Given the big beautiful roundness of the letter O, a line encircling a whole lot of nothing, and knowing that tarot’s Fool is numbered 0, I was tempted to say I had nothing for today. But of course that’s not true. Yesterday I talked a bit about gathering with some pals and add that to Fool’s 0 and we come up with today’s topic:
O is for Opals.
A little word play suits Fool. And opal seems to me like a perfect stone for Fool. Fool is transparent. People may be apt to dismiss Fool as unsubstantial and worthless, but there are depths and fire and sparkle all right there out in the open to be seen.
Opal is the only gem mineral that is not crystalline, it is amorphous. Amorphous is a perfect Fool characteristic isn’t it?
I think opals message is there is beauty within all things. Explore depths. Expect the unexpected.
Pliny, 2000 years ago, remarked about the opal:
”There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald – all shining together in incredible union. Some by their splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil.”
Here’s a peek at some of my opal jewelry.
The pink stone is known as Peruvian Opal. It’s really silicified palygorskite containing a small amount of opal.
My grandmother likely wouldn’t be too pleased with my collection as she firmly believed opals were unlucky. There are decidedly firm camps on either side of the luck camp regarding opals, and I think perhaps that’s another one of the teachings opal has to offer. We all look at things differently and hold firmly to our stories.
The name opal comes from the Sanskrit upala, which means precious stone. Opals are somewhat delicate stones. They are rather soft on the Mohs scale and contain a fair amount of water. Perhaps this is a reminder to hold what is precious to us with some care and gentleness.
Most of all I think opal reminds us to allow our inner fire to shine outwardly and be seen. Fool has no problem with that.
What about you? Love opals? Or think they’re unlucky? Allowing your inner fire to be seen? Do tell – you know I love to hear.