How to Use Your Crystals
Working with crystals is super simple to do. I’m sure that you have many questions and have seen or heard all sorts of things. Yes, there are many techniques, traditional practices, and customs, but your journey will teach you those things as you work more with your crystals. Knowing the ins and outs are useful, but the basics are where it's at so, take it from me, someone who has put in the time, money, and practice. Focusing on technicalities too soon can become daunting and get in the way as there is so much information out there. You can empower yourself with knowledge, but realize that experience, foundational info, and trusting your intuition are what's important so here are some fundamental ways to use your crystals:
Meditate with them.
Place them around your home.
Place them in your workspace.
Place them where you often relax at the end of the day.
Place them in a bag (backpack, pouch, purse, etc) to carry them with you.
Wear them on your body so that the energies can entrain (or synch) with your personal energy/aura.
If you feel called to do something with a stone or place it somewhere, follow that. Trust in your divine intuition and know that what you are doing is neither right nor wrong. It is best to follow that feeling that you can't explain (i.e. you want to place a Lepidolite crystal beneath your pillow) because you may discover, after researching, that it is a common way to use that particular stone (lepidolite is a great aid for insomnia). Your preferences will develop and knowing what works best for you will come with practice. Just trust your gut first, then rely on research. And remember that we are here to help you.
Cleansing and Charging 101:
Crystals are very stable and easily maintain their vibration, but due to influences from their environment, they may contain old vibrational energies and/or distorted programming. This is why you will need to charge and cleanse your crystals. Charging a crystal amplifies its vibration and cleansing it (also known as clearing) assists it in returning to its natural vibration. You can charge your crystals by:
Placing them under or near the moonlight of the Full Moon
Placing them out or near the Sun
Place them with other stones such as:
Don't feel guilty if you don't charge them often as this isn't always necessary to do, but if you are working with or wearing some often, then you should definitely charge those. Also, since crystals are very stable, they don’t necessarily need to be cleansed very often. But when you are lead to cleanse your crystals, use these methods:
Placing the stone(s) on Selenite or Satin Spar
The smoke from burning White or Desert Sage, Palo Santo, Cedar wood, resins and other herbs are safe ways to cleanse any stone. We strongly urge against using White Sage and Palo Santo as they are endangered plant species so please use these herbs as a last choice.
Sound using music, bowls, tuning forks, etc
Simply place the crystals into the singing bowl and use as usual. You can use 4096 Hz, 528 Hz, or whatever frequency tuning fork you choose. If you want to buy an entire set, feel free to but it is not necessarily a must-have. Truly, any sound or vibration will do as long as it is loud. The higher the volume, the higher the amplitude (i.e. energy). This means that you can even play music from a speaker next to your stones to have the same effect.
Bury the stone for 2-7 days
This method is longer, but effective and safe. It is also a charging method for Earth or Grounding Stones (i.e. Tigers Eye, Petrified Wood, Agate, Mahogany Obsidian, Citrine, Carnelian, etc). It is not recommended to use this method on white or raw stones as the dirt may discolor the stone.
Place the stone in a body of water or in a bowl of spring or distilled water for a few minutes
Do not use this method on soft, porous, salt-based, metallic, or toxic stones whether tumbled or raw. This list includes Pyrite, Malachite, Hematite, Barite, Celestite, Mica, Lapis Lazuli, Gypsum (Selenite/Satin Spar), Calcite, Opal, Lepidolite, Muscovite, Cinnabar, Lodestone/Magnetite, Fluorite, Galena, and Sulfur. ***This list does not include every stone so please research the makeup of your stone and search for the stone’s rate on the Mohs Hardness Scale. If it is less than 5, do not use this method. It may lose luster, oxidize, release toxic chemicals or slightly dissolve.
Place stone in sea salt for 1-2 days
This method may scratch softer stones. These stones include Mica, Kyanite, Apatite, Fluorite, Calcite, Gypsum (Selenite/Satin Spar), Feldspar/Amazonite, Muscovite, Lepidolite, etc. ***If your stone is not listed, simply search for the stone’s rate on the Mohs Hardness Scale. If it is less than 7, do not use this method.
Cleansing is not to be confused with cleaning. Wiping your stones with a cloth to remove debris is a safe choice. Soap and water is also effective with the discussed exceptions in mind. Avoid using vinegar, jewelry cleaner, bleach, or any chemical to cleanse or clean crystals. If you want to give a rough stone a shinier look, a drop of mineral oil in water will do the trick. Place it there until it is shiny when dry.