crystals for beginners

30 Crystals To Begin Your Collection


  1. Agate – Promotes; protection, good luck, balance, strength, and inspiration. If you’re going to carry one stone around with you wherever you go, let it be agate. As the communication stone, agate will help you open up and make expression easier. Promoting inner stability, security and self-confidence, it’s no wonder agate is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence.
  2. Amethyst – A calming stone, its calming energy isn’t overwhelming, but it’s noticeable enough to feel its effect on you and your environment.  Promotes emotional stability, balance, inner strength, self love, and protection from psychic attacks. It’s great to keep near your bed for a peaceful night’s sleep, especially if you have a sleeping disorder or would like your child to have a good night’s rest. It’s also a great start to connect to your intuition. Helpful aid in meditation. It’s intense calming properties balance emotional highs and lows, and is especially helpful during grief or loss. It’s best placed in your meditation or sacred space and bedroom.
  3. Aventurine – This stone is known to attract luck and money, especially when taking a chance. It also helps with personal growth and intellectual learning and is known as the stone of opportunity. Green aventurine is the stone of growth – whatever it touches, flourishes. If you’re looking to manifest more abundance in love, money, work, or creative projects, this is your crystal ally! 
  4. Bloodstone –  A healing stone. Bloodstone enhances that connection with our genetic bloodlines, as many of us are connecting more and more with our roots and ancestors during this time.
  5. Calcite – Amplifies energy, cleansing, reduces stress, calms, emotional healing, andmemory retention.
  6. Carnelian – Promotes; creativity, manifestation, luck, and protection. Helps with taking big leaps of faith and action to manifest your dreams. Promotes positive life choices and success. A good stone to add to a manifesting altar (like a vision board but in a physical space). If you’re feeling fearful or your emotions are running amok, Carnelian, with its warm hues of sunset, will calm you. Carnelian is also useful for fertility and sexual confidence.
  7. Celestite –  Relieves pain, relaxes the muscles, and eases mental issues. Assists in quieting the mind for a deep, rejuvenating sleep. A peaceful and relaxing stone.
  8. Citrine – Does not retain negative energy, thus never needs to be cleansed only programmed and re-programmed for uses. Inspires creativity and motivation. Known as the “merchants stone”. Promotes prosperity, happiness, generosity, health and wellness. Citrine carries the power of the sun.. warm, energising and awakening.  Stir the soul into action. This is a great stone for setting clear intentions. Remember to cleanse it as its very absorbent. This is a powerful stone for abundance and luck as it teaches how to attract success. Just be sure you know what you’re buying, as the more common Amethyst is often sold in place of natural Citrine. Citrine is often used for raising self-esteem and is believed to be helpful for overcoming depression, anxiety and phobias. Clear Quartz is a perfect for connecting with angels and working to expand consciousness. It’s also balances all of your Chakras.
  9. Clear Quartz –  If you’re only going to have one crystal, it has to be Clear Quartz. It’s arguably the most adaptable crystal, as it can be programmed for any purpose.  A power stone used to provide extra energy and can be used to charge other items. Promotes; healing, protection, power, banishing, charging. Brings clarity of mind and clears confusion. Assists in clear communication.
  10. Fluorite – Gives a feeling of stability, peace and calm, impartial reasoning, responsibility, concentration, meditation, protection from psychic attacks, and creates and aura of self love. Keeps the creative juices flowing. Great stone to meditate and study with! Fluorite, a stone that gives ‘order to chaos’. Promotes clearing mental fog and flow that may distract you, creates harmony and fosters intuitive decision making. Watch the chaos turn to calm and find rhythm within mental madness.  
  11. Hematite – Promotes grounding and deflects negative energy. Hematite absorbs toxic emotions like stress and worry. This helps you maintain mental clarity, boosts willpower and soothes negative thought patterns. Due to its strength, Hematite is often believed to be useful when overcoming addictions. It’s also great when jet lagged.
  12. Jade –  Reverses bad fortune and is known for bringing good luck. Helps you to embrace a positive attitude and envision new possibilities for yourself. Creates harmony of the mind, body, and spirit, and is said to be a very lucky stone.
  13. Jet – Eases grief. Aids in protection.
  14. Kyanite – Does not retain negative energy, thus never needs to be cleansed; cleansing other stones, tranquility, removing energy blockages, and channeling energy.
  15. Labradorite – Labradorite attracts success, promotes dreams, reduces stress and anxiety, aiods spiritual connection, assists in transformation, clarity, peace. This is the stone of the new moon and new beginnings. Use Labradorite at the new moon to set intentions, put plans into action and to realize your path. Promotes; inspiration, using your own voice, and adventure. Put me in the workspace, I am the stone of inspiration and can help to calm overactive thought. Iwill keep your thoughts still and focused. A powerful protector.
