Selenite is a form of gypsum crystal and is iridescent white in colour. This soft, but powerful crystal forms in thin tubular wands. It is a soft form and scratches and flakes very easily, so be gentle. With its pristine and elegant white colouring, Selenite looks stunning next to different coloured stones and other crystals. It is widely available in different shapes and sizes.
In the ancient world, certain clear crystals, especially those with a glassy or pearly lustre, were held in esteem, believed to wax and wane with the moon and its cycles. Because of its white, moon-like effect from cleavage surfaces or the quality of light transmitted through it, this crystal was named selēnitēs (literally “moonstone”), from the Greek word selēnē (Moon).
In ancient Mesopotamia, Selenite was used to keep sickrooms free from evil spirits. A banishing ritual at least five thousand years old describes the use of a paste made from bitumen and Selenite which the priests smear on the door of a sick man, and paint as images of apkallus, “sages,” upon the sidewall, as well as the head and foot of the bed.
In the Medieval world, Selenite was said to contain an image of the moon and was believed to grow or shrink in accordance with the lunar phases. If carved with the two phases of the moon and worn around the neck, it was believed capable of inspiring love, safeguarded pregnancy and provided a good birth, bestowed peace and harmony, reconciled lovers, shrank welts, and healed those suffering from consumption. It was also claimed to protect thieves, keep sea travellers safe, especially from storms, increase personal properties and to help obtain honours.
In Pantagruel, the French Renaissance writer, François Rabelais, described the temple of the oracle of “la Dive Bouteille” as having seven columns formed of precious stones, with the first being of Sapphire, the second of Jacinth, the third of Diamond, and so on. The seventh and final column was described as of transparent Selenite, “with splendour like that of Hymettian honey, and within appeared the moon in form and motion such as she is in the heavens, full and new, waxing and waning.
Selenite is a form of Gypsum, a hydrous calcium sulphate, that develops in transparent, well-formed crystals or in crystalline masses. It has a hardness of 2, meaning it can be easily scratched with a fingernail, and with natural thermal insulating properties, will feel warm to the touch
Selenite is closely related to the other crystalline forms of Gypsum: Satin Spar, a compact fibrous variety that is generally translucent with a pearly chatoyant appearance; Desert Rose, most often bladed in the familiar shape of a rose with an outer druse of sand, or with sand throughout; and Gypsum Flower, an opaque variety usually attached to a matrix with spreading fibres forming a myriad of shapes, sometimes with severe curves and bends. While all have, at times, been grouped together and collectively called Selenite, the variety producing transparent, well-formed crystals remains the true Selenite golden yellow.
Selenite colour may be pure white, transparent, orange, peach, grey-blue, green, brown and bright.
Peach Selenite – a stone of emotional transformation, is ideal for drawing out issues of abandonment, rejection, alienation or betrayal. It is a karmic cleanser offering healing, forgiveness and acceptance, no matter in what timeframe these issues have occurred. Connected to Persephone, Greek Queen of the Underworld, Peach Selenite shines light into dark places helping one understand one’s inner processes and to accept the hidden self. It is particularly inspiring for women celebrating rites of passage, such as puberty, childbirth or menopause, to reconnect to the wise feminine divine power.
Selenite can also be used to cleanse the energy of your other stones. If you feel that the energy of a certain stone is dull or less vibrant than it used to be, clear it using selenite. If you have a selenite block, you can lay your other stone on top of the block overnight to recharge. If you have a selenite wand, you can set your other stone beside it for the same duration of time until the energy has been rejuvenated.
Contact with water is not recommended for any variety of Selenite. When cleansing these stones, use other methods of cleansing your crystals.
A selenite knife shape is symbolic of clearing our Auric fields of negative and stagnant energies. To use as an auric cleanser and release negativity do the following:~ Use a sweeping criss cross-motion from side to side from your head down to your feet.~ Speak your intent and release pent up emotions, rage, sorrow and move the energy out!~ Give thanks to the Universe and cleanse your selenite following your healing session
Note: DO NOT WET your Selenite Crystals, as they may dissolve in water. Alternatively, they may not actually dissolve but may discolour or pit. This may vary according to the specific variety.
Even sealed pieces that have been fashioned into pendants or made into hearts or other shapes may lose their lovely sheen. In some cases, depending on the type, thin slices may come away. Although it is important to cleanse crystals regularly, Selenite is a stone that you need to take a degree of care with when cleansing it.