This list is by no means meant to be a list of every way to charge things and some ways might not be things people commonly use. This list is meant to mention some older ways to charge things, while perhaps giving people a few new ways to charge things they might not have considered before.
Fire: Probably one of the oldest ways to charge an object, this method involves drawing the power of the flame into the object or sigil you’re using. Light the candle, and hold the object above the flame (be careful not to catch it on fire). Let the energy of the flame pass into the object to charge it. If the object you’re using is flat or large, place the candle on top of it instead.
Technology: This is actually my favorite way to charge objects. With this method, I tend to use my cell phone and sigils, but other pieces of technology/spells work as well. Place the object, sigil, or spell components on top of your device when it’s low on battery, then put the object you’re planning on charging of top of that. Plug your device in, and, as it draws energy to charge its battery, it’ll draw the energy through the spell and into the object you’re trying to charge.
Light: This can refer to sunlight, moonlight, starlight, or even a lamp you’re using if it’s raining outside. Leave the object out in the light after setting your intent. The light will charge the object with your intent, though how long you leave it out there will depend on the spell. Be careful with this method however, as some stones bleach when left out in direct sunlight.
Intent: This is the easiest method of charging and perfect on the fly. Take whatever object you’re charging and hold it in your hands. Close your eyes and focus on your intent, then pour your energy into the object. If it helps, imagine your energy as a specific color of light, depending on the spell you’re using, and add magic until the object’s energy glows with that color.
Breath: Similar to the above way of charging, this one uses your life energy to charge the object. Since air and breathing is extremely important to living, this is a powerful way to add energy to the object. Focus your intent and energy into your breath, the breathe out onto the object to charge it.
A Kiss: Kissing is a very intimate act and can be used to solidify the charge or finalize a spell. Similar to using your breath, you focus your energy and intent into the kiss. This actually works very well with remote spells, kissing a picture or representation of the object or person you’re working the spell for. This method is not advisable for curses or malicious spells since kissing is generally positive in intent (there’s also the kiss of death, so don’t let me rain on your parade).
Crystals: The most important part of using this type of charging is making sure whatever crystal you’re using has been cleansed beforehand. The last thing you want is left over energy muddling your spell. Place your crystal(s) near or on the object you’re charging, then focus your intent through them.
Smoke: Also a way to cleanse an object, this involves using incense or herbs that have the same properties as your spell. Light them on fire, then pass the object through the smoke. If the object is too large or unable to be moved, waft the smoke over it. Be careful when choosing your herbs, as some herbs are toxic when burned.
Higher Power: This method works even if you’re technically atheist, but believe in more powerful beings or energies than yourself. Potentially, you could ask a god, goddess, spirit, the Earth itself, or other being on a higher plane to help charge the object, be it through prayer, ritual, meditation, or some other way of calling for aid.
Water: Water is extremely powerful, whether it is storm water, moon water, or holy water. Pick the type of water that works best for your spell, then place the object into the water. If the item you’re using can’t be placed in water, such as paper or some stones that are water soluble, then use a bowl or jar inside the bowl of water to put them in. You can either leave the item in the water overnight to charge, or use your own energy to transfer the energy of the water into the object.
Long-Distance or Huge Object Charging: If you have something too big to charge, or something you want to charge but have to do so while you’re away, you can always try transferring energy. Basically, you can do this one of three ways: you can have a piece of that object with you to charge, you can have something similar to charge, or you can make or use something that symbolizes the real object. Essentially, you charge the object you have with you and imagine a tether between the object you have and the real thing. The more alike they are, the easier this should be. For instance, if you want to charge your entire car, you could try charging your keys or something else you associate with your car. This might work for a building, for instance. Or maybe for something you forgot at home when you go on vacation. If you don’t have anything similar to the object with you, you could always try drawing a picture of the object to charge, or try making something similar to the object out of clay, Play-Doh, or another medium.
Using Symbols: Symbols can also be used to charge objects, or even in place of them. For instance, if it’s raining outside but you need to charge something with sunlight, a lamp can work. Throughout human history, symbols have often been used to replace things. For instance, a yellow disc on a wall isn’t the sun, but it looks kind of like it and can represent it. A bit of seawater or a shell can symbolize the ocean and a feather can symbolize air. This very concept exists in language in the form of synecdoche and metonymy. Synecdoche is when you use a part of something or one piece of it to represent a whole thing, like using the word “bread” to stand for food in general. Bread isn’t all food, but it’s used to symbolize food. Metonymy is when you use a word associated with something to represent it. For instance, many people use the term “crown” to represent royalty. Like, “the crown ordered higher taxes”. The crown isn’t the king himself, or even a part of the king, but it is associated with royalty and used to represent them.
Rituals and Incantations: Possibly the most drawn out way of charging an object, this method draws in the power of many different methods. Locate a spell that has the same intent you wish to charge your item with. Prepare your spell and the items need, then use the energy you summon with the spell or incantation to charge the item.
~Victoria and Elyce