Ethiopian Opal


Ethiopian Opal is an opal from Ethiopia, as the name suggests. As you no doubt know, Opal is a ‘hydrated amorphous form of silica’, or in English, it’s basically silica with water mixed in. It has a hardness of 5.5 to 6 on the Moh scale.

It mainly appears to be a Rainbow Opal, with a wide colour range. However, the dominant colour seems to be Electric Blue (at least in the examples we have available).

Judy Hall describes Ethiopian Opal in her Crystal Bible Volume 3.

I was introduced to Ethiopian Opal by the lovely Stacy and Jan of Spiritual Planet.

And through working with it, I have discovered that Ethiopian Opal grounds the Throat Chakra (or at least the Electric Blue variety does).

Now, the Throat Chakra is an interesting ‘space’.

Traditionally, the Throat Chakra is associated with peace, vibrations, speech, and creative expression.

But it is also the bridge between our Heart and our Mind, our feelings and our thoughts.

When the Throat Chakra is grounded, then it is very easy for us to connect our thoughts and feelings. We know how we are feeling, we can express our thoughts and feelings accurately and with a degree of eloquence (and we also know when to keep our ‘peace’ and remain silent… in fact, we enjoy our own ‘inner’ silence).

But when the Throat Chakra is ungrounded, we lose this connection, and so we become a heart without reason, or a head without feeling.

The Throat Chakra is another place through which other people try to ‘control’ us, especially when we are young… or where we try to control ourselves, trying to fit in.

As the Victorians used to say ‘children should be seen and not heard’. So silencing the voice, tightening the neck / shoulder muscles, or pushing the neck / head out of alignment with the rest of the body, are all ways people use to disconnect Head and Heart, which leaves the Throat chakra ungrounded.

Ethiopian Opal helps to ground the Throat Chakra, and once grounded, communication is once again established between our Heart and Mind.

Ethiopian Opal gently helps to open up the connection between our thoughts and feelings.

However, there is a word of caution to be made here.

Because when the Heart and Mind re-connect it is not uncommon for long ‘buried’ feelings to come to the surface, and they will need to be gently acknowledged and processed, which often requires time, love, and patience.

(c) Brian Parsons, June 2017.

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