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The Magic of Rocks and Stones



By Pari 

Opal, a Water and Fire stone and the birthstone for October, can be quite a useful and valuable tool to use at Samhain, not to mention throughout the long winter months.  It is a stone of "happy dreams and changes", a stone of communion, revelation and vision, and a bringer of love and understanding.  And so, as we move solidly into the realm of Autumn and prepare for all the changes that Winter brings (just as those in the Southern Hemisphere are welcoming the change to Spring and looking forward to Summer), and as we seek to reunite with the Old Ones and family and friends beyond, let Opal be our guide! 

A very interestingly structured stone, Opal is actually a hydrated Quartz containing minute spheres of silica and oxygen bonded by up to 10% water within its form.  For this reason, Opal is considered a mineraloid and not truly crystalline.  But a precious stone it is!  In fact, the name Opal derives from the Greek "opalios" meaning "all-seeing gem" and earlier from the Sanskrit word "upala" meaning "precious stone".  This beautiful but sometimes brittle gemstone has been well sought after for centuries, especially what they call the Precious White or Black varieties.  Unlike Common Opal whose tiny internal spheres are unorganized, the Precious varieties contain fiery flashes of color due to various wavelengths of diffracted light emanating from their own internal spheres which are stacked and uniform!  These flashes are called "fire" and appear in bright confetti-like hues of blue, red, pink, yellow, orange, green and purple in varying combinations.  The Ancients, though, believed that Precious Opal came into its true being when the Storm God, jealous of the beauty of the Rainbow God, shattered the rainbow to bits which then fell to the earth and were captured within the Opals.  

Perhaps because of its association with the beauteous Rainbow God, Precious Opal is believed to give its wearer an incredible charisma and charm.  It is said to increase and enhance our personal power and self-esteem and help us to take assertive action whenever needed.  All Opal can alleviate shyness, timidity and dispel lackadaisical attitudes, creating a joyful atmosphere during exploration and acknowledgement of the Higher Self and other realms. 

These silky and milky translucent opalescent stones were revered by ancient Romans who mined them in the area of what is now the Czech Republic.  The early Aztecs mined the Mexican lands as did the Spanish Conquistadors who brought Opal back to Europe with them.  Today, 90% of Opals come from Australia (the most beautiful fiery black variety found in New South Wales, and other precious varieties hailing from South Australia and Queensland), with other significant sources being the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Peru and Chile.  Opal deposits occur in masses, veins, nodules, stalactites, and at times within petrified wood.  Its environment is either volcanic, deposited from hot springs, or in sediments. 


Aside from the Precious Opals of either black or white, there are many other colors and kinds of Opal, including the more common Pink Opal, Blue Opal, White Opal (containing no fire), and Brown, Black or Clear Opal.  There is also an orange variety called Fire Opal, clear Oregon Opal and Water Opal, Andean Opal with a pattern of swirling colors, brown Boulder Opal with or without fire, Cherry Opal, and a "jelly" type Opal exhibiting a gelatinous blue color.  There are many synthetic Opals on the market, so care should be taken when opting to buy the real thing. 

Magically, Black Opals open up our Third Eye, allowing for our own flashes of clear insight and revelation to spring forth.  It can help us peer into the true heart of another.  Just as the Australian Aborigines and Native American shamans used Opal to invoke visions during Dreamtime ceremonies and vision quests respectively, so too can we use this powerful stone during Astral travel, for accessing vital past-life information, meditation, trance work or divination.  Metaphysically, Black Opals encourage a stronger connection to the spirit world, helping us to more fully experience the Divine and bringing us to a welcomed state of high spirituality.  Often used in Tantric sex, this Opal helps one achieve a divine and extremely connected sexual experience - one that takes us beyond the ego so that we can more fully merge with the cosmos.  Opals, of any kind, activate matters of the heart by promoting love, loyalty, attraction and the fiery passion that comes when those three traits are combined.  It can be quite an exciting and explosive stone!  

Precious White Opal does much the same as the Black, but is known to help diminish any anger, fear or negative emotions.  It helps us release old patterns that no longer serve us, and then sweetly pushes us along to welcome in the new and improved path or relationship it has attracted to us.  In ancient France, it was believed that Opals could make one "invisible" and thus help one steal - a quality that most likely played a part in giving Opals a bad reputation back then for being "unlucky".  But this characteristic of "invisibility" - what I call donning an "invisibility cloak" - can be used for much better purposes.  It can allow us to more stealthily move through situations or times when we wish not to be noticed, and it can also allow us to move more readily between realms. 

Additional properties of various other types of Opal are: 

~ Common White Opal brings productivity and helps us to get things accomplished efficiently. It calms and soothes the emotions. 

~ Pink Opal heals emotional trauma and allows love to flourish once again. 

~ Boulder Opal helps us wade through any "muddy" areas of our lives.  

