How to program crystals

How to program crystals by Vix from New Age Hipster

There is sooo much info on the internet about charging and programming crystals and I really just don't think it needs to be that hard.

I'm a big believer that intention is everything.

No matter what you're doing, whether it's working with crystals, calling in Angels and Guides, Manifesting some magic or whatever.

Your intention is way more powerful than which hand you use, what phrase you say and how many times you walk backwards around your favourite tree (I like three, but it really doesn't matter).

So when you're working with crystals it's the same deal.

Now of course, big disclaimer here, as always, you have to do what works for you.

If you really feel like you need to walk backwards around a tree four times and you think I'm crazy for only doing it three times, hey, go ahead and do what you need to do.

Personally I don't think you don't really need to program your crystals at all.

Ha, bet you thought this was going to be a post full of rituals and how-to's! :D

If you go to the crystal shop to buy some rose quartz you don't have to get it home and tell it that you want it to help you with your romantic situ and self-love stuff. That's kind of like telling your new jeans to cover your butt.

Crystal programming quote

When a crystal comes into my life it usually knows exactly what I need and just starts doing it. 

Whether I've been gifted it, picked it up in a shop or searched painstakingly on Etsy for the perfect piece. As soon as it's mine, it's mine, and it's ready to do what it needs to do for me in my life.

I do always clear my crystals when I get them though

Depending on what I feel I need to do with them when I get them, I will either pop them on my bookshelf, altar, desk or in with some other crystals to sort of welcome them into the family. I like to give them a chance to get used to my energy before I expect too much from them. I like to do this with Tarot decks too. Just let them settle in. Some crystals will settle in within minutes, others will take some time.

Now there are plenty of times when you might want to program your crystal for something really specific, and that's pretty much the only time I program my crystals.

If I'm making a crystal grid for prosperity for example, I will get my citrine out and with intention, spoken out loud or in my mind, I'll start creating my grid. Learn how to make crystal grids with me here!

If I'm going out into London on the weekend (which can be cray energetically!) I'll seek out my protective crystals and put them on with the intention that they are for protecting my energy for the day. 

That's it.

My fave protection combo! Black Onyx + Saint Michel x

My fave protection combo! Black Onyx + Saint Michel x

Honestly, it doesn't have to be any harder than that!

So, what do you think? I'm thinking some of you might be pretty hard-core crystal programmers, and that's cool too! We all have to do what works!

But for those of you who are confused or overwhelmed about the whole crystal programming thing, I hope this has simplified it. :)

For more crystal tips and tricks check out my e-course Totally Spiritual! We have a whole week set aside where I tell you just about everything I know about crystals. We clear, program (or not!), make grids, take baths, meditate and heal ourselves with crystals. And it's all old paradigm and dogma-free! :D

Find out more about me and what else I do here.

With so much love, light and rose quartz kisses,



Five Crystals for Transition + Change

crystals for transition and change x

I don't usually blog about crystals that much, so if you dig this crystal post and want more of them let me know!

K, so we're mid January 2017 and I don't know about you, but I still feel very much like I'm in the transition. I'm still getting used to the energy of this year, working out what it's about and how to work with it to create an awesome year. Oh, PS - if you want to find out more about 2017 check out the free e-book!

These crystals may be useful little tools for you if you're like me and feeling a bit OMG what is this? right now, or if you're going through any kind of transition or change in your life.

I also thought it would be cool to connect these crystals to tarot cards too, to give you some idea of crystals that you can gather round you when these cards pop up in your spreads.

Oh, and like with everything, crystals can totally vibe with different people in different ways, and these are just some ways I connect with these babies...

Crystals + Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert M Place x

Crystals + Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert M Place x

1. Apache Tears + death

Apache Tears is one of my all time favourite crystals. I nearly put smoky quartz on here, but I felt like actually, change and transition is bloody HARD y'know? 

Apache tears is great for grounding, healing and especially heart healing. It can help bring you back into yourself when you're going through something really difficult.

