Seven Crystals for Beltane
As we reach the celebration of Beltane, spring has peaked and we are heading into summer. The Earth is warming up and has an energy bursting with strength and fertility. The word Beltane is thought to originate from the Celtic god, Bal, meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine,' which means fire. Together they create 'bright fire' or 'godly fire'. Traditionally, bonfires were lit at Beltane to honour both the Sun and Bel because they nurture emerging harvests and the beginnings of new life. At this point in the wheel of the year, the focus is on fertility, the creation of new life and on ensuring healthy livestock and strong crops throughout the coming year. Crop fertility is a strong theme at this Sabbat, and rituals to promote fertility and sexuality, life and unity are common. Beltane is also a popular time for handfastings, vows and commitments.
Many crystals can be used to encourage and support these aims as they can be incorporated into rituals and spell work or placed on your altar. Crystals can also be placed on the ground or buried in the Earth when working with their energies. Some examples of incorporating crystals into your Beltane celebrations and practices include:
- Placing a crystal in the pots of houseplants to encourage strong and healthy growth.
- Adding crystals to fertility spells and rituals for yourself or crops.
- Using crystals during meditation.
- Placing crystals on a Beltane altar.
- Creating crystal grids to match the energy of Beltane.
- Adding crystals to flower wreaths and headdresses.
- Placing crystals with newly planted seeds and seedlings.
This is a good choice of stone for promoting emotional stability and protecting children. The Ancient Egyptians favoured this crystal and used it to safeguard pregnancy. Malachite is thought to promote inner peace, increase abundance and bring a sense of hope to those who use it. This is a useful stone for businesses as it protects against undesirable business associations. When placed on the heart chakra malachite helps to bring balance and harmony while opening the heart to unconditional love. Working with this attractive green crystal can help encourage taking chances or a leap of faith and in accepting change. It is also believed to be beneficial in breaking negative and worn-out ties and though or behaviour patterns. Malachite can help to release inhibitions and encourages the expression of our true feelings. It aids in the development of empathy, alleviates shyness and supports friendships. This is a useful crystal in healing issues that stem from traumatic sexual experiences in this or past lives.
Also known as lodestone, magnetite is a very grounding stone that aids the base chakra in connecting to the nurturing energies of the Earth. It can be used to help sustain life force and vitality and bring stability to your life. As a magnetic stone, this crystal is excellent for attracting the things you desire into your life, including love, commitment and loyalty. Magnetite can also be used when working through feelings of negativity, fear, anger, grief and over-attachment. This crystal is a good choice for gaining perspective in a situation and when learning to trust your intuition.
3. Moss Agate
Moss agate is known as a beneficial stone for agricultural or botany and anyone that works within these areas. It is regarded by many as a good choice for women in labour and to help lessen pain and ensure a good delivery. This is a stone of new beginning and is thought to also help in releasing blockages. Moss agate is a good crystal for attracting abundance into your life and is thought to be especially effective in ensuring a plentiful harvest. This variety of agate can be used when working to improve self-esteem or strengthens positive personality traits. Moss agate is also a good choice of crystal for encouraging trust and an optimistic outlook.
Garnet is one of the more well-known gemstones and can often be found in jewellery. Most people know garnet as a red stone but it is found in other colours including pink, orange, green and brown. Garnet is a stone that may help in reaching or regaining balance in your life. It helps in releasing bad habits and negative thinking so that these do not hold you back from achieving your full potential. Garnet is believed to heighten sexual awareness, uplift your mood and stimulate desire. It is a lucky stone, especially when used in connection with love and matters of the heart. This crystal can aid in developing wisdom and in reaching our goals and is thought to be beneficial in building self-esteem.
The energy of garnet is thought to boost vitality, passion and sexual potency while increasing happiness and patience. It is also said that a promise spoken over garnet will never be broken.
5. Dendric Agate
This variety of agate can be identified by its branch-like inclusions of iron oxide or manganese. Sometimes known as the stone of plenitude, Dendric agate can attract abundance into all areas of life including business and agriculture.
This crystal has a strong connection to the plant kingdom and so is excellent for use with when growing crops or gardening. It can also be used to improve or maintain the health of houseplants. Meditating with Dendric agate can help to deepen your connection to the Earth and this crystal can be used in sending healing to the natural world or earth itself. However, patience is needed when working with this crystal as the energy is slow acting and it can take time to see the full effects. This slow but steady energy is also useful in times when patience is needed or you are faced with a situation that requires perseverance.
This orange-red crystal has a stabilising energy and is excellent for restoring vitality, motivation and creativity. When used in meditation, carnelian can help to keep your mind focused and stop you daydreaming. It protects against feelings of rage, envy and resentment. This crystal is believed to have a positive influence on the female reproductive system and to be beneficial in promoting fertility. The energy of carnelian stones encourages compassion and kindness in all situations. Carnelian is a beneficial crystal for anyone looking to make improvements to their lifestyle.
7. Tiger's Eye
Tiger's eye is a striking crystal that aids courage, strength and independence. It is a good crystal for helping you recognise the needs of yourself and others and in differentiating between wishful thinking and what you really want and need in life. This is an excellent choice of crystal for anyone who feels uncommitted or as if they are just drifting through life—it has a strong, grounded energy that will help you distinguish between actual needs and false desires. It is a great crystal for support when working towards your goals in life. Tiger’s eye is a protective stone that has traditionally been carried as a talisman against curses and ill wishes.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Claire