CRYSTALS & THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES
PRECIOUS OPAL OVERVIEW
The name Opal is derived from the Latin opalus and the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone.’
In Roman civilisation, Opal was linked with good luck and hope. The belief in France that Opal could render its wearer invisible, allowing him or her to steal without being caught, may have been the beginning of Opal’s negative associations. An Australian legend reports that a gigantic Opal governs the stars, human love and the gold within the mines.
Australia produces 97% of the worlds opal, but deposits of opal have been found in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and the USA.
Precious opal is formed by a secondary processes through the solidification of silicic acid gel by, loss of water. The silicic acid in the gel forms tiny silicon dioxide globules between which up to 2% water and gas still remain enclosed. It is the bending of light by these globules that gives the opal its wonderful colourful play of colour. It shows a variety of flashing colours called fire or opalescence. The fire appears as flecks or sparkles of vivid colours floating on top of the background.
The three basic types of precious opal are boulder, black and white.
Boulder opal forms on ironstone boulders in Queensland. This type of opal is often cut with the ironstone left on the back, as the opal seam is usually quite thin. Leaving the ironstone on the back means that boulder opal can be very dark and beautiful in colour. The opal forms within the cavities of the boulders in both vertical and horizontal cracks. Boulders vary in shape and size, from as small as a pea, to as big as a family car. Boulder Opal has a tendency to cleave; when cleaved the "split" leaves two faces of opal, with a naturally polished face.
Black opal is characterised by a dark body tone causing brightness of colour which is unmatched by lighter opals. Black Opals are usually mined in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, and are the most famous, and sought-after type of opal. The term 'black opal' does not mean that the stone is completely black (a common mistake), it simply means the stone has a dark body tone in comparison to a white opal.
White Opal - Also known as 'milky opal', white opal features light white body tones, and is mined in South Australia. White opal is more common and because of its body tone, generally does not show the colour as well as black opal. Nevertheless, white opals can still be absolutely magnificent in colour if a good quality stone is found.
Boulder opal is a mix of precious opal generally blue with the ironstone host rock.
Boulder opal collects and condenses energy in the Hara Line. It facilitates knowing and manifesting your life purpose. It awakens spirituality, helps in finding your path and your reason for living in this incarnation. Boulder opal releases strong bursts of propulsive energy through the Hara Line. It emits light to cleanse, heal, repair, open and awaken your Hara Line. Boulder opal helps spiritual evolution and ascension. It will get you moving to carry on with your life.
This precious opal gives you the will to live a full and happy life. It aids a positive disposition toward life; reduces anxiety and depression. Black opal helps you accept and overcome difficult situations. Physically black opal stimulates internal and mental cleansing processes. It has a regenerative effect after illness.
White or milk opal helps you become more open minded to situations. It will aid you in accepting and appreciating yourself and others just as you are. White opal enhances your communication skills and encourages companionship with others. Physically white opal stimulates the lymph, kidneys and bladder.
IMAGES OF PRECIOUS OPAL'S COLOUR RANGE
OPAL And physical health
Opal has a generally health enhancing effect because it strengthens the will to live. Opal is beneficial for the health or your eyes, kidneys and skin. This stone is helpful if you are challenged by dehydration or water retention. Use it to balance your body's water content. This is a good stone for those who work in or around water, such as a physical therapist who employs hydrotherapy.
Opal strengthens the will to live. It treats Parkinson's disease, infections and fevers. Opal strengthens your memory, purifies the blood and kidneys. It regulates insulin, eases childbirth and alleviates PMS (use the dark colours for this). Opal is beneficial to the eyes, especially as crystal water.
OPAL and your feelings
Opal strengthens desire, erotism and sexuality. It makes us emotional, seductive, unconventional, in love with life and enhances optimism.
If you have been emotional or on the verge of tears, other peoples energy is affecting your wellbeing. If you are a highly sensitive person find solace in water, have a bath, a swim, or walk along the waters edge to help clear away energy that isn't yours and replenish your energy field.
