Moonstone, A Typically Feminine MineralWhat is behind this mother-of-pearl and silver beauty, known as the moonstone? As a gemstone that was discovered in ancient times, this mineral symbolizes love and women. It also facilitates certain stages of their lives - notably pregnancy - thanks to its virtues, but that's not all! Susan Taylor reveals its history, origin, and properties here.
If you are looking for a natural way to take care of yourself, know that precious and semi-precious stones have amazing powers. From ancient times up until the 21st century, the moonstone is often associated with women because of its soothing and fertility-enhancing properties.
Generally colorless, but it can be white or have bluish and silver shades
Associated zodiac sign:
Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn
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Origins: From silver to moonstone
Moonstone was in fact formerly known as fish eye. Not surprisingly, its new name comes straight from the sky. Indeed, this stone gives off as much clarity as the star whose beauty it reminds us of.
This stone was officially discovered in the Alps in 1801 by a French man, who proposed the name "orthose". This term is certainly less glamorous, but it designates the mineral, of which moonstone is a variety.
Several deposits were subsequently identified. Although, the most beautiful moonstones are extracted in southwestern Sri Lanka, but they are also found in India, the United States, Madagascar, Burma, Australia, and Brazil, as well as in Tanzania.
The names of the moonstone have definitely followed one another:
Shortly after its discovery, a French mineralogist renamed it. He was inspired by the Greek goddess of the moon Hecate and gave it the following name: Hecatolite.
Then "Hecatolite" quickly gave way to another name, "adularia", this time in reference to the place of its discovery. The stone comes from Mount Adule or Adula in the St. Gotthard massif, located in the Swiss Alps.
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Moonstone through the world and times
Moonstone is named as such because of its color, a milky white tinged with blue, like the nocturnal star that fascinates Man, forgive us for this pun, since the dawn of time.
Many civilizations have always thought that moonstone was created by its rays. However, our ancestors did not resist the charm of this mineral and gave it a very early place in their beliefs as a symbol of love and fertility.
First, in the Middle East, women wore the moonstone to increase their fertility. Even today, this stone is sacred in India. Also in the West, in the Middle Ages, some believed that couples of lovers could have a vision of their future if they placed a moonstone in their mouth.
Then years later, in 2000 the moonstone was officially declared by the state of Florida in the United States, in tribute to the first step on the moon in 1969. Nowadays, moonstone is widely used to make jewelry or objects. If you feel the urge to practice lithotherapy or simply to wear this beautiful stone, then you will certainly be served.
Moonstone is the stone of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Among the Greeks, this mineral irresistibly developed passionate desire and fertility. In ancient times, moonstone was also used for divination. Since it was the stone of the goddesses, some men went so far as to put on women's costumes and place a stone in their mouth to receive celestial clairvoyance.
Virtues that delight the female gender
Thanks to lithotherapy, it is possible to treat oneself with precious stones. As a symbol of candor and tenderness, its virtues are beneficial to the feminine aspects of fertility. It is also reputed to protect night travelers and bring determination and intuition. More details on its powers:
- Relieves menstrual and menopausal disorders
- Alleviates acne
- Stimulates fertility
- Protects pregnancy and childbirth
- Promotes lactation
- Calms insect bites
- Balances all hormonal systems
- Improves digestive disorders related to stress
- Regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland
- Activates the circulation of body fluids (draining effect)
- Calms hyperactive children
Virtues on the emotional level
- Favors tender and harmonious relationships
- Softens the carried away and severe characters
- Induces lucid dreams, clairvoyance, and premonition
- Preserves from sleepwalking
- Soothes anxieties, brings serenity
- Favors wisdom
- Develops intuition
- Stimulates creativity
- Facilitates the transition between conscious and unconscious
How to recharge this stone?
Your moonstone will need to be purified frequently so that it retains its milky shine. Spring water, demineralized water or simply running water will work fine. Avoid salt or use it occasionally. You can then expose it to the moonlight for a few hours to recharge it.
Did you know that?
- To relieve them, this white and shiny stone is given to epileptics in the form of scrapings in a drink.
- Placed at the foot of trees, it makes them bear fruit.
- Legend has it that Pope Leo X owned a moonstone that changed color, going from white to blue following the phases of the Moon!
► The stones all have something to offer you. See for example the Amethyst, this stone with its intense color is ideal to fight against addictions!