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The TRIANGLE OR PYRAMID - In the Christian tradition, the triangle represents the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as well as Faith, Hope and Charity. The symbolism of this shape is always associated with its three sides, signifying a variety of triads such as:
- birth, life and death;
- heaven, earth and human;
- mind, body and soul;
- body, soul and spirit;
- and father, mother and child.
In ancient Egypt, the triangle combined will, intelligence, and love to represent man's soul. The ancient Egyptians and the Mayans built stepped pyramids with temples at the top to represent the cosmic mountain. In magic and alchemy, the pyramid with its apex pointing upward represents fire or masculinity and when inverted, represents water or femininity. These two triangles combined signify the unity of the elements in alchemy and, in Judaism's Star of David they stand for the union of opposites. The pyramid can also represent aspiration, the struggle to climb to the top and achieve one's earthly ambition or heavenly ascent.
Selenite is a specific variety of the mineral gypsum named after the Ancient Greek goddess of the moon, Selene. The Greeks especially appreciated the beauty of selenite, even making windows with this stone. This gemstone received its official name from J.G. Wallerius in 1747 when he wrote Mineralogia, eller Mineralriket.
Gypsum as a general material has been valued since as far back as the Egyptians when it was used for decorative purposes. One unique use of selenite is in the Santa Sabina church in Rome: the large arched windows (built in the 5th century) are made of sheets of selenite, not glass. After large amounts of gypsum were found near Paris, France, a material known as Plaster of Paris was created. Plaster of Paris is gypsum that has been chemically altered to extract the water within. It's also said French farmers used raw gypsum as a soil additive.
Selenite Metaphysical Properties
The gemstone selenite is most closely associated with the crown chakra, which represents wisdom and spirituality, as well as the third eye chakra. The colorless beauty and translucency of selenite are often attributed to purity and peace in both metaphysical beliefs and color theory. Selenite is excellent to use when meditating or trying to achieve mental clarity, as it is believed to compel the person holding it, to be honest with themselves.
Selenite is considered a high-energy crystal that vibrates at a high frequency. Despite being an incredibly soft stone, so soft a fingernail can scratch it, selenite gemstones are believed to be a stone of protection that wards the mind. It is commonly used by crystal practitioners as a way to cleanse the body, mind, and spirit of negativity and self-limitation--as well as cleansing other gemstones being used in healing practices.
Selenite is not a traditional birthstone but is associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Selenite Geological Properties
There are four varieties of gypsum that are often lumped together under the term selenite: selenite, satin spar, desert rose, and gypsum flower. Most commonly, selenite forms white, translucent crystals with striations and a vitreous luster. Selenite forms in enormous deposits and beds of sedimentary rocks such as limestone or clay. There have been instances of selenite forming in igneous rock. The mineral selenite can be found all over the world but is most often found in Mexico, Poland, Russia, Greece, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.
Mineral Information Hydrous calcium sulfate
Chemical Composition CaSO4 · 2H2O
Color Colorless, white, gray, brown, beige, orange, pink, yellow, light red, green
Hardness 2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.3 - 2.4
Refractive Index 1.5
EIH Meaning of the pyramid is one of direct connection to the energies below and above in combination with this stone type, this creates a constant charging and clearing of all which is in the room in which it is placed.
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