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Should I Charge My Crystals? Do Crystals NEED Charging?

Should I Charge My Crystals? Do Crystals NEED Charging?

Should I Charge My Crystals? Do Crystals NEED Charging?

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.

Can cleansing crystals also recharge them?

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.

You can infuse a crystal grid or ‘charge’ it with your intention to activate it

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.

how to cleanse crystals
Cleansing crystals in a Copper Pyramid also adds some pyramid energy to your stones

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.

Should I charge my crystals?

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.

Which way do you see it?

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.”

If you’re still unsure, perhaps the following will help you make up your mind. These are just my thoughts.

The Source of Crystal Energy

Here comes the metaphysics… My feeling has always been that crystals are like crystallised energy or light. They were here long before humans and they will be here long after we are gone.
Even though they may be removed from their place inside the Earth, they are still within its magnetic field and aura. They are also connected to other crystals, planets, the Stars, the Universe and the Creator Source.
I dont believe that crystals lose power unless we charge them up like a cell phone. My crystals have always worked without doing this.

Different crystals correspond to different natural energies and cycles

But Don’t Crystals Get Tired?

I believe that the crystals we use are tapped into this abundant and infinite energy. Everything in nature seems to go through active and dormant cycles.
I think that crystals naturally regulate their energy when needed. This is just like the cycles of the Sun, Moon, plants and the seasons. Saying this, giving your crystals a break after you wore them in the day or after a period of time is a good idea. You can do this after cleansing them.

The Cleansing & Charging Connection

I have a theory that the idea they need recharging could be because they get clogged up with negative or unbalanced energy. When they are clogged up they just don’t work very well any more.
Crystals may feel weak to people because this dense negative energy is blocking them. All this can be easily fixed by stopping their use and cleansing them. This is why I always recommend you cleanse your crystals often.
I have always found my Crystals and Crystal Grids always feel bright and energised after any type of cleansing and work really well in my experience. If you look at the popular methods people use to charge crystals, you will notice that many are also cleansing methods.

Do you charge your crystals or not? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (please keep any questions you have concise and on topic if you want a response).
With gratitude,

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20 thoughts on “Should I Charge My Crystals? Do Crystals NEED Charging?

  1. Iren

    “the idea they need recharging could be because they get clogged up with negative or unbalanced energy.”
    This is exactly why crystals have to be recharged. The Meru Pyramid, in my humble opinion, is one of the best ways to do it.
    Ethan thank yo very much for sharing your knowledge so abundantly, and thank you for your amazing books 🙂

  2. Janice Kay

    Hello Ethan

    Do you sell the copper pyramid?? Is it as good as the moon or sage for effective cleansing for crystals?

    Thank you
    Janice Kay

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      No, I don’t sorry. The link to the article on Copper Pyramid cleansing explains more and has links to where you can get them. I use a pyramid all the time but I don’t believe anything is better, it is a personal choice and what works best for you that matters.

  3. July Cumming

    “I personally do not charge my crystals and never have.”
    “Crystals may feel weak to people because this dense negative energy is blocking them. All this can be easily fixed by stopping their use and cleansing them. This is why I always recommend you cleanse your crystals often.”

    I’m so confused. Do you or don’t you?

    I cleanse/charge my gems under the 3 days of the full moon. If by chance I make a wire wrapped stone after the full moon, I’ll smudge it with Palo Santo. And if it doesn’t sell before the next full moon, then it gets placed under the full moonlight.

    If the moon doesn’t feel right, maybe I’ll cleanse it with sound.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      The second part you quote is talking about cleansing crystals not charging. I am trying to explain why people might feel their crystals are lacking energy, I think it is just because they need cleansing again.

  4. Lorena

    You are right, they are charged n hold more energy n power thn we think or can imagine.
    I always learn as a child ( growing up in Romania, mountain region), once you take them out of the natural environment, you need to pulsate them a bit n cleanse them from bad energy, via copper. Back then it was copper plates we used . Today pyramids are great for it. If its a full moon I leave them out or connect them to the ground.

    Thank you for the article great read.

  5. Baya Supelan

    Hello Lorena
    Very interesting point about using copper plate. I use copper jug to keep water, an Ayurveda practice. I”m wondering if keeping crystals in this jug will cleanse and charge them? Thank you.

