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Moonstone - Origin and Benefits

Let's discover together the moonstone, soothing stone of creativity.


Hardness: 6 to 6.5 (scratches on steel)

Chakra: sacral chakra, 3rd eye chakra

Let's learn!


Its appearance earned it the nickname "fish eye" for a long time.


It is however for its resemblance to the moon that it now bears its name moonstone. Indeed, it has several colors mixed with pearly white, transparent or bluish reflections.

The origin of the name moonstone would then come from the Sanskrit terms "kanta" (= loved), and "chandra" (= moon).

Meaning then "loved of the moon"


Known for several centuries, it is compared by many ancient civilizations as more current to the moon because of its benefits.


The Greeks and Romans also thought that it was actually a solidified moonbeam.


The Romans then associated the stone with femininity and intuition, representing Diana, goddess of the moon and protector of animals.

This stone also served them to see the future. The men dressed as women and put the stone in their mouths. The feminine appearance would then ensure access to the powers of clairvoyance of the stone.


They also imagined that it could change astral phases and romantic feelings.

In Greek Antiquity, it symbolized fertility and passion.

Thus, it protected pregnancies while increasing pleasure during sexual relations.


In antiquity, it was also used as an object of divination and was considered the stone of the goddesses.


In the Middle East, it referred to fertility, and was used to increase the chances of getting pregnant.


In Egypt, it was associated with the protection of nocturnal travelers, since it left and returned every day. Its power was enhanced when the moonlight reflected in the water.


In the Arab world, they were and still are revered as powerful family stones for fertility, "devotional" love, and the blessings of children.

The stone is also often sewn into clothing or worn as a pendant to protect against disease and to balance souls. Something that is also made in India.


It was then a stone which, even today, is sacred in India. Its population also thought that moonstone stored moonbeams. Other people thought it was pieces of the moon that ended up falling to Earth.


It is a stone that is now widely used in jewelry and lithotherapy.


What is it?

Mineralogists call it Hecatolite or Adularia.

Hecate was one of the three moon goddesses. Adule, for its part, is a mountain made of moonstone deposits which were discovered in 1801 by Jean-Claude Delamétherie.


If we look at the geological side of the stone, it is common. It is a low-temperature feldspar that can be found in plutonic and metamorphic rocks, such as, for example, in alpine orogenies. They are regularly found in France, in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.


It was possible to discover all its components at the beginning of the 19th century and, in 2000, the moonstone was officially declared the symbol of the State of Florida in the United States to pay homage to the Kennedy Space Center which sent the first humans to the moon, in honor of the first step on the Moon in 1969.


It produces the phenomenon of adularescence: the light, between the layers of the stone which have developed during crystallization, gives it luminous silver reflections.

Thus, its color will go from white to pink through orange and gray, with white, blue, or even rainbow opalescent reflections.


Its main deposit is in Sri Lanka.

However, it can be found in Brazil, Germany, Australia, Burma, the United States, Madagascar, Tanzania or Norway.


Benefits:


Keeping a fairly close link with the moon, this stone draws some of its benefits from the latter.


The moonstone can be associated with the sacral chakra, located below the navel, chakra which helps to control one's emotions and libido.


It can also be associated with the 3rd eye chakra, which manages spiritual awareness and helps to develop intelligence. The stone will then help to open his 3rd eye and develop clairvoyance.


Psychological


A stone of tolerance and communication, it will promote benevolent exchanges and open-mindedness.

Thus, it can also promote good understanding in friendly, professional and romantic relationships.


It would calm the hyperactivity of children and adults. It will also help reduce stress and anxiety.

It will then develop positive thoughts over time by chasing the negative ones.


Would develop intuition and creativity.

It would then help in making good decisions.


Also, it will help to regain a taste for life and find a balance.


Physical

This stone would relieve menstrual disorders and pains. It would then help to calm stomach pains.

It would have an impact on hormones just like the moon and would help regulate them.

This would also reduce skin problems, including acne.

It would help regulate the thyroid.


Would promote better sleep as well as premonitory dreams.


It would improve digestion. Indeed, moonstone would promote good digestion and have draining benefits on the body.


It would improve the work of the kidneys and the bladder, thus making it possible to fight against water retention.


Strengthen fertility while protecting pregnancies by reducing their stress.


At home, it will facilitate the transition from work to quiet family life in its cocoon.


At work, it will bring calmness to help with concentration.


Purification and Recharging:


To clean it, you can put it under spring water, tap water is not recommended because limestone is not good for the stone.


To purify it, the easiest way is to let it soak in unsalted distilled water for a few hours.

Fumigation and stone burial are an alternative.


It is also possible to purify it and recharge it by leaving it for a few hours in the light of the moon.

Full moons are then much more effective.


Placing the stone on a cluster of quartz or on an amethyst geode in order to recharge it is also a possibility.


Associations :


Being a spiritual stone, it could be associated with amethyst as well as aquamarine to find wisdom and mental calm. But also with labradorite, pink quartz, rock crystal or kunzite.

However, it is better to avoid energizing spiritual stones such as garnet, red jasper, amber, malachite, tiger's eye, obsidian, black tourmaline, and turquoise.

To work on the 3rd eye, it could be associated with lapis lazuli, labradorite, or sodalite.


In terms of work on the sacral chakra, it can be associated with amber.


To work on the psychic, it can also be associated with charoite, prasiolite, blue sapphire and sugilite.


Under the prism of colors, it can be associated with rock crystal, selenite or even howlite.


As for an association by properties, it can be associated with amethyst, apatite, chrysocolla, citrine, or sodalite.


Finally, as it belongs to the group of potassium feldspars, it can be associated with labradorite, rock crystal and amazonite.



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Disclaimer : always research further. / If you are sick or have a medical condition, see a health specialist and don't just rely on the stones.

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Written by and for SparkStudio in 2023.

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Sources : https://www.123ambre.com/pierres / www.france-mineraux.fr / authentiques-mineraux.fr / universmineral.fr / yoga-zen-boutique.com / www.lithotherapie.net / "La bible des cristaux" Lisa Butterworth, 2022, Hachette Livre, Marabout.

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