Moonstone is a sodium calcium aluminium silicate mineral. Its registered name is Oligoclase Feldspar. Moonstone shows a glowing shimmer similar to labradorescence, but lacking in colour. The display is produced from lamellar inter-growths inside the crystal. These inter-growths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and thus a separating and layering of these two phases. The resulting shimmer effect is caused by a ray of light entering a layer and being refracted back and forth by deeper layers before it exits the crystal. This refracted ray has a different character than when it went in and produces the moonlike glow.
Moonstone occurs in the colours of off white, grey and pale shades of blue, green, yellow and brown. It has a lustre of vitreous to dull and the crystals are translucent to transparent.
The crystal growth habit includes blocky, or tabular crystals. Crystals have a nearly rectangular or square cross-section with slightly slanted dome and pinacoid terminations. Twinning is almost universal in all plagioclases. Crystals can be twinned according to the Albite, Carlsbad, Manebach and Baveno laws. This oligoclase mineral can be found as a major rock forming component in granites and syenites.
Lamellar twinning may cause a grooved effect on crystal and cleavage surfaces that appear as striations.
Moonstone can be found in Sri Lanka, the USA, Russia, Sweden and Canada.
Moonstone was used in Roman jewellery almost two thousand 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 bringing harmony to the marriage. In Europe, Moonstone was said to reconcile estranged lovers, and to cure sleeplessness.
MOONSTONE And physical health
Moonstone is a traditional stone for attuning to the ebb and flow of the moon’s energy. For this reason it can be helpful in stabilising female cycles and can help males be-come attuned to the subtle hormonal shifts they experience during the moon phases. It can also be used to help balance water retention.
Moonstone helps the digestive and reproductive systems, assimilates nutrients, eliminates toxins and fluid retention. It eases degenerative conditions of skin, hair, eyes and fleshy organs such as the liver and pancreas. It is excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Moonstone crystal water has been traditionally used for insomnia and the stone can prevent sleepwalking.
It is linked to the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system, stabilises fluid imbalances, and attunes to the biorhythm clock. It is helpful in cases of shock and can be used to calm hyperactive children.
Moonstone is the stone most associated with female fertility, and the associated menses, premenstrual syndrome and menopause. The Divine Feminine works through this stone to help assist women in all the joys of womanhood - maid, mother and wise woman. This stone helps you embrace the constant ebb and flow of female hormones.
MOONSTONE and your feelings
Moonstone can help to sort through your emotions and gain a higher perspective on their meaning and purpose. It can aid in releasing frustration and surrendering to the natural progress of the cycles of life. It enhances patience and helps you remain objective when receiving empathic information from others.
Moonstone calms over reactions to situations and to emotional triggers. Moonstone is filled with receptive, passive, feminine energy.
It balances male-female energies and helps 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 helps restore emotional balance This is a good stone for cleansing negative energy from your energy centres or chakras.
This is also a stone of reflection, helping you to look within using the powerful tool of self observation for self improvement and spiritual growth. With this stone in hand, watch your actions and reactions to others without judgement.
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MOONSTONE and the mind
Moonstone is a stone of mystery. It has often been associated with the feminine because of its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind.
When Moonstone is employed by females, it initiates kundalini energy and promotes clairvoyance. When utilised by males, it stimulates the right side of the brain, encouraging nonlinear thinking and emotional balance. In both sexes it frequency aids in clearing the aura, activating the third eye and crown chakras.
Moonstone is the stone of new beginnings. It is strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition. The stone is reflective and re-minds us that, as the moon waxes and wanes, so everything is part of a cycle of change.
Its most powerful effect is that of 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.
Moonstone opens the mind to sudden and irrational impulses, serendipity. Care must be taken that it does not induce illusions in response to wishful thinking.
Moonstone promotes dreaming. Dreams provide tools for self knowledge and help bringing mental clarity With moonstone under your pillow, use the messages of dreamtime to restore mental balance.
MOONSTONE and the SPIRIT
Moonstone evokes patience and appropriate action. It teaches you the value of working with Divine timing instead of railing against its sometimes ponderous pace.
Moonstone allows understanding of the proper action at the proper time, in order to nurture and eventually reap the harvest of our creations.
Moonstone is a powerful stone for psychic awareness and intuition. Psychic ability allows you to open to outside guidance from higher beings. Moonstone enhances these communications and assists in applying them at the proper time.
Moonstone can help to attuned to your guides and follow their guidance in order to take appropriate action.
Moonstone is a perfect tool for increasing your intuition and psychic awareness, trusting the process. Psychic awareness includes the ability to use the six sensory gifts, or the Clair Senses - this collective word phrase includes any or all types of psychic sensitivity corresponding to the senses: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting, touching. Clair Senses in psychic terms are translated as:
clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairscent, clairtangency, and clairgustance.
Use moonstone to connect with the archangels of the Divine Feminine - Auriel and Tzaphkiel. This pearly stone is beneficial for rituals involving the Divine Feminine, the Goddess, the moon and all mythological goddesses. Moonstone is associated with the ancient Greek moon goddess Hecate.
cat's eye MOONSTONE
Cat's eye moonstone promotes clarity of the mind and inner vision. It helps you remain focused while in a meditative or altered state of awareness.
Cat's eye moonstone assists you in seeing the emotional lessons and implications underlying your current life experiences. It is excellent for those who desire a deeper insight into the emotional patterns of themselves or others.
Cat's eye moonstone carries an amazing balance of yin and yang energies, helping you to balance these forces within your energy field.
Grey moonstone is a stone of seeing beyond the veil. It is a powerful stone for the clairvoyant and the shaman, assisting you in moving into the unseen realms.
Grey moonstone is also called the New Moon Stone, and it does carry the mysterious and powerful energies of the new moon, where at that time all things exist as potential. It is a powerful magnifier of intention and can help you bring forth creations from the void.
Peach moonstone has a gentle loving energy that supports the heart just as it stimulates the mind. It allows you to see the positive, loving existence of the Divine in all situations. It can help soothe worry or anxiety while assisting you in celebrating the positive experiences in your life. Peach moonstone carries a soothing energy for the emotional body and is excellent for use by intuitive or sensitive children.
Rainbow moonstone acts as a prism that diffuses energy throughout the aura. It assists in clearing the psychic senses and the mind, it also brings the frequency of joy to your energy field. It is a positive protection stone, helping to deflect negativity and densities before they enter the energy field. It is particularly good for psychic protection and for maintaining clarity of energy while working on an intuitive level. Rainbow moonstone can be helpful in clearing the emotional body as well and can be used to ease emotional trauma.
Rainbow moonstone facilitates the activation and alignment of all the chakras, while helping you to maintain a clear sense of groundedness and centredness. This stone is recommended for anyone who suffers from daily stress or who carries old emotional wounds or grief. Rainbow moonstone promotes a healthy optimism, which allows you to overcome obstacles and difficult people and that can sustain you through dark times.
Rainbow moonstone is aligned with the energies of the Goddess, and they can help you successfully empower the feminine aspects of yourself. Through the goddess connection of this stone, you can also commune with the energies and spirits of Nature, from plant devas to galactic consciousness.
White moonstone represents the energy of the full moon at the height of its power. It stimulates all aspects of psychic perception and can enhance vision and dream work. Just like the full moon,, white moonstone can magnify your emotions. When used by women, it activates the kundalini energy line and opens the inner eye. Its energy assists men in reaching emotional balance and in developing their receptive power.
Moonstone harmonises well with....
Moonstone and the chakras
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z