  16. Lepidolite: One of the most effective crystals for anxiety, lepidolite creates a sense of peace and serenity. It naturally contains lithium, which is often used in anti-anxiety medication. A great stone for transformation and assisting with making positive life changes. It relieves worry and overwhelm and balances emotions.
  17. Lapis Lazuli – Is a stone of friendship, truth and total awareness. It encourages you to take control of your life and improves judgement. As a stone of truth, Lapis Lazuli helps you express your feelings, while teaching you to trust your intuition. This makes it a lovely stone for boosting creativity. Lapis Lazuli is a popular stone for empaths and used to awaken your divine purpose. Clears emotional baggage and gives you mental strength. A great stone for overcoming trauma. 
  18. Moonstone –  Brings new energy and aids in the acceptance of the highs and lows that are felt in a relationship. Enhances feminine energy and fertility. It helps calm responses and stress and aids in avoiding overreaction. Moonstone is of course a stone of the full moon and aids in releasing and letting go.
  19. Obsidian – Promotes; grounding, and negates and transmutes negative energy. Inspires change and gives protection and balance in situations. Obsidian is actually volcanic glass but can be used like any gemstone. A mirror, I provide you with a clear reflection, highlighting flaws and giving insight into oneself. Acting as a mirror, Obsidian provides you with a clear reflection, highlighting flaws and giving insight into oneself. It can support you through life’s changes. Acts as a detox for your soul to release imbalances and negative energies.
  20. Ocean Jasper – Promotes; protection, relaxation, and tranquility. Reminds us to prioritize joy and uplifts our spirit.
  21. Onyx – Known for its quieting, calming, and protecting abilities. It not only protects against negative energies, but it can absorb and calm those energies such as diffusing a quick temper or increasing your self-control. Black Onyx can create a distance between yourself and other people’s energy. It can be used to open your root chakra to help you stay grounded and calm.
  22. Pyrite – The stone for manifestation and taking action to create abundance in your life.
  23. Rose Quartz – The ultimate heart healer, Rose quartz promotes; self-love, calming, romance, and friendship. Makes for a great wedding or new baby gift. Rose Quartz is the ultimate crystal for love. Whether you wish to attract a romantic partner, strengthen an existing relationship, or instill a sense of self-love, it’s a powerful crystal for beginners. The strong feminine energy of Rose Quartz can be used when working on forgiveness, compassion and resolving negative emotions. Place a piece of Rose Quartz near your heart when meditating for an extra boost in self-love.
  24. Selenite – Promotes; mental clarity by removing mental energy blockages. It is cleansing by natture and doesn’t need to be cleansed, it self cleanses. Use Selenite to cleanse and charge other crystals and the energy in the room. Selenite is named after the Greek goddess Selene, which is the goddess of the moon. It’s also called the Satin Spar, Maria Glass, or Desert Rose.
  25. Shungite –  Known as the miracle stone. It brings relief from anxiety and stress, while protecting you from electromagnetic frequencies. It also purifies, heals, and cleanses your aura. It is a protective stone that is great for transformation, boosting your energy level, and good for your overall health. Shungite brings you back down to earth, and can help you transform the dark emotions from your past into light and positivity. Detoxifies and purifies the mind, body, and spirit. Place near your computer and near your phone.
  26. Sodalite – Helps us say the right thing at the right time to support our partner. Perfect for communication and self-expression. Facilitates rational discussion and the confidence to talk through things.
  27. Smoky Quartz – Promotes; grounding, banishing, cleansing, removing emotional blockages.  It has a strong stabilizing energy that brings your awareness into the “now,” while releasing feelings of insecurity and negative emotions. Wear Smoky Quartz in your jewellery to protect from negative energies throughout the day.
  28. Tiger’s Eye – Promotes; self-discipline, practicality, protection, grounding, peace, clarity, intelligence, intuition, financial stability, calmness. Keeps you grounded and calm, regardless of the situation. Gives the carrier strength in difficult situations. Great stone for kids. It’s also a fabulous crystal for amplifying the energies of other stones, making it a good addition to any beginner crystal collection.
  29. Titanium Aura Quartz – The most powerful and highest vibration of all quartz. Helps you to be grounded, centered and energized all at once.
  30. Unakite – Unakite Jasper fosters healthy relationships through balanced emotions. It encourages harmonious partnerships, both in love and in business, and is especially helpful for working closely with a relative or friend where positive personal interactions are vital. Unakite is said to be a stone of vision, opening the third eye and useful for scrying. It is also believed to be a stone of balance, grounding the self while bringing emotions and spirituality together. Unakite, also called epidote, derives its name from the Greek epidosis, meaning “growing together”. It is a combination of red jasper and green epidote solidly bound together. From this we get the meaning that what comes together belongs together. Unakite (or Epidote) can be used to draw off negative energy and blockage from the Heart Chakra. Unakite is said to lift your spirits when you are feeling down – this is the gemstone to help you to see the beauty in life. It is also used to ease women through menstrual cycles.

