Moonstones have been around since the early times and have had a tangible connection to the magic of the moon – an amulet of protection for travelers, a channel for prophecy, a gift of lovers for passion, and a path to wisdom. Humans have had strong ties to the moon since the beginning and as it waxes and wanes in cyclic perfection, it creates the tides and rhythms of Mother Earth and and influences our behavior, emotions and spiritual growth. Moonstone are said to calm, encourage and teach us the natural rhythms of life.
Moonstone has also been used in Roman jewelry for nearly two thousand years, even longer in the Orient. It has always been a sacred stone in India where it has special significance for lovers, even a traditional wedding gift there. In Europe it was believed to reconcile estranged lovers and as a cure to sleeplessness. Moonstone is known as the Traveler’s Stone for the protection it affords, especially at night, and because of its uplifting quality of hope, has long been worn as a talisman to enhance the personality.
Named for its moon-like sheen, Moonstone is a Feldspar mineral exhibiting a soft, watery opaqueness and a silvery-white reflection called chatoyancy that moves as a line across the surface as light varies. Moonstone occurs in delicate shades of peach, blue, gray, white and a prismatic variety known as Rainbow Moonstone. The following moonstones are featured with the purpose of learning more about their focuses.
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. Aligned with the Goddess, Rainbow Moonstones connect with the energies and spirits of Nature, from plant devas to galactic consciousness.
White Moonstone carries the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision and dream work. It can magnify one’s emotions, activating the kundalini energy in women and emotional balance in men, and is supportive in children to drive away nightmares or insomnia.
Gray Moonstone is a stone of perceiving beyond the veil – useful to the clairvoyant and shaman, and in moving one into unseen realms. It is called the “New Moon Stone” and carries the mysteries and powers of the new moon, where all things exist as potential.
Blue, or Cat’s Eye Moonstone, promotes clarity of the mind and inner vision, keeping one focused while in a meditative or altered state of awareness. It is particularly helpful in seeing emotional patterns and life lessons, and in balancing yin and yang energies.
Peach or Yellow 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.
The Moonstone can be an interesting tool to learn about and explore, like Crystals it has many facets to them that practitioners can find useful once their abilities are unlocked and properly used. This is not to mention that the stones have natural beauty within them.