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Mineral Mondays: Moonstone

Other names: Hecatolit, Chandrakanta, Feldspath Nacré

History:

Moonstone is a type of Feldspar that has excellent light diffracting qualities. The ancient Romans considered moonstone to be solidified moonlight. Deposits of moonstone are found in Armenia, Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka, and the United States. 

It is currently the state gem for Florida to commemorate the Moon landings, though it does not naturally occur there. 

Associations: 

Astrological Sign: Cancer
Chakra: brow
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Gods/Goddesses: Most Lunar Deities, Diana, Selene, Artemis, Isis, Chandra

Uses:

Body: It cleanses the lymphatic system and strengthens the immune system and helps fight signs of aging giving the wearer a youthful glow.

Mind: Moonstone cleanses and strengthens the aura helping the wearer feel more energetic and positive. It is also said to help stabilize emotions, prevent mood swings and hormonal imbalances as well as relieve PMS symptoms.

Magick: Moonstone can be worn to attract true love and arouse passion. Wearing moonstone can help protect sensitive emotions. It can also be worn to enhance divination and encourage prophetic dreams and pleasant dreams and to prevent nightmares. It is an excellent focal point for meditation and can also be used for scrying. It represents the yin, so it attracts peaceful energy and brings about a calm, balanced state. Typically, Moonstone is protective of travelers, particularly at night and/or by sea and is considered generally lucky.

Tips for Use:

If you give your lover a moonstone necklace under the light of the full moon, there will always be passion between you. It is also useful to help settle disagreements between lovers and return the relationship to a peaceful status.

Sewn into garments, moonstone is said to enhance fertility.

Care:

Moonstone is relatively soft stone, 6 on the Mohs scale, so it should be handled with care as it can be easily scratched or crushed.  It can be cleaned with plain water and a soft cloth. If it gets scratched, take it to a jeweler to have it polished out. Charge your moonstone in the light of of the waxing moon and keep it out of direct sunlight.

*CAUTION*

Feldspars like moonstone contain aluminum which should not be ingested. However, tumbled moonstone is safe to wear as jewelry and hold in the hand, even for long periods. It should not be crushed and added to elixers. Always wear a mask and take care not to inhale the dust when grinding and engraving moonstone.

Moonstone

Moonstone is a type of Feldspar that diffracts light, giving it a luminous look. The ancient Romans believed this crystal to be solidified moonlight. A talisman of the inward journey, moonstone guides one to retrieve what is missing and bring parts of the soul that have been forgotten into the light.

Also known as hecatolit, chandrakanta, selenite, and feldspath nacré, witches wear moonstone to attract true love and passion. A moonstone necklace given to one’s lover under the full moon ensures there will always be passion in one’s relationship. It is also useful for subduing quarrels and returning peace to a love that has become conflicted, and it can be sewn into clothes to enhance fertility.

Representing the yin and a calm, balanced state, moonstone can be worn to help protect sensitive emotions, as well as to enhance divinations. This stone can encourage prophetic and pleasant dreams and ward off nightmares. It is an excellent focal point for meditation and can be used for scrying. Additionally, moonstone is generally considered lucky and protective of travelers, especially those traveling at night or by sea. 

Moonstone is a feminine crystal associated with the element of water. It is naturally tied to the Moon and all lunar deities, as well as to the astrological sign of Cancer and the brow chakra.

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Shino Teabowl with Bridge and House, known as “Bridge of the Gods” (Shinkyō) by Rekishi no Tabi (back, briefly)
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It’s #TeabowlTuesday! I took this one at New York’s wonderful Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is fine sample of Shino-type Mino ware, dating back to the late 16th century. According to the MET’s explanation, and I am quoting directly: “Shino ware, produced at the Mino kilns during the Momoyama period, is characterized by a heavy body and coarse, crackled feldspathic glaze, qualities appreciated by the tea master Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591). This Shino teabowl was produced before the introduction of the improved multi-chambered climbing kiln (noborigama). It is decorated with a simple, linear design of a bridge and a house, painted in iron oxide under the white glaze. This composition had been depicted on several Mino teabowls and is thought to be either a simplified and somewhat abstract representation of the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka or a reference to the Lady of the Bridge (Hashi-hime), a character from courtly fiction who waited by a bridge at night for her lover to arrive.” This piece belongs to the Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015.