Moonstone is a feldspar mineral, a potassium aluminium silicate with a monoclinic crystal system. Moonstone was named after its blue and white sheen, which is caused by its lamellar structure. Moonstone was used in Roman jewellery almost 2000 years ago, and even longer ago in the Orient. It was a popular choice of jewellers during the Art Nouveau period. In India, Moonstone has always been a sacred stone, with a special significance for lovers. It was believed that placing Moonstone in their mouths when the moon was full would allow them to
see their future. Moonstone is also a traditional wedding gift there, for brining harmony to the marriage. Moonstone is said to reconcile estranged lovers.
Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings. As its name suggests, it is strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition. Like the moon, the stone is reflective and reminds us that, as the moon waxes and wanes, so everything is part of a cycle of change. Its most powerful effect is calming the emotions. Moonstone makes conscious the unconscious and promotes intuition and empathy. It encourages lucid dreaming, especially at the time of the full moon.
Psychologically, Moonstone calms overreactions to situations and to emotional triggers. Moonstone is filled with receptive, passive, feminine energy. It balances male-female energies and aids men who want to get in touch with their feminine side!! It is the perfect antidote for the excessively macho man or overly aggressive female!
Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilises the emotions. It is also said to improve emotional intelligence. Moonstone provides deep emotional healing and can heal disorders of the upper digestive tract that are related to emotional stress.
Moonstone powerfully effects the female reproductive cycle, and is excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding. It is said to alleviate toxins and fluid retention, degenerative conditions of the eyes, skin and hair. A Moonstone elixir was traditionally used for insomnia and is said that the stone can prevent sleep walking!
Types and Colours
Black Moonstone stabilises rocky relationships and assists during teenage angst.
Adularia Moonstone is a calming stone; it helps to dispel the hysteria that arises from over sensitivity.
Gabbro with Moonstone helps you to be ‘here’ and ‘there’ at the same time when navigating consciousness.
Purple Moonstone is gentle and heart centred and helps you have compassion for yourself and others.
Ruby in Moonstone is excellent healing hearts broken through loss and grief.
Blue Moonstone should be worn to bring peace when you have been working hard and cannot switch off.
Rainbow Moonstone combines gentle lunar energies and reassures all who feel lost, lonely and vulnerable.
Cat’s Eye Moonstone promotes clarity of the mind and inner vision.
Grey Moonstone is also called ‘New Moon Stone’ and carry’s the powerful energies of the new moon.
Peach/Yellow Moonstone has gentle loving energy and supports the heart as it stimulates the mind.
White Moonstone represents the energy of the full moon at the height of its power.
Chakra: Solar Plexus & Heart
Sources: India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Madagascar, Burma, USA
Hardness: 6 – 6.5
Empowerment: I recognise my ebbs and flows.