A table top image of a pottery bowl with large rose quartz and amethyst crystal with dried lavender flowers.

Common Options

  • Raw Crystals – A raw crystal is one that hasn’t been tumbled, cut or polished. They are often cheaper, but many people prefer the natural appearance. Raw crystals are also available in a wide range of sizes.
  • Cut Crystals – Crystals are often cut into shapes, such as points, wands, cubes, pyramids or hearts. The shape doesn’t change the fundamental properties of a crystal, but may affect how it feels to you. Spheres, for example, create a gentle energy that radiates in all directions. In contrast, pyramids focus a “beam” of energy.
  • Tumbled Crystals – Tumbled crystals are a small and polished alternative to cut crystals, making them great for carrying in a pocket or bag. They are often cheaper than cut crystals and are perfect for getting started.


Cleansing and Charging Crystals

Many crystals cannot be put into; water, salt or direct sunlight because it can damage the stone. The damage could be as little as a stone gets dull, or some completely dissolve. So a good rule of thumb is that if you’re not sure use moonlight, incense smoke, sound vibration, placing the stone on a slab of selenite instead. You can also place your crystals in a dry bath of herbs and flowers when you set them out under the moon (just make sure it’s not going to rain and that you don’t set them directly in the grass because water condensation in the form of dew is prevalent during certain seasons and weather conditions. Better to stay with them or place them by a window that will get direct moonlight. One other way to cleanse is to bring them, in a bowl or container to a waterfall or running stream and set the container on the ground near but not in direct contact with the water, so the stones can feel the vibration of the water.

Salt is historically known for its purifying and detoxifying properties. You can bury your crystals in salt to dispel negative negative energy or submerge them in salt water. But do your research, stones like selenite, kyanite, calcite, etc.. are not water soluble and salt can dull many stones. Crystals usually ending in “ite” should not come in contact with water. You can also cleanse and anoint with quartz infused oils, once again, do your research on your stone!


Multiple semi precious gemstones on wooden board

Programming & Setting Intentions

Programming is basically telling the crystal and your higher power, of your intention or desire. This makes it more powerful and effective. To program a crystal, hold it in your left hand (or right if you are left-handed) and quiet your mind. Ensure your intention is for the highest good, and clearly state your specific purpose. It’s advisable to keep the crystal with you for a few days to help strengthen and remind you of the focus.


Storing and Recharging Your Crystal

If polished stones, it’s a good idea to prevent them rubbing and damaging the exterior. One way to protect their energies is to wrap them in a silk cloth, get a container with divided sections or place in drawstring bags. Make sure fragile stones are wrapped gently and stored separately to avoid breakage. Do some research and see if your stone needs to be kept away from sunlight (an example is that amethyst fades in sunlight.

It’s also important to periodically recharge your crystal, even if for the same intent. There’s no set time for this, so recharge your crystal whenever you feel it’s necessary. Repeat the instructions from above. You can also charge a crystal by surrounding it with a circle of quartz crystals.


