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Onyx was very popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The Onyx's name comes from the Greek word onux, meaning fingernail. The story is that one day frisky Cupid cut the divine fingernails of Venus with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of the heavenly body would ever perish.

True, black isn't normally the color one associates with fingernails.  But in Greek times, almost all colors of chalcedony from white to dark brown and black were called onyx.

Today when we think of onyx we often preface the word with black to distinguish it from other varieties of onyx that come in white, reddish brown, brown and banded. Later, the Romans narrowed the term "onyx" to refer to black and dark brown colors only.

Astrological : Capricorn and leo.


Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition and one's instincts. Onyx is also told to decrease sexual desire, and to aid in changing bad habits.

The shapes or patterns that onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. Lore tells us that an onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychic work as it tells the story of the wearer.

A strength-giving stone, good for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. Onyx brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind.

Onyx is a wonderful  stone for those who are flighty by nature, as it will help ground and focus your attention. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence.

Onyx is an excellent mineral for initiating the modes of centering and alignment of the total person with the higher powers. Onyx can be used to banish grief, to enhance self-control, increase stamina, stimulate the power of wise decision-making and to encourage happiness and good fortune.

Onyx helps one to absorb, from the universe, those energies which are needed.

Onyx assists with challenges in life, especially those caused by a drain of energy.  It prevents the draining away of personal energy and can be used for protection from such.  It also helps with grounding and controlling or eliminating excess or unwanted energies.

Onyx is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with pearls and diamonds to increase their own metaphysical qualities.


Onyx must be laid directly on the body or worn over a long period of time as it's power develops quite slowly. Onyx is known to be particularly helpful with skin ailments, healing infected wounds as well as fungal infections, inflammation and even sunburn. Onyx has been used for wound healing, childbirth and in the treatment of disorders related to bone marrow, soft tissue structures and the feet.

Onyx treats disorders of the bones, bone marrow and blood.  It is beneficial for teeth and the feet.

Pat the affected skin with onyx water several times during the day and cover with an onyxwater compress at night.

Due to the fact that onyx needs time to develop its full power, it should be discharged once a week under running water, and if used for a long period of time, onyx should be placed in the earth overnight once a month. This will regenerate it to help keep it's energy strong.

Onyx rough and facet stone