I wanted to take some time to share with you how I cleanse my crystals each month and why it’s important. Over the years I have made a practice of working with the deeply restorative energy of each full moon. Bringing my crystals into this monthly ritual has been a great way to make sure they are as energetically clear as possible. Believe it or not, crystals hold onto the energy they take in from you and from their environment. It’s good practice to purify their vibration on a regular basis, especially if you use them often or with others.
I’ve studied with many healers in my life and have learned several different methods for crystal cleansing. My favorite way uses water and involves working with the full moon. This the the most effective way to give them a deep energy cleaning. Think about how clear and grounded you feel after an intense breathwork session and salt scrub, it’s the same idea. We’re just like our crystals, in order to function at our optimal vibration we need to take care ourselves consistently.
Crystals are tools that I use in my daily self care practice and with clients. Making sure they are in top shape for healing is as simple as the ritual I am going to share with you today. When the moon is full she is at her brightest making it the most powerful time to release what is no longer serving you. Before setting your crystals out to bathe in the full moonlight, gently wash them in a little purified water the day before the full moon. I’ve made a really grounding practice out of listening to music and chanting the Adi Shakti mantra to my crystals while washing them. It keeps the feminine energy super strong and helps me stay in the moment. Chanting is totally optional of course!
After washing and drying your crystals set them out on the earth for their full moon bath. If you are unable to place them directly on the ground, any natural surface will work. We have a table outside that I like to use as there is a raccoon family in our yard and they pretty much take anything that we put on the grass. For some reason the table is a safer bet! The next day, let them charge for a few hours in morning sunlight. Many crystals like Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz for example will fade in direct sunlight so I charge my crystals just for the sunrise and then pull them back inside.
Steps for cleansing your crystals in the Full Moon:
Wash them well.
A simple rinse under the faucet will do here. If you live near the ocean or a stream it’s optimal to wash them there. I’ve got too many to make the trek to the Pacific 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.
- The stones I use with clients will be charged to intensify their healing properties.
- Smokey quartz with energy to help me stay grounded during the transition into a new season.
Close the ritual.
I like to 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 I burning a little cedar to bring in more positive energy and close the ritual.