Behold a brilliant, luminous moon through a shimmery Selenite crystal and gaze upon the beautiful Moon Goddess Selene herself, with her silver wings and crescent crown, traveling the sky in a gleaming chariot to turn golden day into silvery night and to guide and protect those in darkness. While ancient cultures named several goddesses to symbolize the moon, the Greeks believed Selene to be the Moon itself. She, like her crystal, embodies tranquility, blessing, love and light.
Selenite is celebrated for the transparency and ethereal radiance its crystals provide. Like the moon, it reflects a pure beam of white light into any environment in which it rests, and is believed to contain the liquid Light of Spirit inhabiting the place between light and matter.
Selenite inspires a profound peace, and carries a fine, high frequency and intensity of energy that surpasses nearly all stones for opening, clearing, and activating the Crown and Higher Crown Chakras. It is ideal for meditation, spiritual work, connecting to ancient wisdom and knowledge, and is one of the best crystals for accessing one’s spirit guides and the angelic realm.
While Selenite is an ancient crystal, it is one of the most powerful for the new vibration on earth, attuned to the greater good of all beings. It is a beautiful means for accessing and grounding the Light Body of an individual, and for opening one to the higher levels of Self. It is highly effective for advancement of the mind and mental powers, particularly for developing telepathic communications between like-minded people. Selenite is thought to possesses the ability to hold information within its structure and is best used in telepathy by one person beaming a thought or message into the crystal, which can then be attuned to and retrieved by a second individual. It may also be used to scry the truth of a situation that has happened in its presence, and is reputed to hold earth’s own recorded history within its linear markings.
In the ancient world, certain clear crystals, especially those with a glassy or pearly luster, 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 “moon stone”), from the Greek word selēnē (Moon). It is a form of Gypsum, a hydrous calcium sulfate, 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 forms in the monoclinic system and is typically tabular in nature with striations running the length of the crystal. It is usually transparent and colorless with a vitreous or pearly luster, but can form with no imperfections and appear clear as glass. Selenite may also form as reticular or columnar crystals, exhibit twinning, and display interesting inclusions such as interior or exterior druse, dendrites, fossils, and in rare instances, enhydro cells of water or gas bubbles encased when the crystal was formed. Though quite fragile, some Selenite crystals are soft enough to be bent slightly in one’s hand and often grow bent in nature. Selenite sometimes forms in thin mica-like sheets and has been used in rare occasions as window panes, as in the 5th century church Santa Sabina in Rome. Selenite crystals range in size from minuscule to the largest fully formed crystals in the world, some measuring over 36 feet in length and weighing nearly 55 tons. (See “Cave of the Crystals,” the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.)
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 fibers 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.
Note: Selenite is water soluble. Immersing it will erode the surface. Dust gently, or wipe with a slightly dampened cloth to clean or re-polish. Never soak Selenite, and always use the indirect method when preparing an elixir.
Selenite is a wonderful talisman for women, bringing radiance and harmony, and support through all cycles of life. Wear in jewelry to attract love, fertility, and to maintain fidelity; also to induce calm throughout pregnancy and motherhood. Keep a Selenite angel where moonlight shines on her to spread warm, loving energies. Selenite may also enhance chances of reconciliation. Send a small piece to someone with whom you wish to reconnect.
Selenite is ideal for gridding a space, creating a safe, uplifting environment protected from outside influences. Place indoors in the corners of a house or room, or in the workplace. Also utilize Selenite eggs or clusters to protect from outside negativity, especially at night. Give a sphere to children who fear the dark and explain how moon rays are captured within and shine on them as they sleep.