Selenite - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/ 
Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Selenite refers to the crystalline varieties of gypsum that can also include gypsum flower, desert rose and satin spar. 

They are formulated from calcium sulfate dihydrate which means that there are two molecules of water within. Selenite can be sourced from the rock or matrix or can also be found typically in clay beds in free form structure. They may be found with trace inclusions and fossils contained within.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Selenite crystals belong to the Monoclinic system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
Gypsum was known in old english as spaerstan meaning spear stone, it is also thought to have derived from the Greek word , gypsos, meaning plaster or chalk.It was used to form plaster of paris due to its ability to harden when put through a hydrated/dehydrated process.


The name Selenite is thought to have derived from either the Greek word Lithos, the middle English term, selinete or the Latin term selenites which means stone of the moon or moonstone.


In ancient times the belief was that some of the crystals that formed transparently were waxed and connected by the moon. As Selenite is the variety of Gypsum that forms in transparent crystalline masses, it has been reffered to by this name since the 15th Century.

Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Selenite is transulscent and only shows colour if other minerals or druse are present. They can form with a bladed rosette habit in columnar crystals that take on a decorative shape. It is a soft mineral that measures 2 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness. 
Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Selenite is a crystalline variety of Gypsum, others include and are not limited to; 

  • Desert Rose
  • Satin Spar
  • Gypsum Flower



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world. 

Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Selenite crystals.


Mental: Selenite is an aid to the dissolution of personal patterns and fortifies the use of concious perception.
Emotional: Selenite calms unwarranted irritations and hyperactivity. It is a shielding stone that aids as a strong-hold and strengthens control.
Physical: Selenite is a pain reliever that also helps to strengthen and firm up the tissues.


Crystal Chart - Selenite


Crystal: Selenite
Mineralogy: Fibrous Calcium Sulphate
Geometric form: Monoclinic
Formation: Secondary
Family: Sulfates
Birthstone: Selenite is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn.
Appearance: A soft stone that measures 2 on the Mohs Scale Rating of hardness. Selenite is transluscent with a pearly luster.
Aura: Selenite is used for clearing auric energy effectively.
Colour: Transluscent or appears with colour when inclusions or druse are contained within.
Chakra: Selenite is primarily associated with the Sacral chakra and is a strong help to the upper Chakras.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary