Chakra: Third Eye, Crown
Found: Madagascar, Burma, Australia, India and the US
Goddess Association: Selene, Diana, Artemis
Affirmation: “I open myself to the inner gifts of the Goddess”
Moonstone is a feldspar mineral, found in low temperature volcanic areas. It has a monoclinic crystal system. When forming, they are rich in potassium and calcium. As it cools these two components are not compatible and they separate into two different feldspar layers – orthoclase and albite. When light falls between these thin layers it is scattered, producing the phenomenon called adularescence. This shimmering produces its moonlike glow.
Moonstone has many varieties and can occur in delicate shades of peach, blue, gray, white and a prismatic variety known as Rainbow Moonstone.
Metaphysical & Spiritual History
“As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light.” ~ Robert Simmons
Moonstones in general, regardless of their color, are considered the gems of the High Priestess, keeper of the feminine mysteries. Its vibration is connected to that of the Goddess, and powerful female energies. Its association with the feminine comes from its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind. Moonstone moves one closer to the Great Mother and connects them to life force energies. Used as a stone for birthing new ideas, creative energies, and support for beginning new projects.
It is a talisman used for the inner journey, and meditation that can take one deep into the self. Its vibration is connected to the rhythms and cycles of the moon, and all creative forces. An excellent stone for past life journeying as well, Moonstone allows one to retrieve the lessons learned in another life and apply them to the current one.
Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma. It works to align the chakras, while maintaining a sense of grounding and centeredness. They can be powerful healers for the emotional body, relieving anxiety and stress.
Gray Moonstone is a stone of perceiving beyond the veil and is useful to the clairvoyant and shaman, and in moving one into unseen realms. It carries the mysteries and powers of the new moon, where all things exist as potential.
White Moonstone carries the energy of the full moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision, and dream work.
Peach Moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations, and is an emotional support for intuitive or sensitive children.
~ Supports a restful sleep and prevents nightmares and terrors.
~ Place a moonstone near your cat’s bed to prevent the cat from straying too far at night.
~ Legendary stone to protect travelers – especially those who travel at night or on the sea. Keep a piece in your luggage or glove compartment.
~ Use during readings and divination for enhanced psychic abilities.
~ Listen closely to your dreams with Moonstone by your bedside.
~ A dish of Moonstones in the home helps to ease the transition from the world of work to that of the home.
~ Ideal stone to wear during past life regressions and shamanic work.
~ In Oriental culture it is known as a “phenomenal gem” to be worn on Mondays, or ‘Moon Day’.
~ Rainbow Moonstone is said to lose its silvery luster if its user is harboring built up anger or resentment.
~ In Indian belief, it was said to grant psychic visions of the future to those who placed the gem in their mouth during a full moon.
It has long been sacred in Indian cultures and holds great significance to lovers. It is a traditional wedding gift given in India to bring harmony to the marriage. Similar to this tradition, in some Oriental cultures it is also given as a gift of celebration for the 13th year of marriage. Moonstone is believed to wash away the negative connotation of the number 13, wiping the slate clean to then be given as a gift every subsequent 13 years spent together.
European peoples credit Moonstone with its ability to reconcile estranged lovers and to reunite couples who parted in anger. In other Asian legends, it is said that the most beautiful Moonstone was brought to the shore by strong tides once every 21 years. They also believed there to be a living spirit inside; this belief comes from its rainbow sheen that moves when reflected by the sun.
Both Greeks and Romans linked the stone with Moon Deities, mainly the Romans who believed the gem encapsulates the image of their moon goddess, Diana, who would bestow wealth, wisdom and love to those who possess the stone.