How crystal magick works, how to cleanse, store, activate and program (attune) crystals. Plus some suggestions to help you put a starter set of crystals together.
Crystals are formed within the depths of the Earth, over many millions of years.
They contain an elemental intelligence which is really pure energy ~ Life Force, which radiates out an endless supply of electromagnetism which can be employed by those who have the knowledge.
The guidelines in this post will explain; how crystal magick works, how to cleanse, store, activate and program crystals ethically and lovingly as well as give you some suggestions for a basic selection to start with.
You cannot own a crystal; it is a living energy being, as is all of Nature which you are nevertheless part of and a custodian to.
Working with crystals is a two-way process, you have to tend to the crystal and treat it with respect, the same way you should be treating your Self.
Love and attention are required for the crystal to respond best to your thought patterns, just as your own body.
It is important to understand that crystals are amplifiers. Your thoughts and emotions are amplified within the crystal’s structure and projected into the ether, reinforcing your intentions. In this way you send out an energy signal for how the universe treats you and what you receive back.
That is to say, crystals will intensify any thoughts and emotional states such as joy, fear, sadness. For this reason I strongly advise against working closely with crystals when you are in a heightened emotional state such as anger or depression.
It may be best to remove them and place them in storage for a while to be cleansed and re-attuned when you are spiraling up (body, mind and soul).
The exception would be working with black tourmaline or snowflake obsidian to actively transmute your emotions for short durations of time and then cleansing and re-attuning the stone each time you have energetically “vented” with it. Alternatively procure several pieces and bury each one for transmutation in the Earth after use.
How Crystal Magick Works
An enchanted (attuned) crystal’s energy surrounds the bearer which leads to manifestation of events, circumstance and/or individuals which are able to assist you to attain your goal as a result of the beacon of energy you are beaming out into the universe.
For example, if you are a landlord who purchases commercial and residential property for lease, you can enchant a green aventurine to attract visions and ideas (consciously or through your dreams) about being more creative and successful in the market or to attract more potential buyers and lessees.
Naturally as with all arcane acts you would have to support this energy by taking mundane action.
For example, monitoring your thoughts, beliefs and emotions to ensure that you remain in alignment with your goal, utilising methods such as affirmations, vision boards, journaling, visualisation, scripting etc.
Acting from your heart centre magnifies the power of your spell because the quantum field responds to the alchemy of perspective and emotion. According to the Institute of HeartMath, the heart is a complete and complex system all on its own. In fact, the electromagnetic force of the heart is much stronger than that of the brain or any other organs.
Once you have activated and attuned a crystal, you as the bearer, will permanently have the crystalline energy amplifier within your auric field. You and the crystal are One and the same anyway, so all you are doing is consciously activating and enhancing your innate wisdom and potential.
This is where the idea that you shouldn’t touch another’s crystals originates from. It is a courtesy due to the energetic link or bond you form with the crystal which you have enchanted. That is why you would circumvent others handling it with their unique frequency and thought patterns flowing around in their energy fields.
You can use a tumbled pebble-sized crystal to carry in your pocket or a pouch. You don’t have to limit yourself to these though ~ you can enchant gemstone rings, bracelets, pendants and wind chimes etcetera too. Once you have cleansed the crystal it can be used for another purpose and even given to another as a gift if you so wish.
I recommend magic with gemstones as I have had many successes with it, so the only way to tell if it works for you is to try it… just remain respectful and aware that it is a potent system of magick.
How to Cleanse Crystals
Whether they are newly purchased or have been in your possession for a while, the reason for cleansing crystals is that you clear any previous programming or negative vibrations they may have absorbed in an attempt to transmute them for you.
Some crystals heal other crystals while others absorb as much energy as they can and then break or crack as a result. Cleansing your crystals once in a while is like taking them to a day spa, they emerge refreshed, sparkly and re-energised.
There are a number of methods to go about doing this but I would recommend the following because they are amongst the simplest and most convenient.
