Opal: The stone of hope

“Now the melancholy god protect thee, and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal”- Twelfth Night, Act 2 Scene 4

This year, I’ve chosen to wear a Blue Opal to guide me through 2013. It is not my usual stone of choice, so completely different from the Lapis Lazuli I’m continually drawn to.

Opals are a water-based stone and as an air sign, it’s not the most compatible thing to have handing around my neck. It’s fascinating that they were appreciated by the Romans in 200BC. The Ancient Greeks believed the stones to be the joyous tears of Zeus. The Arabians believed that the stones had fallen from the heavens, the Asians believed it would provide great hope and in medieval times, Opal was said to possess the power of making the wearer invisible and enhancing intuition.

The reason why I think I’m drawn to the Opal is because of its properties, which I feel are something I need to enhance- especially through during such a turbulent period of my life. The properties are:

  • SoMy Stone of Hopeothing unpredictable emotions
  • Personal courage
  • Enhances the ability to communicate what is in my heart
  • Prevents self-sabotage
  • Promotes introspection
  • Sparks imagination
  • Awakens intuition
  • Enhances clairvoyance
  • Assists in transitions
  • Persistence

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