Moonstone Monday

So as mentioned in yesterday’s post here, this weekend saw the latest manifestation of what we call the SuperMoon: this is what happens when the Moon is both full and at its closest point to us in its orbit around the Earth.  As part of my own observance of this phenomenon, I took a stroll around my neighborhood at midnight while carrying several Moonstones, with the intent of taking them out and letting them soak in the moonlight…

As luck would have it, though, my locale was so blanketed by ocean-spawned fog drifting inland, that even the exceptionally robust SuperMoon was indistinct beyond all that obscuring mist.  Fortunately, there was plenty of indirect moonlight, so the jaunt around the ‘hood wasn’t a total bust, and the sky was kind of softly glowing in an eerie yet highly pleasant way.

Kinda/sorta what the sky looked like here last night...except I wasn't lost at sea or anything...
Kinda/sorta what the sky looked like here last night…except I wasn’t lost at sea or anything…

But the point here is the emphasis on Moonstones as items totally worthy of our admiration!

So…the Moonstone.  For me, this name conjures several associations, a few of which are not so relevant here.  Let me get these out of the way…

For one thing, I am not referring to a certain exceedingly sugary breakfast cereal from my fondly remembered ’70s youth (although there was such a cereal, and I loved it):

Free Magnet Inside!!!  Note: that's Major Moon on the box there, the head of the lunar mining operations that excavated the very cereal we were eating from the body of the Moon itself...
Free Magnet Inside!!! Note: that’s Major Moon on the box there, the head of the lunar mining operations that excavated the very cereal we were eating from the body of the Moon itself…

I’m also not referencing the 1868 novel, The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins, considered the very first ever detective novel written in the English language…nor am I referencing the 1977 reworking of it in comic book form, as captured in Marvel Classics Comics #23:

Guess which version of Collins' "The Moonstone" the young me was familiar with...?
Guess which version of Collins’ “The Moonstone” the young me was familiar with…?

And speaking of Marvel Comics, I’m also not directly alluding to their manipulative, amoral super-character Dr. Karla Sofen, who uses “Moonstone” as her codename:

Dr. Karla Sofen, a.k.a. Moonstone.  You do *not* want her as your therapist, even if she does have good taste in codenames...
Dr. Karla Sofen, a.k.a. Moonstone. You do *not* want her as your therapist, even if she does have good taste in codenames…

So, having established what we’re not discussing here under the heading of “Moonstones,” then…what are we discussing?

Well, basically, these little beauties here:

Like dollops of moonlight in solid form!
Like dollops of moonlight in solid form!

The image above captures your standard Moonstones, the sort of milky/translucent stones of a distinct silvery-whitish hue…but then you can also find varieties known as Green, Black, and Rainbow Moonstones, each with their own individual subsets of metaphysical properties.  What they all share, however, would be a certain serenity inherent to them that they’re said to be able to impart to those who hold or wear them.  Moonstones can aid in meditation, or even just in rendering one more tranquil.  They can aid with sleep, they supposedly can help to boost intuition, they can make one more aware of the little synchronicities that occur all around us all the time but which might often go unnoticed amid the various demands that life places on our attentions, and maybe most characteristic of all, Moonstones are said to connect us with the Divine Feminine.  If you’re a person who likes working with Goddess-Energy (or who wishes to become one of those people), then exploration of the Moonstone may very well be for you.

The Divine Feminine -- artist unknown, but divinely on point!
The Divine Feminine — artist unknown, but divinely on point!

They should be easy to find and relatively inexpensive, too, as they’re very popular stones, not oppressively rare, and almost any occult-type shop that carries crystals should have some.  If you’re not deeply indoctrinated into the world of stones, the Moonstone might be a fabulous, gentle introductory piece for you.  You can experiment to see if you experience different sensations from a Moonstone at different times during the cycle of the actual Moon above us, and as with other stones, you can try sleeping with one underneath your pillow to gauge any effects it might have upon your sleep quality and even upon your dreams.  And as this very day of the week — Monday — is even named for the Moon…this might be the perfect day for obtaining one for yourself…just a suggestion for consideration, though, as making a more forceful kind of demand or directive would be very un-Moonstone-like!

If you’d like more information on Moonstones, please feel free to drop me a line, and I can point you toward a helpful website or two.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go grab a box of Moonstones from out of my hermetically-sealed time capsule, and have a bowl…

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