The high water content of opal assists you to shift your emotions through to self awareness. This stone also helps protect you from too easily absorbing other people's energy, feelings, or thoughts. Because opal produces its colours through interference and diffraction, allow this stone to run interference for you when encountering challenging people, places or things that affect your emotions or hurt your feelings.
Opal stimulates originality and dynamic creativity, it helps in accessing and expressing your true self. Opal is absorbent and reflective. It picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them and then sends them back. Opal is a karmic stone sending you the message "what you put out here comes back to you three fold". It is a protective stone, if you program it correctly you will become invisible and unnoticeable to others.
Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal can act as an emotional stabiliser, but the stone may scatter energy and the user needs to be well centred before using opal to explore or induce feelings, or to have other stones standing by to help integration. Opal shows you what your emotional state has been in the past and teaches you how to take responsibility for how you are feeling now. It encourages you to send out positive emotions. Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity to you but it may also increase fickleness if the person is inclined that way in the first place. Opals are used to send healing to the earth's energy field, repairing depletions and re-energising and stabilising the grid.
OPAL and the mind
Opal makes us light hearted, sometimes even a little light headed. It encourages spontaneity, poetry and an interest in the arts of the Muses. Opals are supportive when encountering mental obstacles. Use this stone to gain the perspective needed to make the shift from distraction to action. Opal amplifies traits and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It increases self-worth, helps you to understand your full potential.
OPAL and the SPIRIT
Opal bestows joy in your worldly life. It draws out attention to the more colourful sides of life and awakens the desire for variety and distraction. The watery vibration of opal makes this stone a perfect tool for connecting with the devic forces of water, including all the devas of the undine family of which merfolk and water sprites are but a few. Connect with opal's energy to assist in interspecies communication with dolphins and whales for expanded spiritual awareness. Ancient greeks believed the opal had the power of giving foresight and the light of prophecy to its owner.
Opal is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions.
COMMON OPAL OVERVIEW
Common opal has the same chemical composition as quartz (silicon dioxide but also contains 1 to 2 percent water and is not crystallised. it is transparent to semi opaque and occurs in veins or nodules inside cavities or cracks in silica rich rocks.
Common Opal may be any of several different colours, but it is generally opaque and does not show any of the play of colour exhibited by precious opal. Common Opal is found in many locations, but the best Pink and Blue specimens are found in Peru.
Common Opal vibrates at a lower frequency and gentler intensity than the precious opals, and this enhances its calming and soothing effects on the emotional body. Common Opal in all of its colours is a stone of gentle energies. It is well suited for sensitive people who are easily overwhelmed by more powerful stones, or for those who are overburdened with stress and need stones that will help them relax. Each colour, of course, offers a somewhat different emphasis.
It is grounding for the emotional body and is an excellent stone to alleviate worry, chronic stress, and depression.
It has a palette of colours including white, brown, honey, orange, blue, green and red. Common opal can also occur with dendritic inclusions.
IMAGES OF COMMON OPALS
Most blue common opals is mined in Peru, which is where it receives the trade name Blue Peruvian Opal.
Blue Opal helps calm respiratory inflammation and can be of assistance in instances of chronic cough due to asthma, lung damage or allergies. It can help relieve inflammation, as well as eczema or psoriasis.
Blue Opal aids in surrendering to Divine Will and releasing resistance to one’s spiritual path. It assists one in finding calm understanding of difficult life experiences from the past and can help one to joyfully embrace the future.
Blue Opal promotes a calm and centred mind. It can facilitate contemplative prayer and meditation by allowing one to be a witness of, rather than a participant in the mind’s activities. Blue Opal can assist in the retention of knowledge and is an excellent stone for students. It promotes inner growth and transitions. This stone eases grief and loss and will help you achieve inner peace.
Blue Opal facilitates spiritual understanding. It can help one to accept and follow spiritual guidance without ego resistance.
Blue opal helps with earth awareness and healing. It encourages compassion for the planet and all that lives.
Chrysopal is a teal coloured opal that is formed by a sedimentary process from silicic acid gel, containing copper that has solidified by losing water.
