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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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With so much love, light and rose quartz kisses,