Digging for Selenite in the High Desert Mooncat Crystals

I've loved crystals for a long time, but haven't really ever found any of my own.

...which doesn't mean I don't pick up rocks everywhere I go. True, I've found some mica here and there and, since quartz is so common, I know I've picked pieces of it up before. But I've never really gone on a crystal-digging excursion...until recently.

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I drove South and East from Tucson, to some low hills in the high desert (elevation approximately 3,700') to dig for selenite.

As you know, selenite is one of my favorite crystals. It is a form of gypsum and, at this location, forms in a few different ways, including the always-popular "desert rose" - a specific growth pattern which, when fully-formed, is reminiscent of, well, a rose.

Getting there was not the easiest; in fact, I was worried we wouldn't make it at all. The terrain was rough (all-wheel drive was recommended) and my car is not only not that, but also has pretty low clearance. But, we decided to try it out anyway. Because selenite. And adventure. But mostly selenite.

Selenite is abundant in the reddish-brown dirt in these hills. When we went, the dirt was so lose and soft that we didn't really even need the tools we had brought - we could literally just sift through the dirt with our hands.

Here are just a few of the pieces we found. You can see that there were various shapes - some were rosettes, some were blades, some were variations (broken or partially-formed) of those...and some were neither.

You can see here, as well, that this isn't the more-commonly known white selenite that shimmers in the light. Instead, this is a form that is often included with the sand and the dirt (or mud) from the area and, because of that, has areas that are both brownish and more translucent.

We found quite a few pieces - some of our best finds, actually - near the parking lot. Most likely, these had been washed down over time, with rain. It seems like an unassuming spot - I'm guessing most people go first to the hills to look, like we did.

Three really different formations, all found in the same area. The top is a typical "desert rose." The one on the right has a dark orange streak down the middle, with mostly-translucent sides (which you can't really see in the picture - sorry!). The one on the left actually looks more like moldavite than selenite, the way the layers have formed.

Gypsum is a high-vibrational stone and is said to be helpful for grounding, clarity of thought, and self-esteem. Desert roses can be helpful in boosting your creativity and intuition; have a calming effect; and can help you to release old feelings and energy that no longer serve you.

We're hoping to make it back out in a few weeks - now that we know where we're going, that we can actually make it there, and what we're looking for.

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