Selenite is an exquisite crystal, with smooth parallel lines and a milky-translucent coloration. Samples are usually tubular in shape and have a wand-like appearance. It’s composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate with a chemical formula of CaSO4·2H2O (gypsum). It’s found in both, North and South America, Australia, Madagascar, and throughout Europe and Russia. Selenite is named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon, Selene. Ancient scholars believed that Selenite, as well as many other transparent crystals “waxed” and “waned” with the moon, meaning its strength would ebb and flow at different times during the month. It is currently world-renowned for both its protective properties and its metaphysical uses.
Even though Selenite has been called Desert Rose, Satin Spar, and Gypsum Flower, it’s somewhat misleading. All four are varieties of the mineral gypsum, but ironically contain no significant amount of selenium, an element found in metal sulfide ores. What most people think of when they hear the word Selenite is a milky-transparent elongated crystal. Satin Spar is similar, but cloudier and often contains other coloration. Desert Rose is sand-colored, and is almost always found in the shape of a rose while Gypsum Flowers are found in many different shapes. Luckily, most people who use or sell crystals will identify each variety separately. One interesting fact about gypsum is that it has a natural thermal insulating property, which makes it feel cold when touched. This property likely increased the value of Selenite in ancient times. For this piece, the focus will be on the true translucent crystal and some of its usage and properties.
The list of positive things attributed to Selenite is quite long and it is used worldwide by healers, energy workers, and other metaphysical practitioners. It is most commonly known for the ability to clear energy blocks, to dispel any negative entities, to cleanse and rejuvenate auras, and as a tool to unlock our higher consciousness. The close relationship Selenite has with the moon draws many people to use it when working with all things found on the subconscious level, including channeling, telepathy, psychic readings, intuitive and spiritual work, and as an aid in helping others release major energy blockages. It’s especially useful to quiet an overactive mind, which in turn is beneficial for restoring mental clarity. Some also believe it can be used effectively, to strengthen the memory.
As a protective stone, Selenite is known for its power to shield the user from all mental and psychic attacks, specifically putting up a defense against those trying to attach negative energy cords or to pollute energy fields. Some metaphysical practitioners recommend homeowners create a protective grid for their house by putting a selenite wand in each corner of the house or at the point closest to each cardinal direction. It soothes and calms, bringing about a sense of peace and relaxation. Many people also use Selenite while meditating, to help them reach deeper into their own spirit or to self-analyze.
Energy workers and those connected to the spiritual realms use Selenite to dispel negative energy. It’s used to cleanse the aura, clear glandular energy infestations, cut cords, and bring power forms of light into their space. Some take it further and draw upon the crystal for strength; moreover for the energy necessary to connect with spirit guides, guardian angels, and even their own higher self. Additionally, the crystal has a powerful vibration, which when employed can open, activate, or clear the Crown Chakra – it’s the most powerful stone for clearing the upper Chakras. It’s recommended as a clearing tool for anyone who works with the public. Practitioners of the metaphysical arts comes in contact with multiple people throughout the day, often carrying huge amounts of negative energy, which need dissipated. Use it to clear your space, both within your body and within your environment after each reading when possible. One key advantage to using Selenium is that it helps to reestablish what may have been disrupted through readings or other therapies by stabilizing your emotions.
The calming and peaceful properties of Selenite can have positive impact on your sleeping and dream patterns when kept under the bed. It is known to increase creativity and promote a harmonious atmosphere wherever it’s kept. Also, it’s a great addition to your work space as it’s known to promote creativity, minimize any workplace conflicts, strengthen decision making, and keep you focused. In addition to the protective powers, Selenite is also used to treat physical ailments including arthritis and in certain treatments of tumors and cancers – anyone wishing to use it for treating any major health problem should do so under the advice of a licensed physician. It’s also been identified to increase libido and promote fertility. There are also many articles written on how Selenite can bring luck and fortune, love and relationships, and even change someone’s entire disposition in life. A quick internet search will start you on your journey of exploration, should you decide to look further. What’s important to understand that Selenite can be a valuable part of your life, but only if you are ready to accept the changes with perfect trust.
Facts and Interesting Things
Some of the largest crystals ever found are Selenite crystals – the largest specimen found in the Naica Mine’s Cave of the Crystals is 12 meters long and weighs 55 tons.
Selenite is water soluble and if left in water, will disappear completely