Working with Crystals

by Merlin Emrys

So you are the proud caretaker of a new crystal, or perhaps a number of them. What now?

There are many writings on crystals, often based upon classifications such as physical makeup, mineral variety, geometric shape, colors, and locations. This kind of information can be useful, but most important is to trust your own inner feelings and intuition. Nevertheless, I can suggest a few ways of attuning to their energies and qualities.

First of all, the process of clearing, cleansing, and charging is very important. Although there are several methods for doing this, I have found that the less complexity, the better.

Begin by holding the crystal under cool running water for several moments, visualizing a ray of clear light penetrating into the core. Clearing and cleansing can be accomplished in this easy way. Since crystals can pick up negative energies from the environment, or when used for healing, this process needs to be repeated at regular intervals, whenever you feel intuitively to do so, or the exterior has a sticky sensation.

Next, charge the crystals by placing them outdoors in sunlight (never do this with citrine or amethyst, as the color will fade quickly) or moonlight, within a crystal grid, on top of a crystal cluster, or near or touching one you deem powerful, for at least 24 hours. Leaving them outside in rain and snowstorms can also increase their energy.

Then attune with the crystal to discover its best purpose, e.g. balancing and harmonizing energies, gaining mental clarity and understanding, healing. Place it on an altar table, bookshelf or windowsill, where its forces can radiate throughout the room.

Meditating whilst holding the crystal can be a wonderful way to increase feelings of peace, harmony, and acceptance of life situations. It can also be a gateway to other dimensions of time, space, and consciousness, increasing intuition and understanding.

As crystals amplify energy, be discerning in this process. For example, I have found that elestial crystals particularly have the ability to bring things long hidden or repressed to the surface, and so a certain caution needs to be used in working with them. Be ready to face past feelings, emotions, and memories that need to be transformed in order to move further along the spiritual path.

Above all, working with crystals requires openness and a sense of exploration. Trust your experience, and enjoy the adventure!

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2 thoughts on “Working with Crystals

  1. Polina Bikoulov


    Does the moonlight cleanses the crystals or just energizes them?

    So far, I have been cleansing my crystals in a cold running tap water, and with a little bit of hand soap (just the first time, as I received the crystals).

    Would that be a good idea to put all of my crystals (amethyst, citrine, fluorite, labradorite, clear quartz, green aventurine, blue lace agate and carnelian) on one windowsill in a bedroom to charge in the full moon's light?

    Could they cause the glass in the window to crack, once they are charged? I have read in a forum, that some people had kept their crystals in glass bowls and they have suddenly cracked.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Polina, The moon can definitely do both cleansing and charging! And YES – it is an absolutely great idea to charge all your crystals in the full moon! While crystals can crack under swift temperature changes – I’ve not personally heard of, or experienced them cracking while being in a bowl getting charged, or cracking glass in windows.

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