Soaking in water: Includes rainwater, spring water, river, lake, dam or seawater. ALWAYS use a glass or ceramic bowl. Soak for 1 week. NEVER soak halite, limestone matrices, celestite, opal, lapis lazuli, selenite, pearl, turquoise or coral in water, they are porous and will be harmed.
You can add a drop of Crab Apple Bach Flower Remedy or some fresh or dried sage, lavender or rosemary if you wish. Alternatively add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of fine sea or Himalayan salt dissolved into it. Soak the crystals for 10 minutes or longer in this solution.
Running water: place your crystals in a mesh bag, secure and immerse in a stream or river for 1 week.
Allow them to air dry. Do not put aventurine, amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, celestite, citrine, kunzite, sapphire, fluorite, morion quartz, rose quartz and smokey quartz in direct sunlight as they will change colour/become paler.
Light the tip of the smudge stick, let it flame for a bit. Hold it over a fireproof bowl, plate or shell to catch debris. If you prefer loose smudge herbs, sprinkle them on a smouldering charcoal tablet.
You can distribute the smoke with a feather, a folding hand fan, miniature besom (broom) or by hand around the crystal/s. Alternatively a combustible incense stick or cone will be as effective although I personally favour natural incense.
Some fragrances to use include white sage, dragon’s blood, sandalwood, cedar wood, lemon grass, imphepo, lavender, rosemary, cinnamon or frankincense resin. Another option is to purchase Lobaan Stems which produce lovely thick plumes of smoke and are available at most Indian spice shops or tobacconists here in South Africa (as are the charcoal tablets).
Wrap your crystals in a piece of cloth and bury in soil, beach sand or brown rice in a container for 24 hours or longer if you wish. If you bury them directly outside, they have a tendency to disappear! Either you cannot find the exact spot again or the elementals move them… I have my suspicions 🙂
Lavender, juniper, sage, cedar, lemongrass, pine, rosemary, lemon, rosewood. Place a drop of your chosen oil in 1ml of jojoba carrier and then place a drop or 2 on a soft clean cloth and wipe the crystal with it. Or add essential oils to your water soaking method. PLEASE check which oils are safe to use!
Brew the tea and when cool, pour over the crystals (as with the water method).
Use Reiki to cleanse crystals if you are a practitioner. (This will heal the crystal too if it needs it).
Ask the overlighting Devas (or your preference) to specifically cleanse your crystals from any negativity or previous programming.
See the crystals glow in white, gold or diamond light projected from your third eye, while focusing on the intent to release any negativity and/or previous programming.
Ring a bell, gong, cymbals, play on a Tibetan singing bowl or beat a drum. This is an easy way to cleanse an entire roomful of crystals at once. You can also play a recording of meditation/instrumental type music in the room loudly.
How to Store Crystals
Wrap delicate rough crystals in tissue paper. You can purchase a small set of drawers with little clear plastic box divisions at a hobby or hardware shop.
Cardboard egg trays are also a workable option, they can be stacked too. Line each partition with a soft fabric such as felt to keep the crystals from sliding around. Keeping each crystal separate also prevents scratches.
If you are an avid crystal collector, place a little label in each compartment with the name of the crystal on it and maybe jot some useful properties for quick reference with it.
This is particularly helpful if you are just beginning to learn the names and identify the various types of crystals or if you have enough to stock your own crystal shop and your memory fails you from time to time…
If you have crystal wands, points and geodes it is probably best to store each in its own soft fabric bag (natural fibres are usually recommended), wrapped in tissue paper so that they are protected from damage when not in use or on display.
Remember to keep crystals that cannot be cleansed in water in a dry, warm space and those that fade in sunlight out of direct sun. Be wary of quartz crystal in direct sunlight! It can act like a magnifying glass and start a fire.
How to Activate & Program (Attune) Crystals
Having cleansed your crystals you are now ready to activate them. What is the point of activating a crystal? You attune them to your frequency. If you have purchased them with the intention of harnessing their metaphysical properties to assist you in manifestation or magick, creating a “link” between you and your crystal/s will be very beneficial.
