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Cleansing Your Crystals

In this article I will be discussing the ways you can start cleansing your magical tools such as crystals and other tools. This will help you on your spiritual journey, as well as offer those extra benefits you need during this time.

Cleansing Crystals

As with everything you use as a tool, treat your crystals with respect. It is especially important in the case of crystals to cleanse them before you begin any healing or meditation work with them, even if they feel okay, so that it’s your own energy you are working with. Their strong electromagnetic field means they can easily collect or hold energy. They should also be cleansed regularly when in use to keep them clear and vibrant. Every few weeks is probably a good idea, but as you work with your crystals you will begin to sense when they feel dull and in need of cleansing. If using crystals as a therapist, they should be cleansed between each use, so you are not carrying energy from one client to another. If you are using them directly on the skin, they should also be washed between clients.

There are a number of methods for cleansing:

  • Flowing water – This is good if you live near a river or stream. Hold the crystal under flowing water for a few minutes. The method can also work with tap water. Visualize any stagnation, cloudiness or negativity within the crystal washing away with the water and down the drain. Some crystals are hydrous (containing water), and water-soluble. Don’t use this method for selenite or satin spar gypsum, or for halite.

  • Sunlight or Moonlight – Leave out in bright sunlight for a few hours. Some people also leave their crystals in the light of the full moon, or even bury them in the garden on the night of the full moon. Sun has a masculine energy, while the moon is feminine, and stars represent spirit, so you might want to leave them out for a full 24 hours. Some crystals are photosensitive, and will eventually fade in strong sunlight, so be careful when using sunlight for amethyst, fluorite and some calcites and rose quartz.

  • Salt – Bury crystals in dry sea salt overnight or longer. Throw the salt out afterwards – it will absorb any negative energy, and it is not a good idea to ingest it or bathe in it. This method is not recommended for malachite, celestite or fluorite, as the soft surface scratches easily. Contrary to some recommendations, please do not cleanse your crystals by leaving them in salt water. It is corrosive, and will damage many crystals. Some crystal healers will not use salt at all, as salt is itself a crystal, and they feel it might affect the crystal being cleansed in it. Salt cleansing is particularly helpful when a crystal is in need of a serious cleanse.

  • Energy – Crystals can be cleansed by visualizing a clear white light, violet flame or blue light coming through your hands into the crystal. Visualize the light coming from above and filling you first, then filling the crystal from the bottom up. Anything stagnant or negative will be released as a puff of smoke, which disperses out the window. Reiki practitioners can also use Symbols.

  • Selenite or Satin Spar – A large block of clear selenite or satin spar is not only self-cleansing, but has a high vibration. You can cleanse and recharge other crystals and crystal jewelry by leaving them on selenite overnight.

  • Large Quartz or Amethyst Clusters – Crystal clusters have a similar effect to selenite. The many points disperse any energy held within the crystal, which does not originate from it.

  • Bells – The clear tone of a bell, a singing bowl or Tingsha prayer chimes will immediately cleanse crystals and the area around them. The sound waves move the energy, and shift any stagnation.

  • Incense or Smudge – Cleanse using the smoke from a lit incense or smudge stick in the same way you would use it to cleanse a room.

  • Breath – Using intention, crystals can be cleansed by using your breath to blow away any unwanted or negative energy, preferably out through a window, allowing it to dissipate in the fresh air.

  • Flame – Use this method with extreme care! Fire is an effective cleanser in many ways, the same as flowing water, and a room with a fireplace that is in regular use will usually stay quite clear. For crystals, use the flame of a candle. Find the area above the flame where it is no longer hot enough to burn you, and move the crystal in and out of this space a few times.

The most important element of any of these methods is your intention. If you intend to cleanse the crystal, it will be cleansed. If you go through the motions without much consideration, it may not be.

Programming Crystals


Once you’ve cleansed your crystal, or during cleansing, if the method you are using is channeling light into it, you can program the crystal for a specific purpose. This purpose can be as simple as guiding and supporting you on your journey, or as precise as bond-cutting*. It is not necessary to program every crystal you own, but is a good idea for the crystals you will use in certain treatments, and absolutely necessary if you are planning to use a crystal for more powerful or intricate work. It is possible to programmed a crystal for someone else, such as a friend or client. Just make sure the person knows you are doing this**, and you are not programming it for something against their will.

Occasionally you will come across a crystal that needs to attune to you, and visa versa, usually after you have been working with crystals for a while. You may become aware that, even after cleansing, there is something jarring between your energies, yet you know you need to work with this specific crystal. Attuning can be done in much the same way as programming, though you need not be specific about its purpose. As you channel light into it, you might feel a subtle change and smoothing of the energy between you.



Channel white light into the crystal, imagining it filling with light, from the bottom up. If there is any stagnant or unwholesome energy left in the crystal, this should dissipate. You might experience it as a puff of smoke, in which case visualize it or literally blow it out the window. This is charging the crystal, giving it an extra boost of energy, not unlike charging the batteries on your new phone or laptop for the first time.

Most crystals do not need charging, and those that have been charged usually hold that charge once they are working. If you feel one of your crystals is flat, even after cleansing it, there are a few different ways in which you can charge it again. Either repeat the method above, or lay it on a large selenite gypsum crystal or block of satin spar, a bed of amethyst or a clear quartz cluster. Usually one night is enough. Some crystal healers point a selenite spear at the crystal, rather than placing the stones on top of it. I seldom wear jewelry

without a purpose, so after the gemstones I am wearing have finished their job for the day, I lay them on a large selenite over night, to give them a chance to recharge before I put them on again in the morning.

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