Updated: Apr 6
Most likely you have been seeing a trend talking about full moon, new moon intentions and manifestations or possibly the quote " I can't tonight I'm charging my crystals". This blog post is long over due as I have been slowly posting wellness, crystals and more on the Instagram FEED...
BEFORE YOU READ- The backstory is just a brief history on the matter- I MEAN REAL BRIEF.
WE CAN ALL COEXIST...
Before FreePeople and Urban Outfitter and other trendy stores started blogging about this, these rituals with natural materials have been occurring for centuries. They derived from many groups i.e. Native Americans, Egyptians, Astrologist, Romans, Celtics, Buddhist and the list goes on. I mean there is some serious history on religions and spiritual groups that intertwine with the metaphysical world. Thats a whole other blog post in itself.
For me, I'm a Catholic who's a bit open minded to spiritual works that involve natural materials. I think it's my innate Virgo tendencies that lean towards materials like like crystals, sage, palo santo, meditation, moon phases, salts, essential oils etc. Whenever I do a "ritual" I say prayers from the Bible. I think anyone starting out can follow a prayer that they use on a daily bases from their own practicing religion. If you do not follow along with a religion but do feel spiritual, there are many books that carry wordings of intention or write your own and connect within yourself, we all have the power of our minds, it's all about being in tune. The more you do this, the stronger your intuition becomes. You know, that feeling in the pit of our stomachs that happen when we sense danger, or when it engulfs us with vibrant warm energy that just has us glowing. Follow it, nurture it... and have FAITH that there is something big out there guiding us and we are our own personal tool that attracts that information of guidance.
LET'S BEGIN WITCHES
Now my goal here is to help you get an idea of what EASY RITUALS you can incorporate to your daily routine... We are just going to cover the essentials /starter kit
SAGE| BURNING RITUALS
The SAGE Smudging ceremony is a custom originated by the Native Americans, also commonly used amongst other indigenous cultures. For centuries this ceremony has been used for a CLEANSING of your home and/or sacred space and also for PROTECTION. As you create your smoke bath (by just lighting the end and then after a few seconds of burning blow it out, notice the smoke like incense) say your favorite prayer and ask for protection and cleanse every corner of your space and any other intention. Don't forget to give yourself a bath (starting from the top of your head working your way down), freshly bought crystals, everyday jewelry and for extra good juju cleanse your car, office and any other space important to you.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE SAGE?
I use sage for every NEW MOON & FULL MOON, when a new cycle has begun (job, relationship, a move, a renewal of some sort) when an emotional event has happened (death, natural disaster, ending of a relationship), and of course when your intuition/ physical self is drained because you have picked up on other people's energy/ MAL DE OJO (evil eye/ bad juju). Sage comes before Palo Santo
PALO SANTO| BURNING RITUALS
The PALO SANTO comes from the coast of South America, mostly Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. This "HOLY WOOD", is a great tool for BLESSINGS. It is able to capture and highlight the good energy, bless it and has it lasting. This is why Palo Santo should happen after Smudging SAGE. You want to capture the clean protective energy and amplify it by blessing it. You can say your prayer of choice and other intentions as you do this and like Sage, you can do it in your designated area's that you wish to BLESS.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE PALO SANTO?
Since this is all about blessings and positive vibes, this type of smudging can occur as often as possible. Everyday, twice a day if you wish. I like to do it in the mornings. You want to keep the cleansed air from your sage moments fresh with the help of Palo Santo.
CRYSTALS | MEANINGS, CLEANSING & CHARGING (Programing)
Crystals carry energy, just like us. There are certain types of energy and frequencies that these crystals already manifest and other's you can set intentions to allow manifestation. Here's a good starter group of crystals for you and your home (you will notice I'm all about tapping into intuition, positive energy, love and abundance in my selection):
Master Crystal. Easiest of all crystals to program to any intention or divination, helps to balance all chakras and aid in meditation.
Selenite can evoke protections from the angelic realm and also dispels negative energy. Selenite is a crystallized form of Gypsum, which is used for good luck and protection. The powerful vibration of Selenite can clear, open and activate the Crown and higher chakras. It is excellent for all types of spiritual work.
Crystal of protection and grounding oneself, while dispelling negative energy both physically and spiritually and in your home. Aids in stress and depression.
For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities. Used in divination during Full & New Moon.
Heart Chakra, unconditional love and peace. Deep inner healing and self love, Calming and reassuring and encourages self forgiveness, acceptance and self worth.
HEART Chakra but of protection against those who wish to take from you emotionally. A promotion of positive well being. It also attracts wealth and big on prosperity of love and money.
For spiritual healing, it is enhanced by sodalite mineral stones due to their ability to reduce personal negativity and provide protection from external negative influences.
For those seeking change within their lives and within themselves. Overcomes self worth issues, self criticism and blocked creativity. Overcoming addictions and depression and uplifts mood.
BLUE TIGER'S EYE
Throat Chakra. Balance, self grounding, practicality, harmony with all things you do. Creativity. Great for artists.
3rd EYE chakra, Angelic communication (talk with your spirit guides), psychic atunement, serenity/peace.
Before you use them, you need to cleanse, charge (set the intention) and then use them.
HOW DO WE CLEANSE CRYSTALS & WHY
(don't forget jewelry that has the ability to absorb other energies)
Crystals come with energy properties and have the capability to absorb and release them. We only want their positive influences to go in and out, but occasionally they will absorb other peoples energy. If you take them out all day, if an allotted time has passed, if others touch them you are going to want to refresh them, especially before you charge/ set your intentions.
SAGE BATH: as we stated above, it has powerful cleansing properties and this is a great way to do a deep cleaning for any new crystals you have acquired.
SALTWATER BATH: With a bowl of fresh water, and sea salt (or table Salt), place your crystals in there a minimum of an hour if you are using them with other people I would leave them in there for some time longer, maybe even a couple days. Do check if your crystal is water soluble, like Selenite and most gypsum.
BEACH: Ever feel renewed after taking a dip in the ocean? The mysterious healing energies of the ocean really work wonders for oneself, take your stones in a safe pouch or carefully hold them and drench them. This is why you should be an avid salt bath doer(that's for another post).It's quick.
SELENITE: Because of it's angelic properties it also has healing and cleansing abilities for other stones and crystals. Place your everyday jewelry and crystals next to and over night.
BURY IN SALT: In a bowl of sea salt (or table salt), place your crystals in the bowl overnight or up to 24 hours.
BURY IN MOTHER EARTH: take your crystals and lay them to rest and rejuvenate in the soil. Do overnight or up to 24 hours.