Stories of Stones

The Opal Report

by Katie Turpen


Taken from the Latin "Opalus" meaning "seeing jewel" the opal was said to have fallen from heaven in flashes of lightning, thus producing its multi-colored hues. The origin of the word opal is attributed to Ops the wife of Saturn and goddess of fertility. The origin is also rooted in the Greek word "opillos" which bears relation to "seeing" and "alter." The picture displays the rare Australian Boulder Opal. It is no strange coincidence that this exotic and mysterious country is home to specific gems that cause wonder and amazement.


There is much folklore/traditions surrounding the opal and its fascinating ability to bring healing, hope, and an overall improved sense of well-being to whoever wears it. Opals are associated with fidelity, assurance, and the religious acts of prayer. They are even known to prevent diseases by having a theraputic effect on the mind and eye and protect their bearer from frightening dangers like lightning. There is something mysterious and intriguing about the way this October birthstone can diffract light and display every color possilbe to the naked eye. As the colors change so does the person who is touching the opal. The ancient Orientals referred to the opal as the "anchor of hope" because of the way that it centers a person's soul.


One might find it difficult to believe that a small stone can have such powerful healing effects on the mind and body. However, natural beauty is one of the most powerful connections between the spiritual realm and us. If we allow ourselves to absorb their natural, raw wonder we may find within us inner transformation. For this reason, I encourage everyone to be open to the healing that natural stones such as the opal can provide.




(c) 2012 Katie Turpen.


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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