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Should You Cleanse Different Crystals Differently?

Do you need to cleanse different crystals differently? Should you cleanse them in different ways based on their element, energy or planetary association?

People have been asking me if they NEED to cleanse different crystals differently. They usually mean the type of crystal, such as Amethyst or Hematite for example. You may have been told that different crystals should be cleansed in different ways. This is often based on element associations but it can be astrology or their energy.

Various types of incense
Incense uses smoke which makes it an air element method

Do Certain Cleansing Methods Harm Some Crystals?

You might have seen people cleansing all their crystals in different ways and wondered if you should be doing this. Perhaps you may have heard that Moonstone prefers to be cleansed by moonlight because its planetary association is the moon.

Some people have told me that they were told that certain cleansing methods are bad for some crystals. For example, cleansing a fire element crystal, like Garnet in water.

Please note this blog post is not about physical damage which is science-based (such as Selenite dissolving in water). What we are talking about here is the energy only.

Crystal Element Considerations

Not everyone agrees on element associations so you will have to find a source you trust or come up with your own intuitive sense of this. I’ve noticed few crystal books list the element associations and even less show astrological associations.

I feel that many crystals are a mix of two or more elements. It’s that alchemical mix that makes each crystal or gemstone unique. How will you cleanse a combination stone or decide if one element is dominant? The element association of crystals like Halite, aqua or Blue Calcite is usually water. However, they are physically damaged or will dissolve in water…

Different cleansing methods. Should you cleanse crystals differently?
Should you cleanse crystals differently?

Do You NEED To Cleanse Different Crystals Differently?

The short answer to this is no, not unless you want to of course. In my opinion, working with crystals is a personal practice. Your crystals, your way. Although some traditions might have rules around crystals, in contemporary crystal healing this is less common. Of course, in any spiritual community, you will come across people with strong opinions and even a few gatekeepers.

It is absolutely fine to cleanse crystals differently based on things like the elements, astrology or your intuition. Just please be careful with people telling you not to use a method based on their spiritual beliefs or practices.

If someone tells you you must cleanse different crystals differently or this crystal only one way then it’s a huge red flag. We don’t need the crystal police!

Crystals in a copper pyramid
Copper pyramids can be seen as a spirit or a fire element method

Why I Don’t Cleanse Different Crystals In Different Ways

I personally believe that cleansing is cleansing. I don’t believe that any method is better, they are just different ways. Also, I don’t believe that a crystal will be energetically harmed by the cleansing method you choose. Cleansing is such a short process, it’s not a long-term thing.

How I cleanse my crystals is based on what I feel is right at the time and also convenient. If you have a lot of crystals like me, cleansing them all differently is not very practical.

Another dilemma for me would be my crystal grids, they use a combination of crystals and rarely will they be of one element. Taking my crystal grids apart and cleansing each group of crystals differently seems a bit complex and time consuming to me.

crystal grid with lots of different crystals
Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Other Things To Think About

When you cleanse your home that method is also element based. So let’s say you use a singing bowl, that is sound-based, an air element method. Everything in your home has an element association as well as all your crystals.

As everything is going to get cleansed, how would the element or astrology cleansing theory work here? Would you need to cleanse all the items in your home with four or five different methods? Just a few things to think about.

My crystals have never felt anything but cleansed, balanced and vibrant after I cleanse them. This is after any method I use at the time. I also have never felt that they needed different methods or prefered one way over others. This is just my experience though.

What Should You Do?

Again, I want to be clear, what you do is what feels right, makes sense and works for you. There is no wrong way and I know people that cleanse different crystals differently. Just make sure that you think about this carefully before deciding. Just don’t do something out of fear or because Karen on Facebook tells you to do it.

Hopefully, the post has given you some food for thought. Do you have a question or comment? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (PLEASE keep any questions you have concise and stick to this blog post topic if you want a response).

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