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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Inspiration & Change"

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Opal, similar to the Quantum Quattro stone, is hardened silica gel. The stones often contain 5-15% water, sometimes up to 20%, and therefore if not cared for properly, may dry out and crack.

There are a great many colors and names for different types of Opals, but all contain the intrinsic properties together, including the application of one’s character and traits, providing one with the ambition to overcome, and lesser attributes one may possess. Helping one to recognize the creativity the lies within, offering inspiration and imagination to any and all situations.

What is considered an Organic Gem?

While many minerals are considered gemstones, there are also a number of materials that have been infused, infilled or partially replaced by organic materials; as well as natural organisms that have been mineralized then used and considered valuable ‘gems’ throughout all our time.

Organic materials considered gemstones include but are not limited to: Amber, Bone, Coral, Ivory, Pearls, Mother of Pearl, Abalone as well as meteorites such as Moldavite

Organic materials that have been mineralized to gemstones include: Dino Bone (Gem Bone, Gembone) Petrified Wood, Fossils such as Ammolite and Ammonite; during the mineral infilling the organic structure is preserved therefore it remains an organic material, and thus an Organic Gem.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure

Opal is a mineral species with an amorphous structure, meaning it is without form.  In other words, it is created of tiny spheres of amorphous silica gel. A non-crystalline stone, almost 20% of its body weight in water that has been encapsulated. The Opal has been known to dry out and crack if not cared for properly.

There are two types of Opals, the precious Opal which shows iridescent, flashes of color, and the more common potch/common Opal, which is generally opaque and displays little or no iridescence.

Opals are formed by filling the cavities in sedimentary rocks or in the veins of igneous rocks.  It is also known to replace organic materials in fossils, wood, and shells, as well as bone.  Australia has been the main producer of Opals since the 19th century, with other locals including the Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Mexico, Africa, and the US.

Metaphysical Properties

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Opal is known as a stone of inspiration, enhancing one’s creativity and imagination. This will help one release inhibitions as well as enhancing one’s memory.  Said to be a very spiritual stone, as well as magically allowing one to appear ‘invisible‘ in situations where one does not wish to be noticed/seen.

Opal is associated with water and is a silicate containing water, correlating with one’s emotions. Thus this stone will amplify and mirror deep emotions, feelings, and desires that one may have forgotten even existed. With this amplification, one becomes more spontaneous, uninhibited, and benefit from a clearer imagination, freer visualization, and more vivid dreams.

Fire Opal is said to enhance one’s personal power, awakening the inner fire, as well as protecting one from danger. A symbol of hope, it will support one through emotional turmoil, assisting in the release of the past.

Blue Opal is the ultimate stone for granting wishes of all forms. It will assist one in energy the world of fae (fairies) and allow one to see beyond the immediate physical realities so one may be open to the wonders within nature and life.

Blue Green Opal is said to open one to new impressions as well as encouraging openness in others; helping one to observe the world through clearer vision, while alleviating emotional burdens. Facilitating the facing of one’s future with a tranquil and self healing nature.

Green Opal is said to be beneficial for cleansing and rejuvenating one’s emotional self and in recovering of such. Assisting in relationships, it has the ability to properly filter information, giving one a stronger meaning to day to day life, and bringing about a clearer spiritual perspective.

Pink Opal assists one in feeling centered, as well as aiding one to open and activate pathways to clairvoyance. The most helpful Opal in assisting with headaches brought upon by the blockage of the Third Eye.

Pink Peruvian Opal is said to be quite vibrant and stimulating regardless of it’s soft and gentle coloring.  Raising one’s spirits, elevating one’s mood. Creating a sort of euphoric feeling, not the type that one might lose thought and time, but one that will attune to the natural pulse of love, which brings about the change in attitude, mood and mind. Showing one balance and attunement, understanding of the yin-yang importance.

Black Opal has been told to enhance sexual attractiveness, transforming the fears that hold one back into optimism and eagerness to live one’s life. It will assist in reaching a higher spiritual experience, as well as being one of the strongest good luck stones.

Healing Properties

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Opals are commonly known to strengthen the will to live, and appreciate one’s life living it to the fullest. Linked to the heart and said to stimulate the glands, regulating the metabolism, Opal has beneficial effects on the human psyche.

White Opal is said to greatly increase general productivity through activating the necessary glands, regularizing one’s biorhythms so that wearing one may avoid discordant energies that may lead to uncontrolled behavior.  Harmonizes desire, restores pleasure to eating which alleviates many food disorders.

Fire Opal is said to support one through life’s emotional turmoil, allowing one to release and let go of negative portions of the past. Resonating with the lower back and abdomen as well as the triple burner meridian. Healing kidneys, intestines, and balancing the adrenals preventing physical burnout. The Fire Opal may also be used for warming and re-energizing in general, as well as stimulating the sexual organs.

Blue Opal is known as an emotional soother that assists one to realign to one’s spiritual purpose. It has been found quite useful when experiences from past lives are affecting one’s present life.

Blue-Green Opal is used to detoxify and regenerate the liver as well as feelings of constriction of the heart and chest in general.

Green Opal strengthens the immune systems to assist in alleviating colds and flu.

Pink Opal is told to be particularly helpful in healing headaches caused by the Third Eye Chakra, promotes tissue regeneration, healing blood disorders, muscle tension, and menopausal symptoms as well.

Black/Brown/Grey Opals are particularly useful for releasing the sexual tension that arises due to an emotional situation, as well as for processing and integrating newly discovered or released emotions one needs to deal with. Black is said to absorb pain and/or illness replacing the pain with loving gentle feelings.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Projective & Receptive
Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Planet: Mercury
Powers: Astral Projection, Power & Psychicism
Candle Color: Silver

The Opal contains all of the colors, and properties of most all other gemstones. And as such, an Opal may be programmed or charged with virtually any and every type of energy used in any and all spells and magical needs.

Worn to facilitate and protection during astral projection, used for past incarnation recall, and favored to develop psychic powers.

Fire Opals are used quite frequently in spells to draw money. Effective in use for rituals to increase passion in a current relationship. Helpful not only working with the fire element spirits, but with channeling all four element spirits in a positive way.

Black Opals are often prized by practitioners as strong power stones. In recent times, the Black Opal being used as a God stone, and the white as a Goddess Stone. The Black Opal is said to amplify power magically, and as an amulet, to attract good fortune.

All Opals are universally considered luck attracting stones.  Please beware that Opals are extremely sensitive to the vibrations of the bearer and will project those vibrations. Which makes Opal a wonderful stone for manifestation, yet negative energies may also be projected with the same amount of power. So if one is feeling negative in any way, avoid all Opals.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Cancer, Libra, Pieces and Scorpio

Associations:  Mercury

Birthstone: Modern & Ayurvedic Birthstone of October, Mystical Birthstone for April, and Anniversary Stone for the 14th Year.

Chakra Properties

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Due to all of the colors contained in this stone, it may be used to work on any and all of the chakras. Specifically speaking though:

Blue resonates with the 5th, Throat Chakra and may assist and enhance communication, especially that has been suppressed through lack of self confidence.

Rainbow Blue Opal gently cleanses and energizes all of the chakras.

Pink will aid in cleansing and activating the 1st, Root and 2nd Sacral/Navel Chakras.  It will promote a sense of well being and centeredness.  It may be particularly helpful in healing headaches that are caused by a blocked or unopened 6th Chakra.

Black, Brown, Grey resonates with the 2nd, Sacral/Navel Chakra as well as the reproductive organs. May be used with Fluorite to cleanse the aura and prevent cording.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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