The October Birthstones
Those born in October are blessed to have two stones as their birthstone. The primary stone is Opal and the secondary stone Tourmaline. Both these precious stones have beautiful colour combinations with interesting properties and characteristics.
The name of the traditional October birthstone, Opal, is believed to have originated in India as “Upala” which is Sanskrit and means “precious stone”. This later became “Opalus” in Ancient Rome and then as we know it today – the Opal.
Opal has the ability to soothe and clear the emotional body and is also a wonderful healing stone that can be used for depression as it can raise the will to live and raise a lower negative energy to one of joy and optimism. Opal embraces optimism, enthusiasm and can ignite creativity and inspire love and passion.
Opal has the incredible ability to bring a person’s traits, qualities and feelings to the surface. Emotions that have possibly been buried over time can be brought to the surface for examination, contemplation and transformation to a more positive and optimistic outcome. While looking at and evaluating any negative and harmful thought, pattern or hurt can be uncomfortable for all of us, the Opal allows and helps us to understand them and their lessons, and this then aids the letting go process.
Opal also helps to reveal the positive aspects of one’s nature and has the ability to uncover hidden gifts and talents, and it enhances all that is good and true. This allows us to tap into our full potential and ultimately live to that potential.
Opal promotes a sense of calm and peace and even if not your birthstone of the month, can be used to bring about a state of wholeness and oneness within self.
The October birthstone, Opal, also a stone of protection and can help you not to take on the negative energies of others. It is a highly effective stone to wear in any challenging situation or around difficult people.
From a divination a perspective if Opal is drawn in a crystal reading, it symbolizes a wish is coming true, wishes fulfilled and shows that your hopes and dreams will be realized. It is also a stone connected with clairvoyant ability and suggests your psychic perceptions are heightening and that you need to pay attention to your dreams.
As Opals a like light prisms that encompass all the colours and come in an array of colours, they can be used to activate any of the chakras. However this beautiful October birthstone is mainly linked to the crown chakra and can be used to infuse the aura with the full spectrum of light for healing.
Tourmaline is the second October birthstone and they too come in a variety of colours though the Black Tourmaline is the most well-known and common of them all. The other term for Tourmaline is “Schorf” and was in use before the 1400’s named for a town in Saxong, Germany, where Black Tourmaline was found in nearby tin mines (Wikipedia.org).
Tourmaline is often referred to as a shamanic stone and is a stone of protection. It has the ability to absorb negativity and it provides incredible energetic protection.
The understanding or message of tourmaline is that of being adaptive and recognizing that negative thoughts and actions can harm yourself and others. This powerful October birthstone can be used for scrying and makes a wonderful pendulum. It is also an excellent crystal to use not only for energetic protection but also for grounding, especially during meditation.
Black Tourmaline is also wonderful to cleanse the emotional body of negative thoughts, anxiety, anger, resentment and any feelings of unworthiness. It can also help to increase physical vitality by removing stress from the emotional and physical bodies.
If the October Birthstone, Tourmaline comes forward in a crystal reading it can indicate a need to strengthen your protection. No matter what challenge or obstacle you may be going through the Black Tourmaline indicates that you will get through it. It is also a reminder to pay attention to your thoughts and ensure you are thinking and speaking positively about and to yourself. You are also guided to be generous and allow others their freedom as when you do you are also giving freedom to self.
Love, light & Crystal Blessings
Coming next month: The November Birthstones- Topaz & Citrine