Today our topic is a beautiful stone that is believed in many cultures to be pure moonlight which has been forever captured. We are talking, of course, about Moonstone, which has many associations in many myths throughout the world.
In this article, we’ve collected information about many of these, and we’re going to give you a crash-course in them as we move from section to section. We’ll start with some brief facts to use for your foundation and we’ll also go into such topics as Numerology, Runic applications, Feng Shui, and more!
Before we get started, however, we want to be clear about something. Our job here is to tell you about various beliefs associated with this stone based on word of mouth and written lore, but they are not meant to replace any modern physical or mental treatments or to diagnose any conditions – after all, we aren’t doctors and we’re not going to pretend to be!
So, if you use Moonstone in any works of this sort, then be sure to only do so in CONJUNCTION with modern treatments. That way, you can benefit from the stones as WELL as the science. It never hurts to hedge your bets, after all!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at what we know and have been told about the Traveler’s stone!
Getting started with Moonstone
Before we start going over the history, applications, and general lore about a stone, we like to give you a little basic background on it first. In this section, we’ll give some nicknames of Moonstone, as well as its colors, rarity, where it’s found, and more. This will give you a small foundation that you can build on as we proceed and which you can add to later as you research through other sources. Let’s get started with those basics now and we’ll go on from there!
Moonstone – aka Adularia, Selenite, Hecatolite, and the ‘Traveler’s stone’
Color: The most popular varieties are a bluish hue with a white sheen scintillating within, but Moonstone may also be found with brown, gray, green, and even pink coloration.
Rarity: While found in many places, good quality moonstone is considered to be both semiprecious and rare.
Found in: Some of the best Moonstone is mined in Southern India and in Sri Lanka, but it is also found in Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and some parts of the United States.
Most commonly used for: Healing, Feminine and masculine energies (depending on the mythos), boosting psychic ability, and Third-eye Chakra work.
Description: Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate is the Geologists designation when formally describing Moonstone, but basically, it’s an alkali feldspar which manifests as a semiprecious, milky-white stone that refracts light pleasantly at up to a 15 degree angle, creating the illusion of shimmering depths inside.
Moonstone is associated with fertility and other natural cycles and is largely considered to be a feminine energy, unless you are a Runester, as in Norse folklore Mani is the name of the Moon and is definitely a male!
This stone is said to increase psychic ability, helping to awaken the Third-eye Chakra, and it is also a good stone to carry if you are looking to make a ‘new beginning’ for yourself. The inherent energies of Moonstone are quite aligned with this, as evinced in the phases of the Moon that are represented by the stone itself.
Moonstone is, of course, associated with the Moon and its cycles. As the influence of the Moon is said to affect human behavior, the cycles also represent periods of time where one’s energy is at its weakest or at its fullest.
The cycles also represent a balance – ‘everything in its time’, so to say, which makes Moonstone a symbol of natural harmony as well. Roman mythology also tells us that it is a stone of Diana and that one who holds it may look into its depths and they will see her!
Moonstone as a Birthstone
Moonstone is considered to be a 3rd birthstone option for the month of June, following Alexandrite and Pearl in this regard. This makes Moonstone also a good stone for the Zodiac signs of Gemini or for Cancers who have a birthday in June.
Numerology is a powerful tool, allow us to dissect our own names and even the names that we have given to places and things in order to get a closer look at what these names mean. More often than not, it really ‘hits the nail on the head’ and provides useful insight that you can’t easily get otherwise.
In this section, we’re going to take a look at Moonstone from a Numerology perspective to see what it can tell us. As you are about to see, traditional Numerology often confirms things that you already know, while throwing in some useful information about things you might not!
Let’s take a look.
To do this, we’ll calculate the following:
- Personality number – Overall count of consonants in the name
- Heart’s desire number – Overall count of vowels in the name
- Destiny number – overall count from all letters of the name
The ‘Personality number’ is the general energy that this stone sends into the world and we calculate it by adding up the consonants of the name and reducing it to its core number.
- 4+5+1+2+5 = 17
Major Influence Number: 8
We have an excellent start with the number 8 as a Major influence for Moonstone energies sent out into the world, as this is a number of life energy and abundance! Think of it as the ambition and drive that prompts one not only to survive, but to flourish and even to lead others by our own example.
