So You Bought a Bunch of Crystals... Now What?
There's nothing I love more than bringing some pretty, shiny new crystals home with me! Once they're home, I love the process of cleansing them and getting them ready to serve their desired purpose.
When you bring a new crystal home with you, you must do three things:
This is SUPER important. You don't know where that crystal's been. It could have come from a loving home, or it could have been owned by some crazy ass with energy that's negative as all hell- you just don't know. New home, fresh start.
You will also need to re-cleanse your crystals periodically. I know quite a few people who cleanse their crystals weekly or even daily depending on how much they use them. I have a few crystals that I use all through the day every day, so I re-cleanse them really often. If you're new to all of this, don’t get too overwhelmed. Even if you can’t cleanse them all the time, you’re still a good crystal mom/dad. As you master how to use your crystals you'll be able to read their energies better and better.
A few reminders before we get started:
- Crystals absorb whatever kind of energy that surrounds them. If you are in a bad mood when you are programming them, that negativity is going to be trapped inside of them. That's the opposite of what we want! So check yourself beforehand and make sure you are in high spirits and ready to get your little bundle of joy cleansed, charged, programmed and ready to serve you!
- There are a million ways to do this and different people prefer different methods. I'll give you every technique I’ve done or seen done, but only you can decide which one is right for you. If you follow the simple guidelines, you can't go wrong. (Well, there are wrong ways to do it but I will make sure to be explicit about that).
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Step 1: Cleansing Your Crystal
Smoke vs. Water
I want to tackle this issue right away. To understand which crystal can be water cleansed and which can’t, you need to understand some basic geology.
Each crystal has a specific hardness which is determined by what's called the scratch test. Hardness is based on a scale of 1-10. A common example is Talc being a 1 (very soft) and a diamond being a 10 (so hard it can scratch glass). This is all recorded on the Mohs hardness scale for us to reference. I won't get too in detail here but based on the hardness, your crystal may not be able to withstand a bubble bath.
Basically, don't use water if the crystal is less than a 5 on the hardness scale. You may find in these cases that water actually robs your crystal of it’s shine and even starts changing it’s physical appearance, so it’s really important to know your crystal. You also don't want to use water for any crystal that is made up of metal such as Pyrite, Galena and Hematite, or if your crystal is water soluble such as Selenite. I know this seems like a lot of rules but I promise you'll get the hang of it.
Cleansing through smudging
This is my preferred method. I love watching the smoke dance around each crystal before floating into oblivion. Actually, I feel pretty cleansed afterward as well!
Sage and Palo Santo are the most popular options and you can always buy sage bundles with other fun things in there. I love to use one with lavender in it, which is known to decrease anxiety and induce extreme calm. I'll also burn a lavender candle or incense for added effects. I find I'm my most calm and focused when lavender is in the air.
It's pretty straight forward. Light up your smudge stick of choice and blow out the fire so that all you're left with is billowing smoke. Choose whichever crystal you'd like and hold above the stick, watching the smoke engulf the crystal and pull all negative or stagnant energy out. I do this for about 30 seconds per crystal. It also helps to have gentle music playing. I love me some Enya!
Cleansing using water
So like I said, this is going to depend on what type of crystal you have.
If you bought your crystals from me, there's a good chance you've got one of the crystals below. I put them in two very decipherable categories (no water, and yay I love water!).
Yay I love water!
Any type of quartz
Ideally you've got natural running water near you, whether it be an ocean, river, or stream. If you haven't got that, you can submerge your crystal in purified water as well. Try not to use tap but if that's all you've got it's totally fine. Dunk your crystal in the water and watch it go from dull to shiny. You can caress it with your hands or just let it sit. Some leave them in the water for up to 24 hours depending on cleansing needs. I usually cleanse my rose quartz for about an hour and it seems to do the trick.
Cleansing using Tibetan Singing Bowl
Sounds are very powerful. If you have a Tibetan singing bowl or have access to one I highly suggest using this method as well. The sound vibrations are very soothing and energizing. I equate it to singing your baby a lullaby, except your crystals will never be teething or pooping in their diaper so this type of lullaby is a lot easier. The duration is up to you. I like to do it until I feel completely soothed myself.
Step 2: Charging Your Crystal
A lot of people ask me why charging crystals is necessary. Don't forget that every crystal you own was once connected to the earth, where they were feeding off the earth's energy. They no longer have that energy source and need you to supply energy if you want them to keep assisting you with all of your goals.
This is an excellent way to charge your crystal. If you're unsure whether to charge by sun or by moon, think about what your intention is for that particular crystal. If your crystal is designed to get you hyped or have an intense effect on you (for example I use pyrite to get my creative juices flowing), use the sun. If your crystal is designed to calm you and relieve stress, use the soothing power of the moon. I suggest leaving them out once a week for a 7 hour period to recharge.
Please note: certain crystals fade over time if left under the sun for too long. If your crystal has vibrant colors, don't leave it outside between 11a-4p, as this is the most intense time for the sun.
Cleansing and Charging via other crystals
Certain crystals have the power to cleanse and charge others. Selenite and carnelian can both do this very well. I place crystals on top of my selenite wand under the moonlight for extra cleansing and charging awesomeness. You can also place them around a selenite tower. If you've got a tumbled carnelian, place it in a bag with other tumbled stones so it can cleanse and charge them.
A crystal geode, druse or bed are also very effective. You can place a crystal either inside a geode or on top of an amethyst druse for a period of 24 hours and get amazing results. It basically sucks all the bad energy out and replaces it with good energy. I have several that I use on a daily basis. Think of it as a wireless charging station, but don't forget you'll need to cleanse and recharge those geodes from time to time as well- they can only take so much!
Your crystal is like your newborn baby. It needs attention and love from you so it can serve you as efficiently as possible. I like to just sit and hold my crystal, feeling my heart beat pulse from my hand to the crystal. While doing this, think of all the ways you're grateful that the universe brought this crystal in your life and how it's helped you/will help you. This will give it the energy it needs. I do this usually for about 5 minutes or so, and usually in addition to charging via sun/moon.
Step 3: Programming Your Crystal
Each crystal has it’s designated purpose in your life, but you will still need to program it. Think of it like this: you cleansed your crystal and wiped away all the previous energy, but now your crystal has amnesia and needs to be reminded of what's going on.
I want to just say again that everyone is different. No crystal has one specific purpose. For example, Carnelian is best known for being a stone of courage and massive action but it's also a stone that promotes healthy relationships/sex life, which is what one of my clients uses it for exclusively. She says she doesn't really feel that it heightens her work life but that she always had it in her pocket when she first started going on dates with her now husband. I believe her exact words were, "I knew I had to bring my A game to get his attention so I always had my Carnelian in my pocket on our dates to help boost my confidence and charm".
So you see, the Carnelian called to her but for a different reason than what someone else would use it for. Each crystal has several different properties, it's just about which one you connect with.
Place your crystal in both hands and really focus on what it is you want your crystal to do for you. As you focus on it, imagine a bright light surrounding your crystal and illuminating it.
For example: A rose quartz is for love. So you can say one (or all) of the following:
"I program you to manifest love in my life."
" I program you to help me love myself and realize my worth."
" I program you to help me open my heart and receive love."
Keep doing this over and over until you're super confident that your crystal has gotten the message.
Be very specific. If you aren't clear on what you want, how's your crystal going to know?? I mean right?! Right.
Well, there you have it! Your complete guide to cleansing, charging and programming your crystals.
Talk soon! <3
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