How To Clear A Crystal And Why

Crystals are all about energy. They can retain the imprint of the energies they have come into contact with. This is why it is recommended that they be cleared after acquiring. This includes persons who were involved in the harvesting, preparing, transporting, selling, and shipment of the crystal. If a crystal is not cleared it may retain energy from all of these sources. Once a crystal is acquired, techniques can be used to clear as well as attune the crystal for it's desired use. Another reason to clear a crystal is that intentions and programming may have already been set on the crystal may not be in tune with the current desired uses. For all of these reasons, clearing is recommended for most Crystals.

There are many ways in which to clear a crystal or stone. We will discuss the ways in which Kindred Being recommends.


Use the smoke from burning herbs to clear a crystal. The technique of lighting and then blowing out the fire of the desired herb to create smoke is a very effective one for clearing.  Pass the stone or crystal through the smoke or fan the smoke onto the crystal for clearing. insuring that the crystal has been completely bathed in the smoke. Suggested herbs for this practice are white and black sage. Setting an intent of cleansing for this ritual is also recommended. By using smudging for crystal cleansing, one is using the elemental energy of fire for purification.

Crystal energy

There are a few crystals which clear and cleanse other crystals and stones. Some of these are Carnelian, Citrine, Selenite, and Clear Quartz. Place these crystals close to the crystal that is to be cleared. Placing them on top or touching the clearing stone is preferred but getting them close enough for the stone's auras to touch will also work. Clear Quartz first needs clearing and charging itself, then, it is an ideal charger of other crystals. Place the crystal in contact with the clearing crystal for twenty four to forty eight hours.  

Sun energy

Many crystals may fade with sun exposure such as Amethyst and Celestite so please be sure that a crystal is not adversely affected by  sunlight before using this method. Using the sun to clear a crystal is very beneficial for not only clearing but charging as well. The energy from our life giver, the sun, clears your crystals and then charges them allowing them to be ready for use.  Place the desired crystal in the sun for a day to a week to clear and charge. 

Moon energy

The moon's energy can be used for both clearing and charging crystals. The energy of the moon is a more subtle way to clear and charge when compared to the sun. For this reason, using the energy of the full moon is recommended. Once a month, place your crystal collection outside under the full moon. Insure that your crystals are placed in direct moon light and leave them over night. This method can be used for all crystals. It is recommended that the crystals be retrieved before dawn. 

Personal and Source energy

We recommend this option for persons familiar with energy work. To clear a crystal with ones own energy, visually imagine a white light from source surrounding the crystal and clearing it of all past energies. This white light of Source can be conducted through ones body and out through the hand Chakras. Alternatively, the white light of source energy can also come from above and surround the crystal without the use of ones body. Use mental or verbal words to aid you in this practice such as "cleanse", "clear", "renew", and "charge". You will feel when the crystal has been properly cleared and charged.


Burying crystals returns the crystals to the earth from which they were formed. The healing and transmuting energies of the earth Gaia absorbs the previous energies imprinted on to the crystal, clearing it and allowing it to be used anew. Crystals can be buried in earth or sand. Consider using a planting pot in the absence of an outdoor space. When burying outside, mark the position for convenient retrieval. Stones and crystals should remain buried for three days up to one week. By using burial for crystal clearing one is using the elemental energy of the earth for purification.

Water energy

Many crystals and stones may be cleared under cool clear running water. Insure that the crystal is not water soluble before using this option. The temperature of the water is also important. If the running water is too hot or cold, it may damage the crystal. Use fresh rain water, or fresh spring water where available. If these options are not convenient, tap water can be used. There is no accepted time period for which to flow water over your crystal but we suggest several minutes. If you are near fresh running water securing your crystals in a running stream or river for several minutes is ideal. By using running water to clear your crystal, you are using the elemental energy of water for purification.

Our Methods

Kindred Being most often uses moon energy, smudging, crystal, and personal energy for clearing the crystals that we offer to our customers. This is the first step to preparing them for use by fellow Kindred Beings.