Other Tips

  • Place them around your home and set an intent for each room with a crystal for the appropriate intent.
  • Carry your chosen stone in your pocket to maintain the positive benefits wherever you go.
  • When wearing crystal jewelry, keep it close to its primary Chakra or near your heart center.
  • Crystal elixirs, made using spring water, can elicit a different type of response to a particular crystal. Do your research and don’t use stones that can make the water toxic, or damage the crystals. There are crystal bottles that you don’t have to submerge the crystals to get the affects.
  • Meditating with your chosen crystal will deepen your practice. Either hold it in your hand or place it near you during the session.
  • If you place a crystal under your pillow when you go to bed at night, or place it on your bedside table, you can benefit from its energy whilst you sleep. Be cautious if you have animals!
  • Use crystals wands to remove negativity from your aura and your meditation, prayer or altar spaces.
  • Make a crystal grid to boost vibrational energies. Grids are a powerful technique that everyone should try once they’ve learned the basics.
  • Ornaments carved out of crystals can magnify their energy. These are more expensive, but can also make wonderful decorations as well as reminders of the purpose for focus.

Angels Associated With Learning Crystal Healing

  • Archangel Metatron – for new beginnings
  • Archangel Gabriel – to develop powers of intuition
  • Archangel Ariel – for manifesting and psychic skills
  • Archangel Haniel – The Grace of God

USING CRYSTALS TO CREATE PEACE

Crystals For Peace

  • Amethyst, for peace and tranquility.
  • Clear quartz, the master healer.
  • Rose Quartz, for sending love within and without.
  • Optional – petrified wood, for trusting in the flow of life and peaceful discernment. Or other crystals of choice!

You can keep it simple by just setting a peace intention on the above crystals and placing them in a special place, or try making a crystal grid; having more crystals leading/pointing to your central crystal (In this case I would choose the clear quartz crystal or maybe the rose quartz. If making a grid your center stone should be either; a sphere to send even rounded energy or a tower to have directed energy pointing skyward. Grids create a more powerful and more focused energy.

  • Choose the central crystal that you would like to use (see above for ideas). Then write your intention for peace (or anything else – this ritual is very adaptable) on some paper and place it under the central crystal.
  • Surround your central crystal with a circle of smaller stones, perhaps five or six of them. These are called your ‘way’ stones; they create the path to your desire. Choose small pebble crystals, whichever ones resonate with you.
  • The third element of the grid is creating an outer circle of stones called the desire stones. These represent the desired outcome. Again, use small crystals here.
  • Finally, take a clear quartz crystal to activate your grid. This means getting quiet and concentrating on your intention. Then link all the stones together by simply using the clear quartz to draw an invisible line connecting each stone to every other stone, and to the central crystal.

World Peace Grid

Crystal Resources:

  1. Mineral and Crystal Safety and Care Masterpost (this will tell you which crystals can be cleansed with either water, sunlight, or salt) 
  2. A to Z Crystal Meanings
  3. An edited extract from Rituals for Every Day

beltane

Beltane

Pronounced: English – BEL-tane
Other pronunciations – bee-YAWL-tinnuh,
BOWL-tan-a or BELL-tinnuh
April 30 or May 1
Themes: passion, mischief, love, beauty, romance, fertility,abundance
Other Names: May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Floralia, Calan Mai, Beltaine, Beltain

Celebrated on May 1st, Beltane marks the transition point from Spring to Summer on the Wheel of the Year. It officially begins at moonrise on May Day Eve, and marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is celebrated as an early pastoral festival accompanying the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. This is a time marking the return of vitality and fertility to both the Earth and the Sun. Blossoms on the trees are becoming fuller and bursting with green, and the young of the wild are beginning to grow up. Daylight longer and stronger as we move towards Summer. Love and commitment are themes this time of year, with many weddings being planned!! Abundance and creativity are blooming as well with spring crafts and making beautiful spaces in our yards to enjoy nature right outside our door.

Mythology holds that the “God and Goddess” come together in physical union at this time, having reached full maturity in their growth over the Spring. It also symbolizes the coming together of masculine and feminine energies at work in all creation. This is when the Goddess begins to step into her Mother aspect, and the God has almost reached the height of his power. Springtime, Rebirth, Maturity, The Return of the Sun (Son), Betrothals, Weddings, etc…. all blending of traditions from long ago from around the world are themes of Beltane.

The ancient Romans celebrated Floralia, and for many centuries the eve of May 1st has been known as Walpurgisnacht in several Eastern European cultures. In England, the holiday became known as May Day. One distinct custom in England and elsewhere that has never died out entirely is dancing around the Maypole—a tall, wooden pole said to represent male virility. Typically, people gather flowers and green branches to decorate the Maypole, or else use brightly colored ribbons. Many schools have Maypole dances still to this day.

