A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
So, you're starting to learn Wicca.
In order to cast a circle, practice magic, and do a number of other spiritual activities in Pagan religions or Witchcraft, you'll need to learn to manipulate energy. You have to learn how to sense it, raise it, and project it.
It can be difficult for the beginner. Since there's no easy way to measure it, you may be wondering if you're doing it 'right'. This is one of the cases in which practice makes perfect. Try these exercises with crystals to learn how to achieve and improve on this particular skill.
These exercises are meant to be performed in stages. The first stage may take as little as a few days or as much as a few weeks. As you feel you are getting the hang of one phase you can progress to the next. Don't rush, though—take your time.
Clear Quartz Crystals
For these exercises, you'll need several clear quartz crystals. Quartz is ideal. For one thing, most crystals are already imbued with certain natural properties that make them ideal for certain uses, whether it be to draw prosperity or to ward off something negative. Quartz is unique in that they're essentially 'empty vases'. They don't carry specific energy; they're fairly neutral on their own. What they do is amplify the energies with which they're paired.
Another thing is that most crystals are either receptive (they absorb energy) or projective (they radiate energy). Quartz crystals are both receptive and projective. This makes them easy to program with the energy you desire, which they'll turn around and amplify as they radiate with that energy.
Cleanse the crystals ahead of time by allowing them to soak overnight in salt water, by smudging them, or burying them in the earth for a moon cycle. This will remove any past associations they may have.
You will also need containers to hold each crystal. Each crystal should have its own box, Tupperware, bag, etc.-- and they should all be in identical containers so you can't tell them apart just by looking at the containers.
Stage One: Raising Energy
Relax and get into a meditative state.
Choose an emotion-- it can be whatever you are naturally feeling that day. Happiness, anger, peace, fear, love, lust, compassion, etc.-- whatever happens to be stirring within you that day. As you meditate, stir and raise the energy of that emotion within you. Whip yourself up into a frenzy of that emotion and just let it bubble over. You may wish to chant or rock or dance-- whatever will help bring that emotion out to the surface.
Envision the emotion's energy-- what would it look like to you? Blue and sparkly? Black smoke? Red liquid? Whatever it would look like, envision it in your body.
Stage Two: Projecting Energy
Take one crystal out of its box. Perform your raising emotions meditation and visualize your emotion.
Grab your crystal and imagine that energy 'pouring' into it.
When you're done, label the crystal with that emotion using a piece of tape, a color-coded sticker, or tying a tag to it. Put it back in its box.
When you perform this exercise again, use a different crystal if you are raising the energy of a different emotion. If you are raising the energy of an emotion you've done before, use the same crystal you used for that emotion last time. The goal is to program each crystal with the energy of a specific emotion.
Stage Three: Sensing Energy
When you feel you've sufficiently programmed your crystals with the different emotional energies, experiment with trying to sense them.
Take out a box but don't look inside. You should not label the boxes on the outside as to which crystal is in them. Blindfold yourself so you can't identify the crystal by shape.
Sit down and meditate. Get yourself into a receptive state of mind.
Open the box and, without touching the crystal, put your hand over the opening. Try to sense the energy coming from the crystal.
When you think you know which crystal you're sensing, check it. See if you were right. With a little practice, you should be able to start identifying the crystals just by the energy they're radiating.
Working With Crystals
Stage Four: Absorbing Energy
Once you've learned to sense the energy radiating out of your crystals, begin using them. If you come home in a bad mood or start out the day feeling tired and lacking energy, grab the appropriate crystal programmed with positive emotion.
Meditate and envision the crystal pulsing with the energy you've put into it. Envision that energy being soaked into your hand, right up your arms, and filling your body.
Carry the crystal with you that entire day. Did it make a difference?
You don't really need to do this with the negative crystals (unless you're really curious to see if you can-- but if that's the case I recommend doing it on a night you will be home and left alone, and give yourself a thorough smudging or cleansing bath afterward). When you're done with them, simply cleanse them so you can begin using them for more positive purposes. Smudge the inside of the containers as well, or wash them with salt water.
It may take weeks, or even months, experimenting with these techniques, but you'll find yourself becoming more sensitive to the energies around you as a result, especially in ritual.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Vintersjel on October 12, 2019:
This question concerns the quartz crystals themselves. Can i use raw quartz crystals or do they have to be the single/double terminated types?
Jeevanajyothi on May 15, 2019:
please can you do a spell for me
Annike Rain from Taylorsville NC on March 09, 2019:
As a beginner, I've been reading anything I can get my hands on, but I've been unable to find simple instructions on how to charge crystals. This article was perfect, step-by-step instructions. Thank you , Sage!
Taki Mokuzai from Rogersville, Missouri on February 19, 2019:
Is making a Chi ball good exercise for EM?
Anime and chill on August 08, 2018:
How well dose Rose Quartz work?
Tom Chesingbruh on June 12, 2018:
Hello, i am very interested in this but it hasn't worked. Do you have any ideas why?
promise samson on March 19, 2018:
please can you do a spell for me
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 15, 2017:
You're welcome! And thank you very much, bright blessings!
MissiieMariie on October 14, 2017:
Thankyou so much! I am very much a beginner and have been doing my own meditations and coping mechanisms and I shall try this way as I often imagine this sort of thing happening. I am also glad to know that there are other people out there that view like I do.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 05, 2017:
Then this is probably not the right exercise for you, lol. Everything contains energy, not having crystals doesn't mean you can't work with energy. You can work with elements, plants, other natural objects in sensing and absorbing energy-- though not many things are as easily 'programmed' as quartz crystals.
ken on July 04, 2017:
what you dont have a crystals at home?
Felixvz on June 29, 2017:
I know that this has been sort of answered previously, but can you substitute a quartz crystal for something like, say, a white gold ring?
Update: just read kai mazer's comment on the subject, nvm.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 30, 2017:
You can certainly work with your birthstone, Kai. It's not unusual to feel a natural affinity to your birthstone, which can lead to success.
PerfectlyJEN on April 22, 2017:
Great exercise! Thanks...
Anon on April 22, 2017:
You are very inspiring but I have a problem.I cannot get some herbs or Crystals what can do?
Kai Mazer on April 06, 2017:
Could you possibly use your birthstone? I've gotten a few other witches advice on this.
Selia on October 22, 2016:
thank you for this valuable article. it is written in a smooth and easy way for beginners who has no clue like me...
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 28, 2013:
Thanks karthikkash, I appreciate your comment. It's a fun experiment, enjoy it.
Karthik Kashyap from India on October 28, 2013:
Very nice hub. Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to store energy in crystals. I was looking for this for some time now :)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 27, 2013:
Thanks for your comment, Guinevere, I appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it!
Guinevere5290 from Canadensis, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2013:
Very good article, loved it!