OPALS ARE LUCKY
All the evidence demonstrates that throughout history opal has been regarded as the stone of good fortune.
In this century, however, it has been suggested by some that opals are an unlucky stone, this is based upon a misunderstanding:-
“There can be little doubt that much of the modern superstition regarding the supposed unlucky quality of the opal owes its origin to a careless rending of Sir Walter Scott’s novel. ‘Anne of Geierstein’. The wonderful tale……..contains nothing to indicate that Scott really meant to represent opal as unlucky.”
(The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, by George F. Kunz)
In Roman times the gem was carried as a good luck charm or talisman, as it was believed that the gem, like the rainbow, brought its owner good fortune. It was also referred to as the “Cupid stone” because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love.
In the 7th century it was believed that opals possessed magical properties and centuries later Shakespeare was attributed with the description of opal as “that miracle and queen of gems”.
The Arabs believed that they fell from the sky and the Orientals referred to them as “the anchor of hope”. Lucky opal – the stone of hope, the birthstone of October.
MAGICAL QUALITIES OF OPAL
Opals are very powerful in ritual magic. Since a quality opal contains every color of every other birthstone, it can be used or charged with all the energies and powers of the other stones combined and can be used in place of any birthstone for spells, rituals or other magical needs. Opals have been linked to invisibility and astral projection and have been used to recall past lives (each colour supposedly represents a past life).
OPAL AND HEALING
It has reputed healing properties, especially to increase mental capacities such as creative imagination and other unused powers of the mind.