Working with Crystals & Stones

All Crystals & Stones from Craft Magick are ritually cleansed and charged prior to shipment and arrive ready for immediate use.

The cleansing and charging information in this article is for your future reference should you need or want to cleanse or program your stones.

For the purpose of this article, the terms ‘Crystals’ and ‘Stones’ are interchangeable.

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Working with your Stones and Crystals is a very personal process. The methods vary depending on factors like time, physical environment, geographic location, physical constraints, spiritual or religious beliefs, personal ritual, healing or meditation practices, etc. Below are some various methods for cleansing, charging, and working with your Stones. Read through them and choose the method(s) that are most conducive to you and your beliefs and lifestyle. Make personal adjustments and incorporate personal rituals as you feel compelled. Remember that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to use your stones. As long as your intentions are pure (an it harm none do as ye will) the energies will work their magick!

There are many ways to work with your Stones. Here are a few of the simplest and most common...

  • Hold them - in your receptive hand if you need to DRAW on their energy (for example a Stone for self-esteem or self-love or psychic awareness) and in your projective hand if you need to EXUDE their energy (for example protection, warding off negativity, public speaking, peaceful communication, safe travel, etc.)
  • Carry them with you - in your pocket, purse, briefcase, backpack or suitcase.
  • Keep them in your environment - place a few stones in a protective pouch and keep it in the glove box of your car or your desk drawer at work; put some in a glass dish on your coffee table or night stand; plant a few in your garden or at the corners of your property.
  • Sleep with them - place them beneath your pillow, under your mattress, or on your bed table to truly embrace the energy during this most open and vulnerable time. Sleeping with our stones helps manifest their energies into our Sub-conscious and Higher-Self. Amethyst bestows restful sleep and prophetic dreams; Rose Quartz and Green Aventurine can help heal past emotional hurts; Hematite can help shield and strengthen us against outside negative forces.
  • Spells, Rituals, and Meditation - Place your Crystals on your altar or sacred space during meditation, spell, ritual and energy healing practices to embody their energy and amplify your experience and outcome.
  • Blessing Bags and Manifestation jars - add crystals and other magickal ingredients to a protective pouch for a blessing bag, or to a glass container for a manifestation jar. Create bags or jars for specific intentions such as money, love, healing, protection, creativity, self-esteem and more. Keep the bag or jar in a safe place where you will see it daily for a minimum of three days (during the proper moon cycle, of course) and preferably for a full moon cycle.
  • Chakra and Reiki - Place corresponding stones on the respective parts of your body during Chakra clearing, aligning and balancing, and Reiki healing sessions to greatly enhance benefits and results. See Chakra Crystals, Chakra Energy, Reiki Crystals, and Reiki Energy for more information.
  • Wear them - Crystal jewelry is a beautiful, practical and empowering way to work with your stones. Bracelets, Pendants, Rings, Earrings and other beautiful pieces are align your energy throughout the day or evening.

The more frequently you work with your Stones, the more attuned your energies will become. It is very important to keep your Stones from exposure to negative energy. Do not let others touch your Stones (unless you trust their energy). If your Stones ARE exposed to negativity, simply repeat the cleansing and charging process. For best protection, store your Crystals in a protective pouch when not in use or when carrying them with you in a purse, briefcase, etc.

Stone energies are VERY powerful and VERY effective. Keep your Stones handy in places you may have need for them (the kitchen, the bedroom, work, the car, a suitcase, purse or briefcase, etc.) You can draw on this energy whenever we wish. You can be empowered, courageous, productive, protected, successful, loved, and loving.

REMEMBER: There really is no right or wrong way to charge your Stones if your energy and intentions are positive and aligned with your Higher Self. The more familiar you become with your Stone rituals, the more you will actually look forward to the process. It is very enlightening and empowering when we attune our energy to the energies of Stones, the Elements, the Universe, and our Higher Self. Your Stones are there to help you more easily and accurately raise, direct, and focus your energy. The most import thing is to enjoy your energy work and pay attention to your instincts.

METHODS FOR CLEANSING YOUR STONES/CRYSTALS


Place in a stream of fresh running water for 1-3 nights during a Full Moon – or – if leaving them overnight is not feasible, hold your Crystals in the stream as long as possible or until you feel they are cleansed.

If you live near an ocean, lake, or large body of water, take your Crystals to the sea and ‘wash’ them in the water then let them bask in direct sunlight for the rest of the day. Note: water is the universal cleanser and is effective in cleansing undesirable energies from all physical forms.

