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Most historians believe that the name “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word “upala”, meaning “precious stone”. Still, other historians argue that it actually was named after the wife of Saturn and goddess of fertility, Ops. Ops also meant wealth, abundance, and providence to the Romans.
Opal is hydrated silicon dioxide. It is created when microscopic silicon is mixed with water, sometimes containing small amounts of crystal like cristobalite and tridymite. Opal itself forms no crystals and has no crystalline structure. It also has no definite chemical composition since it can form even when mixed with small amounts of crystals so it is not considered an actual mineral.
After the microscopic silicon and water mix together, they form a gelatinous mixture which seeps in between the cracks of underground rocks. Once the water eventually evaporates from the mixture, solid opal is left behind. On rare occasions, opals will seep into the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and trunks of trees.
Opal was considered by the whole ancient world to be one of the most bewitching and mysterious gems. In the Middle Ages, opal was referred to as The Eye Stone, because of the belief that it improved the health of eyes. It was also believed to enhance one’s beauty. Peruvians considered opal to be a gift from the earliest-known Inca goddess Pachamama. Milky and cloudy opals were thought to be the milk drops of goddesses in a number of ancient cultures. The Native Americans of Oregon believed that opals allowed them to get in touch with their spiritual guides.
During the 19th century, opal was seen as bad luck thanks to a novel published by Sir Walter Scott, where the main character meets her demise after Holy Water is splashed upon her opal jewelry. Many jewelers also considered the stone to be bad luck simply becasue it was difficult to shape without cracking, and a cracked stone was considered a total loss and had to be thrown away completely. Luckily, Queen Victoria put an end to this superstition after giving both of her daughters opals on their wedding days and no harm coming to them. Even after the help of Queen Victoria, opals didn’t become particularly popular again until the 20th century.
In the metaphysical realm, different gemstones and crystals are believed to have different meanings and healing powers. Opals have always been favored throughout history as a particularly special stone due to its color.
The opal is considered to hold the fire of the human soul. It acts a kind of kaleidoscope within our souls, bringing light to the soul and reigniting old passions and dreams. It’s a karmic stone which means that it picks up emotions, magnifies them, and then sends them back to where they came from. This becomes very useful when dealing with healing from past drama, overcoming guilt, and performing deep meditation.
Opals give off a sense of security and calmness. They also ease stress and depression. They are used to reduce stressful thoughts and to help people sleep. Opal is especially useful when it comes to getting children to go to sleep. It prevents nightmares and restlessness, while also banishing imaginary friends before bedtime. Attaching an opal securely to the collar of a pet can help them remain calm during storms and while you are away from home.
Opals are great gifts for mothers and mothers-to-be because the stone resonates with the energies of the Mother Goddess. Giving a mother a new piece of opal jewelry with the birth of each child is an especially great idea and helps her stay in touch with her maternal instincts. With mothers-to-be, opal reduces the fear of childbirth and can alleviate stress both during pregnancy and during the beginning of the new baby’s life. Opal can also give great consolation to mothers who have children who have all moved away.
Opals are wonderful to have around the office or workspace. They encourage excellent service and a passion for work. They also encourage creativity and humanitarianism. Opal is a favorite among those who work in creative fields such as writers, dancers, musicians, or arts teachers. For those who don’t work in the a creative arts, opal is still great for encouraging communication among coworkers, reflection on past projects, and encourages a passion for whatever work you’re doing.
When it comes to physical health, opal is beneficial for hair, eyes, nails, and the skin. In the middle ages, it was considered a way to preserve youthful beauty and to keep blonde hair from becoming brassy. It is sometimes used in treatments to strengthen eyesight or to alleviate an eye-related disease. Opal is believed to purify the blood and kidneys while regulating insulin levels in diabetics. Thanks to its connection with the Mother Goddess, opal is also beneficial for women when it comes to alleviating any hormone-related problem such as PMS or menopause, as well as easing pain and fears in childbirth.
Please note that opals are spiritual aids to help promote healing and mentally block pain, not a replacement for medications and healthcare.
When it comes to mental health, opal is a very supportive stone, meant to heal and strengthen those who can look at themselves honestly. Opal brings up thoughts and feelings that were once buried deep so that they can be worked through. While this process may be a little intense at first, it teaches you to reflect on your own actions, learn from your own mistakes, and heal wounds caused by your own actions or guilt. Opal is also known at the “stone of happy dreams and changes” because after you’ve examined old feelings, you are finally able to relax and move forward with your life. It allows you to follow your aspirations without fear or guilt from the past and to recognize your unlimited potential.
Opal is ideal for meditation. It promotes a calm and centered mind for meditation. It allows for deep inner work while meditating and raises one’s intuition and insight. Fire opals, especially, allow for enlightenment.
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