Moonstone comes from the Sanskrit words “kanta”, meaning loved, and “chandra”, meaning moon. Thus, together these expressions mean “beloved of the moon” referring directly to its mythical origin.
Moonstone: general data
The Moonstone is a pale mineral with pearly reflections. It is a soft stone, charged with the energy of the Moon.
It is also a symbol of harmony and openness. Discover the significance of this coveted stone, as well as its physical and spiritual benefits.
Origins of moonstone
Ancient civilizations named natural stones in a simple way, often according to their colors or physical characteristics.
The name moonstone comes from its soft color and pearly reflections similar to the lunar star. Its resemblance is such that in ancient times it was thought to be a fragment of the Moon.
Actually, the name moonstone is the commercial name that we all know. But the strictly scientific name of the stone is Adulaire in reference to the Mont Adula located on the border between Switzerland and Italy which housed a huge deposit of moonstones towards the end of the eighteenth century. But today this deposit is unfortunately depleted.
One can sometimes find the moonstone under the name Hecolite in reference to Hecate, goddess of the Moon.
History of Moonstone
The moonstone occupies an important place in many civilizations. Our ancestors have always been fascinated by the stars, especially the Sun and the Moon, to which they associated a heavenly power.
Indeed, lunar cycles influence the environment, the Earth, the sea, but also the behavior of humans. They change mood, sometimes sleep. The pale stone directly connected to the Moon therefore has a very strong symbolism.
Natural moonstone is a variety of orthoses with soft shades of white and pearly reflections. As with Labradorite, it is the phenomenon of adularescence that gives its characteristic reflections to the moonstone.
1 – In ancient times
In Antiquity, the Greeks adored the hecatolite stone, which they associated with the goddess Hecate. With offerings, they hoped to receive protection and the power of clairvoyance.
Some peoples, like the Indians, thought that moonstone was actually born from a stone that had stored a lot of lunar rays. Others believed that it was a fragment of the Moon that had come off and landed on Earth. Even today this pearly white stone is considered sacred in India.
Among the Romans, moonstone was associated with femininity and clairvoyance. They also lent the stone the power to change friendly feelings into romantic feelings and to strengthen couples.
2 – In the Middle Ages
In the Middle Ages, the light lunar mineral was worshipped by women, the moonstone being linked to fertility and passion. It increased fertility and improved the chances of getting pregnant. In addition, it had the power to protect the woman and the fetus during pregnancy.
In Egypt, people who had to travel at night wore moonstone pendants to protect themselves from attacks and unhealthy spirits.
3 – From the 21st century onwards
Much later, in the early 2,000s, the moonstone became one of Florida’s emblems in honor of the Kennedy Space Center, which sent the first men to the moon in 1969.
Today the mineral with sumptuous pearly white reflections is mainly used in jewelry in the manufacture of moonstone bracelets, rings or pendants. It is also very popular in lithotherapy for its powerful benefits.
Moonstone in lithotherapy
The moonstone is a benevolent and positive stone. It harmonizes the different energies, emotions and provides access to a state of tranquility and inner peace.
It is a stone that strengthens couples and love between two people. With its soft energies it soothes disputes and promotes harmony.
The translucent mineral develops sensitivity, creativity, imagination and softness. It also strengthens extra-sensory abilities such as intuition, clairvoyance and facilitates the distinction between sincere and false people.
It represents Yin, a pure, gentle and feminine energy. It promotes open-mindedness, tolerance and goodness of soul. It helps us not to fear those who are not like us.
In man, the moonstone soothes temperaments too warriors, brawlers or too impulsive. It promotes female sensitivity and thus helps to better understand women.
In lithotherapy, a property of moonstone is to regulate the nervous system and the production of hormones. It decreases the secretion of cortisol, the stress hormone and promotes the production of dopamine, the hormone of well-being.
In women, the moonstone has the power to regulate cycles and avoid pain during menstruation.
With its soothing and anti-stress effects, the gem harmonizes the digestive system and thus promotes good digestion and transit.
A massage with stones of polished moons allows to restore its radiance to the skin and fights against pimples and skin affections.
How to clean a moonstone?
In its natural state, the moonstone purifies itself and recharges itself by the spring water, the earth, the light of the sun or the moon. But as soon as the stone is no longer in its natural environment, it is necessary to purify and recharge it in order to maintain its positive energy.
Indeed, after a certain time, the stone is emptied of its natural energy and needs to be recharged in order to regain its full potential.
You can purify your bracelet and other moonstone jewelry by rinsing them for a long time with clear water, BUT never use salt or incense.
The mineral can be recharged in moonlight throughout the night, or in soft sunlight, but favor the rays at sunrise and sunset. It is also possible to recharge it on a mass of quartz for a few hours. Your stone will thus regain all its natural energy. You can easily clean the moonstone with a soft cloth to restore its beautiful pearly shine.