As ancient as the Moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light.
Years ago in Silistra, Bulgaria, I was given a Moonstone by a friend who told me it was the stone of tenderness, an amulet of protection for travelers, a gift of lovers for passion, a channel for prophecy, and a path to wisdom. Being a feldspar, Moonstone is a fairly soft stone [hardness of 6 on Moh’s scale], and it has a gentle translucent sheen. Some legends say it was formed out of the rays of the moon. Others claim you can see the future in a Moonstone during a waning moon. Still others say it’s a propitious stone for lovers with the power to make the wearer faithful. My favorite bit of lore about the Moonstone, though, comes from sacred India, where people believe that the Moonstone was the stone of the gods and goddesses, of hope and spiritual purity through denial of the ego. It combats materialism and strengthens the faith of religious people in all cultures. Hermits, monks and other contemplatives withdrawn from society for spiritual reasons, find a special affinity for Moonstone.
Moonstone or Feldspar is considered a good luck stone. It is also believed to give lovers the ability to foretell the future. Legend has it that the stone must be placed in the mouth while the moon is full. According to legend, if you buy your loved one a moonstone you will love them forever, that you will not be able to help yourself. Moonstone is associated with the Goddess, Diana. The milky white opalescent stone has a small white spot that appears during the new moon and it gradually moves towards the stone’s center, growing larger as the moon becomes fuller in the sky. Moonstone is also known as a ‘wish stone’ and can bring insight to the wearer. It is also used to dispel negativity. Some of the rainbow feldspar is the prettiest and it may have infractions or inclusions inside.
THE MINERAL & GEMSTONE KINGDOM…
Every culture has its own beliefs about specific stones, and those beliefs are often tied to that culture’s history, geography, and spiritual practices. Moonstone is the object of special veneration in history as a sacred stone of India. According to earliest traditions, the stone had been set, from the beginning of time, in the forehead of the four-handed god of the moon. Partly from its color, and partly from the influence of the deity it represented, it grew and lessened in luster simultaneously with the waxing and waning of the moon, gaining it the name it still bears, “The Moon-Stone.”
In one sense, for me writing is the process of assembling the things I like best or the ones that intrigue me most. When I was writing The Legend of The Moonstone, I drew on numerous sources of inspiration. First there were the stones themselves. Soon you’ll see photographs of a number of the stones I work with scattered throughout the site. Beyond the stones, the novel was also informed by legends. Some of those influenced the book very directly while others simply reside on the bulletin board above my desk, my writing companions, as it were. When I began writing The professor Stransky’s incredible stories /book 1 – THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE/, I tried to use only those beliefs that seemed traditional and definitive or ones that I found confirmed in more than one source. It was a well-meaning but absurd approach, because the more you delve into the stones, the more lore you uncover, and the more contrasting and even conflicting beliefs you find.
I checked a number of semiprecious gems and crystals (plus lots of “ordinary” rocks) on hand, and holding them led to working with them, trying to sense what might be inside them as my characters do. Quite honestly, there was no single definitive power, symbolism, or quality for any type of them, but whether through the senses, intuition, or imagination — the rocks and crystals have given me inspiration and information, hinted at what they hold inside them.
When I began writing about stones my approach was to research them and then find a way to use whichever bit of information intrigued me, but as writers work on books, their books work on them, and my fiction was working on me. I found that if I wrote about a stone, it helped to be able to hold it and create a whole world around them.
Writing about The Moonstone was a great adventure.
The Book is written with great respect for the stone itself and with an understanding that the power is not just in the stone, it is in the people who possess it too.
Of the end of the first book of my teen fiction trilogy, I realized that stones are as individual and unique as we are. A great deal of what anyone perceives in a stone — beyond its geologic origins and specific mineralogical properties — is intuitive rather than definitive, and specific to the stone itself.