Cleansing your crystal with water and salt
With the exception of a few water-soluble minerals, each new crystal should be washed before you use it. Use a little soapy water to remove dust and fingerprints. Water will also cleanse your stones of energy imbalances. Another method is to hold the stones in cold running water and then leave them to dry naturally. Salt water is often suggested as a medium for clearing crystal energies. Salt will however, damage the surface of many softer stones. Dry sea salt piled around each stone and left for a day is a good alternative.

Cleansing with nature
Leave the crystal in sunlight and moonlight for a twenty-four hour period or in a rainstorm for just two or three minutes. The day of the full moon is good because the moon ries around the time the sun sets and so you a continuous flow of energies. Put the crystal in a pot of herbs associated with general healing – lavender, sage or rosemary. Leave it for a day and wash off any soil with running water. Leave the crystal in a stream for an hour.

Cleansing with crystals
Wrap the crystal you have used for healing with a large unpolished piece of amethyst in dark silk. Leave the crystals in a closed drawer to rest and recharge.

Cleansing with white sage
Smudge crystals with the smoke of Sage or Impepho (an indigenous African plant)

powercrystalThe power and beauty of crystals and other stones have long been recognised from the ancient civilisations to present day. Crystals have always exerted a powerful force both in the physical and metaphysical worlds.

Their uniqueness imbues them with magical power: the power to protect, to enhance, to strengthen, and to uplift. They have been used as amulets to ward off harm, as talismans to encourage virtues, as magical guardians to heal, and as tools to interpret messages from the spirit world. They have an attraction that transcends time and space.

Quartz crystals grow in a hexagonal (6 sided structure) sloping towards a point at one end. Crystal points may be totally clear and transparent, or they may contain streaks, lines, rainbows, water bubbles or other inclusions. They may appear cloudy if they are grown in a place where it freezes in winter. Optical clarity usually has little to do with a crystals quality and ability to amplify the subtle energies.

Quartz crystals are a gift from the earth. They have the ability to amplify or strengthen the things in you that are positive and can help you put away things that cause you fear and anger. They can strengthen your ability to be a loving person and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life. They can amplify INTENTION, reduce stress, help with CENTERING (balancing), strengthen healing abilities and surround you with PROTECTION by amplifying white light.

To select a crystal, first put yourself in a calm space. Hold the crystal in your right hand with the point towards you. Feel it physically. Be open to sensations like tingling or change in temperature. Also feel the crystal emotionally. Think of the purpose you want it for and see if you feel attracted to it. Be more concerned with how it feels than how it looks. Allow the crystal to pick you by interacting with it in this way. Go with your initial feeling.