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Opal

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.

It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein in 1829, however, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation.

In Scott's novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott's novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death. Within a year of the publishing of Scott's novel in April 1829, the sale of opals in Europe dropped by 50%, and remained low for the next twenty years or so.

Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw anopal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more since the opalwas believed to embody the evil eye.

Opal is a hardened silica gel, usually containing between 5-10% water. Therefore it is noncrystalline, unlike most other gemstones.

Opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October

Astrological : Cancer, Libra, Pisces and Scorpio

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory.

Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be "invisible" in situations where they don't care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change.

Opal is a  silicate, containing water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). With this comes less inhibition, more spontaneity, free visualization, clearer imagination, and more vivid dreams.

White opal : Balances Left and Right. Brain. Opals are extremely sensitive and must be treated with great care. Rarely used in crystal layouts except by someone who wishes to intensify his or her emotional state. They easily diversify and scatter energy. Some literature states frankly that many who wear this stone have a fickle nature. Anytime the wearer feels uncomfortable with an Opal, the stone should be removed.

Fire opal : Fire Opal is also said to enhance personal power, to awaken your inner fire and to revitalize and reenergize your mind and body. It is believed to protect against danger and to be an energy amplifier. It is a symbol of hope, an energy amplifier, facilitating change and process.  It supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past. particularly Fire Opals, are good for business, though they can adversely affect the solar plexus.

Blue or dark Blue opal : the ultimate stone for all forms of wishes, for entering the world of the fae (fairies) and for seeing beyond the immediate physical reality to the wonders within nature and life.

Blue-Green (Chrysopal) opal : This opal will open one to new impressions and encourages openness in others.  It will help one to observe the world with new eyes, and it alleviates emotional burdens.

Green opal : This is beneficial for cleansing and rejuvenating that promotes emotional recovery and aides relationships.  It has the ability to filter information and reorient the mind, thus giving it a better meaning to every day life, and bring about a clearer spiritual prospective.

Pink opal : Promotes a feeling of centeredness, as a spiritual level this opal actives clairvoyance and clairsentience. It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras.

Black opal : Is known to enhance sexual attractiveness, as well as leading one to a higher spiritual experience.  One of the strongest good luck stones. It is told to transform the fears that hold us back from action into optimism and an eagerness to get on with our lives.

Blue Peruvian Opal : Relatively rare and comes from the Andes in Peru, it is a moderately translucent stone with a blue-green color quite similar to the Caribbean Sea. This stone has soft relaxing energies, and lore tells us that it has the ability to remove the tension from any communication to help ideas to flow freely.  It is told to soften the impact of stress from the outside world, helping one to release the trauma of old wounds, facilitating facing the future with a tranquil self healing nature.  It is good for quieting the mind and helpful in aiding sleep.

Pink Peruvian Opal : Despite it's natural color, this is not a soft pillow-y kind of energy, but rather incredibly vibrant and stimulating. It raises ones spirit and elevates the mood.  This "euphoria" is not the kind that you lose your thought process, but it more attunes you to the natural pulse of love, which of course brings about the shift in attitude, mood and mind.  Which in turn helps in balancing the art of giving and receiving. Often we are drawn to one or the other, and have trouble balancing...this opal will help one to see that both side (like ying & yang) are necessary and both are needed for wholeness.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Opal are known to strengthen the will to live.  Linked to the heart, and told to stimulate the glands and regulate the metabolism. Opal has a beneficial effect on the human psyche, pouring a warm healing energy on broken hears and restoring harmony.

Opal is an emotional stone and reflects the mood of the wearer.  It intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions.  Encourages both freedom and independence.  Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions.  It stimulates originality and creativity.  Helps to release anger and claim self-worth, aiding in accessing and expressing one’s true self.  Opal strengthens memory.  It encourages an interest in the arts.  Wearing Opal brings loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity.

Opal strengthens the will to live and treats infections and fevers.  Purifying the blood and kidneys, Opal also regulates insulin.  It eases childbirth and alleviates PMS.

White opal : Greatly increases general productivity through activation of the necessary glands. Regularizes the biorhythms of the wearing, avoiding discordant energies which may lead to uncontrolled behavior between frantic activity or total inactivity.  Harmonizing desire, creating lovemaking rather than pure appetite, restores pleasure to eating which alleviates food related disorders.

Fire opal : This opal supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past. It resonates with the abdomen and lower back and the triple burner meridian.  It heals the intestines as well as the kidneys, balancing the adrenal glands and preventing burn out. It also stimulates the sexual organs, and is an excellent stone for warming and reenergizing.

Blue opal : Emotional soother that helps to realign one to their spiritual purpose. It is useful when past life experiences are affecting the present life, these can be healed through the etheric blueprint.

Blue-Green (Chrysopal) opal : Detoxifies and regenerates the liver as well as relieving feelings of constriction from the heart and chest.

Green opal : Green opal strengthens the immune system and helps to alleviate colds and flu.

Pink opal : It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras. Ti promotes tissue regenerating and heals blood disorders, muscle tension as well as spinal disorders and menopausal symptoms which may afflict.

Black-Brown-Gray opal : Particularly useful for releasing sexual tension that arises from an emotional cause, as well as for processing and integrating newly found or released emotions.

Black Opals will absorb pain and/or illness, replacing it with a healing rainbow of light.  It may ease chronic bone problems or weaknesses and any disease deep within the body tissue. Use Opal to counter side effects fro modern x-ray or laser treatments as well as to reduce the toxicity of necessary chemical treatments.