Monday 8 February 2021

Love To Colour? Colouring with Cats #113 ~ And Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ **Your Crystal Questions Answered** How To Cleanse Crystals, And Pandora Shows Off The Crystal of the Week ~ Citrine

Turquoise Mandalas on Mondays Banner 2020 ©BionicBasil® getting your Om's on and unleash Your Zen Harmonies

Supurr Monday greetings fluffy furiends

Hello and welcome to the crystal room at BBHQ, grab a cushion and get comfy while we answer this week's question.

We got a lovely email from Alli, asking how we cleanse our crystals, so let's dive right in.

How We Cleanse Crystals 

There are several ways we cleanse crystals, howeffur we're always mindful of each stone's correct way, as not all methods are suitable for all stones. Hence, it's always advisable to do a little research before any cleansing occurs.

And mew might also be wundering, why do we need to cleanse our crystals at all? Well, that's easy to answer, appurrently some crystals which are used/carried frequently absorb your energy, plus the energy around mew.  And at some point that stone which mew carry around all the time and brings mew joy may suddenly stop bringing mew joy and feel heavy, leaving mew feeling suddenly repelled by it, this is because it needs cleansing to return it to its joyful state. It's a simple fix.

There are a few crystals that never need cleansing, see our Crystal of the Week below to learn about one of them.

The main ways we cleanse our crystals are:

Running water, the full moon, sunlight, bury in soil, bury in salt or smudging and in serious cases of heavy-duty cleansing, some or all of the aforementioned.

1. Running Water; hold crystal under running water for as long as necessary.  Though, we never use this method for friable crystals such as selenite as they will dissolve.

2. The Full Moon; anytime in the days prior to a full moon, place crystals so they can be recharged by the moon's rays/energy.

3. Sunlight; leave your crystals on a sunny windowsill for a few days, but do be mindful that darker stones may fade under UV light. Amethysts are prone to fading in sunlight.

4.  Burying in soil; bury in soil and leave for a few days, while this is a good cleanser we prefer to use a terracotta plant pot for this method as mew'd be surprised how many peeps have furgotton where they buried their crystals in the earth, plus if mew have pets in the garden it's not a good idea just in case of poop or widdle in the soil.

5. Bury in salt; the same as above, pour salt into a large pot, not metal and bury crystals, leave for a few days.

6. Smudging/smudge sticks; smudging is an ancient purractice of using sage or similar herbs wound in a tight bundle held together by twine/string, and burning them while letting the smoke cleanse the crystal. We also buy white sage incense which wurks in a similar fashion. We grow our own sage at BBHQ and make our own smudge sticks, later this year we'll share how we make ours. 

We can't think of any more and to be honest, we think that's plenty to go at! MOL

Many thanks for emailing us Alli, and we hope that answered your question.

 If mew have any crystal questions; email us, and ask us in the comments below.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #113  Pandora Loves The Crystal Room

Crystal of the Week

See the big, tall yellow ones to the right of Pandora? They are Citrines, and in gemlore are reputed to: cleanse auras, help to detoxify the body, assist with tissue regeneration and also are renowned to heighten creativity. They never need cleansing either, and they are purported to absorb, transmute and dissipate negative energy.  

Much smaller Citrines (not the ones in the picture obviously) are an ideal stone for Chakra healing and correspond to the solar plexus chakra point located between the belly button and rib cage. 

In ancient and mystical texts translated for the modern era; it suggests that placing crystals on these certain points of the body helps bring balance and harmony into union. In other wurds making mew feel better, whether this is true is entirely in the eyes of the beholder as it were, though many people affirm that this kind of alternative practice is highly beneficial and they feel better for the experience. And there's another school of thought which labels it complete quackery! MOL 

We believe at BBHQ if it makes mew smile and feel better, it's a win. Though it's everypawdys purrsonal choice to follow their own road, or as the P.A. says; always be a shepherd, never a sheep.

So smile, be happy and do what mew love.

Last week we shared a post about amethyst and crystals for stress, so click here to find out more.

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend, and mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us, aka The B Team.

Here's this weeks mandala.

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And here's our finished version... this weeks colour vibe is a soft pastel palette, which we think wurks quite well.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #113 coloured by Cathrine Garnell

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Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

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  1. I did not know that you should clean your crystals!
    I'm going to have to look into that: my rose quartz has been sitting on my desk for a long time...

  2. That was very interesting, we know nothing at all about crystals! I hope y'all have a fabulous week!

  3. I didn't know that crystals had to be cleansed of energies abosrbed. And certainly nmow most of the methods you mention are news to me!! haha! I did now that sunshine, direct, is not good for may gemstones...which of course are crystals before being cut and polished.

    Citrine is a pretty crystal, and my dad said it was like a poor man's topaz, LOL! (My Birthstone.)

  4. That was interesting. I didn't know about cleansing the crystals. The most mine has had is a gentle brushing with a soft brush, cleaning as opposed to cleansing. I will put it in the bedroom window in the run up to the next full moon and leave it there for a few days and hope for clear skies.

  5. I didn't know about cleansing the crystals either. Very interesting.

    I love the breathing exercises and you know how much I do.

    Your coloring today is most beautiful.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to all the kitties and a hug to the mom. ♥

  6. Good info! Those crystals are amazing and as always, I love Smooch's breathing exercises.

  7. We always feel better after visiting and thanks for that great info on cleaning and recharging crystals. Love the Mandala and thanks Smooch for letting us deep breathe with you. Purrr-Om

  8. What a beautiful coat Pandora has!
    Thanks for sharing at

  9. Wow! We learned a lot about Citraine that we did not know. We are looking forward to the Mandala! You guys are AWESOME!

  10. hizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....wearz R commint cyber space

  11. Love the breathing exercises! Must keep them in mind! Have a great week!

  12. Your crystal collection and knowledge of them is impressive. Nice mandala. XO

  13. Your crystals are gorgeous! Our mom has been wanting to invest in a couple of large ones like that.

  14. Mom should have put her crystals out during the full moon. Thanks for the reminder!
    We feel a lot better after the breathing exercise.

    The Florida Furkids

  15. Your crystals are really cool.


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