  6. Roy hoffman

    Hi Ethan I cleanse my crystals with an angel tuner tuning fork it’s a short tuning fork that resonates very high when you activate it I’ve used it for quite a while now and it does a fantastic job that’s what I would recommend for people you can do a lot of crystals in seconds .
    I do not charge my crystals I feel the same way as you do they been here for millions of years and The earth will charge them automatically that’s the way it’s been from the beginning of time just because we pick them up and use them does not mean we need to charge them all the time thank you Roy

  7. Sue Flickinger

    Hi Ethan. You have been my “go to guy” on crystals since I began using them. I do not charge my crystals either. I do cleanse them either with the full moon or with selenite. Even my dog wears some crystals to protect him. We have a spirit in our house that won’t go away. My dog is afraid of it.

    1. Debbie Anttila

      If you tell the spirit its dead and go to the light their family is waiting, open a door and say, ” I demand you to leave this house in the name of Jesus Christ”. Repeat this over and over and it will leave. I had to do this at my daughters house. The spirit showed itself to me and we just stared at each other. You could feel its presence everytime we went down stairs. Then when my little grandson also seen it I went over and cleansed her house. It left.

  8. Flavia

    Hi Ethan, thank you for sharing your knowledge of crystals, it is
    a treasure. I do not charge my crystals, i cleanse them by putting
    them under running water, smudge them with sage or palo santo
    or clear them with reiki, these methods works well for me.

  9. Stephanie

    I don’t charge mine either but regularly cleanse ones I use for intention grids and for meditation and healing (Reiki) by laying them on a selenite chunk or sounding tingsha bells over them. I have made a copper wire spiral which I’ve put under the centre point in a grid, hoping it might amplify the intention of the grid. Do you think that could work please, or interfere with the grid’s energy once I’ve set it up? It was just an idea that came to me.

  10. Michelle Owens

    Oh my gosh. I am so glad I found this article. Because we were just having a discussion about this last night as we were cleansing our crystals. I had written out some instructions on choosing cleansing and setting the intention and then realized hey there’s no charging instructions here! But now that I read the article maybe somewhere deep down inside us we knew that they didn’t really need to be charged but just cleansed. And now that I’ve read the article it really resonates with me that, true they are from the Earth and will always be charged and just need to be cleansed of bogged down energy.
    My friend and I bought wood pyramids. What do you think of those? And does a pyramid have to be cleansed and charged? It said run it under water and then set it in the sunlight for 24 hours and in the Moonlight for 24 hours. This just doesn’t resonate with me or then again am I just being lazy? And how often do you have to charge a pyramid if that’s the truth?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I’ve not used a wooden pyramid so can’t really comment on them. I have cleansed my pyramids when I first got them just to remove energies from other people but after that they seem to just work. I don’t charge them, to me the purpose is to generate and channel energies so I don’t see the point.

  11. Bertus

    I am so new in the field but inherited a 2 square meter cupboard lot different beautiful crystals and after a year, when entering the house where the person stayed, I feel or experiencing strong and beautiful energies.. I looked at the crystals intensively. It seems that they look even more beautifull and I might be wrong, but some smaller crystals are brighter!! and look as if they are growing????? possible

  12. Inderjit

    I cleanse my crystals with incense smoke and then whilst it continues to burn I charge my crystals with a solfeggio frequency for one hour by facing the speaker in the direction of the crystals on the table that they are placed on, you can choose different solfeggio frequencies for different types of healing. I then programme my crystals after the music has stopped playing by simply stating the intention for them. I only do this process when my crystals first arrive after I have purchased them. I also regularly cleanse my crystals as when necessary by placing them in a selenite bowl.

  13. Cherry

    These days I tend to find the same things re-energise my crystals, as re-energise me:

    • A trip to the beach
    • A walk in the forest
    • Watching the Sun rise (and, in one or two cases, watching it set)
    • Sunlight
    • Rain
    • A thunderstorm
    • Love

    I have also found in the past, with a mistreated crystal, that rest is equally effective for that crystal as it is for me. I’ve simply been asked not to involve that crystal in any work I do, until it says it’s ready.

    Love and Light.

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