Fire is also a big focus at Beltane so much so that many places host a Beltane or May Day fire festival. Because of the earth heating up with the approach of summer and the fact that this a traditionally a very passionate time of year. The word “beltane” actually comes from an ancient Celtic word meaning “bright fire,” so it’s highly appropriate to include fire of some kind in your festivities. If you don’t have the means to build a fire either indoors or outdoors, you can still decorate your with images of fire with reds and orange colored decorations. Other colors to use are greens and colors of nature symbolizing the vibrant fertility of springtime!

May Day

May Day has long been marked with feasts and rituals. Maypoles were the focal point of old English village rituals. Many people woke at dawn to gather flowers and green branches from the fields and gardens, using them to decorate the village Maypoles, floral crowns and other decorations for the yard, gardens and inside their homes.

The May Queen (and often King) is chosen from among the young people, they are crowned and then the merrymaking of a picnic, dancing the Maypole and just enjoying the season and the “blessing of May” begin. Some tradition also had kids delivering baskets of flowers by hanging small baskets on neighboring front door handles. All this is symbolic of bestowing and sharing a focus on new creativity, abundant growth, the bonds of the coming seasons marriages, joys of pregnancies and new birth and springtime that is stirring in the earth and in the world..

St. Walpurga

The early Christian church combined old world traditions and modern Christianity with their own Beltane observances, a service was held in the church, followed by a procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. This as a way of combining tradition with the new faith of Christianity.

Beltane Candle Magic

What you need:

  • a journal and pen
  • candle(s) – optional
  • flowers – optional
  • any kind of floral scent (ie rose, geranium, ylang, jasmine, neroli) – optional

Make your the space you’re in feel sacred andbeautiful in any way that feels right for you. Flowers, diffusing oils, incense, candles, photographs, art, some delicious food, wear clothes that make you feel beautiful.

Cleanse and purify the your space with sage, palo santo or even a mist spray of the equivalent if you don’t like smoke, and then sit and relax. If you have any floral scented essential oils, put some on your heart or heart chakra. Optionally ad you prepare for ceremony, use the oil to anoint specific places on your physical body; wrists, Third Eye, and ankles. You can think of it as “What you do, what you know, and where you go.” Let your breath become slower, let your body settle, let your mind get quiet. Let all the rhythms of your body slow down, and drop a little deeper into the ground.

Bring your awareness to your heart center (chakra) as you breathe; breathe into your heart space, inviting more love in, more beauty, more compassion; breathe out from the heart as you feel that energy expand around you. Continue on like this for a few more rounds of breathe. When we come into our heart space and truly start to connect with its energy we are able to release the ego. In this place fear and judgement cannot exist. Anger cannot exist. Hate cannot exist. We tap into our divine center where love lives strongest. We remember who we are and we release what no longer serves.

Now, grab your journal and you’re going to answer these 3 questions:

  1. How can I create more beauty in my life?
  2. How can I nurture and love myself better?
  3. How can I extend this beauty and love out into the world around me?

Don’t judge, don’t over think. Just answer.

Perhaps this exercise allowed you to shed some light on what your intention may be for this Beltane. Remember, the soil is fertile and the Earth is waiting to receive… what do you want to sow? What came up in your journaling? Be honest, dig deep! Write down your intention.

Now light your candle!

With your intention in mind, start to visualize your intention growing stronger and stronger. Visualize it coming to fruition. How does it make you feel when your intention has come to pass? Let those powerful, positive emotions flow over you and become part of you. You can place your written intention under your candle until it is burnt down.

If you are not using a candle, leave your written intention in your sacred space for the day or all night, or even under your pillow as you sleep. Tomorrow, bury your intention in nature, or in your garden.

To close, send a message of gratitude for all your blessings to your higher power or out into the universe. Give thanks to the Earth who supports and nurtures us. Give thanks to God/Source/Creator etc… for this life you have, even when and if things low or sad. Let your candle burn down. Eat some yummy food. Smell some flowers. And leave an offering to our planet.

  • Planting some seeds a bush, or even a tree that may stand long after you are gone.
  • Leave an offering somewhere in nature (nuts, seeds, apple pieces, orange peels, etc… or fill a bird or squirrel feeder for the birds and wildlife.
  • Get involved in a community garden and pull some weeds or plant some seeds!
  • meditate for 10-15 minutes as you visualize the Earth surrounded by white light. Yep, that simple.
  • Pick up garbage in your community, near the beach, in a park…

Beltane Meditation

Guided Visualization for Spring

Here is a meditation for spring that you use to feel inspired.

