ZODIAC: Scorpio, Cancer, Libra and Pisces
CHARACTERISTICS: Emotional healing
SCIENTIFIC: Opal is composed of a hardened silica gel bonded together with water (3 to 30 percent) and additional silica in submicroscopic pores. Opal has the same chemical composition as Quartz – silicon dioxide. The structure of Opal varies from amorphous to partially crystalline. Opal’s hardness is rated at 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Opal’s transparency ranges from transparent to semi-opaque with a vitreous luster. Opal is very widespread. There are two main types of opal: common opal and precious opal. Deposited at low temperatures from silica- bearing water especially in areas of hot springs, Common Opal, also called “Potch,” may be found as deposits in mineral veins or as nodules inside cavities or cracks of silica-rich rocks. Common Opal may be found in diatomaceous earth in the siliceous skeletons of diatoms, radiolarians, and sponges. Common Opal may also found as fossilized wood. Common Opal is usually opaque, rarely translucent, and exhibits no “fire” or “play-of-color.”
Precious Opal is the least crystalline form of the mineral. Precious Opal can only form in the undisturbed space of another rock where water has slowly evaporated over a long period of time creating a deposit of small silica spheres that form an arranged, orderly three dimensional pattern. Precious opal’s flashing colors known as "fire" or opalescence is created by the diffraction of light through these tiny, transparent silica spheres. The larger the silica spheres the greater the range of color. Common Opal comes in a variety of different colors and patterns – from honey colored to orange and red (from iron oxides), as well as blue and green. Precious Opal opalescence may be found on “backgrounds” of colorless to white, black and dark brown (from manganese oxide and organic carbon). Opal is found in Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Slovakia, Europe, and in the USA – California, Nevada, Utah and Idaho.
ATTRIBUTES: The fine energetic vibration of Opal enhances cosmic consciousness, and facilitates psychic and mystical visions. Opal’s vibratory light creates energetic pulses that move through the aura in much the same way wind currents create the tides with water – rising and falling in waves. Opal is a reflective stone, as it picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them and returns them to source. Opal is a karmic stone, teaching what you put out comes back. Opal is a protective stone, when properly programmed it may make one energetically unnoticeable or invisible. Opal may be used when venturing into dangerous places and in shamanic work where stealth is required. Opal amplifies traits, brings characteristics to the surface for transformation, enhancing one’s self worth and full potential. Opal is associated with love and passion, desires and eroticism. Opal is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal affects the rise and fall of the energy behind emotions. Opal shows what your emotional state has been in the past and other lives and teaches you to take responsibility for your emotional being and encourages positive behavior. Wearing Opal is said to bring loyalty, spontaneity, encourage actions that arise from your heart space, and strengthen your power of thought. Please choose those thoughts wisely :)
HEALING: Opal helps to strengthen the will to live. Opal may assist in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, infections, fevers and strengthens memory. Opal may assist with the purification of blood and kidneys. Opal may help to regulate insulin, ease childbirth, and alleviate PMS (dark colors). Opal may be beneficial to the eyes, especially as an elixir and can be placed on the heart, solar plexus, or worn on the little finger.
SPECIFIC TYPE AND COLORS
ANDEAN BLUE OPAL is an iridescent blue-green stone mined in the deep mountains of Peru. Andean Blue Opal connects with the Throat, Heart, Higher Heart, Third Eye Chakras and vibrates to the number 2. Andean Blue Opal activates the heart chakra while providing grounding and centering. Andean Blue Opal stimulates clairvoyance, a journeying stone stimulating relaxed receptive state, inducing mild hypnotic trance, enhancing divination and metaphysical gifts. Andean Blue Opal promotes acting for the highest good and for stimulating communication from the heart. Andean Blue Opal is a karmic healer and useful for environmental healing. Andean Blue Opal is a useful for healing old emotional wounds from this lifetime or another. Andean Blue Opal creates a sense of inner serenity through troubled times or stress. Andean Blue Opal smooths the auric field and facilitates and transmutes healing vibration to the physical body.
BLACK-BROWN-GRAY OPAL resonates with Sacral Chakra and the reproductive organs. Black-Brown Opal may be useful in releasing sexual tension that arises from an emotional state or from processing and integrating newly released emotions. Black-Brown Opal clears and strengthens, protects the emotional body and provides strength to the physical body. Black-Brown Opal acts as a general tonic for the Base and Sacral Chakras. In shamanic journeys, Black-Brown Opal acts as grounding and centering stone, providing protection during astral travel. Black-Brown Opal reinforces the emotional body and the aura preventing psychic attacks and unwanted entity attachment. Black-Brown Opal also assists in communication with nature beings. Black-Brown Opal is beneficial in strengthening weak bones, aids poor digestion and bodily elimination, and helps with the regeneration of atrophied muscles.
BLACK-PRECIOUS OPAL is a powerful stone for accessing the "voids of creation" and the "lower world" of shamanic work. A Storm element stone of death and re-birth, Black Precious Opal encourages the release of karmic patterns and receives information from alternate or past-lifetimes. Black Precious Opal is a useful crystal healing tool for soul retrieval and past-life recall. Black Precious Opal is a powerful manifestation stone. Black Precious Opal comes from Lightning Ridge region of New South Wales, Australia.
