Moonstone is a sodium-potassium aluminum silicate, which, exactly like its cousin sunstone, belongs to the feldspar group. Moonstone is characterized by a sparkling, pearly glow, and it has various shades: white, grey, rainbow, yellow, peach, and blue (also called cat’s eye).
Deposits of moonstone are much more common than the deposits of sunstone and can be found in many countries, including the US, Australia, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Armenia, Austria, Poland, Norway, and Mexico.
The History and Uses of Moonstone
In many early societies, moonstone was tied to the moon goddess. An important figure in the traditional Welsh mythology was Cerridwen, the deity of inspiration, knowledge, magic, life, and death. Moonstone was used to honor her. In Greece, moonstone was named after the goddess Selene, the goddess of the moon. Selene was often depicted along with Nyx, the goddess of night. And Hanwi, the Sioux goddess known as the Night Sun, was worshipped with moonstone as well; her person was said to protect people from the darkness of the night and evil lurking in it.
But one the most interesting historical uses of moonstone happens to be India, where moonstone was seen as the gem of countless deities, and of divine purity in general. Initially, it symbolized the moon god who had four hands (a great number of hands symbolizes strength in Indian tradition). Moonstone’s changing glow also represented consecutive moon phases. Additionally, moonstone was perceived to help combat one's faith crisis: it was particularly popular among monks, ascetics, and hermits. It also helped lovers foresee their future, and increase their passion. Seen as a good luck stone, it was often displayed on a sacred yellow cloth.
Interestingly, an ancient Asian myth says that the most beautiful moonstone samples appear every 21 years in sea waves.
More recently, Moonstone was rediscovered in the Art Nouveau era, where several artists (among them the goldsmith René Lalique) created elegant jewelry with it.
Metaphysical Properties of Moonstone
Moonstone has a feminine, watery energy that can help you balance - especially if you are female. It is a stone that is associated with the full moon, as well as with new beginnings. Rainbow moonstone can bring flashes of intuition or knowing - and is actually in the same family as labradorite.
Moonstone is the birthstone of June and is said to be particularly supportive to those born under the zodiac sign of cancer. This white gem is most often associated with the crown chakra; however, it can help one in many areas of life. For example, it might be a good idea to keep moonstone with you while traveling, especially if you're taking the night train or planning an evening hike.
Moonstone is still said to be a powerful talisman for love, especially one which faces countless obstacles and/or can’t truly be made public. If you are in a struggling or long-distance relationship, try moonstone to strengthen and protect your romantic union. Thanks to its kundalini awakening energy, moonstone is expected to reignite the erotic passion.
Wearing a moonstone necklace is said to help harmonize your body to match the moon cycle, potentially bringing back energies you didn't even realize you had lost. Similarly, sitting in a ring made of twelve moonstones, each one corresponding to a month, with one additional moonstone under the bed, is said to help with fertility and the reproductive system.
Interestingly, moonstone acts also as a growth stone. It might help a teenager through the difficult time of adolescence, but it can also have a beneficial effect for older adults, as well. Moonstone is said to slow aging and help with degenerative conditions of organs. This could be related to the fact that moonstone is energetically connected to the element metal, which, as we know, is very durable.
Each shade of moonstone has the general properties of moonstone, as well as some that are specific to the color:
Grey moonstone will be of most value to those who want to experience the ethereal world and foresee the future. It's a fantastic option for fortune-tellers and shamans, as it is said to help one discover the potential outcomes of situations that haven't happened yet.
White moonstone is said to be helpful to work with in dreams. If you are struggling with nightmares, or want to try lucid dreaming, give white moonstone a try.
Blue moonstone can help you get introspective and raise your awareness in the process of meditation. Those who feel lost in their lives, and struggle to understand the meaning of events, can try meditating with blue moonstone, which is said to be helpful in gaining insight.
Rainbow moonstone is recommended for clearing negativity and stains from your auric field.
Peach moonstone works similarly to rainbow moonstone, but specifically for the mood: it is said to help dispel stress and anxiety and bring out the best in one's personality.