Stone of New Beginnings
As the name suggests, Moonstone is strongly connected to moon and to intuition as well. It is also first and foremost a women’s stone, directly associated with the Mother Goddess. Like the moon, this stone’s reflective schiller reminds one that as the moon waxes and wanes through a natural cycle, as do we.
Moonstone has also been called Water Opal, Fish Eye, and Wolf’s Eye, and has long considered to have inherent insoluble connections to the moon and it’s energies by all ancient cultures familiar with this glorious gemstone.
It is said that in India, the Moonstone (named Candra Kanta in India) is quite sacred, only permitted to be displayed on a yellow cloth. It is told in this culture that the moonlight form a full moon give the gemstone magical occult powers, believed to bring much good fortune and allowing one to see into the future.
Scientific Gemstone Properties
Mohs Hardness of 6 with a monoclinic crystal structure.
Moonstone is the opalescent variety of Orthoclase, which is an alkali feldspar. With a blue or white sheen, (referred to as a “schiller”), it has an appearance rather like the shine of the moon, hence it’s name. The sheen is created by the reflection of light from the internal structure of very thin layers of Albite. While the thicker layer of Feldspar is what creates the white color.
Sri Lanka, the classical of origin for Moonstone, is known to shimmer pale blue on an almost transparent ground. Specimens from India, though, show cloudlike plays of light and shade on many other colors such as beige brown, green, orange or simple brown background.
Metaphysical Gemstone Properties
Vibrating with the feminine wisdom and Goddess energy of the waxing and full Moon, Moonstone has a reflective, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception, and brings balance and harmony with the All. It is said to have the power to grant wishes. Moonstone Honors the Goddess in all women.
Assists in allowing all to be more comfortable with one’s gentler feminine/yin receiving side, specially for water signs such as Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Helps one be more conscious of the fact that all things are an integral part of a cycle of constant change that is life. It is a recommended gemstone for farmers and gardeners, artists, dancers, and young men.
Peach or Apricot Moonstone, a wonderful stone of soothing, feminine energy. Calming and brightening the emotions, it helps to improve the wearer’s self-image. It reminds one of our own worth and divinity, and it invokes sensuality and gentle passion. The color reminds one of the enchanted feeling when the Full Moon is huge and orange and low on the horizon, such as the Harvest Moon.
Rainbow Moonstone vibrates specifically with the feminine energy of the waxing and full Moon. It has a reflective, soothing energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception, and brings balance and harmony with the All. The Rainbow effect invokes a spectrum of light, and helps one feel the cleansing and uplifting energy offered.
Moonstone, Silver Grey
Silver Grey Moonstone invokes the reflective, intuitive power and Goddess energy of the waning moon. This silver-grey stone eases frustrations and lends a greater ability ability to flow and move in harmony natural tides of life.
It is told in many stories that the Moonstone is a gem of “hoping and wishing”. When one sends the energy of a ‘wish’ to the Universe, it allows one to absorb that which is needed from those universal energies. Although one may wish for a thing, Moonstone knows the truth of what is required. The wish will be fulfilled, but with what one needs, not necessarily what one wanted.
Moonstone brings one calmness coupled with awareness to help one attune to the normal rhythms of the natural biological forces of ones body such that one may maximize, recognize and utilize the natural energy cycles of the body….assisting of total fulfillment of one’s destiny.
Healing Gemstone Properties
All Moonstones are said to assist with most all female issues (Maiden, Mother and Crone), including everything from the reproductive system, childbirth, the to change of life, conception, PMS, pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, menopause, to alleviating degenerative conditions of the skin, hair, and eyes.
By unblocking the lymphatic system, Moonstone will help the digestive system by enhancing the assimilation of nutrients, eliminating toxins and fluid retention, healing and balancing the stomach, liver, pancreas and pituitary gland.
Being a goddess stone, it also aids in gardening, dieting, intuitive sensitivity, psychic awareness, as well as meditation and the ability to calm oneself so as not to be overwhelmed by personal emotions, aiding in greater flexibility to be a natural part in the flow of life.
Traditionally, a Moonstone elixir was used to treat insomnia. A stone placed under the pillow will allow for a more peaceful sleep, prevent sleepwalking, and often cure insomnia, especially when used along with an Amethyst gemstone as well.
Magical Gemstone Properties
Deities: Diana, Selene, Isis, All Lunar Goddesses
Powers: Love, Divination, Psychic Abilities, Youth,
Candle Color: Silver
Moonstone is receptive and love-drawing. This wonderful gemstone is also gently protective as well as receptive. It is said to change it’s luster with each phase of the moon, being brighter during the waxing to full, and darker from waning to the new moon. Each individual needs to work with Moonstone to understand if the energies work best for personal divination during the waxing or waning of the moon. If one is an especially sensitive individual, the time during the full moon may best to avoid direct contact with Moonstone, as one my become wide open to the psychic as well as other realms. If one is not prepared, this may be quite unnerving.
Moonstone greatly enhances the psychic, offering the gift of prophecy. It is a wonderful stone to keep with one’s divinatory tools. For one who is a true seeker of spiritual wisdom and development, Moonstone opens the gateway to the subconscious, while at the same time it will not permit full entrance for one who is not truly ready for the experience. One must still work with care.
If one wishes to bring love into one’s life, attract wealth, or communicate with ones guides, Moonstone will assist. It helps one to connect with the Goddess, wear this stone when giving readings or divination of any kind. Be prepared though to possibly receive information that the persona may not wish to discuss. Moonstone works wonders when one matches it with Garnet, revealing the truth behind illusions and to unmask secret or hidden enemies.
It is told to hold more power during the waxing moon for love charms, and during the waning moon to foresee the future. A Moonstone may be used as a substitute for a Pearl if one is not available. As well, it can be used in place of Crystal Quartz if a gentler energy is needed.
Moonstone should be carried on the person, and discharged among dry tumbled Hematite after menstruation. It is best recharged on the window sill when the moon is full. The most beneficial time would be from moonrise to moonset, and more quickly when in a crystal dish or with crystals nearby.
Zodiac Gemstone Properties
Zodiac Stone of: Cancer, Libra and Scorpio
Birthstone: Mystical Birthstone for June, Ancient Birthstone for September, and Planetary Birthstone for Cancer
Moonstone has a positive influence on Cancer with its direct association with the Moon. To dream of a Moonstone means that travel shall be forthcoming accompanied by good health.
Chakra Gemstone Properties
While Moonstone cleanses negativity from all the Chakras, it is most beneficial with work on the 2nd, Sacral/Navel Chakra, as well as to balance the 4th, Heart Chakra with the 6th, Third Eye/Brow Chakra, to gain emotional balance and gracefulness in assisting one to discern what one wants and what one needs, as these do not originate from the same place.
Moonstone will assist one to achieve a balance between heart and mind without losing the gentleness are caring needed, yet keeping one’s emotions in check to allow one to function properly during this Chakra work.