Do I need to charge my crystals? How do I charge crystals and when? These are common questions I get asked. My answer may or may not surprise you…
What Does ‘Charging’ Actually Mean?
First, I want to look at the word ‘charging‘. Over the years I have noticed that the word seems to mean different things to different people. I think it is important to first get clear on what we all mean by charging before I go any further.
These are some of the definitions I have found
through asking people to define what they mean when they talk or ask me about ‘charging crystals’.
1) Charging Crystals as Cleansing
To some people charging crystals seems to mean cleansing them. I have seen the words cleansing and charging used interchangeably by a few people. Some people believe that the two things are one and the same.
Interestingly, a few cleansing methods are considered to also charge crystals such as using the Full Moon or a Copper Pyramid for example.
2) Charging Crystals as Programming
Others use the word charging to mean infusing their crystals with their intentions. This is a process I prefer to call programming. In many magickal and shamanic traditions charging is a word used to describe the process of infusing spiritual tools with particular energy or specific intention for its use.
3) Charging Crystals as Infusing Special Energy
Then there are people that consider charging to mean infusing their crystals with a special type of energy. If they place a crystal on a stone at a sacred site, it is considered to hold the energy of the location for example.
The same applies to things like using the Full Moon, Constellations, Crystal Skulls, Other Crystals, Copper Pyramids, Symbols or a personal Altar for example.
4) Charging Crystals as Recharging Their Energy
Then there is the most common meaning of the term ‘charging my crystals’ in crystal healing. This is the belief that crystals lose energy over time or through their use and that they need to be recharged. Similar to a battery or any handheld device.
The process of charging them may be done in many ways from the Full Moon, using other crystals or a Copper Pyramid for example.
So, Do I Charge My Crystals?
By charging I am now referring to the last definition, where crystals are recharged similar to a battery. If you have been reading my Beginner’s Guide To Crystals articles on the Resources page or have read any of my books you may have already worked this out.
I personally do not charge my crystals and never have… Before I say why this is I want to be really clear. Some people charge their crystals and some don’t, and that’s okay. The crystal community is split into two camps with this and it’s your choice.
Now that you know which side of the fence I sit, just know I am not telling you to change what you do. I only share and teach what I know and what has worked for me. This article is to help clarify my perspective and explain why I don’t teach people how to charge crystals.
“The truth is that people work differently with crystals. I am glad we live in a world where we can make our own choices.”