October’s full moon will rise Thursday October 5th, just after sunset and set around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. Some Native American tribes referred to October’s moon as the Hunter’s Moon, as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunters Moon is also particularly bright and long in the sky, giving hunters the opportunity to stalk prey at night. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunters Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. On this magical evening of October witness the restorative energy of the full moon, create a sacred space for yourself, release what no longer serves you and set intentions for the month ahead.

Crystals are tools that I use in my daily self care practice and maybe you do too. From the Moonstone ring on my finger to the Amethyst I keep under my pillow, to the Hematite in my pocket to the Moldavia pendant around my neck. Crystals are a huge part of my life and I feel deeply connected and inspired by connecting with them daily. Making sure your crystals are in top shape for healing is as simple as the ritual I am going to share with you. When the moon is full she is at her brightest making it the most powerful time to cleanse and renew your beauties. Crystals will hold energy they take in from you and their environment so it’s a good idea to purify them with the energy of each full moon, I will explain the how’s in a moment….

But have you ever wondered how crystals work? Well, I’m writing this to explain my understanding of what crystals are, what their power is, and why crystals are significant at all. Crystals are an expressed form of a really basic, but really perfect, balanced form of consciousness, belonging to the mineral realm of the Earth. Just as we humans, are expressions of our own human consciousness, and plants and trees are also an expression of a slightly different, but no less living form of consciousness, we are all existing and alive on planet Earth at the moment. How amazing!

We manifest physically: we have bodies, but we also exist on other, etheric levels – we have our thoughts and feelings and a spiritual existence, which science can’t really categorize, but we know is true. To go a little deeper, we have collectively manifested ourselves. No one else did it for us. It’s ancestral, it’s genetic, most of the process we don’t feel we are controlling, but we are constantly manifesting every single aspect of our bodies, our realities, and ourselves through our consciousness!

Plants do the same, they manifest themselves, from seed to maturity, creating their ‘bodies’ according to their genetics and situational variants. And so do crystals! We don’t easily perceive crystals as growing, as their timeframe for change is so much more enormously vast than our own, but they are very much alive. They are manifesting themselves, through their own form of consciousness.

All living things have an  electromagnetic field (EMF) radiating out from them which interacts with the EMF of other living things, or non living things, like electrical appliances. It is the nature of life, as we know it, to expand, grow, and increase its awareness, so when we are in the presence of someone or something that is vibrating on a higher frequency than we are, our EMF wants to ‘catch up’. Our own frequency will self-adjust, which will then slightly affect our level of consciousness. We may feel better, gain some knowledge, be healthier, or the change may go unnoticed.

When we are in the presence of a crystal, formed absolutely, pristinely, intentionally and perfectly from a consciousness equally as perfect, its EMF emits that vibration, and that’s what will interact with, and affect our own. To put it simply when we are around crystals, they lift our vibration. When we consciously interact with crystals they really lift our vibration! Each different type of crystal emits its own frequency and there are countless variants. They can affect different forms of illness within the physical and emotional bodies, energize or soothe specific chakra energies and enhance mental and even spiritual understanding.

Another vital quality of crystals is their ability to be programmed and store memory. This was discovered by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marcel Vogel, who spent his career researching for IBM. He discovered the capacity that quartz crystals have for accepting programs and for storing and transmitting information, in the form of silicon chips (molecularly, quartz is silicon dioxide). Silicon chips are used today in virtually all computing technology, so in this form, we know that quartz is activated when it has electrical energy running through it, like when you turn on your computer or phone, it works. Magick! But Vogal took this one experiment further. He theorized, and then proved, that quartz can be programmed and will transmit information with conscious intention alone, without the need for electrical circuitry.

Healers are using the innate, purifying energies of certain crystals to balance and clear people’s energetic fields, in turn healing all types of sickness, enabling them to get on and grow into their lives. Around the world people are programming crystals and sending them to parts of the Earth that are in desperate need of healing influences: Fukushima, for example. The programmed crystals act like mini transmitters of healing intent, and radiation is clearing!

There is so much more to using crystals than I have space to write about here, but if you are interested, I urge you to go to a shop, or get a few books and do some research on your own. If you didn’t know, we do sell a variety of crystals and specimens at our Lakewood and Rocky River locations! My go-to guide is always ‘The Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall. Crystals often seem to come and go. You may inexplicably lose a favorite, or discover one you’ve never seen before in your pocket. They have a tendency to do this! It is as though they have a sixth sense, knowing just when you need a particular kind of support, or when somebody else does. So if this happens just go with it, for as is often the case, there is probably more going on than appears on the surface. Now back to the goods…

The Ritual 

Before starting, you may want to clear the room and yourself of extra or unwanted energies by burning a sage bundle, palo santo, or incense. At the start of my cleansing ritual I like to gather all of my babies, checking my purse, car, pockets, nightstand and wherever else they may have wandered over the course of the last month.

After I have hunted and gathered to make sure no one is missing I like to cleanse or smudge the entire bunch with palo santo or sage. Smudging releases certain elements into the air via the smoke which can effectively remove bad or built-up energies. You can use a feather or your hand to direct the smoke around them. I like to pick up each piece and hold them directly above the smoke, rotating around each side making sure they are completely engulfed in the smoke.

The next step is to physically clean your crystals with with water. You can do this an any manner. Let them soak together in a bowl of water or rinse them under the faucet. If you live near a body of water I highly recommend taking them to the nearest lake, river or stream and washing them there. Think about how much better you feel after a warm relaxing bath. We’re just like our crystals, in order to function at our optimal vibration we need to take care ourselves consistently.

After washing and drying your crystals set them out on the earth for their full moon bath. If you are unable to place them directly on the ground, any natural surface will work. I have often placed them in a basket and set them out of the front porch, used my window sill or the patio table. Any one will do! Leave them out under the moon light and out until the morning. In the morning pull in many of your crystals like Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz for example. They will fade in direct sunlight so I charge my crystals just for the initial sunrise and then pull them back inside.

The next phase it my favorite and the most important! It’s even more important than naming what we wanted to release initially. Once your have all of your crystals back inside charge them with your intentions. Charging crystals with your energy helps them stay focused. You can charge all of your crystals at once by imagining them soaked in healing energy or a bright white light. To program a crystal for specific use or with specific energies, sit quietly away from distractions or strong electrical devices and external energies, then hold the crystal in front of you, clear your mind and focus on the stone. Concentrate on the specific energy that you wish to program the crystal with, and ‘transmit’ the energies and thoughts from your mind directly to the stone.

Be clear and direct when doing this and don’t try to confuse or overload the crystal with different thoughts and energies. Do this until you feel happy that the required thoughts and energies have been transmitted to the stone. They can also be charged individually or in groups. It’s really up to you, there is no right or wrong way to charge them, let your intuition be your guide. Once they are charged it’s best to not let others handle them (unless you are charging specifically for others) as they will absorb the energy of other people.

I like to close the cleansing and charging ritual with thank you prayers. A simple thank you to Mother Earth for the ways she supports our life and a humble bow to the crystals for all of the work that they do. Acknowledging all of the elements that came together to make these healing tools seals in their healing vibrations and reminds us to stay focused on what matters most to our hearts.

A cleansing prayer 

I am now choosing to cleanse myself and release

any and all thought forms, beings, situations and energies

that are no longer of service, 

to my highest and greatest good…

Across all planes of my existence, across all universes, 

and across all lifetimes. 

I ask that all energies that are less than love

be transmuted for the highest good of all. 

And so it is.