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- Mineralogy and geology*
- Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
- Common Associations
Mineralogy and Geology of Moonstone
Moonstone is any light-colored variety of feldspar that has a milky or blue-white appearance, and a moonlight-like sheen, called blue schiller, or adularescence. Several types of sodium and potassium feldspar can exhibit this adularescence, including orthoclase, anorthoclase, sanidine, albite, and oligoclase. The potassium feldspar and sodium feldspar crystallize in separate microscopic layers that diffract the light differently, resulting in the classic moonstone sheen.
Most moonstone is a form of microcline, often adularia (a low-temperature form of potassium feldspar). Moonstone occurs on most continents. Traditionally the most valued, clear bluish moonstone comes from Myanmar and Sri Lanka. India, Austria, Brazil, China, Scandinavia, Mexico, Japan, Australia and the United States all have moonstone deposits.
For more mineralogical and geological information visit the microcline page HERE.
Moonstone comes in various colors and forms. Some of the most common are:
- Rainbow moonstone:in addition to the adularescence, rainbow moonstone refracts light in rainbow colors.
- Colored moonstones:often pink or green, these moonstones have been altered to enhance their natural color. Some have a colored foil backing; some have been dyed. Most peach moonstone is a natural colored stone.
- Black moonstone:originally "black moonstone" was a trade name for larvikite, an unusual igneous rock that occurs in Scandinavia and Canada. A similar stone has now been found in Madagascar, typically black with veins of white, grey or brown running through it. This is not a true moonstone although it may contain some moonstone crystals.
Moonstone Lore and Trivia
- In Indian lore, moonstone is said to have been embedded in the forehead of the deity Ganesh, since the beginning of time.
- In Hindu mythology, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams; supposedly you could see your future if you held one in your mouth during a full moon.
- In India, moonstone is sacred and is traditionally presented on a yellow cloth.
- Moonstone was used for protection in travel, particularly in the night.
- The Roman natural historian, Pliny, coined the name moonstone; he wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon. This gives the association of this gemstone with all things lunar and feminine
Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing Properties of Moonstone
Moonstone is a feldspar, and feldspar is one of the two most abundant minerals in Earth’s continental crust, so every human on the planet works with the energy of this stone unconsciously, every day. All varieties of moonstone carry the energy of the moon – gentle, soothing, feminine, very deep and strong.
Moonstone energy is lunar – feminine, balancing, introspective, and reflective. It is a “stone of new beginnings” helping with clarity about what has been left behind to support space for the new to come in, and to soothe the stress of the transition.
Moonstone is also considered to be a stone for hoping, wishing, in alignment with what is for one’s higher good, and to accept the ups and downs, the cycles of life. The soothing properties of moonstone help to get you out of your mind and into your heart to better understand situations and apply your understanding in a practical way.
The inner clarity and soothing brought by moonstone, combined wIth enhanced intuition, support self-expression and creativity.
Feng Shui of Moonstone
Minerals placed in the home or work environment with intention can enhance that energy. The art of feng shui helps to understand how certain parts of your home or work place can benefit from the placement of objects. For a basic primer on feng shui, click HERE.
Placing moonstone, or moonstone jewelry, in certain areas of the home or workplace help to activate those energies, bringing greater balance.
Moonstone’s lunar feminine energies pair well with the Children / Creativity / Completion sector of the bagua map. To find this, stand at the entrance to your house/space, and locate the middle right area. You could hang a pearl earring on a picture or carving, wrap a pearl necklace around a vase, or add one or more to an altar.
As a “stone of feeling” moonstone also works well in the relationship sector of the bagua map. To find this, stand at the entrance of your house / space, and locate the far right corner. Pearl assists in sensitivity to your own and your partner’s feelings, and is also soothing.
Moonstone is balancing, soothing and helps with intuition and creativity, so it feels good to carry a piece in your pocket. Because of its relationship with the third eye chakra, moonstone earrings can be particularly effective. Wearing a moonstone pendant brings these energies to your heart center where they can integrate with the other chakras.
Moonstone for Grids and Rituals
Moonstone has long been used to assist women with pregnancy and child birth. In the book Crystal Muse it’s used as part of the Conscious Conception Ritual (pp. 145-149).
According to Kiera Fogg in her book Crystal Gridwork, moonstone is a “barrier” crystal, helping to prevent misfortune and to protect from negativity – shielding us from what we do not want. Her book includes moonstone in several grids -
- Grid for New Beginnings (pp.100-101) - moonstone as a stone of "new beginnings"
- Motherhood Grid (pp. 114-115) - moonstone as support for the feminine
- Breakthrough Grid (pp. 86-87) and Wisdom Grid (pp. 92-93) - moonstone helping with intuition and emotional clarity, deepening insights.
Common Associations for Moonstone
- Color – clear to opalescent white / rainbow, peach, cream, bluish
- Chakra – third eye, solar plexus
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 4
- Planets – Moon
- Zodiac – Rabbit, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio
- Bagua – Relationships (kun), completion/children (dui)
- Elements – water, metal, earth
- Birthstone - June
- Wedding Anniversary – none, can substitute for Pearl for 3rd and 30th.
* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org
** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.
*** Metaphysical properties come from:
Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.
The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.
Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.
Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.