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Crystal Cleansing on the Full Wolf Moon

Crystal Cleansing on the Full Wolf Moon

January, amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Cold Moon, Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.

Cleansing Your Crystal

Now is the time. Here are several ways which are suggested:

Method One: First and foremost, if you are unsure if your crystals can be cleansed in water, not in water, sea salt, no sea salt or charged in the sun, no sun.... The best and safest way to cleanse your crystals of negative energy is to:

Cleanse your crystal by smudging with sweetgrass, sage, cedar or incense. Pass the crystal several times through the wafting smoke and then:

*place your crystal to be charged in a bowl of tumbled hematite stones or tumbled quartz crystal for 24 hours.

Method Two: If a particular crystal should not be placed in water, simply cleanse your crystals by placing them in a bowl of flower petals.

Method Three: Water can cleanse your crystal. Clear negative energy by running them under room temperature or luke warm water. Soaking your crystal in flower water with the petals of flowers such as rose, honeysuckle, orange blossoms for 24 hours... will cleanse the crystal of all it's negative energy.

Method Four: Some crystals CAN be cleansed in sea salt water. One teaspoon of sea salt in a glass bowl in cool to lukewarm water. Place the crystals in the water. Make sure the crystals are covered with water. Let them bathe in the water for 24 hours. This is a wonderful way to rejuvenate the power of your crystals. It washes away the negative energy it has absorbed and recharges it with the positive healing energy again. (Note: Some crystals should NOT be washed/cleansed in salt water/sun for it changes their physical properties, not their metaphysical properties, they are listed below).

Not to be cleansed in Salt Water:
*Alabaster
*Calcite
*Carnelian
*Hematite
*Labradorite (Spectrolite)
*Lepidolite
*Moldivate
*Opal
*Turquoise
*Ulexite

*Use caution only with the softer Mica and crystaline stones

May fade in Sunlight:
*Amethyst
*Celestite
*Opal
*Turquoise

Method Five: Charge and energize your crystals by placing them under the light of a full moon for up to 24 hours. (up to two nights of a full moon)

Method Six: Charge your crystals by burying them in the earth or pot of dirt (make sure you mark them so remember where you buried them!), for 24 hours.

Method Seven: Crystal clusters make great chargers and can also cleanse any crystal just by placing it on top of the cluster for 24 hours.

Method Eight: Some crystals love to be charged and energized in the sun. Allow them to sit in the daylight for up to 24 hours. (up to two days of sunlight).

How long should I cleanse my crystals? How long should I charge them? The best answer to this is - use your intuition. It will never fail you!.

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