How to charge crystals

How To Charge Crystals and Stones

Crystals and stones have been used for healing purposes for many, many years.

When you take care of them and use them the right way, they can be very beneficial in enhancing and improving different aspects of your life.

Even if crystals and stones can only survive physically for a certain period of time, their energies will simply live on.

Why Should You Charge Crystals And Stones?

When you use crystals and stones for healing, energy work, magic, and other purposes, the energies they possess can be drained or used up.

As a result, negative, stagnant, stale, or harmful energies can replace them.

To remedy this, crystals and stones should always be cleansed and charged regularly before and after use. This will ensure that they are in top condition and working well.

This will also prevent the growth of negativity and dispel the lingering negative energies that may influence you and the people who are around the crystals and stones.

Crystals and stones need to be charged because the energy that they carry is not unlimited. Over time, it will weaken and start to dwindle.

Crystals and stones that are still deep inside the earth will not need to be charged because they draw their energies naturally from the earth.

But once they’re dug up from the earth, they will also lose their ability to charge themselves using the earth’s energies.

This is why their energies must be refreshed by anyone who uses them and cares for them. To charge crystals and stones is a fairly simple process, and there are many ways to do it.

The only thing you need to do is pick the one that’s most convenient for you and the most effective for your crystals and stones.

The Different Ways You Can Charge Crystals And Stones

Charging Crystals With The Help Of The Universe

This cleansing and charging method will work well crystals and stones like Clear Crystals, Rutilated Quartz, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Ametrine, and Citrine.

The guide to charging crystals and stones

To use the energy of the universe, you will need a piece of gold-colored cloth.

The cloth should be big enough to hold all the crystals and stones that you want to cleanse and charge.

Place them all on top of the cloth and focus on connecting with the universe’s powerful and positive energies.

Visualize the crystals and stones being cleansed by vibrating universal energies and being charged with clean and potent energies right after.

Using The Sun To Charge Crystals

All crystals and stones will benefit from the power of the sun.

Yellow is the color of the sun’s energy, and all you need to do to cleanse and charge your crystals and stones is to leave them out in sunlight for several hours, maximum of seven hours.

How long you put your crystals and stones under the sun will depend on you. I recommend at least 24 hrs to get the very best results.

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Just make sure to bring them back inside when the sun is about to set.

Your crystals and stones should only be exposed to sunlight. If you leave them out too long and they get cleansed or charged by moonlight, the energy will also change.

This may also have an effect on how their energies will affect you the next time you use them.

Charging Crystals With Moonlight

By putting your crystals and stones under the light of a full moon or crescent moon, you are also cleansing and charging them.

Make sure to put them there for approximately seven hours.

Like cleansing and charging your crystals and stones using solar power, make sure that they are only exposed to moonlight.

Charging Crystals With The Help Of The Earth

Cleansing and charging your crystals and stones with earth energy will work for Tiger’s Eye, Petrified Wood, Mahogany Obsidian, Jasper, Citrine, Carnelian, Calcite, Boji Stone, and Agate.

Using this method of cleansing and charging can bring powerful healing energies to you and your crystal work.

As long as you have access to a small patch of natural earth, this should be a very easy way to clear and restore the energy of your stones.

Place the crystals and stones that you wish to cleanse and charge in a glass jar or bottle, and then bury your crystal in the ground for approximately seven hours.

The glass container does not need to be fully buried, just deep enough to keep the crystals and stones covered.

After the seven hours is up, you can simply dig them up again. They are now ready to be used.

Charging Crystals With Water

Water energy for your crystals and stones can be accessed by putting them in seawater with lots of sea salt for approximately seven hours.

Some crystals and stones that can benefit the most from water are Turquoise, Sodalite, Iolite, Clear Quartz, Blue Quartz, Blue Lace Agate, Azurite, Aquamarine, Aqua Aura, Amazonite, and Agate.

You can leave the crystals and stones inside a glass bottle and put them in the sea, stream, lake, or other unpolluted bodies of water.

If you don’t have access to natural water, you can also use tap water and add a bit of salt to make a saltwater solution.

Take care when using this cleansing and charging method because salt is abrasive and can damage stones and crystals that are made of softer properties.

Charging Crystals With Fire

When identifying how to recharge crystals, people are often surprised that fire can play such a crucial role in cleansing and recharging these wonderful stones.

Fire is classically seen as such a destructive force, that it can be easy to overlook its energizing, inspiring, and nurturing properties.

After all, fire is central to much of how humankind has advanced over the ages. In the same way, smoke and flames can evoke spiritual feelings that really help to energize crystals – especially those of the fire element and association.

Some crystals and stones that will benefit from fire energy include Mahogany Obsidian, Tiger’s Eye, Rutilated Quartz, Jasper, Boji Stone, Agate, and Bloodstone.

You can make use of smoke or fire to cleanse your crystals and charge your stones.

Direct fire burns away any negative energies. This method can be over in just a matter of seconds and done over a candle flame.

You can also smudge your stones using sage sticks, cedar, sandalwood, or palo santo.

Simply pass your crystal or stone through the smoke for about half a minute. This will cleanse and charge it simultaneously.

Charge Crystals With Air

Some of the crystals and stones that can benefit from this cleansing and charging method include Smoky Quartz, Citrine, Rutilated Quartz, Amethyst, and Clear Quartz.