Minor Influence Number: 5
As a Minor influence, we have the number 5, which is a number of intuition, free-thinking, and even impulsive behaviors. Like the Moon is sometimes a crescent and other times it’s in-your-face FULL, the number 5 represents an adventurous attitude and mindset that won’t be denied!
Heart’s Desire Number
The ‘Heart’s Desire’ is the motivation and goals to which this stone is most aligned. This is determined by the count of the vowels in the name, broken down to their essential number.
Major Influence Number: 5
Moonstone, as it aligns to one goals, has a Major influence number of 5, which we’ve mentioned already is free-thinking, intuition, and an adventurous bet. This can make the stone quite useful for those who are looking to ‘break out of their mold’ by helping them to trust their gut and to start voicing their own opinions.
Minor Influence Number: 6
6 as a Minor influence makes a lot of sense, as this is a number associated with empathy and a nurturing energy. It is a feminine energy that one might most accurately associate with ‘mothering’ instincts and energies, in that it protects and nurtures healthy emotional and physical growth.
The ‘Destiny number indicates how the stone effects are expressed towards one’s goals and it is determined by calculating the total of all of the letters on the name and reducing them to their core number.
Major Influence Number: 4
Direct manifestation of Moonstones energies, according to Major influences of its Destiny number, give us a value of 4. 4 is a number of solid grounding in the physical world and an energy that focuses on keeping one centered and well rooted in the real-world present. This generally manifests in a ‘can-do’, hardworking, and no-nonsense attitude when it comes to pushing towards a goal and playing by the rules that others ignore too often at their peril.
Minor Influence Number: 6, 5
We have two Minor influence numbers for Moonstone’s direct affects on our goals. First we have a 6, and this number of Nurturing is also expressed as a Minor influence in the stone’s alignment. We also have a 5, which is seen as a Major or Minor influence in each of the categories that we have analyzed, cementing in Moonstone’s reputation as pushing the one who carries it into ‘thinking outside of the box’’.
Feng Shui Advantages of Moonstone
Feng Shui is becoming more and more popular in the west, as we seek to take its ancient principles in order to align the energies of our home, much as we do with our own energies. Stone energies can be incorporated into this and it’s definitely encouraged, as adding aspects of the different elements is a big part of Feng Shui and stones represent the Earth and sometimes even other elements such as fire, water, or air.
We have a few suggestions in this section that we have compiled for you to either use ‘as they are’ or to inspire you to a little creative Feng Shui of your own. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Bagua Placement: Kun and Dui
As Moonstone has strong associations with femininity and fertility, placing it in the Dui Bagua, associated with Joy and Children, is a good idea. This can incorporate the energies of Moonstone to help for couple who are hoping to build a family together.
Placed in Kun, the love and relationships Bagua, this can help to promote a more nurturing relationship and also help to ensure that empathy is both maintained and encouraged for healthier communication and enhanced intimacy as well!
Placed in the bathroom, Moonstone can help to grant more self-awareness about the level of one’s powers at any given time. Just as the Moon is strong in its fullness, but weaker in crescents, so our own energies ebb and flow and an awareness of this can increase our success in intended endeavors.
For women who have particularly difficult menstruation, the influence of Moonstone can help to calm this cycle down so that it is a bit more manageable.
Placed in the bedroom, Moonstone can help to bring a little more feminine energy into play, adding empathy and intuition into the wants and desires of the ones who make their bed in this room.
Placed at the entrance of the home, Moonstone can help to inspire that feeling of being nurtured when arriving back home, helping all who enter to shrug off the day that they’ve experienced before steeping food inside your most balanced home.
The intuition boost of Moonstone can help one to quickly assess the ‘mood of the home’ when they enter, which can be quite useful is the environment is often in flux.
In the kitchen, Moonstone helps to push towards healthy dietary options that will nurture and delight. You might even place it at the dining table if it is attached the kitchen, to help give a little energy boost towards nourishment for folks ‘recharging their batteries’ with meals at the table.
Placed in the living room, Moonstone can help to encourage more empathy, which can go a long way to keeping peace with the family as they congregate there. This is also good when you have guests over, as a little extra empathy can keep conversations from going into places that might offend other guests!
Chakras and Moonstone
Moonstone is a good fit for two Chakras. It is considered to be aligned with the energies of the Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, which is associated with divine energies – which its ties with the Moon and gods like Mani and goddess like Diana definitely support.