BOULDER OPAL is found geographically in the boulder opal belt between New South Wales border and Northwest Queensland, Australia. Boulder Opal forms on a dark ironstone base with thin uneven layers adhering to the ironstone. Boulder Opal is a powerful shamanic stone for facilitating journeys to the lower world. Boulder Opal can access the subconscious and unconscious and may be useful with psychotherapy or counseling work. Boulder Opal resonates with the power of Light and assists one in moving into dark places while maintaining sense of connection to the Light. Boulder Opal is an excellent healing crystal for hypnotherapists and past-life regression counselors, shamans and others. Boulder Opal is helpful in breaking densities in the body like tumors and cysts and extremely useful in spiritual and emotional healing work.
BLUE OPAL realigns one to their spiritual purpose. Blue Opal is an emotional soother and useful for past-life experiences/injuries affecting the present life as it may heal the etheric blueprint. Blue Opal promotes a calm and centered mind, facilitates meditation and assists in the retention of knowledge. Blue Opal aids with ego surrender to the Divine Will, releasing resistance to one's spiritual path. Blue Opal is an antidote to restless thoughts, inducing peaceful sleep when placed in the pillow case and may facilitate pleasant dream experiences. Blue Opal is helpful in communication and the sharing of emotional issues and experiences. Blue Opal may calm respiratory inflammation and chronic coughs due to asthma, lung damage or allergies. Blue Opal may also be helpful to balance the metabolism, assist in the assimilation of iron and in the treatment of fatigue and hair loss.
CHERRY OPAL activates clairvoyance and clairsentience and aids in cleansing and activating base and sacral chakras. Energetically, Cherry Opal may be helpful in healing headaches caused from a blocked and unopened third eye. Cherry Opal promotes tissue regeneration and heals blood disorders, muscle tension, spinal disorders and ameliorates menopausal symptoms.
CHRYSOPAL (Blue-Green) is a mood enhancing stone, opens one to new impressions and encourages openness to others. Chrysopal Opal alleviates emotional burden and help you observe the world with new eyes. Chrysopal Opal detoxifies and regenerates the liver and relieves feelings of constriction from heart and chest.
FIRE OPAL carries a frequency of ecstasy, manifestation from etheric, sexual enjoyment, fertility, physical energy and promotes artistic creativity. Fire Opal enhances personal power, awakens inner fire and protects against danger. Fire Opal is a symbol of hope. Fire Opal is also an energy amplifier and an excellent stone for business. Fire Opal magnifies thoughts and feelings and can release deep-seated feelings of grief even when these stems from other lives. Fire Opal is a wonderful stone for letting go of the past. Fire Opal stimulates the abdomen, lower back and triple burner meridian. Fire Opal may be helpful in healing intestinal issues and the kidneys, balancing the adrenal glands and helps to prevent burn-out. Fire Opal stimulates the sexual organs and is an excellent stone for re-energizing and warming.
GREEN OPAL is a cleansing and rejuvenating stone that promotes emotional recovery and aids relationships. Green Opal has the ability to filter information and reorients the mind, giving it meaning to everyday life, and brings spiritual perspective. Green Opal strengthens the immune system and alleviates colds and flu.
HYALITE OPAL (Water Opal) is a wonderful stone for scrying or divination as this stone stimulates the connection with the spiritual realms. Hyalite Opal connects the Base to the Crown Chakras, enhancing meditative experiences. Hyalite Opal is a mood stabilizer and helps those making transitions out of the body.
PINK OPAL is a wonderful stone for healing the emotions. Pink Opal clears and is calming to the heart creating a sense of peace. Pink Opal helps one to resolve pain from old wounds releasing painful memories with gentleness and compassion. Pink Opal is a helpful crystal tool for past life regressions. Pink Opal releases stress and anxiety allowing one to feel more calmed and centered. Pink Opal is helpful for those who have trouble sleeping or who have nightmares. Pink Opal facilitates open and clear communication with angelic beings. Pink Opal is soothing to the heart and may help balance an irregular heartbeat. Pink Opal supports lung function and oxygenation by the body.
WHITE OPAL may be used to purify one’s energy field as well as cleanses and balances the chakras of the etheric body. White Opal’s nurturing vibration aids in grounding Light in the aura while identifying and clearing unwanted emotional issues. White Opal promotes a positive outlook. White Opal supports the energetic connection to one’s physical body and may be a helpful tool for those recovering from abuse. White Opal may also facilitate attraction with angelic beings. White Opal helps to remove energetic blockages in the physical body and assists with the dispersal of fibroids and various types of cysts.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USE
Opal may be used to strengthen the memory and provide inspiration and creativity.
Opal may be used in vision quests to invoke “dreamtime” or for shamanic journeying.
In crystal body layouts or healing grids, Opal may help to balance the vibrations of the emotional body. Be cautious when using Opal with highly charged, erratic people as Opal may act as an additional stimuli and create further emotional upheaval. When using Opal, acknowledgment and appropriate adjustments must be made to account for the rise and fall of emotional energies within the physical and subtle bodies.
For Gaia Healing, Opal may be placed in an area of disturbed Earth energy to send healing and stabilizing vibrations to the Earth's energy field for repairing depletion and re-energizing the crystalline grid.
Note: Please be sensitive with the care of Opal. Through the aging process or if a crack occurs, Opal may lose water. The water in the Opal’s silica pattern is reason for their beautiful opalescence. It is helpful to keep Opal with moist absorbent cotton or on a Quartz cluster. Please do not store near heat as this may lead to the evaporation of water in the stone.