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Ways to Cleanse Crystals and Stones
As a side note: I believe the only exception to cleansing crystals and stones is if you've discovered the crystal or stone in nature, and it is sure to have been untouched by human hands or machinery.
The Importance of Cleansing Crystals & Stones
So you just received your order of crystals or stones in the mail and you rip through the packaging. There lies the most gorgeous and brilliant piece of lavender amethyst your eyes have ever beheld. But that's not it...there's also a zebra jasper palm stone just crying to be held. But wait, before you start using your brand new crystals and stones, don't you have to at least cleanse them? Absolutely!
It is utterly important that you take the time in cleansing your crystals, rocks, stones, and gems. Why is this so important? Manufactured crystals and stones have gone through a lot of processing, which could include different types of machinery, different buildings, transportation, and dozens (possibly hundreds) of different hands have touched your crystals and stones. If you believe that everything has its own energy and you believe that crystals and stones give or take away certain energies, then you must believe that crystals and stones hold energies of their surroundings. So it is critical to cleanse your crystals and stones when they've come from a manufacturer or even a small-time online seller. You want to rid your new crystals and stones of any unwanted or negative energy and really make it fresh for your use. Cleansing crystals and stones doesn't have to be a chore either...it can be fun and rewarding as there are many different ways to cleanse crystals.
Cleansing Crystals with the 4 Elements
Various ways to cleanse crystals can include using the four elements - earth, air, fire, and water.
Cleansing crystals with the element earth can be accomplished in various ways. You can take your new crystals and stones and bury them in your backyard or in a flower or herb pot. Leave them there over-night or when you feel they have been cleansed of residual energies. You can also bury them in a bowl of sea salt to cleanse your crystals and stones. Salt is used to purify and cleanse and has been used for many other rituals including casting circles and protection, and it is just as useful in cleansing crystals as it is for any other ritual.
Cleansing crystals with the element of air is usually done by using the smoke of burning sage, cedar, or some other type of cleansing herb or incense. Take the crystal or stone and wave it through the smoke with your projective hand. Visualize the smoke cleansing the stone of its residual energies and filling it with clear, positive energy.
You can also cleanse your crystals and stones by way of the element of fire, though I do not fully recommend it. Many stones could change or morph in extreme heat, so you'd have to do your research before throwing your new crystals and stones into a bonfire. My suggestion is if you'd like to use fire in cleansing crystals, then either use solar light or use your own body's warmth. To see how to cleanse with solar light, refer to the next section. If you'd like to use your body's warmth to cleanse your crystals, simply hold the stone in your projective hand (the hand you use to write/do most of your work) until you feel the heat from your body removing any residual energy from the stone and pushing it out. Once you let the stone go, you will feel it get very hot. This is when you know your energy is cleansing the crystal of its residual energies.
To cleanse crystals with water, you can take your new crystals and stones to a nearby creek, river, or even the ocean. Keep them in your hands or set them in a bowl and let the water wash over them and surround them. Imagine all negative energy left in them running out and into the water, leaving them clean and free of residual energy. You can also use your holy water to cleanse your crystals and stones. Simply pour it over the stones or soak the crystals in the holy water. Take them out when you feel they have been cleansed.
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Cleansing Crystals by Solar & Lunar Light
If you prefer, the four elements do not even have to be used as ways to cleanse crystals. You can keep cleansing your crystals by solar light or lunar light and energy.
To use solar light in cleansing your crystals, you'll want to leave your stones and crystals in a bowl outside where it will be untouched by human hands or inside on a windowsill that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Leave them there for a day or two or however long you feel it takes to remove the stones' residual energies.
To use lunar light in cleansing crystals, you can do the same thing as you would with solar light cleansing. Leave the crystals and stones outside in a bowl to be bathed in full moonlight or put them in a windowsill to be touched by the full moon light. Full moon light is best when performing a lunar cleansing of crystals. Waning moonlight tends to withdrawal the energy and waxing moon light tends to fill it up...you want the full moon light to remove the residual and clear it for you to charge.
If you are lucky enough to experience an eclipse of either kind, this is the most powerful way to cleanse & charge your crystals and stones. Leave them out in a bowl so that they can soak up the eclipse energy and be cleansed of all residual energy at the same time.
In what way do you cleanse your crystals and stones?
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