Moonstone

History & Lore

With its mysterious glow and extraordinary color, moonstone has been a popular stone for thousands of years.  And although the name may have changed over the centuries, one thing has remained constant -- the connection of the stone and the moon.  In mythologies all around the world, from the ancient Hindus to the Greek Empire, moonstone was believed to be crafted from solidified moonbeams.  The Greeks called it aphroselene, in honor of the goddesses Aphrodite and Selene.  The Romans also named the moonstone after Selene, goddess of the moon, and called the stone selenitis.  Ancient Romans also believed that the goddess Diana could be seen in every moonstone.  Pliny the Elder referred to selenitis, saying that "it showed a picture of the moon and its daily waning and waxing".


In India, moonstone remains a revered stone to this day. Moonstone is believed to bring good fortune and is considered a sacred stone. Moonstone is often displayed on yellow cloth, a holy color in India.  In Sri Lanka, important buildings often have large, half moon shaped stairs.  These steps are referred to as a "moon stone".  This is done in remembrance of an ancient tradition where steps at Buddhist temples throughout Sri Lanka were decorated with moonstone mosaics, as in the Moonstone Temple in Anuradhapura.

Moonstone has been used in jewelry extensively throughout the centuries.  Greeks and Romans were using the stone 2000 years ago, but its use was already quite ancient in the Far East by the Greco-Roman era.  Moonstone was also a popular stone during the Art Nouveau period around the turn of the 20th century.

Moonstone is a member of the feldspar family, one of the most abundant mineral groups on the planet.  The internal structure of the moonstone scatters light creating a phenomenon known as "adularescence".  This adularescence effect is what creates the iconic moonstone glow.  As moonstone is turned, the effect seems to float across the stone like moonlight on water.  Moonstone also can display a cat's eye effect, and although rare, asterism (a four rayed star) can also occur.



Correspondences

Birthstone:  June
Moonstone is one of three traditional birthstones for the month of June.  The other stones are pearl and alexandrite.

Zodiac:  Aquarius, Cancer, Sagittarius
For the Aquarian, moonstone helps to connect with the power of nature.  It can foster patience and sensitivity to one's own environment.  For those born under the sign of Cancer, moonstone teaches that progress is made only by striving for the highest goals while emphasizing reality over daydreaming.  Sagittarians will find that moonstone awakens new depths of creativity and imagination and promotes greater endurance.  It also protects from impulsiveness and self-doubt.

Chakra:  Solar Plexus, Crown
Placed at the solar plexus chakra, moonstone releases unneeded emotional patterns of thought.  At the crown chakra, moonstone provides spiritual nourishment and assists necessary change.



Healing Properties 
Female Reproductive System
Moonstone has always been connected to the goddess, and therefore is often associated with women and their ability to birth children.  Moonstone is believed to enhance female fertility while easing the pangs of pregnancy and childbirth.  It's also said to alleviate menstrual and menopausal issues.  Moonstone is also helpful in balancing the hormonal system.

Degenerative Conditions
Moonstone has long been held as a kind of "fountain of youth", slowing the degeneration of the elderly.  But it's also helpful in the treatment of degenerative ailments that effect the skin, hair, eyes, and organs.

Digestive Health
Moonstone assists with the absorption of essential nutrients and eliminates toxins throughout the body.  Moonstone is believed to cure digestive issues and promote the health of the elimination systems of the body.



Attributes

Stone of Love
Legend says that if a man and woman, both wearing moonstone, met in the light of the full moon, they would fall in everlasting love.  In Renaissance times, moonstone was a popular choice for engagement rings.  Moonstone is believed to attract soul mates and arouse tender passion.  If exchanged between lovers after a fight, moonstone helps restore tranquility and love.

Stone of Protection
Known as "the traveler's stone," moonstone provides protection from danger when embarking on a new journey.  Moonstone has been used as a talisman for protection, health, and good fortune for centuries.  It is also believed to be a powerful talisman of protection to wear on sea voyages or while swimming.

Stone of Prophecy and Intuition
Moonstone is a wonderful tool for tapping into a person's intuitive insight.  It enhances psychic abilities and clairvoyance.  In the Middle Ages, Europeans would gaze into a piece of moonstone to invoke prophetic dreams.  Some believed that holding a moonstone in the mouth during a full moon would allow a person to predict the future.  Moonstone channels intuition and assists in applying intuitive knowledge in a practical sense.

Stone of Emotions
Moonstone is effective in balancing the emotional body, especially aggressive tendencies.  For those with anger issues, moonstone protects against explosive outbursts.  Moonstone brings the emotions under the control of the Higher Will, mastering and balancing them in a healthy way.  Moonstone also helps a person identify emotional patterns and how to best deal with them. Moonstone is a soothing stone and will help release stress and tension.

Stone of Meditation
Calming and relaxing the mind, moonstone is a wonderful tool for meditation.  Moonstone raises a person's vibrational frequencies, promoting a smooth transition into meditation.  It also calms inner chatter that often proves distracting, especially for the beginner.  The moving inner glow of moonstone is also a good focal point for meditation.

Stone of Youth
Moonstone has long been believed to help regain or retain a youthful appearance and bearing.  But it is also a wonderful stone for children.  Moonstone provides a calming effect to children, especially useful when away from home.  Moonstone wards off nightmares, encourages sleep, and prevents sleepwalking in children.

Stone of Insight, Intellect, and Creativity
Moonstone enhances creativity, insight, and perception.  Moonstone helps to reflect inwardly, making decisions easier.  By enhancing emotional vision, moonstone promotes greater creative abilities and freedom of expression.  Moonstone opens one up to synchronicity and divine inspiration.

Stone of Spirit
Asians believe that there is a spirit within moonstone, and that it can been seen as the stone is moved from side to side.  Moonstone is a powerful, yet gentle, stone for the spirit.  It boosts hope and suppresses the ego.  It combats materialism and strengthens the faith of the religious.  Moonstone reflects truth and will help a person remember his or her true nature.

Stone of Abundance
As a stone deeply connected to the goddess, moonstone has long been held as a stone of fertility and abundance.  Amulets of moonstone were hung in fruit trees to encourage a good harvest.  Likewise, moonstone planted in a garden during a full moon was thought to increase the yield of that garden. Moonstone is a stone of good fortune and plenty.
Rainbow Moonstone Watch
by Gypsy Grove

Other Attributes Associated with Moonstone
Balances male/female energies
Excellent tool for conducting business
Attracts and maintains clients
Increases patience
Allows synchronicities to flow unimpeded
Helps connect to different cycles in life
Enhances femininity
Encourages dreams
Improves self-image, confidence, sensuality
Balancing and reflective
Brings flashes of insight
Stimulates confidence and composure
Dreams about moonstone indicate lurking danger



Physical Properties

Color
Moonstone is typically a milky white.  However it can also be found in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray, and peach.  Colorless or translucent moonstone is also common.

Location
Moonstone is plentiful, but important locations include India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Brazil.

Hardness Rating
6-6.5



Care of Moonstone

Sudden changes in temperature and excessive heat can cause moonstone to crack.  Never use steam or ultrasonic cleaners on moonstone.  Warm, soapy water and a soft brush or cloth is sufficient.  Protect moonstone from hard knocks.


This post is for informative purposes only.  No claims are made about the safety or effectiveness of the information contained in this article.  All information is pulled from myth, legend, folklore, etc.  In no way is this article an attempt at medical advice.  Always seek a professional opinion when dealing with a physical or mental issue.

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