Moonstone is a type of Orthoclase which belongs to the Feldspar group of crystals. It has a blue or white sheen which is caused by the reflection of light on the internal structure, made up of alternating layers of albite and orthoclase. It is this moon-like sheen that gives this crystal its name.
If we consider the natural cycle of the moon, it is no surprise that the moonstone can help with the natural cycles of life. It stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland, balances the hormones and can support the female reproductive system by enhancing fertility, alleviating menstrual problems and helping with the menopause.
Moonstone is calming and soothing on the emotional body and is especially calming for children. It has a feminine energy, helping women to reveal their feminine power and men to become more in tune with feminine aspects of their nature and encouraging emotional balance.
Moonstone is legendary as the Travelers stone, being especially protective of those who travel at night. It has always been a sacred stone in India with a special significance for lovers and is a traditional wedding gift there.
Moonstone comes in different colours. The following information is taken from the Crystal Vaults webpage:
Blue, or Cat's Eye Moonstone, promotes clarity of the mind and inner vision, keeping one focused while in a meditative or altered state of awareness. It is particularly helpful in seeing emotional patterns and life lessons, and in balancing yin and yang energies.
Grey Moonstone is a stone of perceiving beyond the veil - useful to the clairvoyant and shaman, and in moving one into unseen realms. It is called the "New Moon Stone" and carries the mysteries and powers of the new moon, where all things exist as potential.
White Moonstone carries the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision and dream work. It can magnify one's emotions, activating the kundalini energy in women and emotional balance in men, and is supportive in children to drive away nightmares or insomnia.
Peach or Yellow Moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations, and is an emotional support for intuitive or sensitive children.
Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma. Aligned with the Goddess, Rainbow Moonstones connect with the energies and spirits of Nature, from plant devas to galactic consciousness.