Intention Setting with Crystals: A Complete Guide

Intention setting with crystals

Are you ready to transform your life? Then you should begin setting intentions. When you practice intention setting with crystals, you can manifest extraordinary things. The first step is to understand the power intentions carry. Next, you must examine your goals and find the best crystal ritual suited to achieving them. With some crystal cleansing and charging, you’ll be on your way to success!

Every wondrous feat started with a clear intention. As motivational guru Joe Duncan said:

“Make your intentions clear. The universe does not respond well to uncertainty.”

By the end of this guide, you’ll know what crystals to start with, which intentions are right for you, and how to set intentions for your crystals.

First, what is an intention? Let’s gain a better understanding of the importance of intention setting.

Why Intention Setting With Crystals Matters

Imagine showing up for your first day at a new job. 

You’re ready to put your skills to use, but your employer won’t tell you what to do. With no definitive goals, you feel lost and confused. 

Crystals work the same way. Setting intentions for your crystals gives them direction, allowing them to do their job: help you become your best self!

When you set a clear intention with your crystal, the stone becomes a visual embodiment of your goal.

Prone to procrastination? Try using what psychologists call an “implementation intention.” In basic terms, you make a plan that “if x happens, I’ll do y.”

For example, the plan could be: “Every time I see my citrine stone, I will take note of the small steps I’ve taken toward my dream career today.”

On that note, let’s go over some intention examples!

Examples of Intention Settings with Crystals

Intentions are similar to mantras. Both serve as meditative tools in your spiritual journey. However, intentions must be set before mantras to guide your practice in the right direction.

Whether you meditate on an intention or a related mantra, creating one is the first step.

Below, we’ll list some mantras and intention examples to inspire you. 

Consider these options as jumping-off points; the key to crafting a powerful intention is making it personal. If you decide on an implementation intention, for instance, you can elaborate on the specific plan.

Intentions for increasing self-confidence:

  • I possess all the qualities I need to succeed.
  • I am bold and brave.
  • I intend to practice better self-care.

Intentions for embracing positivity and releasing stress:

  • I am braver than my fears tell me.
  • I intend to release negativity and embrace happiness.
  • I open myself to warmth and healing.

Intentions for attracting love and romance:

  • I invite romantic connection into my life.
  • I embrace new beginnings and healing from the past.
  • I intend to be vulnerable and open.

Intentions for gaining financial or career success:

  • I will receive the financial opportunities that I need.
  • I invite the right professional connections into my life.
  • I intend to take daily steps toward my dream career.

These examples of intention setting with crystals don’t cover every area. You might want to work toward better health, more creative endeavors, or another area of personal growth. In that case, you’re welcome to replace the wording to fit your needs.

Feeling indecisive? Feel free to use this template:

“I charge this crystal with my intention to _____.”

Alright, you have your intention, but do you have the right crystal? If you’re just beginning your crystal journey, you may be thinking: What crystals should I start with?

Choosing the Best Intention Stone

When first embarking into the world of crystal healing, the multitude of crystal options can be staggering. Where do you even begin? 

One simple place to start is with some essential crystals. However, the most important part of choosing an intention stone is your own intuition.

The trick to trusting your intuition? Don’t overthink it, and don’t question your inner yearning.

Below, we’ll list a few recommendations and their specialties.

Clear Quartz for Any and All Intentions

You can’t go wrong with clear quartz intentions. This versatile crystal will support any endeavor you embark on. Better yet, why not utilize clear quartz’s amplifying properties with a crystal set?

Amethyst for Stress Relief

Stressed out? In need of some serenity? Amethyst gems are great crystals for peace, perfect for bringing more zen. The most powerful amethyst intentions focus on releasing fears and welcoming bliss.

Intention setting with crystals

Citrine for Success

With nicknames like the “Stone of Abundance” and “Success Stone,” citrine is the perfect crystal for the workplace. A good citrine mantra often revolves around career and financial matters.

Rose Quartz for Love

Rose quartz is the number one crystal for all areas of love. Intentions for rose quartz might center around self-love, romance, and compassion.

