Moonstone is a type of Feldspar that diffracts light giving it a luminous look. The ancient Romans considered moonstone to be solidified moonlight. The most valued moonstone is pale blue or gray, but it comes in many colors including pink, brown and yellow.
Other names for moonstone: Hecatolit, Chandrakanta, Selenite, Feldspath Nacré, (Na,K)AlSi3O8
Moonstone in Magick
Moonstone can be worn to attract true love and arouse passion. If you give your lover a moonstone necklace under the light of the full moon, there will always be passion between you. It is also useful to help settle disagreements between lovers and return the relationship to a peaceful status.
Sewn into garments, moonstone is said to enhance fertility.
Wearing moonstone can help protect sensitive emotions
It can also be worn to enhance divination and encourage prophetic dreams and pleasant dreams and to prevent nightmares. It is an excellent focal point for meditation and can also be used for scrying.
Moonstone represents the yin, attracts peaceful energy and brings about a calm, balanced state.
Moonstone is protective of travelers, particularly at night and/or by sea.
Moonstone is considered generally lucky.
Healing with Moonstone
Moonstone cleanses and strengthens the aura helping the wearer feel more energetic and positive. It cleanses the lymphatic system and strengthens the immune system and helps fight signs of aging giving the wearer a youthful glow.
Moonstone is also said to help stabilize emotions, prevent mood swings and hormonal imbalances as well as relieve PMS symptoms. It is helpful for women of all ages and stages of life. It can be worn to reduce pregnancy discomfort and problems associated with menopause and is said to enhance female intuition.
Caring for Moonstone
Moonstone is relatively soft stone, 6 on the Mohs scale, so it should be handled with care as it can be easily scratched or crushed. Moonstone should be stored separately from other jewelry in its own soft bag or lined box and should not be worn while performing strenuous tasks that could result in it getting bumped or scratched. It can be cleaned with plain water and a soft cloth. If it gets scratched, take it to a jeweler to have it polished out.
Charge your moonstone in the light of the waxing moon and keep it out of direct sunlight.
Feldspars like moonstone contain aluminum which should not be ingested. However, tumbled moonstone is safe to wear as jewelry and hold in the hand, even for long periods. It is also safe to use to make gemstone elixirs using an entire tumbled stone that will be removed. It should not be crushed and added to elixirs, however. Always wear a mask and take care not to inhale the dust when grinding and engraving moonstone.