Moonstone Symbolism


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“Heart Briolette Rainbow Moonstone Necklace” by Amelia Isa. Licensed under CC By-ND 2.0.

With a silvery light that seems to come from within, moonstone has many associations with the Moon. That connection isn’t surprising. However, this beautiful gem also has a long history of use as a talisman for fertility, love, protection, and sleep. While you certainly need no excuses to buy this stone, learn more about moonstone symbolism and its varied mystical associations.

Eastern Moonstone Symbolism

In Eastern cultures, “lighted” gems, such as moonstone, indicated good luck. The ever-changing, white reflections on its surface, which gemologists call adularescence, seemed to suggest a powerful, good spirit dwelled within.

In India, the moonstone was considered very sacred. Merchants couldn’t display this gem for sale unless it rested on a yellow cloth. Yellow was a most sacred color.

Moonstones and Meditation

Mystics the world over used moonstone for meditation purposes. The moving inner light made a good focus for meditation. Some believed the stone had a calming influence and could assist those wishing to enter a trance.

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“Moonstone Carving Charm Bracelet,” with sterling silver bezel setting and small blue diamond accent, by Jessa and Mark Anderson. Licensed under CC By 2.0.

The Moon and Moonstone Symbolism

As the name suggests, moonstone is closely associated with the Moon. Therefore, some consider it an alternative birthstone for those born on Monday, the “Moon’s day.” Due to this lunar association as well as its aforementioned purported calming influence, this gem is considered an excellent aid for those with trouble sleeping.

Magicians would plan to use the stone according to the phases of the Moon. For spells of increase, they used it as the Moon waxed. For spells of decrease, they waited until it waned. If planted in a garden under the full moon, some believed moonstone would increase the garden’s yield and fertility.

Since the Moon influences the waters of this planet, some regarded moonstone as an excellent protective talisman to wear on sea voyages or while swimming.

The Lover’s Stone

Since the Moon renews itself every month, some supposed moonstone could help wearers regain or retain a more youthful appearance and bearing.

The Moon’s romantic associations were also reflected in moonstone lore. Those seeking their true love could follow some instructions. First, hold the gem in your hands during a full moon and envision your love coming to you. Next, carry the stone with you until the next full moon for the spell to take effect.

Lovers often exchanged moonstones, especially after quarreling, to help restore love and tranquility.

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“Oval Moonstone Necklace” by Amelia Isa. Licensed under CC By-ND 2.0.