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OPAL: The name Opal is derived from the Latin opalus and the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone.' There are many different types of Opals that can be found around the world. Australia produces 97% of the worlds opal, but deposits of opal have been found in Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru and the USA. Their crystal structure is unlike anything else in nature, millions of tiny spheres closely packed together in an amorphous mass. Their colors and finish are so eccentric that we had to invent new words and phrases for them – opalescent, iridescent, play-of-color, opaline and many more.

 

You maybe familiar with names such as Ethiopian Welo Opal, Australian opal, Black Opal, Prewcious Opal, Boulder Opal and then the less precious kinds of Opals such as the beautiful stone, Pink Opal from Peru.

Opal is known as one of the most powerful healing stones, along with being known as the stone of Hope and Luck. For faithful lovers, this is the stone of Love. For unfaithful lovers, this stone will bring misfortune.

In the metaphysical world, Opal acts as a prism within the aura, bringing a full spectrum of Light energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of one’s earthly existence. It en-kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion. Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and stimulates flashes of intuition and insight, yet is a protective stone for deep inner work, meditations, and lower world shamanic journeys. Opals inspire creativity, inventiveness, spontaneity and self-expression. The fine energetic vibration of Opal enhances cosmic consciousness, and facilitates psychic and mystical visions. Opal’s vibratory light creates energetic pulses that move through the aura in much the same way wind currents create the tides with water – rising and falling in waves. Opal is a reflective stone, as it picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them and returns them to source. Opal is a karmic stone, teaching what you put out comes back.

 

Opal is a protective stone, when properly programmed it may make one energetically unnoticeable or invisible. Opal may be used when venturing into dangerous places and in shamanic work where stealth is required. Opal amplifies traits, brings characteristics to the surface for transformation, enhancing one’s self worth and full potential. Opal is associated with love and passion, desires and eroticism.  Opal is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Opal affects the rise and fall of the energy behind emotions. Opal shows what your emotional state has been in the past and other lives and teaches you to take responsibility for your emotional being and encourages positive behavior. Wearing Opal is said to bring loyalty, spontaneity, encourage actions that arise from your heart space, and strengthen your power of thought.

In medieval Europe, opals were known as ‘Eye stones’, such were their believed efficacy in treating the eyes. Wearing or keeping an opal meant you were resistant to all diseases of the eye and a soothing eye-wash of opal elixir was supposed to do wonders for sore eyes.

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ONYX: Onyx is a form of chalcedony, which is a micro-crystalline quartz formed in the gas cavities of lava. Its multi-layered structure is similar to that of agates. When the stone has a black base and a white upper layer, it's called onyx. (Black onyx is uniformly black chalcedony.) When the base is brown, it is called sardonyx while carnelian-onyx has a red base. A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief.

The noble Onyx is a most ancient stone, known and utilized by even the earliest civilizations for its powerful energy and somber beauty. Black onyx is associated with the base chakra and grounding in crystal healing. Onyx is a stone of happiness, good fortune and strength.

It is thought to bring strength, balance and self control. It is very good for people under extreme mental or emotional stress. This stone is a ‘must-have’ gemstone to go with when you are under difficult times or when you are having physical stress, as the black onyx healing properties can offer strength to support you. As a stone of protection, black onyx provides inner strength, aids with grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making. The stone has a very soothing quality about it that will help remove fear and release worries inside your mind. Onyx is greatly favorably for sports persons who achieve strength out of wearing it. Those who are disturbed mentally and emotionally can be benefited to a large extent with the help of this stone. Onyx brings determination, spirit and focus.

Black has been associated with regeneration and new beginnings. Black onyx is thought by some to have protective qualities, making it advantageous to carry when traveling. It is said to be useful in fighting basic fears and helping to move beyond bad relationships--as well as to heal old emotional wounds. The Romans associated onyx with courage and it is thought to be useful when one is defending him/herself against unfair criticism.

Onyx is an excellent stone for releasing negative emotions such as sorrow and grief, and therefore brings good fortune and helps in recognizing personal strength. This black colored stone helps in relaxation, and in facing various challenges in life, especially if one suffers from a lack of life energy and exhaustion. It harmonizes the physical with the spiritual and helps alleviate fears and worries as well as during periods of strong overwhelming emotions. This mineral helps us in our efforts to be balanced and in maintaining positive outlook at our life and environment. Onyx increases concentration and devotion, relieves tension especially in marital life.

On the physical level in the crystal-healing, onyx helps in healing wounds, and during times of childbirth. It can be used in treating eye and ear problems, and in cellular regeneration. It strengthens the structural systems of the bones and teeth, hair, skin and nails. It boosts general endurance and self-control. This stone is very good in grounding, as well as in elimination and/or control of excess energy.

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BLACK OBSIDIAN: Black Obsidian Stone is a powerful cleanser of psychic smog created within your aura, and is a strong psychic protection stone. Black Obsidian Stone is also an excellent aid to help you to release any negativity that your day to day life may have caused. This negativity may be present within your auric field and needs to be removed... to aid your ongoing physical, emotional and spiritual health. The black obsidian sharpness is expressed as physical property and used in various tools to cut through matter (blades, arrows, etc). The sharpness of black obsidian is also expressed as a metaphysical property.