Chrysopal is mined in Greece and the USA.
Chrysopal encourages the regenerative power of the liver, has a detoxifying effect and lowers temperature. It liberates the heart and chest of feelings of constriction.
Chrysopal liberates your feelings. It helps to allow grief to run its normal course and to get rid of emotional burdens by having a good cry. Chrysopal has a mood lifting effect and transmits a pleasant exciting feeling for life. It helps with a lack of courage and stimulates a child like curiosity that sees the whole world as a huge adventure.
Chrysopal stimulates you to observe the world with astonished eyes and to appreciate the wonder of life.
Chrysopal assists you in being more open to new impressions. It makes you open to meeting and assisting other people. This stone encourages community experiences. Chrysopal instills enthusiasm into your life.
Fire Opal is named after its vivid orange colour. Fire opal is composed of hydrous silica, often coloured by iron and aluminium. Fire opal is transparent, to translucent. Sometimes there will be flecks of fire visible in the stone or a slight iridescence.The most significant sources of Fire Opal are in Mexico, but deposits have also been found in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Turkey, Australia and the United States.
Fire Opal is excellent to use for fertility issues for both men and women. It is useful in instances of chronic fatigue and in situations where hormonal imbalance creates menstrual problems. This stone stimulates the sexual organs and activates the adrenal glands. Fire opal works with the abdomen and lower back. It heals the intestines and kidneys.
Fire Opal assists in overcoming shyness, fear of taking action and defeatist thinking. It can help you become more optimistic, socially outgoing and confident in yourself and your abilities. It brings an energy of playfulness and curiosity into your life. This stone makes you feel lively, open and ready to take risks. It awakens us, lifts the spirits and brings cheerfulness, enthusiasm and enjoyment of your sexuality. Occasionally, fire opal makes you a little explosive, so that bottled up emotions are suddenly and violently discharged.
Fire opal you to initiate things. It shakes you out of the habit of thinking too long, it makes you quick on the uptake and stimulates action. With fire opal your thought processes are determined by emotion and outbursts may occur when we are challenged.
Fire opal bestows dynamism, initiative and new ideas. It awakens the inner fire, helping you to accomplish much more to a short time and to fire others with enthusiasm. This stone makes you spontaneous and impulsive.
Fire Opal can assist you in experiencing complete spiritual abandon to the frequency of creative energy that flows throughout the Universe. Its energy promotes artistic creativity, manifestation from the etheric, sexual enjoyment, fertility and physical energy.
Green opal is formed by a sedimentary process from silicic acid gel, containing iron and nickel that has solidified by losing water. The inclusions of the iron an nickel give this stone its beautiful bright green colour. Green opal is mined in Mexico.
Green opal is a strong detoxifying stone. It stimulates the body fluids, the liver and kidneys and the functioning of the gonads and ovaries.
This stone encourages recovery, relaxation and regeneration following exhaustion brought on by strenuous mental activity. It will liberate you from fear, and feelings of guilt and helps you to sleep peacefully.
Green opal helps with orientation problems. It encourages the ability to select and to filter out intuitively the most important facts from a confusing profusion of information.
This stone helps you to find new perspectives on life. It makes it possible to see a meaning in everyday life or to give life a meaning.
WATER OPAL is a variety of Hyalite Opal that does not exhibit a "play-of-colour," does not have a base colour, and does not have a body colour like most common opals. But this material is still opal.
Water opal is a colourless, water-clear opal with a strong sheen. This stone is a wonderful stone for scrying. Its watery depths stimulate connection with the spirit realm. It is a mood stabiliser and connects the base chakra with the crown. It enhances the meditative experience. Water opal helps those making the transition out of the body. It teaches that the body is a temporary vessel for the soul.
JELLY OPAL is a variety of hyalite opal that is translucent white with a sheen. It owes its name to its “gelatinous” appearance. This stone has a sheen that appears to follow a light source around. The jelly opal variety is usually found in Oregon or Mexico.
