While it is easy to differentiate black onyx from hematite, for example, it is not so easy when it comes to easily distinguish black onyx from black tourmaline or black obsidian (in the polished form).
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. While the two stones might look quite similar, their energies are quite distinct.
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 identity of black obsidian is 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 purging) abilities of this stone.
Black onyx, on the other hand, has a slow, grounding and stable frequency to it. It is a crystal 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.
Another way to distinguish the two stones is their weight - black onyx is usually heavier than black obsidian. Onyx - in all its colours, be it black, blue, yellow or red - can have various band patterns on it, while obsidian does not have bands.
Feng shui-wise, the strong, supportive and stable energy of black onyx is used in:
- Money & Wealth Amulets, such as pi yao, wu lou (Chinese gourd), three legged frog, etc.
- Various Zodiac Animals, such as the dragon, the ox, etc.
- Protective Feng Shui Cures, such as dzi beads amulets and bracelets, and fu dogs black onyx carvings by the front door.
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