Crystal Basics

Whenever you get a bunch of psychics together, there’s bound to be one who’s so loaded down with crystals it’s a wonder she can walk without assistance.   To each their own, I suppose.

What did Coco Chanel say?  Take off one thing before leaving the house.
What did Coco Chanel say? Take off one thing before leaving the house.

I’m a bit simpler with the use of crystals in my work. It wasn’t always that way: when I first discovered these wondrous stones, my apartment was littered with them. And so was I. With all that weight around my neck, it’s a wonder that I wasn’t making some chiropractor a rich man. But since then, I’ve learned a few things:

1)   More is not necessarily better. In fact, my personal feeling is that using too many at once jam up their individual frequencies. I limit myself to three at any one time. For instance, when I read I’m wearing a quartz crystal and an ametheyst. And I have a piece of celestite (for higher vibrations) nearby.

Some days I swap out a piece of black obsidian to ground my energies, or some lapis. But I consciously choose what I need, rather than just piling it all on.

(I wrote about some essential stones everyone should have here.)

2) Crystals pick you. I spent many an hour perusing shelves of beautiful stones, only to go home with the fugliest one in the shop. It had everything to do with its energy and how it felt in my hand. This is probably one of the coolest things about crystals –actually feeling the energy they possess.

3) Size is meaningless. Unlike some of the men I’ve dated, size in a crystal isn’t everything. Sure, those ginormous hunks of amethyst are glorious to look at, but I have a teeny one that gives off some righteous vibes. Just like Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, small can kick ass.


4) Same goes for raw versus polished. Personally, I like the look and feel of raw crystals, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily more powerful. The polished ones, that are all shiny and with the jagged edges smoothed off, work too. It’s an aesthetic.

5) Like a tired mommy, crystals need recharging, I have a giant slab of selenite that I use as a charging station for my smaller stones. Just leave ‘em on there and let them soak up the energy. But sometimes, I just put them on a tray and let them bask in the sun. When I’m feeling witchy, I do the same, but let them soak up the rays of a full moon. And occasionally, I put them all in a big bowl of salt water to clean off the funky energy they may have picked up along the way.

When I’m at the beach, I’ll to put them in a nylon stocking and swoosh them in the ocean, then let them dry in the sun. Now THAT’S the bomb of crystal cleaning.

So these are my fave crystal tips. Got any of your own you’d like to share?

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