Clean Off Those Crystals!

Clean Off Those Crystals!

By Madison Vinje

Here at the Eye, we get a lot of questions surrounding properly cleansing and charging your new crystal companions. Although each individual will have their own favorite way of performing this process, we’re here to help you out with some of our favorite methods.

Before we get into that however, what’s all this talk on cleansing them, anyways? What’s the point, and how often should this be tacked on to your to do list? Often times when a crystal is used very frequently, such as for an intense healing session or similar event, it almost feels as if their energy has been compromised. A really easy way to tell if this is the case is that it won’t feel as “electric” or “energetic”. Maybe it feels a little denser, heavier, or warmer than it has in the past. When a crystal is fully charged, it will typically feel “alive” in a sense. Cool and crisp to the touch, vibrating with enthusiasm. Almost as an eagerness to express it’s unique energetic signature. The more one works with stones, the easier it will be to pick up on this feeling as well as develop your own determining factors for cleansing.

Some individuals prefer to simply cleanse their stone collection once a month underneath the light of the full moon’s rays either in a windowsill or outside overnight. This is one fairly common method, but don’t worry if this doesn’t resonate with you and your relationship to your stones. Below you will find a few more methods that work just as well.


Stone “Vacation”

Think about it: your precious crystals live in the womb of mother earth up until they are fully formed, and most likely even longer than that. But when do they ever have a chance to realign with their true nature? Whether you have a full yard, or just some potted plants at your disposal, burying them every so often is a great way for them to release any energy they have accumulated up above ground and surrender it back to the earth. Just make sure to mark where they are hiding away so they can be relocated after their vacation is done!


Chilled Tap or Spring Water

Remember how we were talking about charged crystals feeling cool and crisp? Running them through some chilled tap — or even better, spring water — is a very easy way to accomplish this in a matter of minutes. If one has several stones to be cleansed, it’s really easy to place them in a bag of cheesecloth or muslin, and let them flow with the stream of the spring while you can conveniently hold onto them by the string of the bag. If you have a crystal point to be cleansed, it’s very effective to hold the point end either facing downwards from the tap, or facing downstream to allow the unwanted energy to “drain” from the crystal. Do this until the crystal feels “alive” again.


Salt Water Bath

Salt is a very protective and cleansing mineral, which makes it an ideal ingredient for a cleansing bath for your crystals. Simply fill a bowl with water as well as sea or table salt enough to completely submerge the crystals being cleansed. Commonly, the crystals will remain in the bath for a day or overnight, but they can be left for as long as you deem necessary. Just make sure to rinse them off after their bath and check to see if your crystal is compatible with water and salt. This can also be performed with salt alone in a similar fashion.


Not all crystals and minerals will be able to withstand being placed in water because they do not have a very resistant hardness. For example, if the mineral selenite is placed in water, it will immediately start to crumble whereas something like a diamond could be infinitely housed in water. An easy way to determine if your gem is safe to be placed in water or not is to simply research the Mohs Scale of Hardness to see where your gem falls. This scale determines the hardness of minerals from a scale of 1 (Talc) to 10 (Diamond). As a general rule of thumb, gems with a hardness above 6 will generally be safe to be exposed to water. These stones include sodalite, most forms of jade, garnet, quartz, and tourmaline.


Geode and Druzy Energy

Geode and Druzy crystal formations hold a lot of energy. Due to how many points these structures have emanating energy, they can transfer that energy to other crystals who can then benefit from their aura. Simply place these crystals on top of or inside of the formation for as long as deemed necessary. This can be doubly effective if the entire cluster is placed underneath the light of the full moon. Some crystals that are especially good for charging others are quartz and amethyst clusters, as well as selenite wands.


Herbs, Sage, and Palo Santo

One of the most well-known ways to cleanse is with the aid of plant allies. Often times, these plants are burned to release a smoke in which the gems will be exposed to, often times with the aid of a purifying intention. They can be burned over a charcoal burner, or simply lit directly in the case of herb bundles or Palo Santo. As you proceed, watch the smoke and how it behaves. When there is energy that needs to be diffused, the smoke may flow erratically as it interacts with this energy. A charged and or balanced stone, area, or person when exposed to this smoke may have little to no effect on how the smoke behaves. It will flow upward calmly with ease. Always look for this behavior alongside the feeling you receive to know when the cleansing is complete.

