How is Black Onyx Used in Feng Shui?

Explore the use and properties of the black onyx stone

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Black onyx provides a supportive, strong and stable energy. It can help one persevere and keep the mind clear and calm. Black onyx can also help one stay focused on real priorities, as well as trust their inner voice. Ron Evans/Getty Images

"In feng shui, crystals and stones are believed to work in powerful ways. They can help to calm or energize you, clear negative energy, ground you, or protect you. Crystals and stones are used in amulets, bracelets, and rings, but can also be placed in your home in bowls or as decorative elements. Each stone, crystal, and color has a different energy and power, and each is used for a different purpose.

About Black Stones in Feng Shui

Black colored stones are protective and grounding, and, because it combines all the colors of the spectrum, black can also support cooperation and social skills such as communication and adaptability. Black is also believed to support economic success while also reducing fear. These protective qualities are especially expressed in black tourmaline, black onyx, and black obsidian. Another stone with a presence of a metallic black color, hematite, is also used for its protective and grounding energies. While hematite has a unique appearance, however, black onyx and black obsidian look quite similar at first glance, though black onyx is usually heavier than black obsidian. Onyx, in all its colors, be it black, blue, yellow or red, can also have various band patterns on it, while obsidian does not have bands.

If the differences between black obsidian and black onyx aren't physically obvious, if you are open to using your intuition while attuning to crystals and stones (the best way to start your exploration!), you can feel the difference between black onyx and black obsidian. 

The energy of black obsidian has an almost revolutionary quality to it; it can come fast and furious and leave one overwhelmed. It can also come in a soft, gentle way, but with the same intensity of information nevertheless. The properties of black obsidian are due to its formation; black obsidian is volcanic lava quickly cooled by contact with earth or water. There was not enough time for its matter to crystallize, which explains the powerful energy of raw truth, urgency and strong purging (emotionally) abilities of this stone.
Black onyx, on the other hand, has a slow, grounding and stable frequency to it. It is a stone that took its time in being formed. The gift of black onyx is the energy of strong support, stamina, and determination to help one persevere. It will teach the wearer to rely on his or her own powers and trust their inner voice.
Black obsidian has a wild, "no-limits no-boundaries" quality of energy to it, while black onyx is a "slow down and persevere on your path" teacher.

Both qualities are very important to the human journey, and both stones can be great allies at different points in time.
The Meaning of Black Onyx in Feng Shui

Onyx crystals connect you with the realm of the night, where your true self can be found. Black Onyx is a protection stone. Its purpose is to help prevent the drain of personal energy while at the same time absorbing and transforming negative energy. As a result, it can help you to increase your emotional and physical strength, especially during difficult times when you're coping with stress, grief, or confusion. 

According to feng shui philosophy, black onyx can help:

  • ensure smart decision-making
  • encourage happiness and luck
  • support your efforts to improve self-discipline
  • heal old wounds
  • encourage and enhance meditation
  • relieve phobias, self-doubt, and anxiety

How Black Onyx Is Used in Feng Shui

Black onyx can be used in many forms to provide you with strong, supportive and stable energy. Some possibilities include:

Of course, wearing jewelry is one of the best ways to benefit from the energy of crystals and stones, and black onyx jewelry is no exception! Choose a bracelet or a ring to help you slow down and persevere in a nourished and supportive kind of way. You can also go for several tumbled stones and either carry them in your pocket or place some in any of the bagua areas mentioned above.