Best Way to Charge Crystals – Sunlight or Moonlight?
A charged crystal is only as productive as the person that will be using it. What benefits one individual may not be as effective for someone else. The purpose for charging crystals is to intensify focus and energy in the user. There are different ways of charging, but the most popular is by exposing to the power of sunlight or moonlight.
Benefits of Sunlight Charging
Vitality, love and abundance are the qualities that resonate from charging crystals with sunlight. Morning or early afternoon will find the crystals most receptive due to the strong rays of the sun. Set out in direct sunlight for 12 hours of charging for best results. There are a few crystals that cannot be exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. These include Aventurine, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Citrine, Kunzite, Sapphires, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz. Although the charging will still be sufficient, fading colors can result.
Moonlight Charging of Crystals
There are two ways that moonlight charging can be energized, depending on purpose. The ascending moon is related to new beginnings, optimism and hope, whereas the energy of a descending moon is related to those things that we would like to abolish, like reducing debts, negativities and illnesses. A full moon is related to love and abundance. Understanding the phase of ascending and descending moonlight is important for best results.
The solar cycle further holds specific energies for charging. For instance, the spring equinox points to intensified growth in all areas of life. This is a great time for increasing development of inner spirituality. The winter solstice works toward expanding meditative space to reduce anxiety over the dark months.
If you are unfamiliar with the equinox and placement of the moon throughout the seasons, it is best to stay with charging crystals with sunlight. Other methods include burying under the ground where Mother Nature will return the stone to its original natural state. Placing harder crystals in a glass bowl of natural spring water with a tablespoon of sea salt is another method of charging, but make sure your crystal is able to get wet. Some crystals are not able to handle being submerged or soaked in water without disintegrating or degrading and some crystals may fracture in hot water.
Whatever method you choose, always remember that your crystals are only as useful as the care you put into them. Know which direction you are hoping to achieve and charge your stones accordingly.