A few great herbs alongside sage and palo santo for cleansings include rosemary, cedar, mugwort, rose, and peppermint to name just a few. If you’re not one for the smoke, it is possible to bury your crystals in a bowl of these herbs as well, similar to a dry salt bath.



A very simple way to cleanse that can be used for free by anyone at any time is to simply hold the stone in your hands while visualizing a white purifying light entering and shining through the crystal. Continue until you can feel a solid bond forming between your two energies or when you feel the work has been completed.


Sound Baths

Tibetan singing bowls, binaural beats, tuning forks, drums, and other instruments will cleanse and energize crystals just as they can elevate our own states of consciousness. Simply playing these vibrations around your stones until you feel satisfied is sufficient, and having these frequencies playing around the home on a regular basis is an excellent way to perform maintenance work on both you and your stones.

This is just a small list on the numerous ways that one can charge their stones. Everyone will find what ways work best with them, so don’t get caught up too much in the formality that it can sometimes be portrayed to be. Listen to your intuition and the relationships to your stones and let it flow!


Full Moon in Sagittarius, May 29, 2018

Full Moon in Sagittarius, May 29, 2018

Full Moon in SagittariusThis Full Moon may feel a bit unfocused. The Gemini Sun loves to explore ideas, while the Sagittarian Moon yearns to expand horizons. Keeping our minds focused might be a bit challenging, but it will certainly be fun! Celebrate this Esbat with new knowledge and experiences, especially any that explore other cultures or other philosophies. Eye of Horus is constantly offering classes and adding to our selection of books, several of which are mentioned below.

Another interesting planetary influence is a Scorpio Jupiter trine Neptune in Pisces. Wow. This is an ideal time to focus on both societal and personal effects of new knowledge. The more we know, the better decisions we can make, and the better our world and our lives will be. We are likely to see new approaches to marketing or advertising and communicating our vision to others. This can easily become a drive to evangelize on a religious or political level, so try not to go overboard. This aspect is tricky energy to ground!  

Depending upon your personal predilections, you could fall into a depressing pit of conspiracy theory, or the shared dream of overcoming our current woes may make a person giddy with optimism. Try to keep an even keel. If we can channel the societal drive for improvement, and give it a push of focused intention, transformative miracles can occur. Now is the time for magic…and radio, and social media, and film, and music, and art, and podcasts, and etc, etc, etc.  Let’s inspire each other!

Some products that might help inspire:

The Strength of Sensitivity by Dr.  Kyra Mesich. This wonderful book, and also her upcoming workshop will help to fine-tune your empathic abilities.

Hidden Mysteries of Orisa by author, scholar, & Ifa priest Awo Falokin Fatunmbi.  If you have been interested in this venerable African tradition, this book is a must-have.  And his discussion will be a perfect opportunity to learn more from an expert.

Coventry Creations’ “Peace” or Truth & Justice candles would be wonderful items to enhance your magic, during the next week or so.

Shoyeido’s “Abundance” or “Golden Pavilion” incense create an atmosphere of optimism.

Lepidolite and Zebra Jasper are good grounding stones, that help us resist or release negativity.  At the same time, they also allow us to heal wounds and receive the positivity we so greatly need.   


May New Moon in Taurus 2018

May New Moon in Taurus 2018

by Thraicie Hawkner

Astrology Chart for the New Moon in Taurus, May 15th 2018

Astrological chart for May 15th New Moon 2018

Time to prioritize your self-worth and personal values

This month’s New Moon is in Taurus on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:48 am in Minneapolis. In this article, we will explore the Astrological energies and suggest some good candles, stones and herbs for your ritual.

As you move forward and achieve goals, Taurus, the bull will help you maintain the ground you have won, so you can move forward. But you need to dig in and hold strong. Don’t lose your footing. Take steps to stabilize your finances. Surround yourself with those who are reliable and supportive and distance yourself from those who are not. Job-hunting is more likely to yield a steady job with regular income, during the influence of this new moon. Invest in quality, fine things, and even property, especially for the long-term.

Mars Works with Capricorn to Get You to Your Goal

Simultaneous to the new moon, Mars moves through the last degree of Capricorn.  This brings our drives and ambitions to a crescendo of maturity and self-discipline.  Now is the time to put any finishing touches on your plans, and fine-tune your strategies.  Accomplish any goal you’ve been working toward. Start thinking about where you want to apply your next efforts.  Capricorn helps you get things wrapped-up, so you can use the energy of this New Moon to move on to the next project. [Read more…]