Thursday’s Special: Vegged Out




Not long ago I posted this same photo in B&W. Many of you thought it was a rose, but the object I photographed is rosette-shaped selenite gypsum that can be found in the deserts of Morocco and Algeria. Owing to its appearance, it is popularly called a desert rose. It is born in a process of moisture condensation when selenite huddles together and creates a mass that is subjected to the elements around it, and through sand and wind erosion.

The etymology of the word selenite shows that it came from Middle English selinete, from Latin selenites i.e. from Greek selēnitēs (lithos), which literally means moonstone or stone of the moon, from selēnē (Moon). The ancients used to believe that certain transparent crystals waxed and waned with the moon. In Greek mythology “Selene” is known as the goddess of the moon.

Selenite gypsum is a stone of the mind, said to bring mental ability and clarity, as well as perception of all kinds, including intuitive perception. It is used in crystal healing to quiet worries and still the mind from distractions and disruptions.

The above abstract does not show the true colour of the desert rose; desert roses take on the colour of the sand because selenite is a fibrous mineral and fine sand becomes trapped between the fibres as it crystallizes. When I did the colour editing on this photo I thought it would be fun to make it look like kale.

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