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Hailed as a the ‘Traveler’s Stone’ that affords protection to travelers, especially at night, Moonstone is also considered a stone of ‘new beginnings’, because it boosts inner growth and strength. This stone not only enhances intuition and promotes good fortune, but also stabilizes emotions and de-stresses the mind.
Moonstone since antiquity
The use of Moonstone in Roman jewelry has been documented since the last two thousand years and its use in the orient dates back even further.
In India, it was considered a sacred stone, ideal for lovers and used in traditional weddings. This is because it was believed to strengthen loving bonds and even reconcile the differences between estranged lovers.
In Europe, it caught the fancy of jewelers in the Art Nouveau period.
What attracted people of yesteryears to this stone was its uplifting quality of hope and as an aid to peaceful sleep.
Origin and physical attributes of Moonstone
Chemically, Moonstone is a silicate of sodium, calcium and aluminum, belonging to the mineral species orthoclase, classified in feldspar group.
Found in Canada, China, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the US, this stone is usually formed in massive crystalline aggregates.
Its color usually ranges from white and cream to pink and brown. It may also contain pale shades of blue, green and yellow.
Moonstone displays iridescence flashes of color, called Labradorescence, the hallmark of labradorite felspar. This is because of the lamellar inter-growths inside the crystal, resulting from temperature variations during its formation. It is due to this that the light entering the crystal gets refracted.
This gives Moonstone a moonlike luster that ranges from vitreous to dull, making the crystal either transparent or translucent.
Healing properties of Moonstone
Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings, is strongly associated with the moon and to intuition. Like the waxing and waning of the moon, this stone too creates cycles that refreshes and rejuvenates.
On the physical level, Moonstone stabilizes hormonal shifts in women’s menstrual cycles and soothes the effects of PMS. It also helps during conception, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. By balancing the hormonal system, it stabilizes fluid imbalances. It helps the digestive system in assimilating nutrients and eliminating toxins. It prevents degeneration of skin, hair, eyes, liver and pancreas. The stone also has a calming effect on the mind.
At the emotional level, Moonstone restores emotional balance, cleanses negative energy, calms over reactions to situations and controls emotional triggers. It enhances patience and waters down aggression of both the macho man and the aggressive woman. This stone leads to introspection, thereby promoting self-improvement and spiritual growth.
At the mental level, Moonstone enhances the intuitive side of the mind, the reason why it is associated with the feminine. In women, it initiates kundalini energy and promotes clairvoyance. In men, it boosts non-linear thinking and restores mental balance by stimulating the right side of the brain.
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