"Natures Fireworks" - A Guide to OPAL - Pt 1 Myths, Legends and Folklore

Written by Stuart Bazga

This 7 part series has been written forrepparttar novice opal collector or admirer who has little or no knowledge about opal.

It is hoped that by readingrepparttar 140540 information contained within, you will have a better understanding of where opal comes from, how it is mined, andrepparttar 140541 value and various types of opal available torepparttar 140542 collector, investor, or those who just want a better understanding of these fascinating stones.

There are over 100 different types of opal being mined aroundrepparttar 140543 world, with each type being unique torepparttar 140544 area it came from and no two opals alike. I have attempted to includerepparttar 140545 most common types available to you as a buyer.

In this 7 part series, we will cover subjects ranging from,repparttar 140546 myths, legends and folklore surrounding opal, were opal is mined aroundrepparttar 140547 world andrepparttar 140548 discovery of opal in Australia. Our topics will also include how opal is mined, processed and cut as well asrepparttar 140549 different types of opal. Lastly we cover caring for your opals and how an opals is valued.

Pt1 - Myths, Legends and Folklore

Opal has been treasured throughout history fromrepparttar 140550 early Aztecs and Romans to Queen Victoria, who loved opals so much that she gave them away as wedding presents. They have adornedrepparttar 140551 crowns ofrepparttar 140552 Holy Roman Emperor, and are set inrepparttar 140553 crown jewels of France. Josephine was given an opal with brilliant red flashes called “The Burning of Troy” by Napoleon. Roman historian Pliny describedrepparttar 140554 beauty of opals asrepparttar 140555 combination ofrepparttar 140556 beauty of all gems.

“Natures Fireworks” and “The Queen of Gems” are some ofrepparttar 140557 superlatives that have been used to describe opal. The word itself – “opal” – may have several origins and differing suggestions as to its first use: One is that it comes from a Sanskrit word “upala,” simply meaning “precious stone.” Another is thatrepparttar 140558 Romans knew it by different names – “opthalmus,” fromrepparttar 140559 Greek word for “eye,” and “paederes,” meaning both “child and “favourite.” Whateverrepparttar 140560 actual name origin; opal has been a favoured, valued stone throughout a long period of history.

The Australian Aboriginals believe that they have lived in Australia sincerepparttar 140561 Dreamtime,repparttar 140562 beginning of all creation. Over time, their culture has produced a rich variety of mythologies in hundreds of different languages. Torepparttar 140563 Aborigines, opals, like other minerals, have a spiritual value because they represent something a Dreaming ancestor left behind as a sign of their presence. The aboriginal Wangkumara tribe recount a legend of how their people gained fire from opal stones, withrepparttar 140564 assistance of a Muda – a creator who switches from human form to pelican:

Megaliths and Pole Flips

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

The changes inrepparttar earth magnetic field away fromrepparttar 140539 7.8 cycle rhythm that it has been for a long time is something that may be a result ofrepparttar 140540 things man has done torepparttar 140541 Earth. It is more likely part ofrepparttar 140542 cyclical nature ofrepparttar 140543 sun’s effect onrepparttar 140544 Earth but we must keep an open mind. I used to think there was some possibility thatrepparttar 140545 reasonrepparttar 140546 Mammoths inrepparttar 140547 northern climes had buttercups inside their fast frozen mouths had to do with a pole shift of a physical nature. I do not think that isrepparttar 140548 case anymore. I present these thoughts for your careful consideration.

Faraday didn’t need to see his soul in order to know it existed, but he wantedrepparttar 140549 rest ofrepparttar 140550 world to know it existed. He and his Sandemanian cohorts practiced a personal meditative relationship with God/Goddess/It/The Force, which is most appropriate in my humble opinion. The extent to which our brain wavelengths can evolve or be altered is a subject of much research at present. I hear that Hank Wesselmann who was a researcher onrepparttar 140551 team that discovered Lucy has a very different brain state that gurus and healers can not easily achieve or maintain as long as he does. Some people think we are about to evolve or adapt torepparttar 140552 collective mind state and I surely hope it happens quickly. The Quaker or Shaker non-ritualistic approach is very much likerepparttar 140553 Sandemanians who most people will never learn about. They are social activists who value real knowledge and use love as a guiding force in their lives – other than ‘Tricky Dicky’ Nixon.

I think one ofrepparttar 140554 carriers of ‘World Mind’ information isrepparttar 140555 Earth Energy Grid. Can I prove it? Can I weigh wisdom? Will we ever reachrepparttar 140556 point of being able to manifest a new paradigm if we insist we must see everything? I am a skeptic and I advocate questioning rather than using faith – but at some point we can decide onrepparttar 140557 higher probability and work with what can achieve results even if we do not fully understand it. The earth energy affects our genes and allows a certain feedback mechanism that can be useful. I will probably never fully grasp enough of these things to make a significant contribution torepparttar 140558 science of soul, but I wish I had been born knowing what I know now. The books just weren’t available andrepparttar 140559 research is largely new. It is an exciting era andrepparttar 140560 opportunity to GROW has never been greater.

“Scientists have long known that certain minerals in molten rock, as they cool, become magnetized byrepparttar 140561 Earth’s magnetic field, and are aligned withrepparttar 140562 planet’s north and south magnetic poles. Whenrepparttar 140563 lava hardens, its magnetic field becomes permanent, and points north like a compass needle. A good compass needle can be locked in place withrepparttar 140564 turn of a screw. Likewiserepparttar 140565 hardened rock: unlessrepparttar 140566 rock is moved or melted down, its magnetic field should point north forever.

One common kind of hardened lava isrepparttar 140567 black rock called basalt. Oddly enough, sincerepparttar 140568 turn ofrepparttar 140569 century, outcrops of basalt had been discovered here and there with their magnetic fields pointing inrepparttar 140570 wrong directions. Two Britishers, Patrick Blackett and S. Keith Runcorn, systematically testing basalt compass needles across North America and Europe found that rocks of different ages pointed off toward different spots onrepparttar 140571 horizon, like witnesses who disagree. To explain this, Blackett and Runcorn suggested at first thatrepparttar 140572 poles, then thatrepparttar 140573 rocks, andrepparttar 140574 continents they rest on, had wandered too.” (6)

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