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There seems to be quite a lot of confusion surrounding Satin Spar and Selenite. If you have ever wondered what the difference between these two crystals are, allow us to break it down.
True Selenite is part of the Gypsum family. It is actually transparent, colorless and isn't as easily found as Satin Spar. High quality, transparent crystals come from Mexico as noted by Ashley Leavy in her Crystals for Energy Healing book.
According to Mindat.org: The name 'selenite' is mostly synonymous with gypsum but has been used historically to describe the transparent variety, as opposed to satin spar gypsum for the fibrous variety and alabaster for the fine-grained massive form.
Visit Mindat.org to view images of what True Selenite looks like.
Satin Spar is also part of the Gypsum family and is what is commonly referred to as Selenite. It is fibrous and opaque.
Other names it's known as Feather Gypsum, Plaister Stone, Satin Gypsum, Satin Stone. - Mindat.org
A protective stone, Selenite shields a person or space from outside influences. Selenite can evoke protection from the angelic realm and also dispels negative energy. The powerful energies of Selenite help one connect with one's guides, guardians, Christ Consciousness and Higher Self. Selenite can be held or placed around a person to facilitate such a connection.
Selenite calms and soothes, bringing a deep peace and sense of tranquility. Use Selenite in a grid around your home or in the corners of a room to create a safe and peaceful space. Meditating with Selenite aids in access to past and future lives. Selenite brings mental clarity, clearing confusion and revealing the bigger picture behind any problem.
Selenite is a crystallized form of Gypsum, which is used for good luck and protection. The powerful vibration of Selenite can clear, open, and activate the Crown and Higher Chakras and is excellent for all types of spiritual work. Selenite can also be used to strengthen the memory.
Physically, Selenite removes energy blockages from physical and Etheric bodies. It can reverse the effects of “free radicals” to heal and repair on the cellular level. Selenite is associated with the spine and the skeletal system. Selenite can be used to mitigate problems with Mercury fillings in dental work. Selenite is also good for breast feeding.
Satin Spar has similar metaphysical effects and properties, but true Selenite is stronger. - Kat Michaels
Any of the two that you are drawn to of course. If you are drawn to Satin Spar (what you regularly find in shops these days), it doesn't mean that it won't have the same effect as true Selenite for you. You're attracted to it for a reason - go with that.
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