The power of the moon has been long synonymous with crystal healing. It’s thought that the healing energy from the moon powers crystals so they radiate an abundance of high vibe energy upon all those who use them.
Moon charging is the most common method for improving the energy of your crystals, but it is just as important to cleanse your crystals to remove any stagnant energy, sometimes considered bad ju-ju.
Caring for your crystals is so important because using crystals for healing purposes is extremely powerful and you want to ensure you are receiving the purest form of energy.
Stagnant energy can build up with the crystals, just like it can within your energy body. When you are feeling a low mood, or a buildup of tension, you don't function as effectively as you would normally, the same goes for your crystals.
Crystals absorb and release energy so it is crucial to cleanse crystals regularly to avoid having stagnant energy build-up hindering your healing process.
There are a number of different ways to cleanse crystals, here are some of the most popular techniques
1. Smoke cleanse:
This is a very popular way to cleanse your crystals. The purifying smoke removes any energetic residue. It is always recommended to cleanse your crystals before you charge them. Some people like to cleanse their crystals after every use so they're always working with new energy.
Some like to use candles or herb bundles. You can also use a bowl of mixed resins and herbs, sage, rosemary and myrrh make a beautiful blend. Shamanic healers are known to use Palo Santo sticks. With this technique, it is advised to move the smoke around in a clockwise direction to cleanse the stone.
2. Cleansing with sound
Sound cleansing is a great way to uplift your crystals' energy. It is believed that your crystals will align with the frequency of the sound. A lot of spiritual practitioners use a traditional singing bowl, but you can always download healing frequency sounds from Youtube. Our favourite frequency is 432 hz, which is considered the universal frequency of harmony and peace.
Not sure which sound to use? Take a quiet minute to close your eyes and just listen to a few frequencies, or uplifting music. Hold your stomach can you feel what sound resonates with you? *the stomach is a very intuitive part of our body. Have you ever had a gut reaction, or felt something in your waters?
3. Cleansing with selenite
Selenite symbolises the power of the moon beautifully because selenite harbours the pure white light of the universe and is thought to be one of the most sacred stones on earth. Selenite has a very rejuvenating power, making it the perfect crystal to cleanse your other crystals.
Selenite is easy to work with, find a scared space, preferably in direct moonlight like a window sill. Place your crystals next to a piece of selenite, or make a crystal grid that encases your other crystals within, and leave it there overnight to charge up.
You can use this cleansing technique at any time of the month, but it’s recommended that the best time to do so is on the last night of the moon's cycle (the Balsamic moon, day 26-28) as the waxing moon invites us to let go of old energies so we can welcome in fresh changes with the new moon.
Charging your crystals
Charging your crystals is simply a process of transferring energy from natural sources to stones. No effort is actually required on your part as the crystals naturally attract energy from the sun, moon and the earth. Crystals attract energy, and then move the energy around their perfect crystalline structures until they are ready to release the energy.
With crystal healing, it is advised to consider the healing process as a transference of energy. Each crystal emits energy in a different way so by learning the properties of each stone you can manipulate the energy of the crystal to best suit your needs and become a confident crystal witch.
Charging your crystals is very beneficial for all crystals regardless if you use them for crystal healing, even crystals used for decor can benefit from regular charging up so their energy can keep your home harmonious and high vibe.
Check out our four favourite charging techniques…
1. Moon water
The process here is super easy and can be used to cleanse and energise your crystals at the same time as nature's water (like rainwater, stream water or ocean water) neutralises negative energy.
First, you have to make your moon water.
When there is a new moon, place a glass container outside to catch rainwater as it falls, or fill the container with water (seawater is fantastic if you can get it) and place it outside or on a window sill, and leave it there until the full moon. The night after the full moon, the water will be charged and you can store it away for whenever you need it.
When using your moon water simply pour a little bit of moon water on your crystals before use, not only does it cleanse, but also recharges your crystals with healing and uplifting energy.
This gentle charging technique is advised for those using their crystals for chakra healing or self-work.
This method is only suited to hard crystals, such as most types of quartz, amethyst and tigers eye however there are other crystals you can not cleanse using this method, just be careful, stones that are too soft can be damaged by water!
As a general rule of thumb, I avoid using the water method for crystals ending in 'ite,' such as calcite, kyanite, hematite etc.
Another way to know if your crystals are safe for water is by using the stone's hardness score. Using the Mohs hardness scale, any crystal scoring below 5 should avoid water.
Mohs Hardness scale:
A scale by which the hardness of stones and minerals are scored, the harder the crystal is the higher it scores.
The scale goes 1-10, 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest
As with anything, there are exceptions to this guide, if unsure, contact us and we can help you!
2. Bury your crystals in the earth
The earth's healing energy is perfect for recharging crystals, as it is from the earth that crystals are made.
Some crystal work enthusiasts like to bury precious crystals for a full moon cycle for an extra powerful charge up, but at MCC we find that charging up your crystals for two nights under the waxing (new to full moon) or full moon will suffice.
Find a small area outside to bury your crystals, or you can use an indoor planter. Arrange your crystals in the hole and cover them with dirt. Leave a little marker for when you come back to find them. Keep in mind that some crystals aren't suitable for water and therefore shouldn't be used. Please refer to the guide above.
2. A quick sun charge
Sun charging is a great way to charge your precious gemstones for the crystal witch on the go. Simply hold your crystal high in the sky or leave it in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. When comparing the energy of the moon and the sun, the sun represents fast action energy, so it can power your crystals faster than the moon.
Usually, crystal work experts tend to use this technique for manifestation. Crystals like (clear, spirit and smokey) quartz, carnelian, sunstone, tiger's eye and amber are very powerful for manifesting your dreams, and are all associated with the action-packed energy of the sun. Before setting your intention or making a wish, hold one of these power crystals up to the sun for a little energy boost.
*Be careful not to leave any crystals in the sunlight for too long as they can fade in the light.
4. Full moon charging
The most popular and widely accepted technique for charging your crystals is a traditional moon charge. The full moon marks the peak of the moon’s illumination, and this powerful moonlight is considered to be full of high vibrational energy that will charge your crystals to their fullest capacity.
Traditionally, it is recommended to cleanse your crystals and leave them in the direct moonlight all night long. If you have a specific crystal work purpose for any of your stones, you can prepare them by setting an intention.
For example, if you want to use a piece of rose quartz for a love spell, as you lay your crystal out to charge, set your intention by saying, “I attract pure love!”✨
After your crystals have charged under the moonlight you can place them in a prominent spot and let the healing vibes transform the energy in your home. At MCC, we cleanse all our stones with palo santo and sound healing and then charge them under the full moon. Because stones can absorb negative energy from their surroundings we nurture our crystals and charge them up with high vibrations before they make their journey to you!
Why not read about our moon charged formula?
Moon Charged tip: If you start to feel a build-up of stagnant energy within yourself, why not try a moon bath ritual? Just like your crystals, you too can do with a regular cleanse and recharge. If you’re starting to feel a build-up of frustrated energy in yourself, why not use crystals and salt to rejuvenate you... mind, body and soul
As always, thank you for reading, comment below to share your favourite ways to cleanse and charge your crystals, I'd love to hear from you!
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