Nicholas Pearson

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The Luminous Pearl

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Nicholas Pearson

The Luminous Pearl

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Crystals and the Eclipse

Sunstone, bumbleebee jasper, and moonstone beside a solar eclipse
Are you ready for the upcoming eclipse?

Each time an eclipse heads our way, I’m always asked about putting crystals out to charge under these cosmic events. There are usually two differing perspectives cited: (1) eclipses offer powerful healing energy, so we should charge our crystals beneath them, and (2) eclipses can have unexpected or even chaotic effects so we should not charge crystals beneath them.

So what are my thoughts on the matter?

First and foremost, crystals do not have a finite supply of energy that has to be restored through charging. The notion that we need to energize our crystals in order to use them is largely due to shifts in our cultural and linguistic connotations of the expression to charge, largely led by changes in our technology. Said another way, crystals don’t have batteries like our mobile devices, so we don’t have to charge them to make them useful.

Rather, the concept of charging a magical or spiritual tool comes form another meaning of to charge, which is to imbue with a purpose or quality. You can be charged with the responsibility of folding the laungry. Similary, the air can be charged with emotion. In neither example does this carry the same meaning as storing energy for later use. Charging our crystals, therefore, carries the notion of imbuing it with purpose. We usually call this programming in the crystal world.

Further, the list of activities usually referred to as charging stones are actually aimed at another purpose altogether: cleansing. Sunlight, moonlight, water, salt, and even selenite are not specifically tools for charging crystals; they are methods for clearing them of unwanted or unneeded energies. The act of cleansing helps return them to their normal state of balance.

Now, there is a time and a place for the idea of charging a crystal with an outside force, beyond merely imprinting it with your intentions or goals through programming. You absolutely can charge a crystal with an external source of energy like the sun or moon, or an astrological transit, or a specific color or other energy (think flowers, angels, sacred sites, etc.). In these cases you are storing the virtues of that event or place for later use; it’s a bit like making jam when strawberries are in season so you can enjoy the fruit all year long. You can charge a crystal or other tool with a specific astrological event, like an eclipse, so you can store the qualities of that event for a time when you need them.

So the question remains: should we charge our crystals under the eclipse?

The answer is a personal one. Eclipses symbolize revelation, transformation, and discovery. They can herald periods of intense change and reveal unseen things.If the qualities of the eclipse relate to work that you’d like to do, then charge a crystal or two beneath it. Eclipse energy is potent, and may not be desired for everyday use. Bearing that in mind, you get to choose whether or not charging your crystals under the eclipse is the right course for your practice.

And as far as crystals that synergize with eclipse energy, there are loads of options. Clear quartz is a great, broad-spectrum tool for harnessing the energy of the solar eclipse. Both sunstone and moonstone (better yet if you can find them in a single stone) are great allies, too, because they represent the heavenly bodies that dance to create eclipses. Bumblebee jasper, originally called eclipse stone, is a lovely choice, too, as it invites deep transformation. Consider working with the tourmaline family to help you stay grounded, centered, and aligned with your goals for the eclipse (and don’t forget to check out my Tourmaline Masterclass on April 14

You can learn all about these in Crystal Basics Pocket Encyclopedia, and if you’d like to learn some basic grounding and shielding techniques to support you during eclipse season, be sure to register for the Shield & Spell Summit, which starts this week. Use this link to join:

By Nicholas Pearson

Acclaimed author and teacher, Nicholas Pearson, is among the foremost experts on crystals. He combines an extensive background in mineral science with his love of healing, spirituality, and folklore to illustrate the healing properties of gemstones. Nicholas is also an avid Reiki practitioner and instructor with a deep interest in the roots of Reiki.


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