With all methods of charging, first set your intention and state silently or aloud that you are doing this to charge your crystal for the best and highest good of all concerned. After your stone is charged, thank the Divine by whatever name you know it for assisting in charging your stone.
Sunlight or Moonlight Method: The sun’s and moon’s rays are very energizing, as well as energetically clearing. You can use this method to both clear and charge your crystals at the same time. Find a safe place and leave your crystal for 24 hours or more (up to a week) in sunlight and/or moonlight. Some crystals colors will fade in Sunlight, so those should be charged only in moonlight. Some stones that will fade in the sun are amethyst, celestite, kunzite, opal and turquoise. If you have any doubts at all, only use moonlight charging. This can also clear the stones of unwanted energies at the same time if you set your intent to do that as well.
The Moon has two phases that can be of importance – a phase of ascending and that of descending, as well as two important stages of full moon and new moon. The energy of ascending moon is related to new beginnings, optimism and hope, whereas the energy of descending moon is related to those things that we would like to diminish, like reducing debts, negativities and illnesses. Full moon is related to love and abundance, and crystals charged during new moon is of help in the introvert activities, like meditation and contemplation.
Set the crystals out where they are safe (from robbers, from raccoons, from anything that may be tempted by the sparkle) yet can access the night air during the Full Moon. It’s not imperative that there be a visible moon. If it’s overcast or raining (or snowing) it doesn’t matter. It’s the energy you want. Moonglow is merely a tracer for the energy. You can set them on your windowsill, on your patio, in your yard, on your roof – wherever they are safe Let them sit there all night if you can. You’ll know what to do.
If you set out some bottles of water too, you’ll have Moon Water to use for charging during the coming month. The water will hold the charge. Moon Water is great for zapping up crystals, washing your face, cleaning your kitchen, making air freshener – you name it. It adds a little extra zip to everything you use it for.
This is just a summary. There is much more to the subject, but this will get you started if this is the first Full Moon you will charge crystals. Dig into your jewelry drawers and grab stones that haven’t been charged in a long time. Clean them and get them into that Full Moon energy! And notice the difference when you wear them.