When it comes to crystals and their meditative and healing properties, it's not a case where you can buy them and expect them to constantly work at their full power and potential without any maintenance whatsoever. To Tarra Tae, Akashic teacher and founder of Full Circle, crystals are slices of nature, which, like foliage and plants, need constant care and sunlight or, in some cases, moonlight.
First, regularly cleanse your crystals. "When we cleanse it, we are cleaning away any energies that do not belong to the crystals," Tae stresses that there are common misconceptions amongst crystal users. They often think that when crystals have to be cleaned, it means they are "dirty" or possess negative energies within them. But that's not the case." Crystals are like sponges, they pick up energies along the way." She advises users to "take away energies that don't belong to it... so it goes back to its natural state."
There are five simple methods to cleanse crystals. One, with water. "Some people will put it under running water, and visualise the water cleaning it."
Tarra Tae circles a smoking sage leaf around a smooth pebble of rose quartz, cleansing unwanted energies from the stone.
Otherwise, with the leaves of sage, a mint herb. Sage leaves are commonly found as dried or fresh leaves. Tae recommends using one loose leaf each time by lighting it up and circling the leaf around the crystals. "You should be visualising that the smoke cleaning the crystal and removing all the energies that don't belong to it."
Palo Santo, a sacred wood native to South American regions.
Otherwise, one can emply the smoke method with Palo Santo, a wood that's known to be sacred to South American cultures. It's reportedly a healing technique for minor physical ailments and has been made into essential oils for topical use. Likewise, light a small corner of the wood, and circle the crystals.
Here, Tarra Tae is cleaning raw Andara crystals with lavender essential oil.
If you're averse to smoke, Tae recommends cleaning crystals with essential oils. According to her, frankincense is the ideal option. "[It's] very good, but very expensive... It's a very spiritual oil, and when we use it to cleanse, it does a very good job." Drip one to three drops of oil onto your palm, and rub the crystals in your hands. Similar to the previous methods, you'll want to visualise the oils removing unwanted energies that don't belong to the crystal.
Lastly, you can cleanse crystals with salt or soil, a method that has been lauded by many metaphysical teachers. Fill up a glass bowl full of salt water, covering all the crystals. The crystals are often left submerged for a prolonged period of time for deep cleansing. But Tae advises against it some soft crystals may start dissolving when in contact with salt water. Likewise, for soil, Tae thinks that the soil content in urban cities like Singapore is often contaminated. "You want to put it in natural, fertile soil."
Cleansing, however, is but one aspect to maintening your crystals. "You have to charge your stones periodically," Tae says. "Usually we tell people once a week. And if they are diligent, twice a month. You charge it using the sun or moon [light]."
"The more stones work for you, the more tired they get. When your stones get tired, you'll notice its colours getting dull. You don't need to be a psychic to know."
Stones recharged with sunlight. From top left: An opaque Red Jasper, black spotted Snowflake Obsidian, orange-red Carnelian, and black Snowflake Obsidian. The stones are set on a cluster of white quartz.
"When we say 'sun', it means, as long as there is some sunlight. It doesn't have to be directly under the sun." According to Tae, the sun's energies are "vibrant, and energetic... If you want the crystal to be protective, to energise you, then you want to use the sun."
Here, the crystals are set on a cluster of white quartz. A big cluster like this calls for 15 minutes of charging. The orange-red carnelian "helps you to achieve your goals, and keeps you focused. It boosts creativity and personal power." A small pebble like this requires around five to ten minutes of charging.
However, Tae does not recommend leaving the crystals under direct sunlight for an extended period of time because UV rays tend to cause discolouration.
Stones recharged by moonlight. From top left: A pale yellow Moonstone, Rose Quartz, and purple-white Amethysts.
"Same for the moon. We're not asking the person to charge under the moonlight. As long as it's night time there are energies of the moon all around."
Take for instance the rose quartz, used for its loving and gentle energies; the moonstone, for its intuitive properties; and amethyst. Amethyst is used for calmness, meditation, and to alleviate addiction. It's not difficult to figure out which stones belong to the sun or the moon. Tae adds, "If you want the stones to be loving, to be calming, you use the moonlight. It's safe to leave them overnight."
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