A whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil's aroma, you'll find that there's more to it than meets the eye – or your sense of smell. What Is Lavender? … Continue reading Lavender Oil: A Love for Lavender Oil
Lavender Love Botanical Name: Lavandula Fragrant, beautiful, and versatile, lavender is typically added to bouquets or to bathwater for a purifying and uplifting effect. A close cousin of mint, it grows as a small shrub that has lovely violet flowers and green or pale grey leaves. It’s native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean … Continue reading What Is Lavender Good For?
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I love Beltane, which marks the beginning of the light half of the year in the Celtic calendar. It is celebrated with bonfires, revelry, dancing, maypoles …. and rituals and ceremonies celebrating the union of the Goddess and the Green Man. [You may remember the song “The Lusty Month of May” from the musical “Camelot”, a song which definitely captures all aspects of this feast day! ]
But whento celebrate Beltane can be confusing… as well as how to pronounce it and spell it!
Because we are translating from the Celtic / Irish-Gaelic language, use the phonetic English spelling that works best for you … Beltane, Bealtaine, etc. Most folks pronounce the word literally (bell-tane). In Ireland, Irish-Gaelic speakers refer to the month of May as Bealtaine, and pronounce it bee–yowl–tanna.
So when exactly is…
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