you, but also activates certain chakras in the body to give you a firm footing, and creative focus, and illuminate new paths to wisdom. It grounds you wonderfully in body, mind, and spirit.
Black Onyx is the perfect birthstone for all those hotheaded Leos out there. Leos are strong characters, full of determination, ambition and with a bright burning big heart. While Leos are already blessed with confidence and charm, the onyx helps them balance out the insecurities that can sometimes get the better of them, especially when it comes to jealousy. Black Onyx helps Leos dig in their heels and ground themselves, making them feel safe and secure without having to give in to possessive patterns of behavior. The black onyx also invites Leos to become masters of their own destiny.
Like all crystals, Black Onyx should be cleaned and recharged regularly. Since Black Onyx is a protective stone that is constantly busy soaking up bad vibrations and negative energies, it is helpful to cleanse it whenever you feel it is carrying dead weight. This will help keep your stone from sputtering when you need it. One of the easiest ways to clean your Black Onyx quickly and safely is to smear it with a sage stick. Light the sage and run the stone through the smoke for a few seconds. You can also clean and recharge your Black Onyx by leaving it in the sun for 6-12 hours to recharge it. If you do not want to leave your stone in the sun, you can also leave it in the moonlight or even in the rain for a day.