Perfect for big stuff like break-ups, losing your job, moving country, or just trying to get through any other tough and big change - internal or external.


2. Zebra Jasper - Justice

Zebra Jasper is an awesome grounding and balancing stone.

When we're going through change of any kind it can be really easy to get mega floaty. Having your roots totally ripped out from beneath you sucks. This stone connects with your root and earth star chakra to reconnect those roots, and helps you to balance your chakras and masculine and feminine energies.


3. Botswana Agate - Ace of Cups

A bit of Botswana Agate is very good for soothing the soul and helping you feel calm and chill.

In times of change we can get pretty stressed out and anxious! Botswana Agate has a cool, kind and relaxing vibe which makes it perfect for those moments when you start to feel mega frazzled about your path forward from here. Very good for helping you stay in the now and helping you to fill that cup! Recharge your batteries with Botswana Agate!


4. Amethyst - The High Priestess

I love Amethyst for a violet flame transmutation Saint Germain kind of vibe.

Meditate with your amethyst and visualise yourself in the crystal, with the violet flame around you transmuting all the old and making way for the new.

Amethyst is also great for connecting with your inner knowing which makes making plans and moving forward all that much easier.


5. Tektite - The Star

A little out of left field with this one, but it was like "Vix, Vix! Include me!" so I was like OK little guy!

Tektite is an interesting stone because it's super grounding but it also helps you to open up to the universe, to your ET guides, to the realisation and awe of just how massive everything is.

I mean, start Googling NASA pictures and your mind will be blown in no time. Sometimes when we are going through changes and transitions we are so zoomed in on our own stuff that we forget about the bigger picture. Tektites can  help you put it all in perspective


If you're going through a transition and want some help to navigate through it all you can grab a reading with me here.

With love, light and crystal temple healing vibes,



Crystals for The Autism Spectrum

Crystals for Autism, Aspergers, Autism spectrum

Apart from all this woo woo stuff that I do, I also have a background in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Amazing souls who, for whatever reason, struggle more than most of us on this earth plane.

I do not dare to suggest for a moment that working with crystals is going to cure you, someone you know, or your child from Autism. But if you feel yourself drawn to the idea of using crystals yourself, with those on the Autism spectrum, or if you work or live with people with Autism or Aspergers, I hope that this post will give you some guidance on both which crystals to choose and what to do with them once you have them home.


Crystals to use:

<3 Light blue or medium blue crystals - light blue is the colour of the throat chakra and for many on the spectrum communicating with others is a huge struggle. Light blue stones may help to calm anxiety around communication difficulties or even assist with communication capabilities. Some stones include: Kyanite, Angelite, Celestite, Sodalite,Turquoise, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate or any other blue stones you can find and are drawn to.

<3 Green crystals - green is a very healing and grounding colour and many green stones have healing properties that may help with creating a feeling of calm. Try Green Calcite, Emerald, Malachite, Adventurine or any other green stone you like the look of!

<3 Clear Quartz - a good for everything crystal that you really can't go wrong with. It's great for clearing energies and may be particularly good for those on the spectrum who find themselves feeling very foggy or confused.

<3 Amethyst - a beautiful purple stone which can help to connect you spiritually as well as being a calming and peaceful stones. Also good for headaches (yours and theirs!).

<3 Grounding stones - as people on the spectrum are usually very much in their heads grounding stones can be useful in helping them to get their feet on the ground and connect with the earth. Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Apache Tears, Black Tourmaline and any other dark coloured stones are great for helping all of us to get back into our bodies and out of the clouds. These stones are also very good for protecting ourselves and our own energy. Put a piece in your child's pocket at school so that they don't come home with anyone else's emotional "stuff". If you yourself are on the spectrum you may find it useful to wear a grounding stone as a necklace, and if you work with or spend a lot of time with people with Autism you may find that a grounding stone can keep you balanced too!

