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Happy October 1st! As I am writing this it is the first day of October 2017, I thought I’d continue my Crystal Healing Series and add Opal, the birthstone of October to the list!
Introduction to Opals
Opal is the modern birthstone for the month of October (pink tourmaline is the traditional birthstone for October)! It is also the traditional 14th wedding anniversary gift. The word itself ‘opal’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘upala’, meaning ‘precious stone’. Opal can also be translated from the Greek word “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.” This gemstone can come in many different colors and can be categorized into many different types (including fire, common, precious, boulder, and many more)
Opal’s Amazing Colors
In ancient times, Opal was known as the ‘Queen of Gems’ because it contained the colors of all other gems (which is also why some crystal healers believe that opals have the healing power of many other gemstones). Each Opal is completely unique and you will not find two of the exact same appearance. Precious opals contain many different colors, that can flash and change while being moved and shown in the light. Often containing calming flashes of blues and greens and fiery bright reds and yellows, as you turn and move the Opal the colors shift. The most precious Opal is one that displays broad patterns covering the surface, with all the colors of the rainbow. Since Opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colors. But why are there “rainbows” in Opals? It’s the water!
Water in Opals
Opal has a large proportion of water in it compared to most stones and is considered a water stone. They are made up of colloidal Si02 and water. This water trapped in the stone allows the light play and color refraction that is seen to us as ‘rainbow colors’. Because opals are known as ‘water stones’ (preface- the element water is associated with emotions, intensity, and intuition) they are thought to be very beneficially when used in crystal healing!
Crystal Healing Properties
Your Emotions & Opal Gemstones
Opal intensifies emotional states, amplifies traits, and brings your characteristics to the surface. Opal is watery and translucent it works with your emotions, bringing up deep emotional states to be faced and loved free. For example, if you are happy wearing opal will only amplify and send out that energy back into the world. Always be careful, opals will also amplify negative emotions if you’re feeling negative that day.
Opal releases inhibitions which allows you to stop fearing what others think about you. This causes energy to enhance self-esteem and sense of self-worth! It is a soothing stone which can calm turbulent emotions, bring a deep sense of hope, and inner peace. These stones encourage you to send out positive emotions.
Opal can also be used as an emotional stabilizer, but this stone may scatter energy and you’ll want to be well grounded before using it to explore or induce feelings. This is a powerful gemstone with fine vibrations.
Karma & Opals
Because the stone is absorbent and reflective, it helps you to pick up thoughts and feelings, amplify them, and return them to their source. It teaches that what you put out comes back to you. This stone is a karma-tic stone, pagans claiming that it sends the energy it receives back by three fold. This also goes for the feelings and attitudes of the wearer, make sure you are projecting feelings that you would like back in return!
Are Opals Bad Luck?
The myth of Opal being bad luck and/or an evil stone was created by a fictional story written in 1829. Sir Walter Scott wrote a bestselling novel named ‘Anne of Geuerstein‘. In this story, the lead character is falsely accused of being an evil spirit and dies shortly after a drop of holy water hit her opal stone and destroyed its color. The general public in Europe (longingly) associated opals with bad luck after hearing and reading the story.
Another stigma, during this time jewelers did not understand how to handle the stone properly When being cut. The stones would dry and burst while being worked with which only furthered the notion of them being unlucky.
Actually, opals have been considered very good luck throughout most written history. It is well-known as being a ‘protective stone’ specifically in dangerous places. It is said that you can program this stone to make you seem invisible and unnoticeable to others. In medieval times, all blonde women wanted a necklace made of opals. It was considered an absolute guarantee to prevent their hair from fading or darkening from its original light color.
Diseases and Physical Healing Properties of Opals
Opals have many physical healing properties. They are said to reduce fevers, treat infections, regulate insulin and reduce headaches. It is said to ease the pain of childbirth and PMS. Opals have great healing powers over your eyes, eyesight, and any disease of the eye. These gemstones are also known for boosting immune systems and maintaining good over-all daily health. Parkinson’s Disease is also said to be helped by opal gemstones.
Interestingly, many believed that if there were an abundance of a color (red or green usually) in the opal stone the wearer would also enjoy the therapeutic powers of the gem coordinating with those colors. For example, the power of rubies to be able to stop bleeding or the power to cure disease and become immune to disease from the emerald.
Opal has also been known to help those who are suffering from chemical dependencies and addiction. The stone gives the wearer strength and the ability to take back control over their lives. Along those same lines, Opal strengthens the will to live.
Opals- Fidelity, Loyalty, & Faithfulness
Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, and assurance. It has become a popular alternative wedding ring to the new-age community because it represents a strong sense of loyalty and connectedness. The opal is also a represented as justice and harmony in many studies.
Opal Strengthen Memory
Originality & Creativity from Opals
The stone is said to help stimulate originality and dynamic creativity! It even goes a step further, encouraging lightness and spontaneity, an interest in the arts, and aids in accessing one’s true self! This is an amazing stone to have when you are feeling like an artist. Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination as well on projects or life! (pc)
Psychic Abilities and Opal
Opals enhance cosmic consciousness which enhances psychic and mystical visions! It connects you to the spiritual realm with high spiritual crystal energy vibrations. Opals are said to be helpful when astral projecting as well, because they can make you seem invisible to the others. (pc)&(pc)
Transformations in Life and Opal
As discussed above, opals are water-stones which help us ease the stress of handling changes in your life. ‘Like water rolls over and past rocks and roots in its way, the energy of opal can help continue on your path regardless of obstacles.’ During times of transformation, transition and growth in your life, this is an energy to work with and hold close to your heart. (pc)
Chakras Associated with Opal
Opal is often associated with the Heart Chakra and Crown Chakra mainly. It brings the inspiration of love into a stagnant heart chakra and brings renewal. Varied color opals are also related to the additional chakras, Frontal, Link, Soul Star, and Thymus. (pc)