Carnelian for Creativity

If you’re an artist of any kind, you know finding creativity can be difficult. A carnelian crystal makes it easier. Often called “The Artist’s Stone,” a carnelian can amplify intentions about creative pursuits, motivation, and confidence in your artistic abilities.

Before the final step in how to set intentions for your crystals, we need to go over how to cleanse crystals.

How Do You Cleanse Your Crystals?

You’ve chosen the perfect gem for your intention. The next step is to cleanse your crystal before setting your intention.

Why do you need to cleanse your crystal?

If you’ve ever painted and kept water nearby to clean your brush, you know how dirty the water can get. After a while, the mucky water can affect the colors on your paintbrush. 

Picture the negative energies you release as the paint you rinse off and your crystal as the water. If a crystal absorbs too much negative energy, it can’t do its job effectively anymore. Even worse, some of those negative energies might slip back out.

Because, just as paint water needs to be replaced, your crystal needs to be cleansed.

Here are the cleansing methods we recommend:

  • Moon Bath: When there’s a full moon, place your crystal on top of some soil around twilight. Make sure the crystal will be under moonlight. Leave the stone out overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
  • Sage Leaves: Burn a sage smudging stick and let the smoke surround your crystal. If you have a sensitive smoke alarm, you can also place your crystal on top of a layer of dried, loose sage leaves in a bowl overnight.
  • Saltwater: If your crystal isn’t sensitive to water, you can cleanse it with saltwater. The best kind is fresh out of the ocean, but any salt will do. Simply fill a bowl with water, add a tablespoon of salt, and place your crystals in it.
    If your crystal just needs a quick cleanse, leave it in the solution for an hour. For a heavily-used crystal, the stone may need to stay submerged for a few days. 

You and your crystal are ready to get to work! So, how do you set crystal intentions?

How to Charge Crystals with Intentions

You can charge your crystals with intentions in any way that feels right to you. Just like crystal mantras can be personalized, methods for charging crystals can be modified to fit your needs.

Using a crystal for manifestation is all about honing into your truest desires. From there, you just have to believe in your ability to attract your destiny.

To help you out, here are some tried-and-true methods for how to program your crystals.


Find a space where you can be alone with minimal distractions. With your chosen gem in hand or beside you, focus your energies on the crystal.

Deep breaths and grounding exercises can help clear your mind. Once you’re focused in, say your intention three times aloud or in your mind. 

When you feel your intention set, you can thank your crystal and conclude your meditation session.


Chakra meditation is an ancient practice that uses energy centers to connect your body and spirit. Like planets in astrology, each of the seven chakras rules over a specific area of life.

If a chakra becomes unbalanced or blocked, it can throw the whole system into a frenzy. In order to align the chakras again, you can use intention setting with crystals on the chakra relevant to your goals.

For instance, if your intention is to heal from emotional wounds, you might focus on the heart chakra. Either lay down, placing the crystal over your heart, or sit criss-cross with the crystal in front of you. Then, repeat your intention and allow the crystal to do its magic.

For ultimate chakra healing, use a stone attuned to the chakra. The heart chakra, for example, is easily balanced with rose quartz or green aventurine.

Make a Crystal Grid

A crystal grid uses sacred geometry and crystal vibrations to relay your intentions to the universe.

Crystal grid intentions can be set by placing the crystals around your body or keeping the grid at a special place in your room, like an altar. The first step, after choosing your intention of course, is choosing the right crystals. 

Crystal grids require multiple stones, so you’ll want a few different gems. However, you can use multiple stones of the same type. You can even fill in spots with natural materials like sea glass, feathers, flowers, and shells.

Head here for a complete guide for making a crystal grid.

Set intentions with crystals and make a crystal grid.

Ready? Intention Set? Go!

Setting intentions for your crystals can open up doors to happiness, success, and transformation. 

Whether you choose a simple intention, an implementation intention, or a mantra, your crystals will be there to support you. When you open yourself up to the universe, the universe will open itself to you. All you have to do is ask.

Looking for the right crystals for your intention? Explore our crystal shop and start your journey toward your best self!


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