Selenite is a very popular healing crystal that has a wide variety of uses, but it’s important to know how to take proper care of it.
Did you know that what you find in the shops labelled as Selenite is actually usually Satin Spar?
Regardless of whether you’ve got Selenite or Satin Spar, in this post I will look at how they can be cleansed and whether you can use water.
Let’s get into it!
What Is Selenite?
Selenite is a form of Gypsum. Unlike Satin Spar, Selenite is actually almost completely transparent.
It is the same mineral, but it forms slightly differently to Satin Spar. Selenite usually forms is crystallised sheets.
Metaphysically though, the properties of Selenite and Satin Spar are the same. Both are calming crystals that can be used for removing negative or unwanted energy from people, objects or your surroundings.
Selenite is not nearly as common as Satin Spar though, so it’s more likely that you have Satin Spar in your crystal collection.
Can Selenite Go In Water?
Absolutely not! Selenite is a ‘soft’ crystal. It rates as a 2 on the Mohs hardness scale.
This means that not only is the crystal quite fragile, and prone to damage, but that it is unsuitable for cleansing in water.
Why? Well, if you put Selenite in water it can degrade and dissolve.
It’s worth noting that Selenite is actually self-cleansing, so it’s really not necessary to cleanse it at all, but if you do wish to do so, there are more suitable techniques you can use.
I’ll cover this more at the end of the article.
What Is Satin Spar?
Satin Spar is a milky-coloured mineral from the Gypsum family. It is more commonly referred to as Selenite, though, as we’ve discovered, that isn’t quite accurate!
Regardless, retailers usually label Satin Spar as ‘Selenite’ and this is the crystal that customers expect to find when shopping for Selenite.
Satin Spar is often found in different shapes, unlike Selenite. You may find it in the shape of an animal or a heart, carved into a palm stone or a tumble stone, as a tower or a wand.
Satin Spar is very smooth to the touch, but it’s a very fragile crystal, so take good care when handling or storing it.
Can Satin Spar Go In Water?
I’m afraid not! The same applies to Satin Spar. It’s a soft crystal that will disintegrate if you put it in water.
But, as mentioned, it is a crystal which can actually self-cleanse, which means you don’t need to do anything to remove energy from it.
However, you can cleanse it if you want to – and I often cleanse my Satin Spar when cleansing my other crystals – just so it can share in the love!
How Can I Cleanse Satin Spar and Selenite?
If you would like to cleanse your Selenite or Satin Spar, then there are many other (safer) methods you can use.
My favourite method for cleansing all of my crystals, including Selenite, is by using smoke.
You can either smudge your crystals with the smoke from dried herbs such as white sage, rosemary or lavender, or you can use incense for smudging.
To smudge your crystals, light your herb bundle, or your incense stick, blow it out gently so it is smoking and pass your crystals slowly through the smoke.
Envisage any unwanted energy leaving the crystal and being returned to the Universe.
You can also cleanse your Satin Spar or Selenite by using sound healing.
Use a shamanic drum or a singing bowl to cleanse the crystal of any negative energy.
Due to the crystal’s sensitivity to water, I would recommend avoiding earth cleansing as the earth will contain water content.
I would also avoid salt cleansing as this will require you to wash the crystal afterwards which could cause your Selenite or Satin Spar to crumble.
How To Cleanse Crystals With Selenite Or Satin Spar
Selenite and Satin Spar are wonderful tools to use for cleansing other crystals.
To cleanse another crystal, simply put it on a Satin Spar charging plate, or surround the crystal with Satin Spar.
Selenite and Satin Spar will absorb and disperse any unwanted energies from the crystal you are cleansing.
You can also use Selenite and Satin Spar for cleansing other objects, auras and spaces.
Can I Charge Selenite And Satin Spar?
It’s actually not essential to charge either Selenite or Satin Spar. Both crystals are self-cleansing and self-charging.
With that being said though, I do often like to charge my Satin Spar when I’m charging my other crystals.
As I’ve mentioned throughout this article, both Selenite and Satin Spar are very delicate crystals. As such, I wouldn’t recommend charging them in sunlight at all.
Both Selenite and Satin Spar resonate well with celestial energies and the feminine vibes of the moon. Therefore, the best way to charge these crystals is by leaving them out under the light of a full moon.
As they are sensitive to water, it’s safer to place them on a windowsill in the moonlight to charge. It will do the same job as placing the crystals outside anyway.
It’s not necessary to cleanse Selenite or Satin Spar. Both of these crystals are self-cleansing. However, many people, including myself, do still like to cleanse these crystals as part of a crystal care routine.
Avoid using water to cleanse Selenite or Satin Spar at all costs. It will destroy your crystal which you definitely do not want.
If you do want to charge your Selenite or Satin Spar, be sure to use a different method instead such as smudging or sound healing.
Remember, you don’t need to charge these crystals either, but if you do want to, I would recommend using the light of a full moon to fill them with renewed energy.
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