The Selenite Desert Rose has many different names, such as Sand Rose, Rose Rock, Selenite Rose, Gypsum Rose, and Gypsum Rosettes. Almost all Desert Roses are most commonly found made out of two different minerals, Selenite (also called Gypsum), or Barite (also spelled Baryte). The Selenite is lighter in weight than the Barite, is colored like the sand it is included with, which is usually lighter in color than the Barite, and is somewhat warm to the touch. (It insulates and holds heat well and that is why Gypsum has been used as an insulator.) There is one other Desert Rose that is formed out of a chalcedony but this article will focus primarily on the Selenite Desert Rose.
The Selenite Desert Rose is formed from the combination of water, wind, and sand. It is found in desert regions all over the world including Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and Arizona. Much of the Selenite variety is “treated” with torch heat gently brushed over the “rose petal” edges, to create the white lines that help one to see, more clearly, the shape of the rose. This treatment does nothing to harm the metaphysical properties of the Desert Rose. It is also formed in a matter of tens to hundreds of years which is different from many of the stones that are hundreds of thousands to millions of years old.
Some of the inhabitants of the Sahara desert believe that what they call the “Sand Rose” has an internal energy that is used for protection, prosperity and purification. This makes sense considering many cultures have seen this layered mineral as a purifier that can “neutralize” negative energy or clear energy from objects, even people, and send that energy to mother earth, if needed, for healing.
The energy of the Desert Rose is very gentle and it teaches one that life is worth all of its ups and downs. It not only helps to access past lives, it also helps one to access future lives! Glimpses of what is to come so that one may make appropriate choices for the here and now. It is a wonderful stone for intuitive work because it quiets the mind so that worries and other distractions do not interfere with the work. Also, it clarifies visions so that one may interpret the messages in a flowing way, letting that which does not resonate easily sift away. This is the energy of sand, to flow with the wind and create landscapes that are half illusion. Sand has the ability to hold weight and can be comforting and grounding unless one is fearful and movement becomes panicked, in which case the sand will give way. When one stands firm and steady in trust, the sand may shift but will not collapse.
Having a Selenite Desert Rose nearby in home or office can help remove energy blockages, assist in mental acuity, and aid in bringing prosperity to business. It can help to strengthen decision making, and has been known to ease epileptic seizure activity. Selenite is a powerful cleanser and is a channel of white healing light. We get the most wonderful gems out of the most unlikely places; out of coal, diamonds, held tight in oysters, pearls, and out of the sands, the Desert Rose.
We have just acquired some remarkable pieces of Selenite Desert Roses here at MBS, please stop by and experience them today.