Not all cleansing methods should be used with all stones. Soft stones should never be soaked in water, and stones that have a tendency to crack or fade should never be charged in sunlight. Remember to use visualization techniques during the process. See the stone being cleared or erased, like a chalkboard, ready to receive your intent. These techniques are intended to remove unwanted energy from the stone. To save time, you may wish to cleanse multiple stones together.
As the name suggests, this method uses the four classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to cleanse the stone. You will need something to represent each: a dish of soil, a burning candle, burning incense, and a dish of water.
Dip the stone in the water, then pass the stone quickly through the flame (don’t burn your fingers!). Next, pass the stone through the incense smoke, and finally, place the stone in the dish of soil.
As you perform each task, visualize that element removing any unwanted energy from the stone: Water renews and washes away; Fire burns; Air blows; Earth absorbs.
Water, Fire, Air, and Earth
Cleanse this stone, give rebirth
This method uses smoke from incense or burning herbs to dispel negative energy and purify the object. The most traditional choices are sagebrush or frankincense, but use what you like best. You can hold the stone in your hand and pass it through the smoke, or place the stone on a table or other type of stand and allow the smoke to drift over it. I like to use a tall candle holder designed for a pillar or taper candle. Most stones will fit on top and you can place incense below or beside it, allowing the smoke to drift over the stone for a longer period of time.
Smolder, smoke, blow away,
Cleanse this stone, clear the way.
When cleansing with water, it’s nice to use water collected from a natural spring or spring-fed stream. If you don’t have access to this, use distilled water or plain tap water if you’d like. You can allow the stone to soak in the water for a period of time in sunlight, moonlight, by candle light, or you can rinse the stone under running water. It’s up to you, and you may find that your preference often depends on the stone’s intended use. Some people may like to use salt water, which is fine as long as the stone you’re cleansing isn’t too soft.
Rushing water running clear,
old intention disappear.
Water cleanse and clear this stone,
until its future purpose known.
SUNLIGHT OR MOONLIGHT
Simply place the stone where it can sit in the sunlight or moonlight for an extended period of time. You may wish to use this in combination with water cleansing; rinse the stone, then use light to complete the process.
Sunlight/Moonlight, as you cleanse this stone,
By your light, make it my own
Place the stone in a container of soil for 24 hours.
Soil of the Earth, renew this stone’s true worth.
MUSIC AND SOUNDS
Sounds can be utilized for cleansing by ringing a bell, or using a gong or singing bowl. Sing these lines or chant while you make sounds or play music:
As this sound does reach my ear,
I declare this stone is clear.
As describes in the water cleansing method, you can use salt water for some stones. A bed of coarse sea salt crystals is also an excellent choice for cleansing. Allow the stone to sit on the salt overnight, throughout the day, or for a 24-hour period.
Purify and clear this stone;
Its intent shall be my own.
USING QUARTZ CLUSTERS OR OTHER STONES
Allowing a stone or piece of jewelry to rest on a large cluster of clear quartz is one of the easiest methods of cleansing. Kyanite is also a good mineral to use for clearing energy from other stones. Allow the stone to remain on the clearing crystal(s) for at least 24 hours.
Stone on stone, neutralize,
Clear away all prior ties.
(Source: The Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant)