October

October: Opal or Tourmaline

Opals are found in a number of shades and colors, ranging from opaque and pale to dark gray or blue. They’re typically speckled with multiple colors, which makes them an ideal substitute for other crystals in a pinch. Opal is unusual among the typical selection of gemstones, because it is associated with all four of the classical elements. Opal is often used in spiritual and emotional healing, but can also be incorporated into rites for protection. Opal tends to absorb the energy around it, whether positive or negative, so it’s a perfect enhancer or booster for magical workings.

Tourmaline appears in a number of colors, from black to blue to purple, but pink and green seem to be the most commonly found varieties. In addition to being useful in overcoming one’s fears, tourmaline can be used in workings to develop empathy for others, as well as helping to sharpen your awareness of the needs and feelings of those around you. Red tourmaline stones are associated with love, lust, and sexual potency, as well as the creative forces – if you’re finding your creative juices blocked, get hold of some red tourmaline. Black tourmaline, which is fairly uncommon but still available, is associated with the element of earth, and connected to rituals for grounding and stability. It’s also very effective in redistributing negative energy – think of it as a psychic lightning rod, which takes that negative energy and deflects it away from you, grounding it back into the earth itself.