Crystals do plenty of things for us. From bringing us a sense of inner tranquility to protecting us from the ill intentions of others to manifesting our goals and dreams, crystals do non-stop work to improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. Thus, it’s no surprise that crystals soak excess energy from us and our surroundings.
While there are many ways of charging and cleansing stones, in this post, we will go over one of the most popular crystal charging methods of all: the use of natural light.
Types of Natural Light For to Cleanse Crystals
Natural light is one of the best ways to cleanse and charge your crystals.
Charging and cleansing crystals usually involve one of the five elements in crystal healing: fire, earth, water, wind, and storm or aether.
You can use three types of natural light for cleansing and charging your crystals: sunlight, moonlight, and eclipse light.
Should I charge my crystals during solar and lunar eclipses?
I’d say that most people think it’s not a good idea to charge crystals during a solar or lunar eclipse.
While charging your crystals during an eclipse might sound “promising” as this phenomenon is rare and powerful, eclipses don’t bode well in many astrological and crystal practices. They are seen as erratic and chaotic. Charging and cleansing crystals, setting intentions during this time, could draw in those unsavory vibes that you will need to do a whole new cleansing and charging to restore your crystals.
Then again, everything comes down to personal preference. If you feel that charging crystals during an eclipse is an okay thing to do for you, then don’t let others stop you. I wouldn’t advise this to a beginner who hasn’t grasped their crystal powers yet.
However, if you have been working with crystals for quite some time now, charged them during an eclipse, and nothing ominous happened, then great. Again, it’s all a matter of preference and intuition.
How to Charge Crystals in Natural Light
Before charging your crystals, it’s important to cleanse them first. The process of cleansing is quite the same as charging, except that here you will be working to remove negative energy. Meanwhile, when charging crystals, you may need to program them by setting intentions.
There are many cleansing methods, which will vary from stone to stone. Look up your crystals and cleanse them accordingly. After cleansing, you will be able to charge them in natural light.
To charge your crystals with sunlight, do the following:
Prepare your crystals for charging. Only gather crystals that you know can withstand the heat and light of the sun. If possible, research each of your crystals to see if they interact well with sunlight.
Place your crystals where sunlight can reach them. You can place them on a windowsill or outdoor table. They are good to go if they won’t be disturbed by passersby, animals, or other elements.
Set your intentions. Say positive affirmations to connect your own energy to that of the crystals. Remember to say your needs rather than wants.
Let your crystals receive the light and energy of the sun for several hours.
Retrieve your crystals and return them to their sacred space.
That’s it! Your crystals should be charged by now and ready to be used again.
If you prefer, you can also let your crystals sit throughout the night so they can receive moonlight energies.
To charge your crystals with moonlight, do the following:
Find out when the next full moon will occur. You can use lunar phase tracker websites like Time and Date and apps like My Moon Phase, which are available both on iOS and Android devices.
Prepare your crystals for charging. Take note of which crystals aren’t safe in water or under the sun. To protect them from changing weather, you can also prepare a protective glass or transparent cover to keep them safe.
Lay out your crystals on a natural surface where the moonlight can reach them. This could be a wooden table, a windowsill, or a selenite slab. Make sure to give each crystal enough breathing space. Don’t lump them close together. If you want, you can arrange them in a grid.
Set intentions. Ask the crystals what you want them to help you with, then meditate.
Leave them until sunrise.
Retrieve your stones and put them back in their sacred space.
Some people also prefer charging their crystals for 24 hours. This is fine as long as none of your crystals would fade in the sunlight. To be safe, check which stones are safe under the sun and weather changes and which ones aren’t.
How Long Should Crystals Sit in Natural Light
It depends on two factors: the type of natural light and the composition of that particular crystal.
Some crystals are safe under direct sunlight, while others could fade or lose their shine.
Meanwhile, all crystals are safe under direct moonlight, and you only have to worry about the changing weather. If it rains, then softer crystals might get damaged. Besides that, there’s no reason to worry about putting your crystals under the moonlight for a long time.
How Long Should Crystals Sit in Sunlight
To charge your crystals with sunlight, leave them for at least a few hours up to a whole day. Some crystals benefit from a 6-hour charge, while others should sit there for 12 to 24 hours.
For charging in short bursts, especially with crystals that don’t do well in the sun, let them sit for several minutes, from 30 minutes up to an hour.
How Long Should Crystals Sit in Moonlight
Crystals are safe under the moonlight so you can charge them for up to 12 hours or more.
Some people even charge their crystals for 24 hours to receive both the masculine and feminine energy of the sun and moon.
How to Know Your Crystals Have Finished Charging
You will know your crystals have finished charging if they feel lighter to touch, physically and energetically.
In the same manner, you would know that crystals need charging if they seem heavier than usual or that they seem to be less effective than before; you will also know they have been charged if they feel lighter and it seems like their energy is restored.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which one is better for charging crystals: sunlight or moonlight?
Sunlight charges faster than moonlight. However, not all crystals can withstand the sun’s energy. On the other hand, moonlight is very safe for all kinds of crystals.
Does LED light charge crystals?
Although some people charge their crystals under LED or artificial light, natural light is still a better option. Moreover, some crystals may be sensitive to direct light. But yes, some say artificial light could charge crystals but not cleanse them.
Can you charge crystals under UV light?
Avoid charging your crystals under UV light, as it might damage them. As much as possible, opt for a natural energy source like sunlight and moonlight when charging your crystals. If there are no other sources, you can use artificial light like LED lamps but never UV light.
Natural light is one of the most accessible ways to charge and cleanse your crystals. These sources are free, easy, and potent, too. Knowing how to use natural light would help make the process of charging and cleansing crystals convenient and effective.