  1. Find a cozy spot to relax. Minimize your distractions by turning off your mobile devices and just begin to breathe, slowly and deeply.
  2. As you settle into your space, notice how your breath connects you to your physical body and any sensations you may be feeling, images in your mind, and thoughts you may have floating by.
  3. Take a few moments to think about the energy of creation and how it aligns with the newness of the spring season. What does this time of year represent to you?
  4. Begin to notice how the energy of spring is stirring within you. What needs freshening up in your life? Is there a new project you’re feeling inspired to start? Now that the sun is out, and the birds are chirping, what has you feeling passionate, excited, and motivated in your life? What are you going to create?
  5. Feel your own energy and become conscious of the sensations in your body as you breathe deeply. What are the words, phrases, or feelings that come up for you?
  6. As you think about the energy of spring and how you’re experiencing it internally, ask your Higher Self or Higher Power that this idea, this project, or this plan you’re beginning be for your highest good, and for the good of all who will be affected by it.
  7. Now, imagine yourself going out into this new season and beginning the thing(s) that bring you the most joy—bringing your thoughts and ideas into your external environment and making them come to life. See yourself cultivating and harnessing the energy of spring, both internally and externally.
  8. When you feel comfortable, slowly open your eyes, take out your journal, and make some notes about what you saw, heard, felt, or experienced during this guided visualization.

Meditation By: Tris Thorp


Beltane Intentions/Activities

  • In honor of the sacred nine, ignite a bonfire or fire in a fireplace. In lieu of igniting a big fire in case that’s not an option you can light 9 candles that symbolize the sacred 9 or make a list of 9 things that bring you immediate delight so you can embody joy. Turn to your list for inspiration!
  • Create – Beltane is a festival of the fertility of the Earth, for the fruits and flowers we enjoy at this time of year, and for the miraculous ability of humans and animals to create new life within. You can also harness this wonderful energy by creating something new as a family: planting a garden; writing a story; build something…whatever it is, breathe new life into it at this magical time.
  • Get Outside – this time of year is energizing and restorative, and one way to enjoy it is to stay close to the Earth. Whether lying on your back gazing at the stars or standing in your garden barefoot and earthing. Go camping and build a bonfire, tell stories, watch the sunrise, and give thanks for the gifts of life.
  • After the long winter this is a beautiful time to just let loose. Put on some music and dance, raise some energy and have fun!! Be fearless, spontaneous and silly.
  • Have a party (even if via Zoom, or Teams) gather to laugh and cultivate smiles and joy!
  • Growth! Grow something. Grow anything! Water a house plants with extra tlc. Give your pet some extra love and care. Create art. Ask yourself; where do I need to allow growth in my life or in myself? What drives me that I need more of in life??
  • Set aside a day just to play and have fun with childlike abandon. Nurture your inner child.
  • Breathwork and meditation; Find a guided meditation or download a meditation app such as Insight Timer or Calm.
  • Honor the fire within you – the one that keeps you going, despite anything and everything. You are the keeper of the flame. Light something special and honor your courage to persevere.
  • Revive your motivation. What gives you purpose?
  • For the Celts morning dew is considered sacred. You can honor and celebrate the morning dew by going for a walk at dawn in nature or a garden. Notice the dew on the plants and grass, perhaps wash your hands or face with it. This is the perfect time to embrace the morning dew as it’s not too early for morning walks at dawn.
  • Decorate a May Bush. This can be a living tree or just a branch or clump of a tree brought indoors. Decorate it streamers, ribbons, scraps of cloth, and flowers.

Beltane Maypole

Medieval Celts danced around a pole to have a fruitful planting season, according to the New York Times. Around the 19th century, however, the maypole became a celebration of virtue and maidenhood. In the dance, the wooden pole is decorated with brightly colored ribbons through a folk dance in which dancers weave in and out of each other. The result is a beautiful pattern on the pole, or a hot mess depending on how well the dance was done lol. I have been personal been a part of both the beautiful and the messy!

Crown Of Daisies

Materials:

  • Daisies (or any other flower)
  • Clippers
  • Measuring tape
  1. Measure head for how and where you want your crown to lay.
  2. Cut down the flowers to 5-7 inches long. Take off extra greenery.
  3. Cross one flower over the other.
  4. Take the top flower and wrap it under the bottom and then up to the top again. Bring it down to lay with the first stem. The tighter you do this, the more secure the crown.
  5.  Lay the next flower down close to the second and repeat the process.
  6. When you reach the right length for the shape of the head, weave in the ends of the stems into the first flowers.
  7. That’s it! To create a fuller crown, weave in more flowers. For variation, try varying the flowers for different patterns.


