How To Clear and Charge Crystals

Quartz crystal cluster
Quartz Cluster
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Learn why and how to clear and charge crystals. Clearing crystals and charging them is easy.

Why Clear and Charge Crystals?

Crystals pick up the energy of things around them, including the environment, just as anything else does. Clearing crystals gets rid of this unwanted energy. Crystals also need charging to have its full energy. I am going to tell you how to deal with this.

This energy picked up may be positive, neutral, or negative energy. Whichever type it is, it affects the way the crystal energy works. Thus, it is best to clear crystal energy before using the crystal. Charging a crystal before use is also a good idea. Charging gives the crystal or stone its full energy to work with. There are many ways of clearing a crystal. Also, there are many ways of charging a crystal. I am going to concentrate on methods that can do both at the same time.

How to Clear and Charge Crystals

No matter which method you use, before you use it, you need to set your intention. Setting your intent is as simple as intending and stating, “I intend this to clear and charge my crystals in _(sunlight, moonlight, etc.)_ to cleanse these crystal(s) of ___(all outside energy, all negative energy, etc.)__” Hold the intention in your mind, then blow it across the crystal with a steady breath. Many times, this is all a crystal needs, but some may need more. So from here go on to one of the methods belolw.

Sunlight: Setting a crystal in the sun for 1 to 3 days of sunlight or more can clear any unwanted energy. Plus, it can give it an energetic charge. You can sun your crystals on the back deck, in the garden, on a window sill, or wherever the crystal will be safe. Be careful, though, that you avoid this method with stones that can fade in sunlight. Some to avoid are Amethyst, Celestite, Citrine, Kunzite, Opal (dries it out), Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, among others. For those crystals, another method is a better choice. If you are not sure,  use a different method.

Moonlight can clear and charge crystals
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Moonlight: Setting a crystal in the moonlight for 2 or 3 nights clears and charges the crystal. Also, it will not fade light crystals. Some people prefer the 2 or 3 nights around the full moon, but I have used a wide variety of moon phases successfully. Just place your stone where it can catch full moonlight and leave it during the moonlight hours. During the day, remove or cover it to avoid sunlight. Then put it back in the moonlight that night.

Burial: Burying a stone is to return it to the Earth to recharge and be cleared. You can bury it in a patch of garden or anywhere in the yard for 3 to 5 days. Just be sure to mark where you have put it. Additionally, you can put it in a large pot of dirt. This has the advantage that it can be done in an apartment or other small space. The dirt in the pot will need to be changed when it feels “full” but that is simple to do.

Amethyst Cluster
Amethyst Cluster
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Other Crystals and Clusters: There are several stones that can clear and charge other crystals. Clusters of Amethyst, Quartz, and Citrine (never needs clearing) are particularly useful to charge crystals. “Logs,” “plates,” or multiple pieces of Selenite, Carnelian, and Kyanite (never needs clearing) are also excellent choices. Put the crystals to be charged on top of or touching the side of the Amethyst, Selenite, or other crystal you have chosen. Leave it there from 4 to 24 hours. Tip: Be sure first to use another method to clear and charge the crystals you wish to use to clear other crystals.

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Reiki: Reiki or another healing energy modality is an excellent way to clear and charge crystals. One way is to energize it the way you would a Reiki bear. Another is to literally attune the crystal.

White Sage Smudge
Sage Smudge Wand
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Smudging: Smudging is a favorite method of many for clearing and charging their crystals. Be sure to have something to sit the smudge materials on after use, like an abalone shell. Using white sage, cedar, sweetgrass, palo santo, incense, or other sacred herbs, light the bundle and let it flame very briefly. Then blow it out. The ensuing smoke is used on your crystal by passing the crystal through the smoke. Do no less than a half dozen slow passes, more if needed.

Sound: (Links are Amazon ads, but it doesn’t matter where you get these items.) Some sounds are both clearing and energizing. In particular, OM (or AUM), the ringing of a gong, the sound of bells, singing bowls, or tingshas are good for this. Repeat the sound at least five to ten times while holding the crystal near the source of the sound. If moved to do so, repeat it additional times.

There are other methods that either charge or clear crystals. I find these methods that do both the easiest and equally effective. I hope you find them useful.

Some crystals that may interest you are Garnet, Moldavite, and Indigo Gabbro. Find out more about crystal properties at The Meanings page.

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