CLEANSING & CHARGING CRYSTALS
Everything on earth is comprised of energy – and rocks, gems, and crystals are no different. They are each made up of tiny crystals in specific molecular structures that are constantly in motion, which also causes each stone and crystal to emit a unique vibration and signature energy field.
Crystals soothe your mind and body; they act on an energy level sending natural vibrations out into the world. They hold energy when touched and for this reason they need to be cleansed. When you are using them for healing, crystals will absorb or redirect the negativity you’re working to release.
Cleansing and charging your crystals mean they will gradually become more in tune with your energy. The most important thing is to keep your focus and intention clear: you are cleansing the crystals energy so you can charge it with your own intention.
Water is said to neutralize any negative energy stored inside the crystal and return it back to the earth. A natural running river or stream is best. Ensure that your stone is completely submerged, pat dry when complete.
Salt has been used throughout history to absorb unwanted energy and to banish negativity. Rock salt, sea salt, Himalayan salt and even normal table salt can be used. You can either dissolve the salt in water and submerge your crystal or just submerge the crystal in a bowl of salt.
You can set your crystals out in natural sunlight to cleanse and recharge them. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may discolour certain crystals such as amethyst so make sure to research beforehand the durability of the stone and the best way to cleanse it. If you’re able to place the stone directly on the earth whilst in the sun to allow for further cleansing and directing any negative energy back towards the earth.
Moonlight is a more delicate and non-colour altering method that is especially effective with the full moon. The moon is at its brightest and full potential when full, this can increase the stones vibrations.
You can use the elements of the earth by burying your crystals underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the crystals so they are cleansed and refreshed.
Smudging can be done with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense like sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity. Sage is a sacred plant with many healing properties and using sage to smudge your crystals will clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy. You’ll need:
a firesafe bowl
a lighter or matches
loose or bundled sage, palo santo or incense
If you’re unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse.
When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your non-dominant hand and firmly grasp your stone and move it through the smoke.
Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it’s been a while since your last cleansing — or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot — consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds.
Using Other Crystals
Certain crystals and clusters (like quartz or amethyst) can absorb and regenerate other stones. One of the most popular cleansing crystals that can purify gemstones of their negativity is selenite.
To cleanse your stones, lay them on selenite for at least six hours (but the longer the better). Selenite and clear quartz clusters amplify the energy of your other stones. They can absorb, neutralize, and then recharge your stones with higher vibrations.
Large quartz clusters, amethyst geodes, and selenite slabs can be great tools for clearing smaller stones. Place your stone directly inside or on top of any of these stones. The larger stone’s vibrations remove the inharmonious energies found in the resting stone.
Carnelian, clear quartz, and hematite are also said to have an overall clearing effect. Because these stones are typically smaller, you may need to have more than one on hand to successfully clear other stones. Place the clearing stones into a small bowl and set the stone you want restore on top.
Although this is considered the safest way to clear stones, it can be difficult. The more in tune you are with your sense of self, the easier it may be to redirect your energy to the stone you want to restore. Take a few minutes to ground and centre your energy, then pick up your stone and visualize your hands filling with white, radiant light. See this light surround the stone and feel it growing brighter in your hands. Envision the impurities flushing out of the stone, allowing the stone to shine brighter with renewed purpose.
Continue this visualization until you feel a shift in the stone’s energy.
Programming your crystal:
Crystals have innate healing properties but taking the time to set your intention and purpose can help you to connect with its energy and restore your own sense of purpose and what you want to achieve. You may feel comfortable just holding the stone in your hand or placing it on your third eye. Visualize the crystals energy merging with your own. Speak silently or verbally and make your intention known to the universe.
Practice makes perfect and taking care of your shiny beauties - you will thank yourself later!
Moon Magick ☽