Selenite is connected to Greek mythology, with a history that dates back centuries. Its name comes from the Greek word for “moonstone,” and it’s associated with Selene, the Greek Goddess of the Moon.
In many traditions across the centuries, selenite is believed to have powerful healing benefits. Some consider selenite to be one of the most important crystals in an energy worker’s toolkit.
Not only is selenite believed to carry potent energy that can provide protection and improve well-being, it’s also said to cleanse unwanted energies from your surroundings.
Selenite is a crystallized form of gypsum that’s mostly commonly found in the form of a translucent, multifaceted stone. It’s formed when sulfate and calcium-rich saltwater evaporates, and it has a hardness of 2 on the Mohs scale.
Many people believe selenite is a powerful healer with multiple benefits, though there’s no scientific evidence to support this.
However, there is evidence that selenium — which is selenite’s trace element form — has multiple health benefits. A trace element is a chemical element found in a very small amount in living things.
Here are a some of the main purported healing benefits of a selenite crystal:
- promotes peace and calm
- provides clarity
- clears blocked energy
- elevates the spirit
- helps you access your intuition
- is an effective space cleanser
- vibrates at a very high frequency
- promotes connection and camaraderie
- enhances powers of manifestation
Cleansing and charging selenite
Cleansing is an important step when working with crystal energy. Grace notes that all crystals soak up negative energy.
Some believe selenite doesn’t need to be cleansed, but Grace disagrees. Cleansing is necessary even for selenite, despite its high vibration, she says.
To cleanse your selenite:
- Use a smudge stick and pass the crystal through the smoke.
- Place your crystal in a bowl of dry salt.
- Use sound vibrations from a singing bowl or bell.
- Place your crystal in sunlight for a maximum of 30 minutes.
- Place it in moonlight overnight.
After cleansing, it’s time to recharge your crystal. You can use a crystal charging plate or place your crystal under the sun or moonlight to soak up additional energy.
“Once your crystal is cleansed, charging your crystals will give them energy to perform at their best,” Grace explains.