Jelly opal is considered to be a comforting stone. Wearing it, keeping near and/or meditating with it is believed to improve communication skills and bring to light solutions in the face of difficulty. Jelly opal is also believed to sharpen the connection between soul group members, restore cellular memory, help to separate personal feelings from psychic impressions, strengthen boundaries, and ease you into feeling secure in your own right.
Jelly opal helps increase your instinct of survival and will let you know when to retreat from a dangerous situation. It clarifies your emotions. This stone is ideal for you when you need to be in the right place at the right time. Jelly opal will enhance your ability to recognise and express your inner needs to others. Physically jelly opal enhances the water balance in your body, fortifies the eyes, ears; sense of smell and taste.
This is a surprisingly clear type of opal which often has a bluish tinge and which sometimes displays flashes of pink or yellow within, after it has been faceted. These flashes are not the same as opalescent ‘fire,’ but they can be quite beautiful in a well-cut stone.
Oregon Opal can be used for all imbalances of the kidneys, including kidney infection, bed-wetting, and difficult or painful urination due to kidney stones.
Oregon Opal brings a sense of joy and excitement to one’s emotional body. It helps one overcome negative self-talk and the hopelessness it creates. Oregon opal heals and releases past emotional traumas from this life and past lives. It cleanses and heals the emotional body and etheric double aura envelope. Oregon opal promotes positive nurturing and self nurturing, it releases and relieves emotional hurts. This stone returns and heals lost soul fragments during healing. Oregon opal supports your imagination, childlike vulnerability, joyful rediscovery of self, positivism and peace.
Oregon Opal teaches one the joy of pursuing one’s dreams and desires, even if they do not manifest. It is a stone of process and exploration, as opposed to acquisition and completion. It can help one enjoy the processes of life, growth and experience.
Owyhee (pronounced Oh-WAH-hee) Blue Opal is a new variety of Opal, discovered in eastern Oregon in 2003. It is characterised by a rich blue colour, similar in shade to fine Blue Chalcedony. Its name is derived from the location where it was found, near the sacred Indian springs of Owyhee, Oregon.
Owyhee Blue Opal is useful for throat imbalances, including inflammations caused by viral or bacterial infection, overuse of the vocal cords or exposure to smoke. It is mildly cooling to other inflammations in the body as well.
Owyhee Blue Opal assists one in being fearless, not fearless in the sense of reckless but, rather, fearless with grace and a sense of centre. It helps you do what must be done without failing prey to fears, suppositions or fantasies about what might go wrong. It can help you become focused and remain focused throughout a task.
This stone is generally stimulating to the third-eye and throat chakras, which can help channels, mediums, psychics and teachers communicate higher guidance through speech and sound.
Owyhee Blue Opal is a wonderful companion for speakers and singers. Its energy helps you find the right words or sounds to communicate your true meaning.
They are ideal for learning to see and interact with spirit guides and can assist you in intuitively understanding the visual symbolism such guides often employ.
Most pink common opal is mined in Peru, which is where it receives the trade name Peruvian or Andean Pink Opal.
Pink opal promotes unconditional love, encourages compassion for all that lives, aids healers who manifest or feel others pain in their body of emotions. This stone heals trauma held in the emotional or physical body, aids emotional body healing and heart healing, heals grief and loss. It promotes inner peace. Pink Opal clears and calms the heart and brings a sense of peace and tranquility to one’s aura. It is excellent for children who have difficulty sleeping or tend to have nightmares.
Pink Opal directly soothes the heart and can be useful in instances of erratic or irregular heartbeat. It supports the lungs and the utilisation of oxygen by the body. This stone assists in the healing of children, animals, very old or chronically sick people, skin irritations, dryness or cracking skin, eyesight, heart, low blood sugar and diabetes.
Pink Opal can help those who have excessive fear, worry or anxiousness. It is useful in dissipating stress and allowing one to become more emotionally centred and calm. This is a very calming stone for children and adults who are overwhelmed by life and also for timid animals you have adopted.