Foods Of Beltane

Strawberry Mead

In it’s simplest form, mead is a fermented alcohol drink made with honey and water. Learn how to make it at home with this mead recipe from Colleen at Grow Forage Cook Ferment.

Small batch mead recipe. The best way to start is on a small scale, and a gallon batch of mead is the perfect size for beginners. This mead recipe features fresh strawberries, but you can easily substitute your favorite fresh fruit. Say, blackberries. You can also use foraged items like linden flowers or blended wildflowers.

Equipment needed:

  • A one-gallon glass jug with a narrow neck for brewing.
  • An airlock with a rubber stopper. You can alternatively use a balloon with a pinhole that is attached to the top of the jug. The gasses will be able to escape through the pinhole without letting any oxygen in. (You can also get the glass jug with airlock together for a better price).
  • A stainless steel pot.
  • A big spoon.
  • A funnel, bigger is better.
  • A thermometer. Just a regular meat thermometer will do.
  • Sanitizer, It is very important that you sanitize everything that will be used prior to brewing.
  • As soon as you add any fruit to mead, it is then called a “melomel,” so that is technically what this recipe is. Feel free to use any fruit you might have on hand, or leave the fruit out completely and just do a straight mead if you’d like. The process is the same either way.When you’ve completed the fermentation process you can bottle it.

Recipe: Will make a gallon of meadPrep Time 10 minutes – Cook Time 10 minutes – Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds honey (3 pounds is about 1 quart, and will yield a sweeter mead)
  • Champagne yeast (or other wine making yeast)
  • 1 cup more or less organic strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 10 organic raisins
  • Filtered water

Instructions:

  1. First and foremost, sanitize everything that will come in contact with the mead.
  2. Put approximately 1/2 gallon of filtered water into a large stainless steel pot and heat until warm, but not boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the honey, and stir to dissolve. You can put some hot water back into the empty honey container and shake a bit to get all of the honey out.
  4. Use a funnel to pour the honey water mixture into the glass jug (it will not fill it completely).
  5. Add the strawberries and raisins.
  6. Fill the jug with cold filtered water, leaving about 3 inches of space at the top.
  7. Cap the jug with its lid and invert once or twice to mix everything together.
  8. Check the temperature of the liquid; if it is 90°F or less it’s ok to add the yeast. If it’s higher, wait a bit until it cools.
  9. Add the yeast. One yeast package will ferment up to five gallons of liquid, so you don’t need to use it all. I usually use about half of one package when making a gallon.
  10. Cap the jug again, and shake it vigorously for a minute or two. This helps to combine and aerate the yeast.
  11. Attach the airlock to the rubber stopper, fill it with water to the line, and put it into the top of your jug.
  12. The mead should start bubbling within a few hours and the top will get really foamy. Sometimes it foams too much and comes up out of the airlock, but that’s ok. Just rinse the airlock and put it back on the jar. It will subside by the next morning. You will see millions of tiny bubbles coming up through the liquid – that’s the yeast just doing it’s thing.

Now You Have to Wait:

Put the jug in a cool and dark corner and wait. It will take about 6-8 weeks to fully ferment, depending on the outside temperature. It will ferment faster when it’s warmer, slower when it’s cooler. Check it every few days to make sure it is still bubbling. Once it completely stops bubbling, it is ready to be bottled. The mead is ready to drink right away, but will benefit from some amount of aging, as it can be a bit harsh at first.

Beltane Tea

Recipe:
8oz boiling water
8 tsp. green tea
6 tsp. rose petals
4 tsp. Jasmine flower
4 tsp. Chamomile

Steep for 20 min and consume with the intention of honoring your spiritual self. Optional: add honey to taste.

BELTANE BANNOCKs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Combine oatmeal, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, and drizzle it over the oats.
  3. Add the water, and stir the mix until it forms a stiff dough. Turn the dough out on a sheet of wax paper and knead thoroughly.
  4. Separate the dough into two equal portions, and roll each one into a ball. Use a rolling pin to make a flat pancake that is about ¼” thick.
  5. Cook your oatcakes on a griddle over medium heat until they are golden brown.
  6. Cut each round into quarters to serve.

