Friday, June 8, 2012

Stones of Gemini - Moonstone

From Rishar Jewelry Collection
Moonstone, once referred to as the ‘traveler’s stone’ or ‘The Stone of New Beginnings’, is often called water opal, fish-eye, and wolf’s eye. In India it is a sacred stone called Candra Kantra, which can only be displayed on yellow cloth. This stone is often used as a stand-in for pearls.

Vintage Carved Moonstone Necklace
Moonstones are said to be an alternative and mystical birthstone for the month of June; and are associated with the astrological signs of Cancer, Libra, and Scorpio. The Romans believed that Moonstones were formed by the light of the moon. In Arabic cultures, these stone are considered a sign of fertility. Legends also say that they ensure an abundant crop; and, in some Eastern cultures moonstones, are favored for love. It was believed that wearing or carrying one would bring new love to their lives.

Linked with water signs, Moonstone is a stone of comfort and the Goddess. Since is it is associated with lunar energy, it is a great stone for women. Long considered to have an inherent connection to the moon and Goddess energy [or feminine energy], moonstones were used during the waxing of the moon for love charms and during the waning for prophesies. It is thought that moonlight from the full moon gives this gemstone magical power.

Archangel Gabriel, Angel of the moon, who brings man hope, is said to be associated with this stone. He is the spirit of truth and the Prince of Justice. He is the purveyor of psychic gifts, intuition, and receptivity. Gabriel is the patron of communications and postal workers; and his symbols are lilies and trumpets. His colors are believed to be silver, white, and blue.

Pancavasa
One of the most famous moonstones is located in the Abayagiri Monastery (Sri Lanka) on the main flight of stairs, in Anuradhapura, now commonly known as Biso Maligaya, or the Queen’s Palace. This moonstone is believed to be from the 7-8th centuries, and is considered one of the most well preserved moonstones of this era.

The metaphysical properties of this stone are thought to be reflective, calming, and protective. Moonstones are believed to bring good fortune, balance and harmony, psychic perception, and to strengthen intuition. They are said to allow one to see the future, and sooth stress and anxiety. These stones are alleged to assist one in sustaining and understanding the destiny one has chosen. Their energy is balancing, introspective, reflective, nurturing, and lunar.

Moonstone & Labradorite Ear Sweeps
Moonstones are thought to enhance perception, creativity, compassion, endurance, and passion. They are also believed to stimulate inner confidence, composure, growth, and strength. These stones are also assumed to ease stress in both males and females; they have a balancing effect, especially on emotions of love and intuition. Moonstones are considered to be especially protective of children and women; and even more powerful while traveling by sea or at night. They are said to also, have the power to reconcile arguing lovers and family members; and to help in child birth and pregnancy, especially when given as a gift.

Colors: cream, yellow, blue, gray, peach/pink [NOTE: Rainbow Moonstones are a type of Labradorite]

Associations:
  • Zodiac: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio
  • Mystical Stone: Gemini
  • Energy: Receptive
  • Element: Water
  • Planet: Moon
  • Day: Friday
  • Direction: West
  • Metal: Silver
  • Chakras: 2nd Sacral, 6th Third Eye
  • Deities: Diana, Selene, Isis, all lunar goddesses
  • Powers: Love, divination, sleep, gardening, protection, youth, dieting, happiness, good fortune, nurturing, mothering, unselfishness, hope, wishes, easy child-birth, safe travel, abundance, ancient wisdom.

Blessings, Liz

Sources: http://www.amazinglanka.com/anuradhapura/pancavasa/pancavasa.php
http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/moonstone.htm
http://www.powersthatbe.com/island_treasures/metaphysical.html#moonstone
http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/881
http://www.squidoo.com/moonstone-healing-properties
http://www.sobrietystones.com/resources/GemBook/Stones/meanings_gemstones_moonstone.htm
http://www.crystalsandjewelry.com/metaphysicalproperties_m.html
http://www.charmsoflight.com/moonstone-healing-properties.html

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