Its intuition boost capabilities also make this a good stone for awakening the Ajna, or ‘Third-eye’ Chakra, for those who wish to enhance inner vision, intuition, and psychic ability.
Elder Futhark Runes and the Suitability of Moonstone
In this section, we’re going to get into a little Runelore and give you an analysis of how Moonstone can affect and enhance your Runes. We’ll start off by looking into the merits of having an entire set of Runes hosted on Moonstone and then we’ll go into specific Runes that might benefit as well. This will give you a better understanding of how these energies interact and if you are making a custom set, with specific stones for each Rune, then we hope you’ll get some good ideas here.
Let’s take a look at Moonstone and how it plays with Runic energies!
Moonstones for a Complete Set
Runes represent the hidden interplay of various energies that exist in our reality. As soon, Moonlight being associated with Moonstone, makes an interesting choice for a Rune set. Recognizing the energies in the world is one step, but understanding as well when they are weakest or at their most powerful is a useful thing indeed, and a set completely made of Moonstone can help to teach you about this at the same time that their influence is pushing and promoting reliance on your intuition.
Not a bad fit for Odin’s Alphabet, we think!
Moonstone Use for Specific Runes
Using specific stones to empower and enhance Runes can yield some excellent results. It requires both knowledge of the stone itself, as well as the Rune that you will be carving on it, and if your choice is a good fit it can lead to enhanced efficacy and understanding of the Runes and stones in question.
Fehu is the rune of commerce, as represented by one of our earliest currencies… cattle. It’s associations with money tell you a lot about the Rune, because money is basically power that you have to use the right way in order to circulate it and benefit most from it.
As Moonstone energies wax and wane like the phases of the Moon, so do opportunities to invest widely tend to come and go, and bringing these two together can make the Rune more powerful in your readings and even suitable for carrying to help you make the best financial decisions.
Ansuz is a Rune of communication in the form of speech. More than it, it represents the understanding and empathy required to masterfully choose the right words that will sway the listener the most efficiently. This is a good fit for the empathic energies of Moonstone and another opportunity to make a Rune for divination or to carry as a powerful charm to help you choose your words wisely.
Laguz is the Rune of spirituality, with its literal meaning being ‘lake’. Water and the Moon are well known associated and you can physically see that in the influence of the tides the next time you visit a beach. These associations make Moon a perfect fit for Laguz and well-worth considering if you are customizing your Rune set.
Hagalaz is the Rune of Hail, which is powerful and dangerous when it falls, but nurturing when it melts into life-giving waters. Moonstone’s association with the divine femininity can thus be a good fit for the energies of Hagalaz, for readings or to carry, as it can help to remind one that harshest of lessons often provide the most powerful wisdoms as well.
Isa is the Rune of ice and stillness. Just as Ice can freeze everything into place for introspection, it is also a lesson for learning when to hold-fast and wait before making your move. It’s a clarity that can quickly halt aggression and a this makes it a good fit for Moonstone.
It also serves to reminds us that our powers are not always at their peak and sometimes waiting is the wisest thing that you can do to ensure that you bring ALL of your power to the table when it’s time.
Eihwaz is the rune of the Yew tree, most notably of the ‘World Tree’ Yggdrasil, that grows and spreads its roots and branches to touch and affect all of the known worlds. As evinced in our Numerology, a part of Moonstone’s influence is a firm grounding to the Earth and setting deep roots, making this Rune an excellent choice for hosting Eihwaz.
Goals and growth, hearth and home, Ingwaz is the rune of the hero and also called ‘the Seed’, as it represents determination and focus that is tempered by the wisdom to know that roots are needed to grow strong and to stay that way.
As such, Moonstone is a suitable host for this rune as well.
Creative Ways to use Moonstone
Moonstone may be carried during the full moon so that you can feed it a little of your energy every time to save as a sort of ‘battery’ for when you need it the most. As it promotes intuition, a sachet of Lavender with a small Moonstone inside as well may be placed under your pillow to help promote visions in your dreams.
Worn as a necklace, it can help to boost your confidence when swimming in a large lake or saltwater, helping to give its wearer a more innate understanding of the dangers of the tides and the sneaky undertow beneath them.
It can also be worn to help encourage a life that is more nurturing. Too often we neglect ourselves and the feminine, nurturing aspects of Moonstone can help us to keep more grounded and to remember to take care of ourselves.