Oats: Money, prosperity, abundance. Salt: protection. Butter: Spirituality, Communication, Reconciliation, Enhancing Energies.

May Day Maple Hearth Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105ºF-115ºF)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in shortening.
  4. Add the syrup to the yeast mix and let the syrup dissolve too.
  5. Now add yeast mix to the flour mix; stir.
  6. Add flour until dough is easy to handle.
  7. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute.
  8. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
  9. Form into round, place on cookie sheet.
  10. Let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
  14. Loaf can be brushed with syrup or butter during last 5 minutes of baking.

Note: This bread is quite dry without something to moisten it, so definitely serve it with some vegan butter. Also, your bread will have trouble rising if the syrup is too cold! Warm up the syrup if it has been in the refrigerator, it should be room temperature or warmer.


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new moon

New Moon = New Beginnings And Intention Setting

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and a good time for time for new beginnings and putting new ideas into motion, the things you wish to create in your life. This is a time of fresh starts. A time for personal growth, spiritual growth, healing and initiating new projects and ventures. New moons are also a great time to set intentions for the lunar cycle you’re in. What do you want to manifest in these 29 days? Remember, beginnings require: letting go of the past.

New Moon Crystal Of Choice

Labradorite stimulates the throat chakra and aid in psychic reception. It helps to purify you and allow light energy to connect with you. It clears and opens chakras to help you receive messages and signs.

New Moon Intentions

Focus on that one important thing you want to bring into existence during this cycle. Then, practice visualizations and affirmations . Write your new moon intention out clearly and succinctly, and read it daily.

  • Time to set new goals
  • Planting of the seeds for the future
  • Starting point to kick a bad habit.
  • Make long term relationship plans.
  • Make long term business plans.
  • Hair cuts.
  • Initiate medical treatments.
  • Work on developing your own sense of intuition
  • Constructive magic.
  • Release negativity.
  • Make a list of the steps you will take to achieve your goal, then read them out loud, and find a place to display them over the coming month.
  • Place some deep purple amethyst around your home, or next to your pillow, to activate and enliven your intuitive awareness.
  • This is a time for blank slate meditation.
  • Listen to your intuition.
  • Think it into existence.
  • Speak it into existence.
  • Feel it into existence.

New Moon Mantra

*I am restored by sacred cosmic vibration. I am divinely protected. I relinquish the weight of that which no longer serves me. My spirit is awake. My path is revealed. I am open to receive.

Daily Meditation For Setting Intent

New Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From dawn to sunset
A powerful time remove things, people or situations that no longer serve you. Powerful times for understanding fears and anger. Also good for bringing about justice. 

In your bathroom you have a place where new moon magic can happen. Some candles, bath salts or sea salt, or sea salt soap or an exfoliating shower gel and either slip into a warm bath or shower. As you begin to wash your body, imagine any physical, spiritual or emotional pain or hurt being cleansed from your body. Imagine negativity, and any pain you have being washed away as you watch the water going down the drain either as you shower or after you unplug the bath.

Very Simple Way To Celebrate The New Moon

De-clutter & cleanse your space. This can either be as simple as de-cluttering and cleaning your meditation, ritual o prayer space. Or, this can be part of a new routine of taking a say or two to deep clean your whole home. As you clean and de-clutter remind yourself you are preparing for new energy to come into your life.
Cleanse yourself. See above bath ritual. Water is one of the most cleansing of all energies. You can take this opportunity to add crystals around your tub that are in tune with the intentions you want to breathe into being for the month.
Clear your space. You can do this with smoke, such as palo santo or sage, or you can use sound, such as bells, vocal singing, clapping, mantra or singing bowls.
Journal to gain clarity of and set your intention. Think about your chosen intention/s. How would it make you feel? What would it look like? Write it down.
Meditate and visualize. Lay or sit somewhere comfortable and quiet to meditate on your intention/s. Pick one optimal scene to replay in your mind that represents your intention in its manifested form. Over the month, come back to this meditation, and believe. Breathe it into existence. It may not come this month, or ever, or you may need to re-do again at the next new moon; because so many other variables are at play but when you release your intention into the universe and to your guides, guardians, and higher power, your truest desires are made known. And with a small ritual, your intentions are release with purity and light and whatever is in their power to help grant will be brought into existence.

Current Moon Phase

*Written By: Athena Perakis