For centuries, moonstones have been revered not only for its amazing metaphysical benefits, but also for its beauty. Moonstone is made up of two different types of feldspar minerals (orthoclase & albite) and its lustrous glow occurs when light bounces between them. This curious stone of transformation and femininity brings change and new opportunities as its properties surround the natural energy of the earth’s moon. Despite its popularity among crystal enthusiasts, there are still some facts and information on moonstone you may not have been aware of. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about moonstone.
- Moonstone in mythology
Moonstone’s story begins in Ancient Rome, where it was believed that the stone itself was formed by solidified beams of moonlight. The Roman goddess, Diana was believed to wear the stone often and thus that it would bestow wisdom, love, and good fortune to the person who possessed it. The ancient Greeks combined the names of two of their goddesses, Aphrodite (the goddess of love) and Selene (the goddess of the moon) to give the stone the name Aphroselene.
- Moonstone, a gift from the ocean
In Asia, it was a common belief that blue moonstone was a gift from the moon, brought in on the ocean tides every twenty-one years. It is from this belief that another was born, of how the stone’s luster would shift and change with the phases of the moon.
- Moonstone, a mood stone
In many cultures where this stone is honored, it is believed that a person’s emotions have a direct effect on the stone itself. If the wearer harbors anger, fear, resentment or any other negative feelings, the stone would become cloudy and lose its luminescence. So, much like a mood stone, it could tell whether a person carries positive or negative energies within.
- Moonstone, a divination stone
Many legends claim that moonstone holds the magical energy of the moon and would lend its psychic powers to the wearer, if they are naturally inclined. It is said that this stone enhances one’s psychic visions, making their dreams prophetic and would often be used in divination practices. It is also believed that if a person held moonstone in their mouth on the full moon, they would be able to see their future.
- Moonstone, uniting lovers
In India, moonstone is considered sacred and is a traditional wedding gift. This is based on the belief that the stone brings good luck in romance and holds the ability to reunite estranged lovers. It is said if two people wear moonstone on the full moon, they would fall passionately in love.
- Moonstone, a goddess’s headdress
India’s sacred reverence of this stone comes from the story of their moon god, Chandra Shekara. His name translates to “person who wears the moon”. It is said that the stone set into his forehead was a moonstone and that its luster would dim and brighten according to the waning and waxing of the moon, giving the stone its name.
- Moonstone, a talisman for the traveler
In many cultures, moonstone has been known for its ability to protect travelers of both land and sea, especially at night. It keeps them safe from harm and guides them to their destination, much like the moon lights our path at night. As it is also a dream stone, it can be assumed that moonstone is also a protective talisman for the traveler of the astral realms.
- Moonstone, a host of ancient power
An ancient legend in Vedic history speaks of the battle between Vishnu and Bali, the god of demons. When Vishnu defeated Bali, his body shattered in millions of pieces, falling to the earth as gemstones and jewels. The sparkle in his eyes turned into Chandrakanta, otherwise known today as moonstone.
- Moonstone, the amulet of fertility
Throughout the ages, this powerful manifestation stone has been used to nourish crops and bring good fortune to farmers. Amulets were hung from tree branches to ensure a successful crop, while the stone itself was planted in the soil under a full moon to promote fertility in the garden. Middle Eastern women would often sew the stone into their clothing when they wished for a child and also for protection during pregnancy and childbirth.
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