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Gemstone Dictionary
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Moonstones; the psychic stones

Best known as the psychic's gemstone, moonstones go far beyond just improving psychic abilities. A type of feldspar, the most common variety of moonstone is usually a dreamy, milky sort of white. You can find other forms in a wide range of colors including black, blue, yellow, rose pink and even a mixture of colors, but white is the predominate color and is what people tend to mean when they speak of moonstones.

The main characteristic that makes them such a popular choice is the luminous sheen that flashes through the stones. Known as the schiller effect, the colors of light that dance through the stone can be white, pink, yellow or blue. The colors are similar to those seen within opals and make you think of the moon reflecting off glass.

There has been reference made to a select few stones whose sparkle would come and go as the moon moved through her cycles over the course of the month. The flash would be bright when the moon was full and almost non-existent when the moon was in her new moon phase. I can not say I have known personally of this happening and have no way of knowing if it is simply wishful thinking or if these stones do exist.

Most stones are mined in Brazil, Europe, India, Madagascar, North America, Tanzania, with the most popular and largest gemstones coming from the Ceylonese mines

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The most commonly known Moonstone meaning is that it is perhaps the strongest gemstone available to help bring out psychic abilities. I have heard stories of someone touching a stone for the first time and having instant visions that change their lives.

Moonstones help to heighten your intuition and increase your ability to perceive the minute energy fluxes that happen around us on a constant basis and are perfect for anyone that uses any form of divining tool like Tarot Cards, Scrying Mirror, Crystal Ball or Rune Stones.

Another popular Moonstone meaning is that it helps in wish fulfillment. This tends to work best on things that are needed versus things that are just wanted. Too often we want things that really are not good for us and moonstones help us understand why we should not have what we want.

Hold a moonstone in your right hand and breathe upon the stone the wish you need fulfilled. Then leave the stone outside on the night of the full moon so it can communicate directly with the moon in all her glory. Leave the stone there until the next full moon. Whisper your wish out your window each night until the next full moon when you will bring the gemstone inside and keep it near you so your wish will come true.

If you are an insomniac, hold a moonstone gem in your hand, just before bed. Ask it to help you drift quickly into a peaceful sleep, and then place it under your pillow. Lie down and enjoy the comfortable night's sleep that you get.

Moonstone gemstone have been used through out history by women. Some call the stones a woman's best friend for its healing powers come in handy in many phases of a woman's life. It is known for helping in all phases of having children; from actually getting pregnant, throughout the 9 months of carrying the child and then easing the actual pains of delivery. Even those that are not ready for child birth can find relief from monthly cramps if they but keep it near them.

In today's busy society, we often find our work forces us to give up the caring, loving side of ourselves in favor of a detached almost robotic automaton, just to survive without losing our minds. A moonstone gemstone can help bring your heart and mind into emotional balance. It allows you to stay detached but at the same time allows you to empathize with those around you in a caring and loving way. This makes it a perfect gemstone for all healthcare workers and lawyers. They would do well to fill their offices full of moonstones.

Wear a pendant or carry a piece of moonstone in your pocket during all phases of your gardening. Doing so will help ensure the fertility of your garden and help it grow an abundant crop. As you are watering your garden, allow the water to flow over the stone and into your garden. When it comes time to weed your garden however, leave the moonstone in the house. You wouldn't want to increase the fertility of the weeds after all, lol.

Moonstone jewelry, especially rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are sought after by Pagan peoples to wear during psychic or tarot card readings. All types of jewelry make great gifts for anyone who works as a psychic or would like to increase their abilities.

Anyone working in a field where they see the worst of humanity often has to close off their emotions to stay sane. This can set up a situation where they are no longer capable of feeling empathy with people, including their loved ones. By wearing a stone or keeping it in a pocket, it allows them to feel and share the empathy that comes with compassion. At the same time, it prevents the emotions from overpowering them, giving them the best of both worlds.

Our emotions can often make it hard for us to make changes in our lives, even when the changes are positive and helpful for us. You can ease the emotional impact of those changes by using on of the more popular rituals from moonstones history. On the night of the full moon, sit outside in the moonlight with a gemstone in your hand. Close your eyes and think on the things that must be changed. Say the words, "Mother Moon, take these trials from me". Each night until the new moon, say again the words of power. On the night of the new moon, take the gemstone with you while you travel to a road that leads away from your area. Bury the gemstone along the roadside, leave and never look back. Know the unwanted parts of your life are now behind you.

If you are in management or run your own business and want to keep your employees happy and as productive as possible, carry moonstones in your pocket. It will help you to see all problems from everyone's perspective and make decisions that are the best possible in each situation.

Main Chakra: Brow

Planet: Moon

Vibrates to the number: 4

Element: Water

Astrological Sign: Pisces

Moonstones Technical Details

Chemical Composition and Name - KAlSi3O8 (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)

Hardness - 6.0

Specific Gravity - 2.6

Refractive Index (R.I.) - 1.533 to 1.552

Bi-refringence - 0.006 to 0.007

Optic Sign - Negative

Optical Character - Biaxial