Charging is the act of filling or refilling an object with energy. You have probably read tips on how to recharge crystals or dress a candle. Witches work with power and charging an item is an elementary skill.
When charging, be aware of whether you are replenishing the natural energy of the item, or filling it with a new, “artificial” energy.
If you are using an item for it’s natural energies, it does not make much sense to alter them.
Most cheap paraffin candles will probably be charged with ‘artificial’ energy since they don’t contain much of their own.
Charging is very commonly done with visualization. This guide focuses on charging through visualization. Check out that visualization post real quick so we’re all on the same page.
The intensity described in the visualization article is best attempted only if you know how to ground. Start gently to avoid unpleasant physical symptoms.
1 - Connect with the item. Gently hold or touch the item until you feel connected with it. This will take some practice. You may feel a headache, an intuitive understanding that you have 'reached’ it, or any other number of signs. Do not obsess over being given a big sign, just trust the little ones you are given. This step will become quicker and quicker with practice and experience.
Maintain this connection through step 2.
2 - Focus on the type of energy you wish to impart. For practice and most basic spells, focus on a pure white light (also try charging something with your unique energy). To recharge an object’s natural energies, focus on a neutral, 'transparent’ energy that the object may absorb and adjust to its vibrations. Focus on building this kind of energy in your mind or body. As with the connection, everyone feels it differently. You may feel a pressure in your head or body, an intense tingling or buzzing, or nothing except visualization and “knowing”. Respect your signs and don’t insist on other, 'witchier’ cues.
In the beginning, do not focus on building huge amounts of energy. These are harder to work with. Just collect a nice little sized ball.
3 - Send the energy to the item. If you have lost your connection with the item, 'hold’ the energy and reconnect. Holding a connection rapidly improves with practice.
Use the connection as a passageway to the object. Have the energy flow through your hands, or as directed by your mind, in to the object. Getting the energy out of you and in to it may be an issue, but again, this is overcome by practice.
If you prefer, simultaneously raise and send the energy at once instead of storing it then sending it.
To recharge a natural item, don’t force energy in. Rather let it flow and allow the item to suck up energy as it wishes.
4 - Close the connection. Close or 'tie off’ the energetic flow so energy won’t leak out. Actively disconnect from the object.
Some objects do hold energy better than others. For practice, find items highly valued for their battery capacity like quartz. Some techniques, like wrapping items in a black cloth or keeping them in an iron box, are said to preserve energy and keep it from leaking out.