Meaning and Uses of Black Onyx in Feng Shui

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The Spruce / Kara Riley 

In feng shui, we can work with the placement of objects in our home to change the energy in our lives. One effective way is to use color and natural stones and crystals like black onyx. Black onyx has the protective color of black as well as the grounded energy of the earth element. Keep reading to learn how to use black onyx in your home for good feng shui.

What Is Black Onyx?

While onyx comes in several colors, the most well-known is black onyx. Historically, it was believed that onyx caused disagreements and conflict, but it’s now celebrated for many positive qualities. Black onyx is a grounding, balancing, and protective stone with several benefits and potential feng shui applications.

Properties of Black Onyx

  • Color: Black
  • Chakra: Root
  • Number: Vibrates to 6
  • Planet: Mars, Saturn
  • Zodiac: Leo
  • Bagua areas: Kan (Career), Gen (Self-Knowledge), Dui (Children)
  • Elements: Earth, Water
  • Origin: Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, USA

Meaning and Uses of Black Onyx

Black onyx crystals can be used for grounding, protection, and self-control, and as a shield against negative energy. It also enhances discipline, allowing more ease in following through on goals and completing tasks. Black onyx has a calming quality, which can be beneficial in working with challenging emotions such as grief and anxiety. 

Black onyx also helps to balance yin and yang. It helps us to feel centered, make wise decisions, and get to the root cause of issues. It can assist with logical thinking, as well as intuitive receptivity. Black onyx can give us the strength to look within ourselves, to understand the past, present, and future, and to take charge of our lives going forward. 

Black onyx is also believed to help with issues related to the feet and bone marrow. It has been used to enhance physical endurance, and to provide support in regaining physical strength after an illness.

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Uses in Feng Shui

Activate Kan, the Career Area

If you stand in the main entrance to your home looking in, the front center area is known as the Kan area of the feng shui bagua. Kan position is connected to your career and path in life, as well as the color black. This is a great area to work with if you’d like more clarity around your path in life or your work. Because of black onyx’s tendencies to help us better understand ourselves and be disciplined, it can be a really supportive stone in Kan. Try placing a black onyx crystal in Kan, with the intention that it will enhance these areas of your life. 

Activate Gen, the Knowledge Area

The Gen area of the feng shui bagua is connected to self-cultivation, skills, and knowledge. You may want to place black onyx in this area to activate these qualities. Black onyx is a great addition to Gen, since it empowers us to look deeply within ourselves and understand ourselves better. If you want to build your skills or knowledge in a particular area, black onyx can also help with the discipline and focus required. To find Gen in your home, stand in the front door looking in, and locate the corner of your home closest to you on the right hand side. 

Activate Dui, the Completion Area

There is also a part of the feng shui bagua, called Dui, that is connected to completion. If you look into your home while standing in your front doorway and imagine a three-by-three grid laid over the space, Dui is the center right area of the grid. If you start a lot of projects but often have a hard time completing them, we would usually recommend that you activate Dui. One way to do this is to place a black onyx crystal here, with the intention that it will support you in following your projects through to completion. 

Activate Your Workspace

Because of black onyx’s affinity for logical thinking, focus, and mastery, it can be a wonderful addition to your workspace. Make sure you set a clear intention for how you would like your onyx stone to support you in your career, and then place it on your desk or in your home office. 

Create a Grid of Protection

Black onyx can be used in crystal grids to absorb negative energy and offer protection. To create a grid, place a piece of black onyx in each corner of your home or bedroom, or under each corner of your bed. We generally recommend starting with your personal qi (energy), so if you are not sure where to place your grid, try placing it under your bed. Your bed is very connected to you energetically, so any changes you make there will really have an impact. 

  • What does feng shui mean?

    Feng translates to "wind," and shui translates to "water." Feng shui puts you in harmony with nature and the natural flow of qi (energy force).

  • What in the meaning of the color black in feng shui?

    The color black represents the element of water and is the yin side of the yin yang, Tai Qi symbol. Black is all the colors, while white is the absence of color.

  • Where is a good place to put black onyx in your home?

    Placing a piece of black onyx underneath your bed is believed to provide a grid of protection for you.