~ Boulder Matrix Fire Opal, so named because it is found within the fissures of massive boulders and contains brilliant flashes of light refracted colors of the highest intensity of all the Opals, is noted for helping us know what we truly desire and, in turn, bestows us with a greater creativity, inspiration and intuition on how to go about attaining it. 


 Pink Opal  -  Boulder Opal  -  Fire Opal 

~ Orange Fire Opal enhances sexuality and heightens passion. 

~ Blue Opal gives us the courage to voice what we desire. 

~ Gray or clear Opal helps bring about the "invisibility" factor. 

~ Jelly Opal releases our resistance to going with the flow. 


Blue Opal  -  Gray Opal  -  Jelly Opal 

Physically, all Opals help stimulate circulation and purify the blood, help clear and strengthen eyesight, keep kidneys healthy, and help break up infections in the body and move them more quickly through the system. 

Opal is associated with the astrological sign of Libra, but also with Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio.  It is medium hard as stones go, registering between 5.5 and 6.5 on the Mohs Scale, and is best cleansed under softly running water or under the light of the Moon.  It is important to keep Opals out of sunlight where their water content can dry out and cause cracking or loss of iridescence.  In the Northern Hemisphere where sunlight has now waned, it is time to work with Opal! 

As brightly colored Autumn leaves herald change, so do the flashes of color in this precious opalescent and iridescent gemstone.  And as those sudden colors are revealed within the cloudy matrix of Opal, the veil is pierced.  With the veil thinnest now... 

...a blessed Samhain and a happy reunion to all! 

With Opal fire to shine the way, we sing a joyous tune,

As we dance with those who've gone before, under the opalescent Moon.


The Book of Stones, Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian

Love Is In the Earth, Melody

Opal, itself.

All photos by Patricia J. Martin


First published in The Controversial Cauldron - the group newsletter of Email Witches

 07th October 2009  ©  Patricia J. Martin


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Rituals contributed by Crone:  Samhain / YuleImbolcOstara /  BeltaneLithaLammasMabon




Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron MagickMirror Gazing




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In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar.  For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following:  Birch /  Rowan / Ash /  Alder /  Willow /  Hawthorn /  Oak /  Holly /  Hazel /  Vine /  Ivy /  Reed /  ElderAlso see:  The Willow Tree (Folk Music)


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 Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:   / Apophyllite  / Amber AmethystAquamarineAragoniteAventurineBlack TourmalineBloodstoneCalciteCarnelianCelestiteCitrineChrysanthemum StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / FluoriteGarnet /  Hematite Herkimer DiamondLabradoriteLapis LazuliMalachiteMoonstoneObsidianOpalPyriteQuartz (Rock Crystal)Rose QuartzRubySeleniteSeraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodaliteSunstoneThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble




Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakeningThe Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods


Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:


Murder by WitchcraftThe Fairy Witch of ClonmelA Battleship, U-boat, and a WitchThe Troll-Tear (A story for Children)Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife /  The Story of Jack-O-LanternThe Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) /  The Two Brothers - Light and Dark


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Abramelin the MageAgrippaAidan A. KellyAlbertus Magnus “Albert the Great”Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” Alison HarlowAmber KAnna Franklin /  Anodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey  / Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite Austin Osman SpareBiddy EarlyBridget ClearyCarl Llewellyn WeschckeCecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey LelandCharles Walton /  Christina Oakley Harrington /  Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) /   Dion FortuneDolores Aschroft-NowickiDorothy MorrisonDoreen ValienteEdward FitchEleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” /  Dr. John Dee and Edward KellyDr. Leo Louis Martello /  Eliphas LeviErnest Thompson Seton /  Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry /  Fiona Horne /  Friedrich von SpeeFrancis Barrett /  Gerald B. GardnerGavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca /  Gwydion PendderwenHans Holzer /  Helen DuncanHerman Slater "Horrible Herman" /  Israel RegardieJames "Cunning" MurrellJanet Farrar & Gavin BoneJessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne John George Hohman /  John GerardJohn Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) /  John Michael Greer /  John ScoreJohannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg /  Joseph John Campbell /  Karl von EckartshausenLaurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis Spence /  Margaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMarie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMatthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General”Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata /  Monique Wilson the “Queen of the WitchesMontague SummersNicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellersMrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-RavenheartOld Dorothy ClutterbuckOld George Pickingill /   Paddy SladePamela Colman-SmithParacelsusPatricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPhilip Emmons Isaac Bonewits Philip HeseltonRaymond BucklandReginald ScotRobert CochraneRobert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /  Rudolf Steiner /  Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” /  Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & DruidsSabrina - The Ink WitchScott CunninghamSelena FoxSilver Ravenwolf /  Sir Francis DashwoodSir James George FrazerS.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” /  StarhawkStewart FarrarSybil LeekTed AndrewsThe Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather /  Thomas AdyVera Chapman /  Victor Henry AndersonVivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna Budapest



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