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How to Cleanse Sodalite: Why Moonlight is the Best Method

How to Cleanse Sodalite: Why Moonlight is the Best Method

Like other healing crystals, sodalite will absorb negative energy as you use it regularly. When I first started to get into crystals I didn’t really think about cleansing and probably wore them out. But now that i’ve had time to learn more about crystals and particularly about sodalite, I understand how important a regular cleansing routine is.

How to cleanse sodalite:

There are a few methods you can use to cleanse sodalite including sunlight, moonlight and smoke. However, the absolutely best method to cleanse sodalite is moonlight. That’s because the gentle moon rays are the most gentle on sodalite and match the feminine energy that the stone permeates.

Here is how to cleanse sodalite with moonlight:

  1. Prepare your sodalite by polishing it gently with a silk cloth.
  2. Set your crystals outside just after sunset
  3. As you place the crystal manifest one thing you want to let go of
  4. Retrieve your sodalite just after sunrise.
full moon
Moonlight is by far the best cleansing method for sodalite

Why Moonlight is the Best Method to Cleanse Sodalite

The evening light is the absolute best cleansing option for sodalite. The gentle energy from the moon contains incredible latent power. The moonlight provides soothing light which is also a fantastic remedy for anxiety.

Just like the yang and the yang, the moon and sun before as counter balances to each other. The sun with its powerful masculine energy, charges sodalite (so much so that it can even change its color) while the moon, with its gentle feminine energy, cleanses it.

Please note that the lunar cycles affect the potency of the moonlight with the full moon being the most effective.

Other Sodalite Cleansing Methods

While moonlight is without a doubt the best way to cleanse sodalite, it’s not the only method you can try. Here are the other ways you can cleanse sodalite:

  • Sunlight
  • Smoke
  • Meditation
  • Rice
  • Sound Energy

However, unlike some crystals, you should NOT use water or salt to cleanse sodalite.


Natural sunlight is a very effective way of cleansing healing crystals, but you need to be cautious with sodalite. As I mentioned before, the Yin and Yang nature of the sun and the moon means that sunlight is typically better for charging sodalite. As such, I would only allow sodalite go get a few hours of early morning sun, these gentle rays can be effective in clearing sodalite without overpowering it.

However, you want to make sure that you are paying attention to eclipses and certain times of the years as there is certain energy that you don’t want to harness.


Smoke cleanses allow you to harness the power of fire for your sodalite stone. Using contact with a flame from a candle for no more than a few seconds can help banish negative energy that your crystal has soaked up. Incense smoke is a great way to do this. 

Wave your stone over your smoke source or use a smudge stick around it for 20 to 30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home. Remember to have positive intentions whilst saging as you want to fill the crystal with positive energy.


Cleansing sodalite via mediation is a wonderful technique that helps both your crystals and your body.

By intentional focus and breathing, you can direct your own spiritual energy into your gemstones. Remember to be very intentional and attribute positive emotions and feelings during your meditation session in order to let your sodalite gain maximum effect.


Using rice is a method that may seem a bit odd on the surface. The intention is to allow the rice to soak up negative energy (just as if you had dropped your phone in the tub!). For this method, you need to bury your sodalite within a bowl of rice and leave for a full day.

Warning: Remember to throw away the rice once you have finished the cleanse. DO NOT EAT the rice, it’s now saturated with negative energy and must be thrown away.


Sound healing is a well known treatment for people, but did you know that it’s a wonderful tool for cleansing your crystals as well? Often used when you need to cleanse stones in bulk, sound can be used to flood the entire space of your room with cleansing energy.  This method is completely safe for all stones, including sodalite and can complete a cleaning relatively quickly; within an hour!

For this method, you need to focus on singular tones and sounds. This means that the best options to do this are tools like chanting, tuning forks or even bells. Personally, I use a tuning fork and i’ve been loving the results.

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It may seem obvious to say that crystals hold incredible power. But this power can also be used as a tool for cleansing. Larger stones and crystals like quartz and geodes are wonderful for cleansing your sodalite.

Place your stone directly inside or on top of any of these stones and leave for a full day and night.

Interestingly, the latent energy within plants is highly compatible with crystals. So, a great way to cleanse your sodalite is by placing it on, or next to, any plants you may have in your home. Do this overnight. Check out some of my favorite stones that go well with sodalite.

What can’t you cleanse sodalite with?

Unfortunately, there are a couple methods that aren’t suited to cleansing sodalite. 


Water is normally a fantastic way to cleanse healing crystals. However, when it comes to sodalite, water can actually damage your crystal. The reason is because of the “hardness” of the stone. Sodalite sits between a 5-6 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. At this level of hardness, crystals can crack or splinter when left in water for a prolonged period of time. The time of water is irrelevant and once the stone becomes damaged, it is impossible to reverse.

Also, check out my post on sodalite for aquariums.


Similarly to water, direct contact with salt can cause you sodalite to crack and can damage the minerals in the stone. However, if you still want to take advantage of the cleansing power of salt, then maybe it’s worth trying a non-contact method. By keeping your sodalite in a separate container or packaging, you can then place your sodalite in the salt.

When you should cleanse sodalite?

When You First Get It

The very first thing you need to do once you get a new crystal is starting the cleansing process. Chances are, regardless when you get your crystal, it has been through a lot of stress, destabilization or has been exposed to other, foreign energy sources. It’s very unlikely that it will be in optimal condition when you first bring it into your home so cleanse it now.

Once a Month If You Wear it

If you like to wear sodalite in you jewellry like I do then it may be necessary to cleanse it on a monthly basis. Just as we are affected by the lunar cycles, we pass on those variations in energy to our crystal. If we don’t want our gems to lose sync with our own energy rhythms than a monthly cleanse is needed.

Once a Season If It’s In Your Home

Seasonal cleanses are best if you simply use your crystals as a way to project and decorate your home. These stones will have far lower maintenance requirements but will still react to the seasonal changes.

A cleanse of these crystals once every season (spring, summer, autumn, winter), is likely to be enough. However, if you feel your sodalite has an express purpose and is therefore in regular use, then a monthly please should do the trick.

How to add purpose to you cleanse

Cleansing your sodalite is absolutely important. You want to remove any negative energy that may have been soaked into the crystal via it’s day to day usage. But if you want to get even more out of your cleanse, then it’s worth trying to add a clear purpose and intention to your cleanse.

This can be done once you have completed one of the above cleanses. This ritual involves holding your sodalite while in a meditative state. You are now ready to imbue your own unique energy into the crystals. Like Ashley Neese says:

“You can charge all of your crystals at once by imagining them soaked in healing energy. They can also be charged individually or in groups. It’s really up to you, there is no right or wrong way to charge them, let your intuition be your guide.”

How to know when your Sodalite is cleansed?

Unfortunately it’s difficult to tell when your crystal is completely cleansed. For the most part, you are going to need to be present with your feelings and try to read into the energy of your crystal.

I suggest using a clear quartz pendulum above your healing crystal and watch the rotations. If it rotates clockwise then congrats, your crystal has been cleased. If it’s rotating counter-clockwise then you may need to cleanse it for a little longer.

If you’re worried that the cleanse hasn’t worked, it’s worth considering if your stone is in fact sodalite, as it’s possible for the stone to be fake, or even mistaken for lapis lazuli.


Hopefully, now you are completely clued up on how to cleanse your sodalite. Without the best method for sodalite cleansing is moonlight, but there are other great methods you can try. Just remember to keep your sodalite safe and avoid water and salt. By being diligent with your crystal maintenance, you will prolong the life and healing properties of your sodalite.