Gypsum is named from Greek "gypsos" - plaster, alluding to its practical use. It has been known from antiquity.
Gypsum is composed of hydrated calcium sulphate and takes many forms, occurring as tabular, bladed and diamond shaped crystals (Selenite). it also occurs in fibrous form (satin spar), and in compact, granular masses (Alabaster), and as rosette shaped aggregates with included grains of sand (Desert Rose)
Gypsum varies from colourless to white, gray, yellowish, reddish, greenish, and brown.
When the term "alabaster" is used without any qualification, it invariably means a fine-grained variety of gypsum.
Alabaster was very widely used for small sculpture for indoor use in the ancient world, especially in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Fine detail could be obtained in a material with an attractive finish without iron or steel tools. Alabaster was used for vessels dedicated for use in the cult of the deity Bast in the culture of the Ancient Egyptians,
Desert rose is the colloquial name given to rosette formations of the minerals gypsum and barite with sand inclusions. The 'petals' are crystals flattened on the c crystallographic axis, fanning open along characteristic gypsum cleavage planes.
The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin. Gypsum roses usually have better defined, sharper edges than barite roses.
Desert Rose provides you with spiritual nourishment and contacts the Mother Goddess. It facilitates you feeling cared for, safe and cared about. This stone promotes knowledge of being taken care of by the universe. Desert rose enhances feelings of security, safety, understanding that all is well, inner peace and knowing that you are valued in the universal plan. It provides emotional support for breast-feeding mothers and helps with lactation problems.
Desert rose has all the qualities of selenite but also it helps dissolve self imposed programming that you no longer need. It is used for affirmations and creative visualisation.
Satin Spar Selenite
Satin Spar Selenite is a fibrous variety of Selenite. It is generally white, silky and translucent with pearly or milky appearance.
Satin Spar Selenite can be cut into very striking chatoyant cabochons.
Historically, the name Satin Spar was first applied to a variety of calcite. Satin spar selenite has the same healing qualities as the transparent selenite.
Selenite is a transparent, colourless variety of Gypsum. Selenite is named after Greek word for the Moon, referring to the moonlight effect from cleavage surfaces.
Selenite is a variety of Gypsum that occurs in transparent crystals or crystalline masses. It is often colourless with a vitreous or pearly lustre.
Selenite brings clarity of the mind, it opens the crown and higher crown chakras. With this stone you can access angelic consciousness and higher guidance. Selenite helps you anchor yourself to the earth.
Selenite is excellent for meditation work as it brings a deep peace so that meditation or visualisation can be more easy. If you are telepathic this stone will help you in your task.
Selenite can be used to set up a protective grid around the house, which creates a safe place for you and your family. Place the stones at the corners of the house. Using a selenite wand to prevent anything outside your body from influencing your mind.
Selenite will show you issues and lessons that you still need to fix. It can be used for scrying to see the future or the past.
Selenite helps judgement and insight. It clears confusion and helps you see the big picture. It is a disperser and stabiliser of erratic emotions.
Selenite aligns the spinal column and promotes flexibility. It wards off epileptic seizures. It is a crystal for breastfeeding and nurturing a child. It is the ideal stone if you are having trouble bonding with your baby.
If making crystal water use the indirect method as selenite dissolves in water. Also cleans stone by placing in sunlight or burying in salt.
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