Stone for Clarity and Clearing Blockages
A guide for the history, meaning, metaphysical uses, purposes, crystal healing, and properties of the lunar desert rose, Selenite.
History of the Stone
Selenite shines like the moon, and so its beauty has not gone unnoticed. Pliny the Elder claims that some Romans had built beehive windows with selenite, allowing observers to watch the insects. Selenite saw extensive trade in the ancient times, seeing a mix of uses, such as jewelry, windows, or ornaments.
Selenite had been seen as a "moonstone" for a long time. Pope Clement VIII supposedly had a piece of Selenite that was a "natural moon dial" that would change in size according to the moon. This was almost certainly inspired by Greek myth, as they had felt the stone waxed when the moon waxed and waned when the moon waned. And a really interesting, but specific attribute, was that Selenite could grant someone extraordinary creative skills and foresight if they made an engraving of Diana, armed with bow and arrow, on the piece while the moon was in the 3rd, 16th, and 17th degrees of cancer.
Common misspellings: Silinite, Selinite
Pronunciation: /sɪlənaɪt/ or /selenaɪt/
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Etymology: From Greek, σελήυη (Selene), meaning Moon.
Location: Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas
Selenite is a supportive stone that, like other celestial bodies, can provide guidance in your life. It clears your mind of blockages and can help you connect to the astral realm or 3 bodies.
Because the stone is useful in clearing blockages, writers, artists, developers, etc. might like the stone for getting rid of those pesky barriers that make it harder for you to enjoy your creative work.
The Wrap Up
The moon has been going along the ride with us since forever. Selenite, in a way, has also been with us forever. We keep finding new ways to use the stone and give it a moment in the spotlight in our daily lives.
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