Evoke the Dark Goddess and explore the Sacred Mysteries.
Face your Shadow Sides fearlessly and compassionately.
Be patient and allow events to unfold in their own time.
Honor your own strength and ability to be vulnerable.
Let Black Moonstone ignite your own Divine Power!
Mineralogy of Black Moonstone
Mineral Family: Feldspar
Chemical Composition: Various
Color: Black, creamy bands
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Short prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven, brittle
Location: Moonstone comes in a variety of shades, with important deposits found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and the United States. The only known source for Black Moonstone is Madagascar.
Mineral Family: Moonstone is a term used to describe a variety of Feldspar minerals, all of which belong to the Silicate Family. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Moonstone is the commercial name used for several types of Feldspar which show a silvery iridescence when cut properly. Most Moonstones are technically Anothroclase, but they can also be Orthoclase, Sanidine, Albite, Oligoclase, or Adularia. These stones are closely related to several other shimmering Feldspar minerals such as blue-green Amazonite, orange Sunstone, and multi-colored Labradorite. The vast majority of Moonstones are white or cream colored, but they can also be peach or black. Each color is marked by a soft iridescent shimmer.
Formation: Moonstone can be formed through igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic processes. Its most famous feature is an iridescence which is usually white or silvery, but can also be blue or a even a full rainbow. This shimmer is called the “schiller effect” and is caused by tiny layers of various Feldspar minerals (most notably Albite) which are laid down during the crystallization process.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. Many Moonstone mines are small operations, little more than small shafts dug out by hand.
Enhancements: All Black Moonstones on the market are natural, enhanced only tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Black Moonstone
Moonstone has been a prized gemstone for centuries. Unlike most healing stones, Moonstone isn’t a single mineral or a rock, but rather the title given to a variety of Feldspars that show a shimmering iridescence. Most Moonstones are white or cream colored, but they can also be peach or black.
Moonstone has been closely associated with the moon and goddess energies since antiquity. Black Moonstone is a relatively recent addition to the Moonstone pantheon and is associated with the “Dark Moon,” as opposed to the Full Moon, and the Dark Goddess, queen of Witches and the Sacred Mysteries.
For more information see: White Moonstone
Photos: Dark Goddess
Healing Properties of Black Moonstone
Spiritual: Black Moonstone evokes the Goddess and the energy of the Dark Moon, a time for personal reflection, spiritual mystery, and deep psychic power. Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings, and the black ones invite us to explore our shadow side and the darker aspects of our life and psyche. Black Moonstone encourages us to sit with ourselves in non-judgement and accept “what is,” whether that be in the past or present, while simultaneously showing us the way forward, out of Darkness and into the Light. Black Moonstone is a warrior stone, with a deeply compassionate energy that suffers no fools and charges us to face the world honestly and fearlessly. Anyone who works with Black Moonstone will be asked to confront the Truth and be changed forever. Black Moonstone activates the Kundalini Serpent, teaches emotional balance, awakens intuition, and empowers spells. Black Moonstone is attuned to the Root, Sacral, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer, Libra, Scorpio. It is connected to the element of Wind; and vibrates to the Number 4.
Emotional: Black Moonstone can help us to sort through our emotions and deeply ingrained beliefs and understand them better. It helps us to step back from intense situations and look at them critically and without emotional judgement. It can also be used to analyze our habits and patterns to see whether or not they truly serve us. Black Moonstone invites us to think before we act, and to take time to process and examine new information, before jumping to conclusions. It teaches us the value of patience, and that proper timing is one of the keys to success. Black Moonstone helps us to be comfortable with vulnerability and to allow our hearts to rest and heal.
Mental: Black Moonstone is a stone of wild inspiration and intuitive knowing. It encourages us to trust that everything is working out according to a higher Divine plan. Yet, it also empowers us to take charge of our own lives and to be responsible for creating a life we can be proud of. Black Moonstone invites us to look more closely at our own thoughts and how they affect the world around us, and then to choose thoughts which bless our lives with joy and peace. Black Moonstone helps to calm overreactions and helps us to logically and intuitively explore emotional triggers and other erratic energies.
Physical: Moonstone has been traditionally used by metaphysical healers to soothe hormonal fluctuations and to ease all aspects of menstruation, fertility, and childbirth. It is thought to be closely linked with the Pineal Gland and can help to balance hormones and other chemical systems. It is also believed to be helpful for healing the digestive tract and reproductive systems. Black Moonstone is said to be particularly good for treating postpartum depression or anxiety related to infertility or impotence.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Black Moonstone
I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.
In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals. The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows. The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community. They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.
In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.
Black Moonstone Tumbled Stone
Color: Black with a silver shimmer. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.
The miners sells directly to the tumbler. The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
Safe Handling of Black Moonstone
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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