What Is Moonstone? Meaning, Benefits, and Feng Shui Uses

This natural gemstone can activate feminine energy in life and at home

The Spruce / Ellen Lindner

There’s a lot you can understand about the meaning of moonstones just by looking at this gemstone's visual aspects. A tumbled piece of moonstone looks like a big moon in the night sky. Color and light shift within the gem's iridescence and there is a fluid and watery movement to the stone. The appearance is also soft and milky. A moonstone that is transparent with more of a blue or whitish shimmer will be of higher value. The moonstone originates from Sri Lanka and moonstone jewelry was once very popular during the Art Nouveau period.

What Is a Moonstone?

Moonstone is a gemstone made from feldspar, which is a mineral of the Earth's crust. The magical glow of moonstone is called the adularescent effect, which is an optical phenomenon caused by its unique inner composition that refracts and scatters light. Moonstone is thought to harvest the energy of the moon, which embodies yin's passive and relaxing energy. Similarly, its believed that this stone promotes positive well-being and enhances your intuition.

Moonstone Properties

  • Colors: Opalescent, milky whites with variants of blue, gray, pink, or green, and black moonstone is also available
  • Chakra: Soma, third eye, solar plexus
  • Number: Vibrates to 4
  • Planet: Moon
  • Zodiac: Rabbit, Cancer, Libra, and Scorpio
  • Bagua areas: Relationships (kun), completion/children (dui)
  • Elements: Water, metal, earth
  • Origin: Sri Lanka, India, and Australia

Moonstone Meanings

The moon, in feng shui and many other spiritual traditions, represents divine femininity. Moonstone energy is yin, introspective, receptive, and connected to your subconscious. As the moon cycles connect you to nature, the spiritual meaning of moonstone also reminds you that your life also ebbs and flows. Here are more of the moonstone's qualities:

  • Moonstone cultivates compassion and empathy towards yourself and others.
  • It helps you to tap into your intuition to help you see situations more clearly.
  • Moonstone is good for activating your creative and intuitive power of feminine energy which helps you get in tune with your true emotions.
  • It can help balance and cool down your emotions and tension.
  • The tranquil energy of the moonstone invites creativity, restoration, and motherly protection.
  • The glow of moonstone is thought to reflect back your aura to help you gain important information and feedback about your health and other emotional issues.
Opalescent moonstone gem on a gray background

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Macro closeup of a moonstone gem

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Closeup of a woman wearing a moonstone gem ring

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Feng Shui Applications

There are ways to use moonstone to benefit your home's feng shui. A moonstone in a spherical shape is thought to be the most beneficial of any shape because it emanates its glow in all directions. You can also carry the stone around with you as a tumbled piece of stone in your pocket. Try using moonstone in the following ways around your home:

  • Place a piece of moonstone near the bed, or under the heart (such as underneath the mattress) to balance or increase feminine emotions. Moonstone is also known as the "dream stone" in some cultures because it's believed that the stone can invite in beautiful visions and dreams while you sleep.
  • Find the bagua position for relationships (kun) in the bedroom. Locate a piece of moonstone here for balance, insight, restoration, and self-care.
  • Use a piece of black moonstone (it is not rare and can easily be found) to boost fertility and pregnancy.
  • Using the bagua, place a moonstone in the health area (center, tai qi) or kun area of your entire home to enhance balance and well-being and reduce tensions.
  • Find a piece of iridescent rainbow moonstone and use it to help you envision ideas and insights. Hold it in your hand while you meditate or keep it on your bedside table to promote clarity in your dreams. You can even put a piece of moonstone near your vision board to activate your goals and dreams.
  • Moonstone in the office or workspace activates creativity in your career.

Cleansing and Charging Crystals

It's a good idea to regularly clean and charge moonstone as you would any of your other crystals and objects in your home. Moonstone, however, is low on the Mohs hardness scale (it only rates a 6) so it has to be treated carefully.

Charge a moonstone under the moonlight; it's especially effective to charge a moonstone on the full moon or new moon. There are many ways to cleanse a crystal and a gemstone, such as moonstone. Here are some recommendations:

  • Soak the crystal or stone in water with sea salt at least overnight. Use approximately 3 tablespoons of salt for every cup of water.
  • Alternatively, you can carefully wash your stone under the clean, clear water of a nearby stream.
  • If you don't want to use salt to cleanse your stone, smudge the moonstone with sage, palo santo, or another smudge stick.
  • Visualize white moonlight surrounding the crystal or stone, with the intention that the moonstone will be cleared of any negative energy.
  • When you are done cleaning your stone, hold it up to your third eye (your forehead) and ask it to give you clarity, intuition, love, and guidance.


Moonstone is a real gem so if you have a cabochon that has dulled over the years, take it to a jeweler for polishing to get the shimmer back.

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