If you charge it sunlight, Moonstone can also be used to balance masculine and feminine energies, which is a neat little trick that can come in handy. Just charge it by holding it in the sunlight and visualizing the energies entering into the stone, or just wear it on outside-facing jewelry will also do the trick quite nicely, too.
Moonstone as a Meditation Tool
In this section we like to provide a useful meditation that you incorporate a stone into and for Moonstone, we’re going to give you one to help you awaken Ajna, the Third-eye Chakra. First and foremost, you want to set the right mood for a mediation, so if you have some incense that you would like to light then go ahead and be sure to set your phone to silent before we get started.
Sit somewhere comfortably, wit the Moonstone in front of you or cupped in one hand, and you should begin your breathing exercises. If you don’t have experience with this, then just use a simple one by breathing in and inhaling until you reach a count of 3, followed by holding your breath for the same count, and then exhaling for a final count of 3 seconds.
Sit for awhile and do this until you no longer have to think about it and this breathing patterns come to you automatically. Ajjna, the Third-eye Chakra is located in the center of your forehead and will be aligned with the space between your eyebrows. Its color is purple, so visualize a purple sphere of energy spinning in the place in the center of your forehead.
For now, the color may be dulled, but don’t worry about that. When you can see it well in your mind, then look down at your Moonstone and gaze into it while holding the sphere of Ajna in your mind. Visualize and feel the world around you darkening, as your body moves and adjusts, as the Moonstone slowly becomes the actual Moon above you in a crescent form, which become fuller and fuller until complete.
When it is complete, see the moonlight becoming brighter and as it does, see the purple light of Ajna being nurtured and brightening in turn as a response to the stolen light from the Sun that the Moon is feeding it.
Visualize this until Ajna can no longer become brighter and the purple light overtakes everything in the room. Enjoy this visual and let it slowly fade and your meditation is done.
If you have been experiencing a blockage of Ajna of late, then this mediation can help you in unblocking it, and this is also an excellent exercise for awakening and strengthening the Third-eye Chakra.
If you like you can also perform this mediation once for each phase of the Moon in any given month, which will empower your Moonstone as a charm that you can carry to help you ramp-up your energies in a pinch.
It’s a handy trick to know and well-worth experimenting with – you’ll be surprised what you can do with it and with the things you will learn about the Moonstone and it’s specific energies.
Is Moonstone Expensive to Obtain?
Moonstone is considered to be a semi-precious stone, but that’s not always reflected in the price of it. Cost per carat for this stone can be anywhere between $5 up to $50, so depending on the size and rarity of the stone you’ve got your eye on, the cost could be 5$ to as much as $1000!
The most expensive Moonstones are the once which don’t have any green tint and which have no visible inclusions, but just remember that inclusions are natural and are not necessarily going to mean that you can only buy ‘ugly’ Moonstones. Just take a little time and bring in your patience ‘A-game’ and you’re sure to spot a beauty!
How Can You Tell if Moonstone Is Genuine?
With the price per carat being what it is, there are certainly some faux Moonstones floating out there, so we’re hoping to give you a little edge when it comes to avoiding fakes with some useful tips in this section. Let’s review some things that you can look for to help ensure that your Moonstone is legit!
The Moon affects water, and it’s apparently a mutual thing, as submersing your Moonstone in water for 1 to 1.5 hours should make the blue and other colorations of the stone really POP! Fakes will just look the same, but you should notice a little extra sparkle, color, and shine from a real Moonstone when it’s been submerged for an hour or more to test it.
Look for Layers
Put a bright light on your Moonstone at home or simply use the flashlight app on your phone if you are at a merchant’s stall and look for layers. You’ll have to move the stone around a bit slowly but you should be able to see distinct separations of layers present if the stone is real. With a faux Moonstone, those layers will be blurred, but for good measure you can bring your handy Jeweler’s loupe (or get one if you don’t have one, they are inexpensive and super useful for things like this).
If it’s real, those layers are going to be there!
Bubbles are Bad
While inclusions are normal and to be expected, they’d better not be in the form of tiny, round bubbles. Bubbles are an indicator which you can look for in many types of stones that will instantly tell you that something isn’t right.
If you have a jeweler’s loupe, then you can also check for sneaky, tiny bubbles, but if you see any with the naked eye then that’s probably not a Moonstone that you’re holding.