 

This powerful stone can help cut through illusions, lies, fearful facades and blockages, etc. The amount of information that black obsidian can reveal and the intensity of this truthful energy can be overwhelming. The perfection of its black colour reveals the darkness that blocks the light in any situation and in any person. This is why the black obsidian is best used with much respect and care, especially the black obsidian spheres.

Another facet of the black obsidian identity is its ability to draw in negative energy, thus protecting the wearer or the surroundings in which it is placed. As such, the black obsidian was (and still is) used as protection in various body adornments, jewelry, as well as in many areas of one's home. The powerful alchemical properties of the black obsidian are due to its origin. Obsidian is born out of quickly cooled volcanic lava, so it has the most potent energy of the interaction of several raw and powerful elements - fire, earth and water. In healing, the black obsidian is used to help one become more grounded, focused and clear in all practical matters. It can also help develop razor-like mental abilities and the powers of discernment. Because the black obsidian expresses a clear, detached energy of truth without "taking any sides", it can be very helpful for those who tend to react emotionally to people and events in their life.This stone acts to remove any built up negativity caused by your own or others anger, fear, resentment and even stress... as well as aiding you to remove any negative attachments.

 

These stones may assist you to seal your aura against future problems... and may aid you unfetter yourself from any negative attachments that you may have unintentionally taken into your aura. They are a strong psychic protection stone, and will benefit you by shielding you from all negativity... so they are very helpful stones to keep within your auric field. Their resonance within the base chakra is very strong. They have a strong vibration that aids spiritual grounding, by helping you to move any excess energy down via the earth chakra to Mother Gaia for grounding.

It has powerful metaphysical properties that will shield you against negativity, and their energy may stimulate the gift of prophecy.Obsidian is truth-enhancing.  A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity.  It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment.  Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension.  It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons.  Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion.  Helps you to know who you truly are.  Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas.  Promotes qualities of compassion and strength. Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone.  It increases self-control.  It forces facing up to one’s true self.  Releases imbalances and negative energies.  Black Obsidian is protective and provides support during change.  It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts.  It is an excellent stone to aid past life healing...particularly relating to your ancestral line... and may aid you to deal with issues relating to past misuse of power. If you have come back to this life in order to resolve a past life issue... by placing a piece of the stone on the third eye and asking about this, you may discover the purpose for being here in this life at this time. The vibration of this stone may resonate within the third eye chakra and has a strong vibration to aid the receiving of answers to questions. By asking questions aloud and listening... you may hear the answer whispered back to you. This allows you to ask questions about specific questions around relationships, finances, career choices or health issues... and the answers will help you to make better choices.

Because the black obsidian draws in negative energy, be sure to cleanse it regularly, as well as take good care of its physical surroundings. Do not place the black obsidian on the floor or anywhere else where it can get neglected.

SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN: Snowflake Obsidian is a type of Obsidian that gets its “snowflakes” from inclusions of the white mineral, Cristobalite. Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity bringing balance to our mind, body and spirit.  An excellent stone to remove negativity from all aspects of our lives, Snowflake Obsidian keeps us grounded and balanced during chaotic times.  It is a great stone to keep at your office or workplace if you encounter difficult people.  Snowflake Obsidian is formed when molten lava from a volcanic eruption cools too quickly.  It reminds us that our hidden emotions, if not addressed, will cause an eruption from within and damper our ability to progress on our journey.  It reminds us to bring our issues to the surface gently in order to give us time to process them, understand them and eventually heal from them.  Snowflake Obsidian encourages us to focus on the present moment and let all that needs to burn, burn holding onto only what is pure. Snowflake Obsidian is well known for its substantial grounding and protection abilities. When it comes to negative energy it absorbs and shields any influence from external negativity as well as negative thoughts patterns or lower vibrations emitting from within the wearer. Any unwanted mindset is dispelled immediately and replaced with a more positive outlook.

MAHOGANY OBSIDIAN:  Mahogany Obsidian is natural glass obsidian that has inclusions of Magnetite or Haematite creating the mahogany coloured patches in it. A hugely protective stone, this one is perfect for people who feel vulnerable to psychic or energy attack. Mahogany Obsidian is often used to remove energy cords between people that sap energy and violate boundaries. It is also used for protection from psychic attacks by those who wish to harm (or those who don’t even intend to but their energy is negative or aggressive and might inadvertently do so). It is also said to strengthen the aura, protecting against repeated problems.

Wonderful at providing both grounding and protection, Mahogany Obsidian encourages strength in time of need. It eliminates energetic blockages, relieves tension and helps to stimulate growth on all levels.

When you want to reclaim your power Mahogany Obsidian is a great meditation tool for helping with re-connection.

A stone of focus, Mahogany Obsidian helps guide us to what we should be prioritising to make spiritual progress, while aiding with self-acceptance and self confidence. Mahogany Obsidian is often used to aid in the decision making process. It allows us to make significant changes in the most challenging areas of our lives. In Physical healing it is thought to be helpful in detoxifying organs and tissues, increasing liver and kidney function and relieving pain.