Beginners Guide to Working with Crystals: Part 1

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This is Part 1 in a Three Part Series. Read Part 2 and Part 3

Part 1: The Basics

Welcome to your crystal journey! Working with crystals can enhance and improve your life, and it is my hope to guide you on this wonderful journey. There is a long history of crystal use over thousands of years. In the Bible there are over 200 references to crystals and how they were used including the twelve stones on the breastplate of the High Priest Aaron. Ancient Egyptians used Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot and other crystals in their jewelry and other adornments. Roman soldiers were known to carry Tigers Eye to encourage bravery in battle.

How to Select Your Crystals

The extensive rainbow of various crystals sometimes makes it overwhelming to decide which crystals you need in your life. When choosing crystals, the best thing to do is allow your intuition to guide you. Start your search by looking at crystals online or visit a crystal store and see which ones attract your attention.


  • you can’t take your eyes off of one crystal

  • you can’t put a crystal down once you touch it

  • you look at the same type of crystals every time you browse

You will probably find that the stones you are drawn to will change over time as your needs change.

If you are having trouble deciding, try Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Citrine, Amethyst, Tigers Eye, Sodalite and Howlite and check out this blog post detailing each of these starter crystals.

There is no wrong answer when combining crystals to work with. If it works for you, it’s right. Your spiritual journey is your own, you will require a unique combination of crystals that you are drawn to at various times. Enjoy experimenting and see what feels the best for you. You may consider keeping a journal to keep track of how different combinations of crystals effect your day. 


  • spikes and dips in energy levels

  • feelings of discomfort, anxiety, lightheadedness or nausea

If any of these occurs, try using the crystal for only small intervals of time while you adjust to the energy, or remove it all together and try it again at a later date. You may also consider a more gentle crystal of similar energy.

How to Care For Your Crystals

The overall energy of a crystal weaken or become “tired” as they are used. Crystals also pick up negative energies from the environment around them. You will need to periodically clear the energy of the crystals. When clearing your crystals hold the intention that you are removing negativity and restoring the crystal’s energy. Try any of the following methods:

  • Smoke Cleansing - passing crystals through smoke of burning incense, like Sage, Sweetgrass or Palo Santo

  • Burying - bury them overnight in sea salt or brown rice

  • Water - hold them under running water

  • Sound - use a tuning fork or certain music.

Make sure that your chosen method will not damage your crystal. For example water and abrasive methods should not be used on softer, more fragile crystals, like Calcite.

Clearing and Charging your Crystals

Clear your crystals energy regularly, and restore their energetic potential through charging them periodically. Here are some techniques to recharge your crystals:

  • Burying - bury them in the soil of a garden (Rhodonite and Rose Quartz)

  • Use other crystals - place them on top of a crystal cluster

  • Celestial Light - place them in a beam of sunlight or moonlight (Carnelian, Sunstone and Citrine in the sunlight; Moonstone and Amethyst in the moonlight)

Be careful because softer or fragile crystals shouldn’t be buried and some crystals, like Amethyst, can fade in the Sun. If your crystals become physically dirty on the outside, you can clean most crystals with lukewarm water and a mild soap, using a soft toothbrush for any crevices. Again, be careful with fragile and soft crystals to avoid damage! If a crystal becomes exhausted or has completed its task, sometimes they will break or can even disappear for a while, so it’s important to give your crystals a rest occasionally.

This is a three part series. Stay tuned for more Beginner’s Guides (2 | 3).


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