Bonding with a crystal ‘tunes’ it to your mind and vibration making the crystal a part of your psyche. Bonding is very important and should be carried out with every crystal whether it is a large expensive specimen or an inexpensive tumbled gemstone.
Find a quite place and hold the crystal in your hand, with your eyes closed try to feel it with your mind; its touch, energy etc., after a few minutes open your eyes and explore your crystal, delve deep inside noting its color, shape, flaws, inclusions and imperfections, become familiar with every angle and part of the crystal. This process creates a permanent image of your crystal in your mind.
That’s it, now you are one. It only takes a few minutes and you should do this with every crystal. From here you can go on to program your crystal if you have a ready intention, or you can save it for programming at a later date.
CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS
New crystals will have traveled far and been held by many people each contributing their vibrations to the crystal. These vibrations need to be neutralized thus restoring the crystal to its original clarity so that you can impress your own pure intentions upon it.
It is recommended that you carry this out regularly especially if your crystals are used for healing. A crystal with imbalances or energetic static can be detected by a feeling of heaviness or unpleasantness.
1. Consecration Ritual
If you’ve got the time, there’s nothing wrong with doing a full-fledged consecration ritual for your new crystals. This particular ritual is a simple one that can be used to consecrate any magical tools, clothing or jewelry, or even the altar itself. By offering your crystals to the powers of the four elements, they are consecrated and blessed from all directions.
• 2. Magical Moonlight
Cleansing a crystal by moonlight is a pretty popular method. Although the specifics of how it’s done will vary from one practitioner to the next, there are a couple of ways you can take advantage of the moon’s energy to cleanse your crystals and stones.
Place your crystals in a bowl outside under the light of a full moon in some traditions, they’re left out for three nights, to include the night before and the night following the moon’s fullest phase.
In other belief systems, the crystals are left in the moonlight during the waning moon phase, in order to get rid of negative energy.
In general, while moonlight is great for cleansing, sunlight really isn’t. This is because sunlight can cause crystals to fade over time, and some people believe that this can reduce the power of the stone.
Smudging is a popular method of cleansing crystals that is used in a variety of magical traditions. Just like when you create sacred space, the purpose of smudging is to eliminate negative energies.
With smudging, you can use sage, sweetgrass, or other herbs. You can also use incense, if you like. When you light sage or sweetgrass, allow it to flame for a moment and then blow out the flame. This will leave you with a burning herb bundle, which will create smoke. Pass your crystals through the smoke for cleansing.
• 4. Sea Salt, Dirt, or Herbal Burial
Some people like to bury their crystals – and if you want to give it a shot, go for it! Place the crystals in a bowl or jar, and completely cover them with dirt from your own property, or dried herbs associated with cleansing, such as sage or sweetgrass. Another option is to bury your herbs directly in the ground – if you have a garden, it’s a great place to stash your stones for a few nights.
If you’d like to use sea salt, you definitely can, but keep in mind that some crystals don’t react well to salt exposure. Do your homework before you bury a crystal in sea salt, especially if it’s a porous stone.
6.SUN & WATER: Hold the stones under running water for a minute and then place in the sun to dry. Not recommended for stones susceptible to fading: Aventurine, Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz
Use consecrated water to soak your crystals in. Again, if you’re going to use salt water, be sure to check before immersing your crystals.
Live near a beach, river, or creek? Hold your crystals in the running water to cleanse them of negative energies. If you’d like to leave them for a longer period of time, place them in a mesh bag, and tie it so that it’s anchored firmly – that way your stones will still be there when you return for them!
7.INCENSE :Hold the crystal within the smoke of incense while impressing upon it your intention that it only relate to your impressions as its possessor. Herbs such as sage, cedar, sandalwood and frankincense are particularly good for their purifying qualities (this is the most common way to cleanse crystals)
8.VISUALIZATION: Take a deep breath and blow over the crystal. Imagine that you are clearing away all negativity. Repeat until you feel the crystal is cleansed.
9.SOUND: The vibrations of a pure sound can energetically clean a stone. Use a bell, gong or tuning fork.
10.PRAYER:my favorite and never fails.just say your favorite prayer or any words that comes from your heart.
SOME INFO ABOUT CRYSTALS :Amethyst and Citrine geodes or clusters can be used to cleanse crystals. Place your crystals in/on the geode/cluster for approx. 2 hours and they will emerge completely energized. Alternatively, Selenite, Kyanite or Apopphilite have natural cleansing properties. Place some in the center of your crystals to keep them cleansed between uses.
• What Not To Do
Finally, let’s talk about what NOT to do. In general, it’s considered a bad idea to use hot water for cleansing your crystals. This isn’t so much for metaphysical reasons, but for practical ones – some crystals and stones can fracture or crack when immersed in hot water.