Selenite, also known as Satin Spar, is the crystal name for the mineral Gypsum. The word Selenite comes from the Greek meaning moon stone or rock, with the root word Selene meaning Moon. It exudes a pearly lustre that to a great extent resembles the glow of the moon. Selene is also the name of the Greek Goddess of the Moon.
Selenite (Gypsum) is a common sedimentary mineral and is the most common of all the sulphates. It commonly occurs as tabular, reticular, and columnar crystals, often with no imperfections or inclusions, and thereby can appear water or glass-like. Selenite crystals sometimes form in thin tabular or Mica-like sheets that have been used as replacements for glass panes.
Selenite is almost always prismatic and fibrous in a parallel crystal habit. It often occurs in seams; some of them quite long, and is often attached to a matrix or base rock, but can also be commonly found as entire free-floating crystals, often in clay beds. It is most often silky, fibrous, and translucent and can exhibit some colouration caused by mineral inclusion.
Selenite is a natural insulator and will appear much warmer to the touch than other crystals. Industrial grades are used in making plasterboard sheeting, concrete, and plaster of Paris. Selenite is often vitreous, pearly and silky to the touch, and may exhibit chatoyancy. It also has a fibre optic quality that has the ability to double refract, and some Selenite specimen's exhibit fluorescence and phosphorescence. When cut across the fibres and polished on the ends, it exhibits an optical illusion when placed on a printed or pictured surface; and is often called and sold as the “television stone” (as is Ulexite).
Selenite crystals can be massive, but are very soft. Often fibrous, it can be easily broken or scratched. In fact it can be scratched with just a fingernail and is between 1½ and 2 on Mohs scale. Because of its softness and with its formation being related to water Selenite should never be left in any liquid, as the water will degrade and eventually dissolve the mineral, and all cleansers should be avoided as they may affect its lustre.
A famous location for Selenite blades is the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico which is also called the “Cave of Swords”. Here giant crystals have formed, with some measuring over nine meters long.
An ancient stone, Selenite is nevertheless one of the most powerful crystals for the new vibration on earth. The purest translucent white Selenite has an ethereal element and is said to occupy the space between light and matter. This is a calm stone that instils deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work. It has a very fine vibration that brings clarity of mind and allows access to angelic consciousness and higher guidance. It is a link to your ‘light body’ and helps to anchor it in the earth vibration. Holding a piece of ‘pure vibration’ Selenite will enhance telepathy. Selenite carries an imprint of all that has happened in the world and makes an excellent tool for scrying, allowing access to the past and a view to the future.
Placing Selenite in the corners of the house will form a protective grid that will create a safe and quiet space and will keep unwanted influences out. A large piece in the house ensures a peaceful atmosphere. Wands are useful for detaching entities from the aura and for preventing external influence of the mind.
Selenite assists with judgement and insight. It also clears confusion and lends a hand in seeing the deeper picture. It brings about a conscious understanding of what has been happening at the subconscious level. This crystal is powerful in dispersing and stabilising erratic emotions.
Selenites finest healing occurs at the energetic level. It is an excellent crystal for breastfeeding and nurturing a child. This stone promotes flexibility and aligns the spinal column. It guards against epileptic seizures. It neutralises mercury poisoning usually caused by dental amalgam and reverses the effects of “free radicals.”