How to Activate a Crystal
1) Hold the crystal in both hands. Close your eyes and concentrate on it. Visualise it surrounded by a misty glowing light; any colour will do but if you want to focus on a specific colour white or gold light is appropriate.
2) While you are holding the crystal sense energy beaming from your heart, brow or palm chakras stimulating your mutual bond.
3) Ask the crystal deva (life force energy) within the crystal to attune to your unique vibration and to activate the crystal for the purpose that you have in mind such as a healer or talisman at any level you may need now or at any time in the future/or when appropriate. Ask that the crystal be blessed by the highest energies in the Universe and that it be dedicated to you or that of the environment around you.
4) At this point you can send Reiki into the crystal and/or imagine light particles moving through it.
How to Program (Attune) a Crystal
1) Hold the crystal in your hands, close your eyes and focus the energy from your brow, heart and/or palm chakras on it. Set the intention to connect with the crystal deva (life-force energy).
2) Ask if it is willing to act as you wish it to, then if the stone accepts continue… you will sense the answer.
3) In your mind’s eye formulate an image of your energy field encompassing the crystal and integrating the two energies so you operate as one. Formulate a precise phrase which accurately describes the nature of the programming you wish to instil such as, harmony, balance, healing, protection, and assistance in the programming process.
4) Allow a little time for the flow of energies and transference. When you feel the programming is complete, detach with thanks. This intention will be stored in the crystal until you cleanse or program it again.
Basic Starter Crystal Kit
You do not need to buy a set of specific crystals to begin working with crystal magick. One simple purchase of a clear quartz crystal will serve you well as it can be programmed for anything.
Quartz crystal can transform, concentrate, store, transfer and amplify energy. If you can only pick one, get a single terminated (one point at the end) or double terminated (one point at each end) clear quartz crystal.
If you would like a basic starter kit or if you have some but would like to build onto your collection to use for both healing and metaphysical purposes, I recommend starting with some in tumbled/polished form that are about 2.5 cm (1 inch) pebble size.
This is ideal to place on the body directly or to carry on your person in a pocket, pouch or wire-wrapped pendant. I have listed 12 below along with their top properties:
Agate (blue lace)
Body pancreas, brain, throat and throat chakra
Mind peace, happiness
Soul communication with other planes
Body lungs, intestines, brain, crown chakra
Mind soothing, relaxing, breaks negative thought processes
Soul higher spiritual aspirations, channelling
Body heart, lungs, sinuses, eyes, heart chakra
Mind inner equilibrium, calming
Soul stimulates dreaming and healing
Body liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, bladder
Mind decrease confusion and anxiety, adaptability
Soul maintain control of power during Spellcasting
Body reproductive system, kidneys, intestines, navel chakra
Mind increase self-worth, overcome fear of public speaking
Soul peace, harmony, relieves depression
Body all areas, soul star chakra
Mind focus, concentration
Soul healing, spiritual growth, enlightenment
Body liver, bile duct, testes, ovaries, base chakra
Mind responsibility, choice
Soul astral travel, protection
Body stomach, large intestine, liver, medulla oblongata, solar plexus
Mind clears the mind
Soul personal power, protection
Body eyes, brain, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, liver, causal chakra
Mind relieves anxiety, hopelessness, depressions, fosters enthusiasm, perseverance and strength
Soul enhances intuition, clarifies and aids understanding one’s destiny
Body Heart, lungs, kidneys, genitalia, liver
Mind gentleness, forgiveness, compassion
Soul love, heals childhood trauma, alleviates guilt feelings
Body heart, muscles, nerves, back, earth star chakra
Mind centring, relives all negative emotions, serenity
Soul assists with dealing with grief, removes emotional blockages and negativity
Body vocal cords, larynx, brow chakra
Mind communication, harmony, intelligence, logic
Soul gentle psychic development, meditation
I trust you have found these beginner pointers helpful. In the next post I’ll be sharing ways to use crystals as magick jewelry, in your home and workplace to optimise your environment.
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