How to Cleanse & Charge your Crystals with the Full Moon
The full moon is a powerful energetic portal and the perfect time to cleanse and charge your crystals each month.
Some crystals love this energy more than others, though, and a few things to keep in mind when you’re working with the moon.
So let’s get into all the why’s and how-to’s of cleansing and charging your crystals under the moonlight, and a simple ritual you can do each full moon with your crystals.
Why use moonlight with your crystals?
The moon is a reflection of the sun’s light. It’s a feminine form of energy, a cool blue beacon shining in the darkness, filled with mystery and magic, helping you discern the answers that are hidden deep within.
This lunar energy enhances intuition and empowers self-reflection and inner awareness. And the full moon in particular represents a culmination and accumulation of this innate and powerful energy we all hold inside us. It’s the climax of the lunar cycle, the height of its energy, and a gateway into exploring the full depth of ourselves.
When you pair this full moon energy with a crystal’s innate ability to dive deep into our inner depths, it’s the perfect energetic match and will help strengthen a crystal’s essential magic and power to help us see ourselves better.
Some crystals, though, prefer solar or other types of energy to release and recharge, so you don’t necessarily want to rush out and put every single crystal you own under the full moon’s light.
We’ll share some particular crystals that love full moon energy further on in this post!
Why cleanse & recharge your crystals and what’s the difference?
Crystals absorb and store energetic information so it’s important to regularly cleanse and recharge their energy to help them live up to their full potential and capacity for healing in your life.
When you “cleanse” a crystal, you are helping it release all the energetic information it has captured and stored, just like giving it an energetic bath.
If you think of your crystals as having a certain capacity of energy they’re able to hold, that means when they get “too full” they’ll no longer work as effectively or efficiently with no room to absorb, move, process, or store any more information.
Cleansing your crystal is like opening a drain pipe that releases all the accumulated energy it’s been holding, all the emotions it has helped you process and transmute, all the negative energy it cleared for you, all the bad thoughts and patterns it helped release for you- that all gets washed away so it can be at its full capacity again.
Charging your crystal, on the other hand, happens when a certain energetic quality is transmitted and activated in your freshly cleansed crystal. You can “charge” your crystals with moonlight, sunlight, other crystals, specific intentions, feelings, or ideas you want to manifest.
The idea is that the cleansing happens first, creating a clean slate in your crystal’s energy that you can then imprint with a specific quality by “charging” it.
The full moon has the beneficial effect of being both a powerful cleanser and charger for your crystals. The moon’s light both clears out any density and darkness that the crystal has absorbed and also charges it up with its cooling, reflective, magical, and intuitive qualities.
Using the Full Moon to Cleanse & Charge your Crystals
Every 29 days or so, there is a full moon to take advantage of and you can use its energy whether it's shining bright or covered with clouds, it really doesn’t matter.
You’ll want to place the crystals that you’d like to cleanse and charge outside under the moon’s light in a safe place- whether in a bowl, on a table, porch, or in a spot on the ground where they won’t be disturbed.
If there’s potential for rain and you’re working with some soft stones that might not like to get wet, you can place a clear glass bowl over them to protect them from the weather.
And if you don’t have access to placing your stones outdoors, a windowsill where the moonlight shines in is a great option.
If you can place your crystals directly on the earth- whether on the grass, dirt, rocks, in the garden or whatever’s available- that’s simply the best as then they’ll also benefit from the earth’s powerful magnetic energies to help them drain any energy that’s not in harmony with their innate essence.
- Place your crystals down in your chosen spot under the moonlight, with the intention that they are cleared of any negative, excess, or disharmonic energies, and charged back up with the power and gifts of the full moon’s light.
- Collect your crystals in the morning. Hold them and notice how they feel. Do they feel lighter? Clearer? More energized? Stronger? Different?
- This is a great time to set any specific intentions you have for working with your crystals.
- If there’s a certain crystal, or a few, that you want to have help you with a specific goal, this is the time to make an intention of what you’d like to see improved or supported in your life, because your crystals are clear and ready to help, all charged up with energy to disperse!
- Simply hold your chosen crystal(s) in your hands, perhaps up to your heart if it feels right, and say your intentions or affirmations out loud. Then take a few moments to breathe and envision them coming true in your mind.
- Now place all your charged-up crystals back in your space where they can be of best service to you, and check in with the ones you’ve used to set intentions with daily to remind you of your goals.
- Next time the full moon comes around, rinse and repeat! And notice, did you make progress on the intentions you set last time?
Crystals that Love the Full Moon Energy
In general, any stones that feel more feminine or yin, that increase intuitive awareness, are calming and soothing, and many of those aligned with the higher chakras- these sorts of crystals all do very well to be cleansed and charged by the light of the moon.
Also, for any stones that are delicate and could be damaged or discolored by the heat of the sun, that can’t be soaked in water, or are sensitive to salt or anything else, the full moon’s light is a safe and effective way to cleanse them.
Here’s a short list of just some of the stones that LOVE soaking up that beautiful full moon energy because it enhances their magical healing qualities.
- Clear quartz
- Himalayan Quartz
- Lemurian Quartz
- Rose Quartz
We hope this is a helpful guide as you cleanse and charge your crystals with the full moon. As always, follow your intuition and have fun with it, and you simply can’t go wrong!