09 Mar CLEANSING & CHARGING YOUR CRYSTALS AT THE TIME OF THE FULL MOON
In order to obtain the best result, it is beneficial to cleanse your crystals in advance of setting them out in the light of the Full Moon.
Cleansing crystals helps to remove negative energies, outdated intentions or energies that have been transferred by other people.
There are a number of ways that you can cleanse your crystals depending on what you find most convenient:
- Washing Crystals in water
If you live near a lake, river or stream, you could wash your crystals in this water, either at the source, or by filling a receptacle with this water to take home and use. (Please be very careful by water, especially if it is deep or during bad weather.)
If you don’t have access to a natural source of water, then a simple rinse under the tap will be fine.
Be aware of which crystals should not come into contact with water.
Crystals in their raw state, opaque and rough stones should not have contact with water. Stones of metallic origin, such as Pyrite or Hematite, can rust in contact with water. Selenite is soluble and will dissolve if placed in water. Black Tourmaline can tolerate contact with water but may crumble as it is a very fragile stone.
Stones that shouldn’t be washed with water: Pyrite, Black Tourmaline, Selenite, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Calcite, Malachite, Howlite, Turquoise and Kyanite.
- Cleansing crystals in salt
Crystals can be cleansed by leaving in a bowl of salt overnight. Salt is a natural purifier and will extract the negative energies from your stones.
However, not all crystals can tolerate contact with salt, which may cause a chemical reaction.
Salt is corrosive and highly abrasive and shouldn’t come into contact with the most fragile stones, as this may cause them to become dull, opaque, or produce a white film.
Stones that must not have contact with salt: Turquoise, Malachite, Calcite, Amber, Azurite, Topaz, Moonstone, Opal, Selenite, Red Coral.
- Cleansing with smoke
Unwanted energies can also be removed by smoke from incense or smudge sticks.
Simply light incense or a smudge stick and place in a fire-proof container, such as an abalone shell or a cauldron.
Wave each crystal above the smoke for a minute or so, turning to cover each stone.
- Cleansing with sound
Crystals can be cleansed using the powerful vibration of sound.
Crystals can be placed near to the source of sound, such as a singing bowl, wind chimes, tingsha bells or even a gong.
Play the instrument for around 5 minutes to remove the unwanted energies from the crystals.
Setting your crystals out under the light of the Full Moon:
The ideal time to put your crystals outside out is just after sunset. It is advisable to place your crystals on a natural surface such as wood or earth.
If weather conditions are not good (i.e. heavy rain or high winds) and you have concerns about the welfare of your crystals outside, then place them on a windowsill where they will get direct moonlight.
Bring them in at sunrise the next morning.
It’s nice to finish the cleansing practice with a small dose of the sun’s energy, but not for too long to avoid discolouration or fading of colour. Bringing them back inside as close to sun rise is a great rule of thumb.
Charge your crystals with new intentions:
Once your crystals have been fully cleansed, they are ready to be charged with new intentions.
You may wish to use the energy of the full moon (which provides a shadow of around 2 days from its peak) in which to set intentions. Intentions for releasing something are particularly beneficial at the time of the full moon.
Charging crystals with new energy helps them stay focused. Once they are charged it’s best to not let others handle them (unless you are charging specifically for others) as they will absorb the energy of other people.
Crystals can be chosen for charging based on your intuition, the ones you feel most drawn to when contemplating your intention, or a crystal chosen because its properties are beneficial for aligned with the intention you wish to set.
Crystals can be charged individually, in groups or as a grid. Check out our other blog posts for ideas regarding using crystals for specific intentions.