Merry Beltane!


Wishing everyone Beltane blessings! We’ve shed the darkness of the winter and reawakened to the light half of the year. Today is a celebration of fertility and generosity, as both are important contributors to the abundance of the late summer and fall. In Medieval England, villagers would participate in a custom known as “bringing in the May”, in which they would go into the woods and gather flowers and greenery. The collections were used for decoration, as well as rituals involving protection. Beltane is one of the two times a year the veil thins, and it’s said that many would place rowan branches over their windows and doors for protection against unscrupulous visitors. It’s also said that, in some villages, flowers that were collected would be brought door-to-door and shared in exchange for delicious goodies, similar to trick-or-treating.

It was looked down upon for someone to be stingy with their food at this time, because the generous sharing of food, a sustaining substance, among the village was believed to be necessary “in order that the cosmic circuit of life’s substance may be kept in motion (trees, flocks, harvests, etc.).”* I believe in a similar concept, that it is through giving that we receive, and in this spirit, I invite everyone to join us in performing at least one act of generosity today. It doesn’t have to be monetary; give a few minutes of your time to someone who needs help with something, give of your heart to someone who needs some love, offer some extra patience to others while you’re out and about today. Come back to Baubles & Blessings later and share your contribution to the cosmic circuit of kindness and goodwill.

Bri & AJ

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Words: AJ Spellman
Image: Bri Crofton

*Williamson, J. (1986). The Oak king, the Holly King, and the Unicorn: the Myths and Symbolism of the Unicorn Tapestries.



For those who may be new to using affirmations, they can be a form of manifestation… Fakin’ it ’til you make it, in a way. Once you attune yourself to your desired beliefs, you become open to receiving the gifts that come with them. 

Prayer Beads with Citrine & Raku-Fired Lotus Pendant


* Prayer Beads with Citrine & Raku-Fired Lotus Pendant *

Prayer beads or a pretty bauble? You decide! 😉 Made with stunning faceted citrine beads, silver-lined ruby red Preciosa Czech glass seed beads, silver plated accent beads, a pair of magnetic hematite beads and a gorgeous multi-colored raku-fired ceramic lotus pendant, this piece has wonderful energy. More

Magic Art: Owl in Rowan Tree


Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Magic Art: Owl in Rowan Tree Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

So I’m a big fan of using art in spells/energy work, and I thought I’d share a project that I did a while ago. Perhaps this will inspire some of you.  More

Aventurine & Wood Necklace with Quan Yin Pendant & Celtic Cross


I thought I’d pop over and share hubby’s birthday gift! This piece features hematite, wood, aventurine and gold plated findings and accent beads. Thankfully, the birthday boy loves his present. The pendants are a Quan Yin/Bhudda blessing charm and a Celtic cross with triquetra pattern, two of my personal favorites.

~*~ Metaphysical Properties ~*~

Aventurine is a type of quartz; most common is the green variety, which gets its green color and shimmer from a variety of minerals. It is generally considered a stone of luck. It can be helpful for dreamwork and maintaining a positive state of mind. Green aventurine is a calming stone, helpful in bringing about inner peace. It has wonderful healing energy, useful for ailments of the eyes and lungs. Use green aventurine to balance the heart or third eye chakras. This is an all-around wonderful stone, helpful in so many ways!

The color green is generally associated with money, prosperity and healing. It is also often associated with earthiness and love. Green is the color of the heart chakra.

Hematite is a very grounding stone, often used in various forms of healing. Black and similar, dark colors are associated with the root chakra, which governs our relationship with the physical world and self-preservation.