- Zodiac birthstone of Leo
Onyx is a protective and grounding stone. A powerful defense against negativity, it is particularly helpful for protecting your energies around people or endeavors that could be emotionally draining. It helps foster feelings of decisiveness, authority, and strengthened confidence. It provides support in difficult times and also helps the bearer make wise decisions.
The beliefs about the mystical powers of onyx vary from country to country. In the Middle East, it is associated with sorcerers and magicians. In India it is believed to quell the flames of out-of-control love. The Romans associated it with courage.
The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. Myth says that one day Venus was napping on the bank of the Indus River. As she slept, Cupid used the point of one of his enchanted arrows to give her a manicure and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can ever really die, they sank to the river bottom and were transformed into onyx.
In many cultures, black signifies regeneration and new beginning. Because of this, onyx is often prescribed as a healing helper for releasing old emotional wounds and moving on. It is also believed to be a good support for those who are trying to quit bad habits.
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