Now you've had a go at cleansing your crystals, you're ready for the next step: Charging your crystals.
Now, there are differing opinions about charging. Some say you don't need to do this at all. Some believe only certain crystals need charging. As always, I will just give MY beliefs and methods, and you can then make up your own mind. Take what feels right for you, and leave the rest.
For me, I treat my crystals like my wee friends, and I like to look after them and pamper them, just as they look after and pamper me! Why wouldn't I want to be nice to them? For a pamper, we people enjoy a nice meal, a massage or a nice sleep to re-charge, don't we? We feel nourished and loved. In the same way, crystals love a good charge! After I have charged up my crystals, I can actually hear them buzzing, so I know that they feel better after a bit of nurture.
I charge all my crystals as and when I feel they "need" or "would like" it. I just use my intuition, and trust what I feel. There are a few ways that you can charge up your crystals, so I'll explain a couple, and tell you my preferred method.
Laying out your crystals in the Sun gives them a real boost. The Sun's energy is a strong, masculine energy, that brings power and confidence, and the desire to take action! So this will suit crystals who carry this kind of energy in particular, but will give all crystals a nice zingy boost - think citrus fruits!
One draw back though, is that some crystals can fade if left out in the Sun. So, they can go white or pale, and lose their original colour. This doesn't affect their energy too much, but if you want to preserve the beautiful appearance of your crystals, just be a little careful with this method of charging.
If you are lucky enough to live near a natural spring or stream, with clean water, then take your crystals along! The bubbling clear water gives your crystals a gentle, soothing charge, and as the water element is about emotions, is especially good for crystals which balance emotions.
As with using water as cleansing, using water to charge has its draw backs too. Some crystals can dissolve or their appearance can change in water. As I don't know exactly which crystals may react this way in water, I don't use this method often - unless I'm totally sure the crystals will be OK in water.
This is my favourite method. I feel especially connected to the Moon, and it just seems to suit me. The different phases of the Moon have very unique qualities, and I love to charge my crystals at a Full Moon. While the Sun is masculine, the Moon is a feminine energy, but it is JUST as strong! Moon energy is especially great for crystals which help with emotions, intuition, creativity. I charge ALL of my crystals by the Moon though, and if I feel the need to charge odd crystals with another method on top of this, I do that as an extra.
Ultimately, you need to choose the methods that feel right for you. Give them all a go, research other ways to charge (I've only given you three, there are more!), and see how they work for you. As always, I'd love to hear from you - what are your thoughts on charging? Which methods work best for you? Also, if you have any requests on further blog topics, please do get in touch with your ideas.
Jo is a natural medium, empath and intuitive healer, helping people to ride the waves of life