This beautiful and unique Australian Opal Goddess Pendant depicts the Goddess holding a precious Opal. The back of the stone is left clear so it can catch the light reflections and allowing the healing power of the Opal to flow freely.
The mother goddess took a variety of different forms. Sometimes she was a snake, or a vulture, or the Moon. Each symbol represented a cycle of death, birth and regeneration: the snake hibernates, then wakes up and sheds her skin; the vulture recycles dead flesh by eating it; and the Moon dies and is reborn every 28 days, mirroring the feminine menstrual cycle.
Australian “Black” Opal is considered the most precious variety and was formed many millions of years ago. Black Opal is the result of a combination of molten silica and trapped water flowing into cracks and crevices and cooling underground. This then gradually hardened and solidified to become opal.
The word Opal comes from the Sanskrit “upala” for stone, or precious stone. There are many varieties ranging from opaque and milky or common opal to fiery precious so-called black opal.
Because Opals contain water molecules, they are very sensitive to heat.
Opals are hard to beat for variety of color and eye-catching brilliance. In addition to color the amount of light an opal reflects is a key in determining value. The most valuable opals sparkle with the brightest color flashes and these change with the viewing angle. This phenomenon is typically referred to as opalescence.
An emotional stone reflecting the wearer’s mood, Opal intensifies emotions, releases inhibitions and encourages both freedom and independence. Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. It is therefore easy to understand how Opal can stimulate originality and creativity while helping to release anger, claim self-worth and express one’s true self. Opal is said to strengthens memory, heighten an interest in the arts and to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity.
Opal brings its watery (emotional) energy to the surface of your life. In this way it can be very powerful to enhance self-esteem and a sense of self-worth – despite other conditions. When this is aligned with the inspiring love energies Opal can help you to release damaging inhibitions and access your deeper spiritual nature. Opal may also be used to bring pleasant dreams and avoid nightmares. It is a soothing stone which can calm turbulent emotions and bring a deep sense of hope and inner peace.
Opal is said to be a stone for love. It brings the inspiration of love into a stagnant heart chakra and brings renewal. This can take the form of fiery sensual love or gentler unconditional love and any shade of love in between. Opal is also said to bring fidelity to love.
Mentally, opal is said to enhance memory and decrease confusion.