<3 Choose your own stones intuitively! If you are able to, take your child or just yourself along to a new age or crystal store and see which crystals you are drawn to. Quite often I am drawn to crystals I know nothing about, and later when I look them up, I find that they are exactly what I needed. Browse the store quietly and without too much thought and choose the crystals that appeal to you most, or let your child decide. If you can't take your child into a shop like this, choose a few different gems yourself and then see which ones your child is drawn to when you bring them home.



<3 Any high vibrational crystals! Many people on the spectrum are already very high vibrational and what we want to do is help bring that energy into their bodies, we don't want to send them further away. Try to avoid things like - Aqua Aura, Angel Aura, anything incredibly shiny or colourful, anything man made such as Opalite or any of the other Aura Crystals.

<3 If you or your child is particularly drawn to the high vibrational stones (and you/they probably will be!) try your best to keep your use of them to a minimum!!

A gem elixir for grounding

How to use your crystals:

If you yourself are going to be using these stones you can:

<3 Put them in your pocket and run your hand over them any time you need to during the day.

<3 Sit quietly while watching TV or listening to music and just hold your crystal.

<3 Meditate and place the crystal on your throat, heart or any place on your body that feels right. You may even just like to hold your crystal while you close your eyes.

<3 Put an amethyst next to your bed to help with sleeping

<3 When you feel very far away and not at all in your body grab your grounding stone and go for a walk outside or just take your shoes off and feel the earth.

If you are using your crystals with children you can:

<3 Create all sorts of games and play with the crystals as if they are people or animals or whatever!

<3 Build crystal grids with your child - these are just patterns of crystals e.g. putting out three or four grounding stones and placing other stones between. You can leave these grids out to bring grounding and healing energy into a room or house.

<3 Pop a crystal in your child's pocket or bag so they can take it with them to school.

<3 Leave the crystals on the coffee table so your child can play with them while watching TV.

<3 Place some Obsidian or Black Tourmaline next to or on top of the laptop or computer.

<3 Make a Gem Elixir for a drink! All you need to do to make this quickly is place some crystals around a glass of water for a little while to infuse the crystal energies into your drink!

Autism Spectrum Crystal Grid

There are so many ways you can use crystals and so many things you can do with them. The main thing to remember when working with crystals, just as any of the intuitive arts is to go with what feels right to you. Hopefully you will find that you are able to use crystals for the Autism Spectrum, and I do hope and pray that they will bring even just a small amount of healing and grounding to you or your children's lives.

<3 Love, light and healing crystals <3



Aqua Aura Quartz

f9a5adfe2f2802c5ad69928ebb4c35c3 Aqua aura quartz is just gorgeous! I was searching for electric blue aura quartz the other day and came across aqua aura completely by accident. As soon as I saw it I remembered a dream I had about a crystal that was so vibrant blue and glowing and I wondered if I had actually dreamed about this crystal?! When I looked up it's properties it made sense that it would be a good crystal for me. Hello synchronicity!

Aqua aura is a man made crystal - made from clear quartz which is heated with a fine layer of gold bonded to it to create the beautiful blue colour. I sometimes wonder about these man made crystals, but I am so drawn to the aqua aura I can't possibly deny it's power!

It is said to be especially beneficial for the throat chakra which is an area that has been calling for my attention for quite some time! As well as communication, spiritual growth, healing and cleansing the auric field and activating the chakras. You can find more information  here. It's also said to be a very high energy stone, some people have difficulty wearing them for long periods of time.

The value of aqua aura is pretty hard to work out. Trawling through the crystal stalls at the Wellbeing Festival I found quite a few nice pieces but all around £50! Looking at Etsy you can get a pendant for anything from about £10 to £100! So if you are wanting to invest in one of these crystals shop around!!

It's my birthday coming up soon and I've decided aqua aura is going to be my birthday present to myself, see how I justify it? Also, it was in my dream so I have to get it right? Isn't that a sign?!

Below are a few of the beautiful pendants I have my eye on on Etsy...



This is one of my favourites. So pretty!


I love it with gold! :-)


These are so simple and the cheapest aqua aura pendants I could find on Esty. £12 each.

Love, light and aqua aura!