Place outdoors for 1-3 nights during a Full Moon – if leaving them overnight is not feasible, then leave them under a direct Full Moon, undisturbed, for as long as possible.

Place in direct sunlight (preferably outdoors) for 8-72 hours.

Place in a bowl of Sea Salt* for 8-72 hours, remove, rinse with fresh water then place in direct sunlight for 8-72 hours.

Place on a bed (or in the center of a circle) of cleansed and charged Crystals for 8-72 hours.

Fill a glass bowl (NEVER use metal when working with Crystals) with enough salted water* (1 cup water to 3 tablespoons salt) to cover the Crystals. Add the Crystals to the bowl and place the bowl in direct sunlight for 8-72 hours. Remove the Crystals and rinse with fresh water.

Smudge the Crystal (with Sweetgrass, Cedar, Sage, Incense, etc.) This method of cleansing has been used for centuries by Native American and Native African tribal cultures. This method is only recommended if you are familiar with smudging.

Soak the Crystals in flowers (i.e., rose petals, orange blossoms, honeysuckle, etc.) for 24 hours; the essence strips away negativity and cleanses the Crystals while the purity and energy of the flower is transmitted to the Stone.

Holding the Crystal in your projective hand raise your energy and send that positive energy into the Crystal. Continue to do so until the Crystal is cleansed. Note: this method is only recommended if you are familiar with raising and projecting energy.

* Salt may cause slight abrasions on some types of softer Stones and Crystals. While this may be esthetically troublesome to you, it will not diminish the energy of your Stones or Crystals.

CHARGING/PROGRAMMING YOUR STONES AND CRYSTALS

Depending on your beliefs and practices, create and adapt your own personal meditation or religious/spiritual rituals to the following general guidelines. If you regularly practice meditation and are already familiar with grounding and centering, begin reading at step 3 and just incorporate it into your current rituals. If you do not currently practice meditation, or are not familiar with energy raising then begin with step 1.

1. Go to a quiet place where you will be undisturbed for a minimum of 10 minutes (you can gradually work up to longer periods of time – up to 60 minutes - if time/circumstances and personal inclination permit) If you live near a park, lake, hillside, etc. - any outdoor spot close to nature is great. If you live in the city and/or nature is not an option, create a ‘sacred space’ somewhere in your home or backyard/balcony that you can feel peaceful and be undisturbed during your work. Choose the appropriate color for your work (see Color Correspondences) Close your eyes and breathe deeply, envision a colored light (the color you chose) – encircling your sacred space.

2. Ground and Center yourself (there are countless volumes written about these processes, but for simplicity we will give a very basic idea of how to do this) Breathe deeply, long slow inhales, hold it a moment, and then slowly exhale. Exhale fully. Breathe in again, and continue repeating the breathing process for a few minutes. As you breathe, envision being grounded to the energy of the earth. Visualize the pure white (or your color) energy rising up from the Earth and coming into you through your feet, up your legs, up your spine, into your arms and hands, and finally spouting out the crown of your head like a waterfall. The falling water (color energy) envelops you, protects you, comforts you, and loves you. Feel it coursing through your body and through your hands into the Stones you are holding. (Note: you may feel tingling, chills, warmth, etc. and this is perfectly normal. It simply means that you are raising your magickal energy, and that is a very good thing!)

3. Hold the Stone in your projective hand (the hand you write with). As you feel the Stone’s energy, ask your Higher Power/The Universe/Jesus/Buddah etc. to manifest the intentions you are working for with the Stone Speak your intentions aloud (if possible) and ask for the guidance, wisdom, courage, etc. to do what needs to be done to manifest your intentions. When you are ready (and you will just KNOW when) switch hands. Hold the Stone in your receptive hand (the opposite of your projective). This time you are receiving the gifts of what you want to manifest. As you hold the Stone in your receptive hand, FEEL the energy of the Stone entering your body and giving you the things you have asked for. Visualize what your life is like when your intentions have manifested.

4. Carry the Stone with you in a purse or pocket everyday for at least 3 days after your work. Sleep with it under your pillow or next to your bed at night. Every morning when you pick up your Stone, and periodically throughout the day, touch the Stone and KNOW you are already manifesting your desires. Hold the Stone whenever you feel the need to draw on the Stone’s energy.

Continue to do the Grounding and Centering ritual whenever you feel the need.
It is truly a very uplifting and energizing experience once it becomes a habit.

WORKING WITH YOUR STONES AND CRYSTALS


Your Stone is now cleansed, charged, and ready to bestow empowering energies whenever you call on them.

Remember, we can never have too much money, too many friends, or too many Stones!

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