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Apart from the stone that you wish to cleanse and charge, you will also need essential oils of your choice, a 100-ml bottle, a small spray bottle, unscented baby oil, and some colorless detergent.

Add the stones and crystals, detergent, and about seven drops of your chosen essential oil in the 100-ml bottle. Put in the unscented baby oil last.

Hold the bottle containing your crystals and stones and state aloud your cleansing and charging intentions.

Leave the bottle somewhere safe and peaceful for about seven hours. After seven hours, the oil is ready to be transferred to the spray bottle.

Once you have transferred the oil, add distilled, filtered, or boiled water.

This spray can now be used to cleanse and charge your other crystals and stones, as well as your environment with just one spray.

Charging Crystals With Another Stone

Crystals like Amethyst, Quartz, and Crab Fire Agate can absorb the energies of other crystals and regenerate them.

Selenite is one of the most popular cleansing and charging crystals. All you need to do is put the crystal or stone that you want to rejuvenate on top of the Selenite for at least seven hours.

How Long You Should Charge Crystals For

Whether you’re charging your crystals yourself or having them done by another person, it is important to know how long to charge the crystal for. This will ensure that you are charging your crystals properly and following all of the rules.

As a guideline, most people charge their crystals overnight for 8 hours. Some people charge them for longer (up to 24 hours), and some do it for shorter periods of time (for example, 2-4 hours).

It really depends on your intention and the person doing the charging.

Charging your crystals overnight is a common practice because we sleep during this time and we believe our subconscious minds will continue the work we’re doing.

This allows for the best healing work to be done during our subconscious state. The person charging your crystals should take this into consideration if they are also working with you on a psychic or energetic level.

How Often You Should Charge Crystals

Again, this depends on you and your own personal needs.

Most people will charge their crystals once a week, some do it twice a week, and some do it very infrequently.

It’s important to listen to your stones as well as yourself when deciding how often you should charge them. Crystals are more powerful when they are charged regularly.

If you are working with your crystals often, then they will be able to stay charged for longer periods of time because you will not need to recharge them as much.

This also works in conjunction with how you feel about your crystals when you pick them up. If they have lost some power, then it is a good indication that they need to be recharged.

What To Say When Charging Crystals

There are many different ways to charge crystals.

Some people will sit quietly with their crystals and visualize the energy of the crystal being absorbed into their own energy while others say an affirmation or hold intentions in their mind.

It is up to you how you would like to do this, but make sure you are saying something – even if it is to yourself.

Charging your crystals is an active process and you should always be interacting with them in some way – even if it’s just talking to them!

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If you’re using words, then say something like: “I charge this (name of crystal) to do (insert your intention here.)”

Avoid saying things like: “I will charge you to…” or “I want you to do…”

Your crystal should be doing the work, not you telling it what to do.

Charging Crystals In Groups

It’s not uncommon for people to arrange their crystals in a group before charging them.

This can be done by creating grid-work with the crystals or simply placing them together. There are different theories on this, so it is up to you if you would like to try it!

Some people think that each crystal will absorb the energy of the other crystals in the group, while others believe that the energy from each crystal will add to the group and create a stronger, more powerful crystal.

If you are using your charged crystals for a specific reason or working with them on an energetic level, then it is important that all of the crystals are similar and work together.

Otherwise, it may not be necessary.

Charging Crystals While They Are Still In The Ground

The most powerful way to charge your crystals is when they are still in the ground. There are many people who will go to sacred grounds and leave their crystals there for days, weeks, or months at a time so that they can soak up the energy of the place.

If you are able to do this, try leaving your crystals on the full moon or the new moon (when possible) so that they are absorbing as much energy as possible.

If you are digging up your crystals, then be sure to use them often and recharge them often. Crystals lose their power over time if they’re not being used, so keep this in mind.

Letting your crystals lay on the ground is not recommended because they can lose their power or become damaged over time.

My Final Thoughts On Cleansing And Charging Crystals And Stones

Every crystal or stone possesses its own metaphysical characteristics and pulsates to its own vibration.

They are a very powerful aid that you can use to amplify and access energy.

It’s important to know that you have these crystals and stones to work with energy, but they are merely directors, magnifiers, and conductors.

Individual crystals and stones vibrate at certain frequencies that naturally resonate with specific intentions, manifestations, and energy patterns.

Choosing the crystals and stones that you work with can give you some really big and cathartic changes.

The more you work with your crystals, the more you will raise your vibrations and the more energies that you will be attracting to the crystals.

It’s important that you take care of your crystals and stones so that they will continue to help you with your energy work.

When you charge crystals and stones, you need to state your intentions.

You also need to ask yourself what exactly it is you want to manifest, seek help for, or release.

Some of the most common intentions that often convince people to work with crystals and stones include love, wealth, happiness, healing, spiritual growth, peace, and endings and beginnings.

If you choose to do any of the cleansing and charging methods listed here, make sure that you clearly state your intentions, emotions, thoughts, and vibrations to the universe.

Don’t forget to thank the specific crystal and stone for being your true companion and ally in performing this energy work.

How to charge crystals

Written by Diana Houston

Crystal expert and author of 'A Beginner's Guide to Healing Crystals: Getting Started With Crystal Healing – A Complete Guide'

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