If you're interested in welcoming some more spirituality and positive energy into your life, consider this your beginner's guide to all things crystal. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to crystal healing but I'm thirsty for knowledge and love ready about and putting into practise some recharging and intention rituals. They're very simple and quite fun too!
One of my favourite crystal specimens Mica is ready for a cleanse in 2018.
Pick the right crystal...
Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince Charming, and the same is true for crystals. You may have the "this is it" feeling the minute you lay eyes on a certain crystal or piece of jewellery, or it may take you a bit longer to connect with one. Even if two crystals might look similar in color, shape, and size, it does not mean that they will have the same energetic effect on you.
Like people, each crystal is unique and has a different story to tell. Selenite brings mental clarity and dispels negative energy from the body, while citrine is perfect for manifesting intentions. Onyx is a strong protection stone and reflects negative energy. Each stone has its own vibrational blueprint, so take the time to shop around for different types before you decide which one is perfect for you.
I always tell my customers to focus on a crystal's color, shape, and size first rather than its healing properties. More often than not, the crystal they are drawn to visually possesses exactly the energy they need. If you’re able to shop in person at one of my retailers or visit my studio, rather than on the Internet, be sure to hold the crystal in your hands for a few moments so you can truly feel its energetic effect on you.
Don't leave slenite out in the rain (white stone) as it's water soluble.
Lunar and Solar eclipses
An eclipse can be an amazing energetic force and has all the same feels as turning a page in a new chapter. Whether it’s a solar eclipse or a lunar eclipse, this could be the perfect opportunity to recharge your crystals with whole new energy. Dramatic shifts can happen during this natural phenomena. The lunar eclipse is closely connected to big internal shifts and changes, whereas the solar eclipse speaks of external shifts and fierce change to the makeup of your life. This is a great opportunity for those who are stuck in stagnant energy to stir things up.
Steps for cleansing your crystals in the Full Moon:
Wash them well.
A simple rinse under the tap (preferably filtered) will do here. If you live near the ocean or a stream it’s optimal to wash them there or leave them in the rain. I’ve got too many to make the trek to the sea but if you’re close, by all means go!
Set your crystals out.
The ideal time to put them out is just after sunset. A natural surface is best outside. If that isn’t an option put them near a window where they will get direct moonlight. As you set each one down name something you want to let go of. You can name the same thing over and over or pick a different one with each crystal. Don’t name more than 5, it’s too many and will start to lower our vibration. This is a supportive practice that helps to seal in what we are ready to release with this full moon.
Pull them in the next morning.
It’s nice to give them a little reboot with the sun’s energy, but not for too long. Through sun rise is a great rule of thumb.
Charge your crystals with intentions.
This is one of my favorite parts of the ritual, it’s even more important than naming what we want to release. Once you have all of your crystals back inside charge them with your intentions. Charging crystals with your 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 or client work) as they will absorb the energy of other people.
You can charge all of your crystals at once by imagining them soaked in healing energy. They can also be charged individually or in groups. It’s really up to you, there is no right or wrong way to charge them, let your intuition be your guide.
Here are some examples of what I am planning for this cycle:
- Charging rose quartz with love to support my relationship with …..
- Smokey quartz with energy to help me stay grounded during the transition into Autumn.
Close the ritual.
Close the cleansing and charging ritual with thank you prayers. A simple thank you to Mother Earth for the ways she supports our life and a humble bow to the crystals for all of the work that they do. Acknowledging all of the elements that came together to make these healing tools seals in their healing vibrations and reminds us to stay focused on what matters most to our hearts. After giving thanks you can burn a little cedar to bring in more positive energy and close the ritual.
Crystal fire ceremony:
Fire has been used by ancient healers for hundreds of years. It is a strong tool to cleanse our souls and create change. Once something is burned, it is never the same again. During the full moon, write down all the things that you want to let go of on a piece of paper. Then, place your paper in a fire-safe bowl or pit (do this outside) and burn it until it has completely turned to ashes. The smoke will rise and disappear into the air, symbolizing the negative thoughts and feelings that no longer serve you. To enhance the energy of letting go, place a crystal next to your bowl or in your palm while your paper is burning.
Have fun and wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!