Crystals are minerals formed underground from three-dimensional repeating patterns of atoms. A crystal's appearance depends upon the natural characteristics of its type and the conditions in which it grows. Some take on strange shapes, some are very small and others grow very large, developing over thousands of years.
Different crystals have different energies and properties, and between them can affect mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves. Simply holding the right crystal at the right time can bring about a change in our attitude and well-being.
The right crystal can affect the energy of an environment, and the energy it holds can influence you whether you simply hold it in your hand or place it by your bed or on the mantelpiece.
You should always cleanse any new crystals you get to clear away any old or negative energy and start afresh. If you use them for healing or meditation or guidance, cleanse before and after. Use your intuition to choose a cleansing method – whatever feels right for you and the crystal you want to cleanse.
HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS:
Moonlight: Simply leave your crystals overnight outside under the moonlight, preferably a full moon. This is the safest method and suitable for all crystals and crystal jewellery.
Other crystals: Some crystals are good at cleansing other crystals. Choose amethyst, clear quartz, carnelian or selenite crystals that have been cleansed and are bigger than the crystal you want cleansed. Crystal geodes or clusters are great for this.
Earth cleansing: Bury your crystals in the earth (either outside or in a pot plant). Leave for two or three days and then uncover.
Smudge: You can smudge crystals using Sage or Palo Wood, simply hold it while you smudge around all sides of the crystal.