Moonstone has always held a connection to the energy and magic of the moon and, like the moon, holds an air of mystery.
It has been found in Roman jewelry from almost 2,000 years ago, and even earlier in the Orient. In India, Moonstone has always been a sacred stone, where it is a traditional wedding gift, and in Europe, it was believed to reconcile estranged lovers. In ancient times, different cultures believed that the stone was formed from moonlight or solidified moonbeams, which added to the mystery.
The stone is named for its moon-like sheen with a silvery-white reflection (called chatoyancy), and can be found in delicate shades of white, peach, blue, grey, and a rainbow stone.
Moonstone is known as the Traveler’s Stone as it is considered to protect the wearer, especially at night or on the water when the moon is shining. If you’re a frequent traveler, you may want to keep a piece of moonstone in the glove compartment of your car!
It is thought that if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full, you will always share passion. It is also thought to bring good fortune, enhanced intuition and inspiration, and may help in seeing the future. Dreaming of moonstone indicates travel and good health, but may also symbolize the unfolding of spiritual and psychic development.
Like Moss Agate, Moonstone is also associated with abundance in gardening.
Moonstone is a very personal stone, and is a reflection of the person who owns it. It is a stone for new beginnings, and a stone of inner growth and strength. It can help the wearer understand their emotions and release frustration, promoting calm and patience.
The stone is especially calming to children, driving away nightmares and encouraging sleep.
Physically, Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. It can act as a growth stone for children and teenagers, and has been thought to slow the degeneration of the elderly, particularly in the skin, hair, eyes, liver and pancreas. It is also useful in treating insomnia.*
Meditating with Moonstone takes one deep into the self.
In Feng Shui, Moonstone (a metal energy) promotes concentration and determination in our lives. Use white crystal energy to enhance any space that you use for concentration, gathering strength, or working with a group. Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room, its energy of crystallization focusing your efforts and determination.
Different types of Moonstone add additional properties:
White Moonstone carries the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, and enhancing vision and dream work.
Blue, or Cat's Eye Moonstone promotes clarity and inner vision, and helps maintain focus while meditating. It is particularly helpful in understanding emotional patterns and life lessons, and in balancing yin and yang energies.
Gray Moonstone is a useful stone to clairvoyants and shamans. It is called the "New Moon Stone" and carries the mysteries and powers of the new moon, where all things exist as possible.
Peach or Yellow Moonstone supports the heart and stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its gentle, loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations, and is an emotional support for intuitive or sensitive children.
Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura and displaying flashes of blue and purple. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma.
Along with Pearl, Moonstone is the traditional birthstone of June. It is the zodiac stone for those born under the sign of Cancer (June 21 to July 22).
Traditionally, Moonstone was a gift for the 13th anniversary, as it was believed to counteract the evil influence of the number.
Moonstone is a great stone for Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers, who sometimes feel they must repress much of what they feel in order to function more effectively.
*Note: The properties of healing stones should not be considered as healthcare information.