Pink Opal brings peace and release to the heart, allowing you to discharge past trauma, tension and stress. It can be used to keep a connection to the angelic realms open and clear.
This stone was only discovered in 2011 and at this time hasn't been officially registered. So, it has many names such as Violet Flame Opal, Morado Opal, Purple Opal or Opal Royale.
Violet flame opal is a purple and white common opal that is formed by a sedimentary process from silicic acid gel, that has solidified by losing water. The purple colour is obtained by small amounts of fluorite in the stone. The white sections are water opal (Hyalite), this stone has a higher water content than other opals at about 3 - 4% and minor amounts of silica. This stone can only be found in central Mexico.
This stone helps to activate and focus awareness at the crown chakra and the third eye, aiding in the initiation of visionary experience. Perhaps the most significant quality of Violet Flame Opal is its capacity to cleanse and purify the etheric body and the cellular energy matrix. Its vibrations bring deep harmony to these areas, and they dissolve any negative attachments or inner constrictions. They ‘smooth out’ the waveforms of the emotional, etheric and mental bodies, instilling a harmonious accord among them.
Violet Flame Opal facilitates the release of stress, allowing the body to be guided by its innate inner wisdom.
This stone brings emotional harmony to the cells, as well as all levels of the etheric body.
Violet Flame Opal is a stone of profound spiritual purification. It can cleanse and purify the etheric body and the cellular energy matrix, and enhance one’s connection with angelic beings. It also stimulates visionary experience.
White Opal is a wonderful stone for those recovering from all types of abuse. It helps to illuminating densities in the body and can assist in the dispersal of fibroids and various kinds of cysts. White opal stimulates the lymph flow, kidneys, bladder and it regulates the water in the body. This stone assists with fertility and pregnancy, to act as an aid in labour and to soothe mother and child in the post natal phase, it will help feeding difficulties particularly mastitis. White opal helps with all breast problems in women of any age, cell regeneration, mucous membranes, coughs, lung congestion, skin, fluid imbalances and hormone. This stone will calm and strengthen the mind to reduce the effects of Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia especially in women.
White Opal soothes the emotional body and promotes a positive outlook. It makes you more accommodating toward others, it help you accept yourself as your are and accept others. Helps with communication and companionship. It facilitates the clearing and releasing of negative behaviours and patterns.
White opal helps you to have an open mind and not make rash judgements.
White opal will assist in overcoming fears of childbirth that prevent a woman from trying to have a baby, an overwhelming fear during pregnancy and early months of a baby's life about infant mortality, or disability especially if there were problems with an earlier pregnancy.
White Opal helps to clarify, calm and focus the mind so that more subtle spiritual signals can be received and processed. It is a general enhancer of psychic information.
White opal opens and amplifies the energy of all the Kundalini chakras, fills the Kundalini line with colour and light. It raises Kundalini energy from the base to the crown chakra. White opal increases spiritual awareness and facilitates your spiritual initiation.
Yellow Opal is a hydrated-silica material that is composed of submicroscopic silica spheres bonded with water and additional silica. This variety of Opal that does not exhibit fire. Its colour, however, is quite vivid and relatively unique among Opals. These yellow stones are found in Madagascar and can assist you in developing your inner capacities such as telepathy, clairvoyance, empathy, prophecy and other ‘psychic’ abilities.
Yellow Opal supports the immune system through calming the body and diminishing the effects of stress. It can help you recall and dispel past-life issues associated with current physical problems. Yellow opal assists in healing gallstones and kidney stones, infections, absorption problems, out of balance appetite, chronic exhaustion, Parkinson's disease, memory, insulin regulation, diabetes, ease childbirth and encourage the natural onset of labour, correct eye problems and is a general energiser.
Yellow Opal helps you to heal the emotional body, and to develop an integrated mental/emotional awareness. This stone increases happiness and makes most situations feel better; therefore creating the impetus to actively seek positive solutions and encouraging the will to live.
Yellow Opal can facilitate access to awareness of ancient consciousness and memory. It enhances all types of empathic and clairvoyant abilities.
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