The Metaphysical and Spiritual Properties of Selenite Crystals
What Is Selenite?
Selenite is a crystal formed from the mineral gypsum, which comes in many forms and color variations. Selenite, named after Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon, has properties that make it truly unique for spiritual and metaphysical purposes. It is related to peace, purity, and higher consciousness, and is often used to assist with meditation and astral projection.
Selenite is commonly associated with the seventh—or Crown—chakra, which is the energy center that is located just above the crown of the head. This is the chakra of divine wisdom, Spirit, and Unity. Just as the Root Chakra shows us of our connection with Earth, the Crown Chakra shows us our connection with our spiritual source. Physically, the Crown Chakra governs the brain, nervous system, and pituitary gland. For these reasons, selenite is helpful for bringing balance to the Crown Chakra and help you feel a stronger connection with all of creation.
This crystal, in any of its forms and colors, can help you get in touch with your higher self and expand the awareness of your mind and spirit. In this article, I'll be taking a look at the many spiritual and healing properties of selenite, and providing tips on how to use it and care for it.
Physical Properties of Selenite Crystals
Flexible, but not elastic
Can come in gray, white, brown, orange, beige, green, pink, or yellow
Most often found in sedimentary rocks or dry caves
Can be massive in size; some of the largest crystals discovered on Earth were gypsum specimens
Chemical formula: CaSO4·2H2O
Soft mineral: 2 on the Mohs Scale
Are often imperfect with a glass-like appearance
Sectile, easy to cut
Most common sulfate mineral
How Do I Use a Selenite Crystal?
Keep a large piece of selenite in a room to create a peaceful atmosphere, or keep one next to your bed to create a restful space and help you have a good night's sleep.
Beneficial Properties of Selenite
Selenite is a very peaceful, calming crystal that has the ability to clear away negative energy. If you feel stressed out, tired, or angry, holding a selenite crystal can help clear away the negative energy and leave you feeling calmer and more centered.
Because of its calm-inducing properties, selenite is an excellent crystal to use during meditation. Place one nearby while you meditate or hold a piece in your hand to help keep your mind clear, lucid, and calm.
Selenite also has the unique ability to filter out ego-based messages of the mind; those negative messages in your mind that make you feel fearful, angry, or victimized. Because of that helpful filter, selenite can allow you to get in touch with your Higher Self, and expand the awareness of your mind and spirit.
The following is a list of some other beneficial properties of selenite:
- It's an aid for hypnosis.
- It helps one access their personal power.
- Selenite enhances psychic awareness.
- The crystal helps one gain an awareness of past lives.
- It improves concentration.
- Selenite is helpful for communicating with the wisdom of angels.
Important notes: Selenite is a very powerful crystal that can very quickly open the Crown Chakra. If you're not experienced in working with crystals, do NOT try using selenite when working the Crown Chakra. Instead, use a clear quartz crystal or amethyst.
Selenite Crystal Side Effects and Grounding Crystals
Some people find that selenite can leave them feeling a bit dizzy or spacey. For this reason, it's advisable to keep a grounding crystal with you, or nearby, when working with selenite. Some choices for grounding crystals include:
- red jasper, or
- black onyx.
As an alternative to this, you could do some conscious grounding after working with selenite, such as visualizing roots reaching from the soles of your feet into the ground, walking outside and feeling your connection to the Earth, or eating a light snack.
Because selenite is associated with Higher Truth and our relationship with the spiritual plane, it's not a crystal to be kept stored away in a drawer or used merely as a decoration. Good owners of selenite will respect it and work with its energy in a cooperative manner every day.
Variations of Selenite
As mentioned earlier, selenite comes in different forms and color variations. All forms and colors of selenite share the same fundamental metaphysical and healing properties, but each of these variations can carry additional properties that make it unique.
Desert Rose Selenite
Desert Rose selenite comes in a clustered form of overlapping blades that resemble the petals of a rose. Its color variations range from a dusty rose to white, or beige. The metaphysical and healing properties of desert rose selenite include:
- improved mental clarity,
- a stronger sense of purpose,
- improved self-awareness,
- and assisting one in seeing the truth.
Hourglass selenite is a rare form found only in certain parts of the world, such as the Great Salt Plains State Park in Oklahoma and parts of Canada. It is viewed as a bridge between our physical form and our spirit—our timeless higher self. Because of this, hourglass selenite can be perfect for helping you get in touch with both your spirit and the constantly unfolding flow of creation.
Other Forms of Selenite
It grows in a V-shaped pattern that resembles the tail of a fish. It can be beneficial for releasing emotional blockages.
It can quiet mind chatter, so it's good to use during meditation, or whenever your mind is working overtime.
It assists with healing the Earth.
It helps you feel better about yourself, and also helps in working toward the highest good.
Caring for Your Selenite Crystal
One of the things that makes selenite a unique crystal is its ability to constantly self-cleanse and recharge itself. In fact, it's only one of two crystals that can do this, with apophyllite being the other. Other crystals need to be periodically cleansed of negative or residual energies through methods such as a salt water bath. But because selenite self-cleanses and recharges there is never a need for you to cleanse or charge this crystal.
Because selenite is a soft crystal, it should be handled with care and not stored with other crystals that could scratch its surface. When storing it away, wrap it in a soft fabric such as satin or silk so that its surface will not be damaged.
Selenite is water soluble, so it should never be rinsed or immersed in water. Doing so will cause its surface to erode.
It's best to keep selenite out of direct sunlight as this may cause its surface to crack and lose its luster.
To clean off your selenite crystal, simply dust it lightly with a gentle cloth. Never use cleaning products or polishes on it.
Can Selenite Charge Other Crystals?
Due to its powerful metaphysical properties and ability to charge itself, selenite is one of the most popular crystals used to cleanse or recharge other crystals. Recharging and cleansing rid your crystals of any negative or unwanted energies that can build up over time.
To charge your crystal, place it on top of your selenite and allow it to charge for several hours. Quartz and amethyst are other options for recharging crystals. Crystals can also be recharged through solar or lunar power, or with water, air, or fire.
Selenite Crystal Skyscraper Lamps
Below is a nice presentation of some gorgeous natural selenite crystal lamps from Morocco along with an overview of selenite's healing properties.