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Black onyx is a stone of forces held in balance. In ancient times, it was seen as an omen of sorrow and ill fortune. But the truth is, it encompasses good as well as evil, and light as well as darkness. As such, it is an excellent symbol of tension, balance, and resolution. When you find yourself overcome with grief, remember that joy is on the other side. And when you find yourself faced with a problem that needs to be viewed from all sides, reach for the black onyx!
Similarly, if you feel like one aspect of your life- work, for instance, or motherhood- feels all-consuming, black onyx is a stone that can help to restore a healthier balance.
Those who have difficulty concentrating or staying on task may find that onyx brings them back to earth when their flights of fancy threaten to take over. Indeed, onyx is said to be useful against any sort of unwanted energies. One of its better-known properties is that is decreases excessive sexual desires.
Black onyx is associated with the 7th and 10th year of marriage. It is a birthstone for the months of July and December.
You are purchasing a set of three tumbled black onyx gemstones. Stones will vary in size and shape, but most are in the range of 3/4" to 1 1/2". How should I use my gemstones?
Keep them close by, in your pocket, or in a small dish at your work space. Handle them often, as you focus on your needs and wishes. Sleep with them under your pillow. Place them on your altar. Whisper your wishes to them when no one else can hear you. The only thing we do NOT recommend doing is using your gemstones to infuse water that you will be drinking.
How can I cleanse my gemstones?
Over time, gemstones can pick up negative energies as they are used. Many different methods can be employed to cleanse your stones. Bury them in a small container of salt for a few days. Hold them in running water (this is not recommended for soft gemstones like selenite or jet). Let them sit overnight in the light from a full moon. Place them where a fresh breeze can pass over them. What other methods can you think of?