Selenite, often confused with Satin Spar, is a stunning white, translucent crystal from the Gypsum family.
This crystal connects with the crown chakra and the angelic realm.
Selenite is a very calming stone – perfect for improving mental health and well-being – and it’s a powerful tool for using in Reiki or other healing practices as it absorbs negative energy.
Did you know that you can use your Selenite to cleanse other crystals too? It’s ideal for absorbing energy from other gems in cleansing rituals.
I have a Selenite charging plate which is awesome for cleansing my other crystals – I always pop new crystals on there when I bring them home.
As you may be aware, especially if you’ve read some of my other posts on cleansing Amethyst, Rose Quartz, and other crystals, it’s vital we take care of our stones and remove the build-up of negative energy.
But does this also apply to Selenite? I’ll tell you more in this article.
As a side note, you can follow the same process below to cleanse Satin Spar.
Do You Have To Cleanse Selenite?
Selenite is pretty unique as, although it is excellent at removing negative energies and blocking negativity, it doesn’t necessarily need to be cleansed for these energies to be removed and released into the Universe.
Just like Clear Quartz, Selenite is actually self-cleansing. So, in theory, you don’t really need to do anything to it in order for it to keep working.
However, I always feel it’s only fair if I’m cleansing and charging my other crystals, that Selenite gets to feel some of the love and peace too. And I always charge it when I can.
After all, if we want our crystals to take care of us, we need to take care of them in return.
How To Cleanse Selenite
If you do wish to cleanse your Selenite, there are a few methods you can use. I’ll list them below, in order of my personal preference:
- Smudging: By burning herbs such as sage, lavender, or rosemary, you can use the smoke to smudge your Selenite and remove any associated unwanted energies. You can also use incense to the same effect.
- Use Reiki: If you are trained in Reiki or a similar practice, you can use this to remove negative energies from your crystals.
- Use Sound Healing: Sound healing can be really powerful in removing negative energy. Using a singing bowl, gently surround your Selenite with sound to remove the energies you are trying to rid it of. You can also use a bell, a Shamanic drum or a gong.
- Bury It: Putting your Selenite in the ground for a few hours will allow Mother Nature to do the work for you and remove the energy. However, don’t do this if the ground is at all wet – I’ll tell you why in a bit!
- Rice Bowl: Placing your selenite on top of a bowl of brown rice can help to remove unwanted energy.
Selenite is a very delicate and soft crystal – it only registers as a 2 on the Mohs hardness scale. As such, you should never use water to cleanse your Selenite. This includes salt water.
And equally, I would avoid using a bowl of salt for cleansing purposes too as, ideally, you need to rinse the crystal afterward, which is not possible with Selenite.
If your Selenite comes into contact with water, it is likely to break down. So avoid at all costs.
How To Activate Selenite
As I’ve mentioned, it’s not essential to cleanse your Selenite as it is somewhat self-cleansing.
However, whether you’ve cleansed it or not, it can still be beneficial to charge (or activate) your Selenite.
The energy of the moon is the perfect method for charging your Selenite as this crystal resonates beautifully with the feminine energies of the moon.
Simply pop your crystal on a windowsill where it can benefit from the moonlight, or place it outside (as long as its’s not going to rain) and bring it back in the next morning.
Can Selenite Be In The Sun?
You can charge crystals in sunlight, but as Selenite is so delicate, I wouldn’t recommend this. It’s much safer to charge Selenite or Satin Spar in the moonlight.
Charging your crystal will give it a new lease of life – ready to work. Don’t forget to set your intentions before you work with it again.
How To Clean Selenite
As Selenite is quite light in colour, it’s not uncommon for it to pick up dust and dirt. But you really have to be very careful with cleaning it.
I’ve already talked about how Selenite is a soft crystal in this article, which means it’s not suitable to use water on it.
On top of that, Selenite is very brittle too, so you need to handle with care when cleaning. And be sure to store it somewhere safe when it’s not in use too.
To remove dust or dirt, I would recommend using a soft cloth or a soft brush. If you use anything too hard, you risk damaging the surface of the crystal.
Do not use any other products to clean your Selenite or you will likely damage it.
Selenite – or Satin Spar – is a gorgeous crystal. Despite it’s many uses, it’s actually pretty inexpensive as far as crystals go, and it’s very readily available too.
I would recommend Selenite for anyone starting with their crystal journey, but it’s also an essential part of an experienced crystal healer’s kit.
You don’t have to cleanse your Selenite, as it will self-cleanse, but if you do want to help it out, remember to avoid using water.
Use the smudging technique, or use Reiki or sound healing to cleanse your crystal.
Your Selenite crystals will thank you for giving it the opportunity to recharge – try to do this under a full moon.
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