Previously known as the “Traveller’s Stone”, Moonstone was (and still is) a fantastic crystal to carry when travelling – most commonly on ships for protection with water. Moonstone is unbelievably well known and common in this day and age. It’s highly marketed around women in particular, those who are seeking an increase in their fertility as well as holding associations to all Goddess energy, in particular the moon Goddesses in history.
Ancient history has proven Moonstone to be sacred, a summary below:
– Hinduism believed that Moonstone was created from moonbeams itself.
– In Ancient Greek, they called Moonstone “Aphroselene” which is symbolic due to their Goddesses within their history (Aphrodite – Goddess of Love, Selene – Goddess of the Moon).
– Asian culture believe that when observing Moonstone, if the light moves within itself you are seeing a live spirit.
– Roman’s believed Moonstone was formed from droplets of moonlight, and they believed Moonstone captured the image of Diana, The Goddess of the Moon.
So how does Moonstone get it’s pearly sheen? It is not to be confused with Opal, as it commonly can be. The name came from it’s nature, the beautiful visual effect it displays – which is caused by the different alkali Feldspars (Orthoclase, which I will get to soon). Moonstone is part of the Feldspar group, Hecatolite if you will. Moonstone is a very complex Silicate from naturally occurring minerals, it’s a Sodium Potassium Aluminium Silicate. Now say that 5 times out loud!
As I mentioned above, we all love the visual effect Moonstone can display. The most common ‘version’ of Moonstone is Orthoclase. Orthoclase Feldspar (Adularia) is highly common, it’s a mineral that can be mined quite literally anywhere and is flexible with other minerals such as Sanidine and Microline (which is another Feldspar group in itself with these 3 combined – I will have to get into that topic another time).
Just to name a few places where Moonstone can be mined, Australia, Madagascar, Norway, India, Poland and US.
Benefits Of Moonstone
Great for travelling
Enhances feminine energy
Aids hormonal balance
Helps with emotional balance
Wonderful during pregnancy
Soothes anxiety disorders
Strengthens spiritual protection
Known for aiding good fortune
Removes negativity from all Chakras
Stimulates creativity and inspiration
Moonstone is fantastic for aiding with pancreas, stomach, spleen and liver problems as it’s known for aiding with cleansing of blood and improving the digestive system.
As mentioned above, Moonstone is a fantastic crystal for feminine energy which includes things such as hormonal imbalances. It can aid with menstrual disorders or even aid you through childbirth. Peach Moonstone in particular should be worn during the last few weeks of pregnancy as it can aid with providing you a happier, healthier and safer delivery.
Moonstone is wonderful for aiding with insomnia, and it can assist the pituitary gland/pineal gland to keep you balanced and calm.
Moonstone has a standout appearance of adularescence, which can often make it easy to identify but it also can commonly be mistaken for Opal. There’s many different kinds of Moonstone (some that aren’t Moonstone at all, mind you), but the ‘standard’ Moonstone should have a soft milky like appearance but with a shiny blue sheen to it. The sheen can be seen from all angles, and it will have a reflective nature (one that you can imagine how in the ancient era they thought it was moonbeams).