Most people are excited to get their new crystals, but can feel lost with what to do with them once they're home.
Below is a guide on cleansing your new crystals. Please also see Crystal Placement for guidance on where to put them around your home/space.
Do I really need to cleanse my crystals?
Yes! As well as emitting energy, crystals also absorb energy. If crystals absorb too much negative energy this can prevent them from working at their full potential. Cleansing crystals doesn’t have to be a daunting or complicated task.
How often do I have to cleanse my crystals?
Most people feel drawn to cleanse their crystals when they are new, if someone has gifted them or if they have been heavily used. I suggest cleansing display crystals at least once a month and giving them and the base a good dust.
The frequency of cleansing crystals also changes depending on their use. If there has been a challenging time, stress, illness, arguments or lots of big changes in the air, it is a good idea to cleanse your display crystals as these events occur, rather than waiting for their monthly cleanse.
How do I cleanse my crystals?
There are many ways to cleanse crystals, but I recommend cleansing crystals in the moonlight.
This way of cleansing is perfectly safe for all types of crystals.
On the night of a full moon (full moon will amplify the charge, but any moonlight will still work), place the crystals near a window which faces the moonlight – or leave outside where they will be safe and in the moonlight. They will be cleansed overnight.
Try not to leave them sit too long in the morning where the sunlight can damage their appearance. Don't be too concerned if you leave them from time to time, as colour fading on crystals is a slow process - it takes a bit for them to really change colour.
Crystal cleansing doesn't need to be a difficult process - think of it as a beautiful ritual you get to do each month. You could incorporate meditation, yoga or even a nice bath with your monthly ritual. Make it special and something that's just for you.
If you remember to put your crystals out around a full moon - great! If not, remember any moonlight will work. If life gets busy and you don't have time to regularly cleanse - it's ok. Your intuition will guide you when it's necessary. Don't let crystal cleansing be another daunting task on your to-do list.
Relax and have fun with it!
Crystals need to be dedicated to the purpose for which you want to use them. Set an intention after you've cleansed your crystal.
When setting intentions I find it useful to get in a place of gratitude first. Think about all the things you have to be grateful for, really feel it in your body and set an intention from that place. It's not ideal to be in a state of fear or scarcity when setting intentions!
Setting intentions helps activate your receptivity; its like drawing a map of where you want to go. If you set an intention in the morning, it gives you direction for the day and opens your awareness. I absolutely believe in fate/destiny, but if you know where you want to go and what you want, intention setting can definitely help you! I find that I feel more in control of my day and it can help me make better choices that align with what I want.
Even if you are someone that doesn’t completely believe in the power of intention setting, set an intention for something specific and just try it out for a week or two. See what happens! Don’t make it too serious or "heavy", relax with it, have fun and watch things unfold. Also, try not to always focus on the external/physical things, you can also set intentions for internal wealth/health as well – things like your relationships, your health or connecting more with your spirituality.
When you set your intention, hold the crystals in your hand (you can also raise to your Third Eye) and connect with it. Really feel it in your hands. Consider the purpose for which you wish to use it. Your intention need not be a daunting or arduous task - keep it simple. It can be as easy as holding the crystal and saying "My intention for this crystal is for clarity, to see opportunities when they arise", or "My intention for this crystal is to open my heart and connect with all people I come into contact with".
When you are finished setting your intention, put the crystal in a place where you will frequently see it - this will act as a reminder throughout your day.
Every CRYST set comes with an Intention Card to help you with this practice. These will be more of a general intention of course, so change it as much as you need to make it more specific to you.