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. it also occurs in fibrous form, and in compact, granular masses, and as rosette shaped aggregates with included grains of sand.
Gypsum varies from colourless to white, gray, yellowish, reddish, greenish, and brown.
Gypsum is one of the more common minerals in sedimentary environments. It is a major rock forming mineral that produces massive beds, usually from precipitation out of highly saline waters. Since it forms easily from saline water, gypsum can have many inclusions of other minerals and even trapped bubbles of air and water.
Gypsum has several variety names that are widely used.
Selenite is the colourless and transparent variety that shows a pearl like luster and has been described as having a moon like glow. The word selenite comes from the greek for Moon and means moon rock.
Another variety is a compact fibrous aggregate called Satin Spar. This variety has a very satin like look that gives a play of light up and down the fibrous crystals.
A fine grained massive material is called Alabaster and is an ornamental stone used in fine carvings for centuries, even eons.
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.
Crystals of gypsum can be colourless and transparent, making a strong contrast to the most common usage in drywall. The crystals can also be quite large. Gypsum is a natural insulator, feeling warm to the touch when compared to a more ordinary rock or quartz crystal. Sheets of clear crystals can be easily peeled from a larger specimen.
If making crystal water use the indirect method as all these crystals dissolve in water. Clean the stones by placing in sunlight or burying in salt.
Desert roses are formed when the mineral gypsum crystallises in rose like clusters or lenticular crystals mixed with sand. These form in dry, sandy locations and are also called gypsum rose or selenite rose.
Listen to your inner voice and if necessary, step back and take stock of your life before making any concrete or important decisions. This is the stone of inner gold, which represents your as yet undeveloped potential.
Desert rose is good for aligning your spine and muscles and for bringing you entire body into balance, which helps adjust your emotional body as well. Desert rose is the perfect stone for parents. It helps parents in being strong when they set boundaries with love. This stone is good for all types of caregivers or anyone who works with other people to help keep them aligned with their hearts while maintaining leadership or a strong position.
This is an excellent stone for healing grief and abuse and for letting go of what holds you back from experiencing life to the full. It is good for viral infections, especially of the skin, such as warts. Desert rose also relieves nausea and so is good for those who suffer travel sickness and unsettled stomachs that are caused by tension. Desert rose will calm panic attacks and assist with overcoming phobias, especially claustrophobia.
Desert rose carries the energy of universal love. By reminding you of your true nature, which is love, this stone gives you the ability to expand the love that you are and to attract back to you all that is love and loving. Desert rose is also useful for balancing your chakras so that you can align all aspects of yourself.
Place a desert rose in the centre of your home to encourage family unity. At work, it is good to help you to develop a particular area of expertise or responsibility and for long term training. Carry a desert rose stone when you wish to keep a low profile at a time of possible redundancies, sackings or general tension in the workplace.
Desert rose is a tool that helps you activate the scholar within. It opens the crown chakra to assist you in learning and retaining complex information. This stone will support a budding scholar who needs to integrate complex teachings into his or her knowledge base. This stone is beneficial to clear your thoughts of anything not resonating at the rate of love.
Desert rose helps connect you with your guides, angels, archangels and Ascended Masters. This is a perfect stone for aligning with the Divine Mother. The symbol of the rose connects you with your sacred heart of love, which is your true nature. Desert rose further aligns you with the truth that you each carry a seed of love within. It is up to each of us to cultivate and nurture that seed into a blossoming flower.
Desert rose can amplify fire magic, especially in transformation spells. It is also good for star magic, for accessing past lives and for contacting angelic or devic essences.
IMAGES OF GYPSUM
Selenite is an excellent stone for massage therapists, chiropractors and physical therapists - it can be used to amplify the benefits of their treatments. This stone also supports the proper care of muscles, bones, nerves and tendons, helping to strengthen your core physical structure. Selenite's protective qualities and its ability to align you with only the highest good for all concerned helps you maintain loving vibrations when placed at the entrance to your home both inside and out.
Selenite clears or bridges blockages and densities in your energy field. It can be used to direct high frequency energy into the body, stimulating physical healing. Selenite heals the cells of the body and the fluid system. It improves skin tone and increases calcium absorption. A fertility, pregnancy and motherhood stone, it protects a pregnant woman and her unborn child. It also increases your libido.
Selenite is a reminder that you are spiritually, physically and mentally aligned. It is easy to keep your emotions in balance. Selenite helps you detach from drama, thereby allowing you to gain a greater understanding of people and situations. Use this stone to help dissipate any feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, doubt, fear or any other type of negativity.
Selenite is the stone of partnerships, both in love and relationships, and creates a firm foundation for long lasting commitment. Selenite gently encourages all forms of communicati
on and enables you to see through lies and deception.
Selenite stimulates the emotional body and compels you to move forward with your life. It assists in overcoming stagnation and prevents you from succumbing to the illusion of security and comfort.
Selenite brings mental clarity and helps you maintain focus. This is a grounding stone that keeps your thoughts focused on your intention. With this stone in hand, allow your intuitive nature to bond with your intelligence, combining your knowledge with spiritual wisdom.
Selenite is a powerful stone for psychic communication. It helps interaction with the wise ancestors, angels, spirit guides and loved ones telepathically and through divination. It is a stone that should be used by mediums and clairvoyants. It also promotes the recollection of dreams and past lives.
Selenite aligns you with your higher consciousness. Associated with Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon, this stone is a heaven sent tool that activates your connection with ancient wisdom and knowledge. Use it during meditation with the intention of aligning your awareness with spiritual master teachers, Ascended Masters, angels and spirit guides.
Selenite clears etheric blockages and debris, allowing for a freer flow of energy through the higher chakras, that facilitate connection and communion with the Higher Self.
gypsum harmonises well with....
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z