Hold your hand closed over the stone for a few moments and take a moment to notice the temperature. Glass will heat up quickly this way, but Moonstone should stay cool for a noticeable bit longer. If it gets warm too quickly then unless it’s a really small Moonstone, then proceed with caution because it might well be a fake!
Blues and Hues
Moonstone has an amazing blue luster to it but also has a refraction quality that you can test for. If the angle is turned past 15 degrees, then it’s no longer able to properly refract light. The distinctive light-capturing effect that makes it bright and sparkly inside will stop working at this point and you’ll know that your Moonstone is real or if it’s going back into the bin where you found it!
Mohs Hardness Scale
Mohs hardness scale if useful to know about. It tells you how hard a stone should be and if you memorize a few common items of different hardness, then you’ll know what can or cannot scratch the stone.
For instance, Moonstone is a 6 or a 6.5 on Mohs hardness scale and a steel file is a 6.5 too, so a steel file can scratch it right up. Here are some other comparisons on the scale to give you an idea of what shouldn’t be able to easily scratch Moonstone:
- Steel pocketknife blade – 5.5
- Steel nail – 5.5
- Average Window glass shard – 5.5
- Copper penny – 3.5
- Your fingernails – a mere 2.5
These are just a few examples but they can give you the basic idea behind this scale. While the vendor might have a small heart attack if you pull out a pocketknife, you can certainly test samples at home, and you can always read up on Mohs scale just to find some suitable scratch-test items that you can carry around with you.
Just remember, though, it’s better to ask before you test a sample, because if it fails you’re argument of ‘science!’ will fall on deaf ears and you’ll probably have to pay for that fake stone anyway. If they have confidence in their stones, it should be fine as long as you ask them and tell them exactly what you are doing.
How to Clean Moonstone
Moonstones are delicate, so keep them away from sonic cleaners and tumblers or you might end up with a cracked-up Moonstone and a nasty attitude for the rest of the day. Instead, rely on the stone-staple that get’s the job done safely – a soft-bristled toothbrush, mild dish or other soap, and warm water.
Give it a thorough soft-scrub and be sure to rinse it well afterwards and this will keep your precous Moonstone looking it’s very best!
Preparing Your Moonstone Before Use
The full lunar cycle, going from one new Moon to the next, takes a period of 29.5 days total. If you really want to supercharge your Moonstone, then you can put it outside or in the window every night for a complete cycle, wrapping it up in a clean, linen cloth during the daytime.
While you can charge it with sunlight as well, we don’t recommend prolonged exposure, as UV light can do damage to certain crystals and fade their luster a bit over time. Simply put, a little sun is okay, such as daily wear jewelry if you work inside, but you really don’t want to expose it to the sun for hour after hour, day after day. There’s no guarantee – but it might well fade a bit in color.
History on Moonstone Throughout the Ages
Moonstone has been a popular stone with many cultures for a long, long time. In Indian, for instance, it is believed that the god Bali fell to earth and was broken down into different stones, with Moonstone being the powerful radiance of his gaze captured completely.
In various parts of Asia, it was believed that the very best of these sacred stones would be washed up on shore from the sea every 21 years and in Roman mythology, these shows were captured beams of moonlight. The Romans also believed that when you looked upon the iridescence inside, you were looking directly at the Goddess Diana herself!
In European lore, the Moonstone was also known as the ‘Traveler’s stone’, said to protect those who travel at night underneath the stone’s namesake. News apparently gets around, with many cultures having their own specific myths to explain the properties of this stone.
While we aren’t sure which culture used it first, we can definitely say that it’s legend has spread far and wide and it’s still a very popular choice for jewelry and for mystical use to this very day!
Some Final Words on Using Moonstone
Today we’ve taken a closer look at the legends and lore about a stone that is not only directly associated with the divine, but which is said to be the essence of captured moonlight. Moonstones have some amazing potential for energy work, be it waking your Ajna Chakra, empowering your home’s Feng Shui, or even employing it in some highly directed Runework.
Just be sure to being a jeweler’s loupe when you are selecting your stones, so that tip-offs like bubbles or almost-transparent layering don’t sneak past your careful gaze and remember, this is a rare stone – if the price is suspicious, it’s probably not a bargain, but rather a trick!
We hope that we’ve inspired a few good uses for this stone today and until next time, we wish you and yours the very best!