THE marsh marigold is considered of great use in divination, and is called "the shrub of Beltaine." Garlands are made of it for the cattle and the door-posts to keep off the fairy power. Milk also is poured on the threshold, though none would be given away; nor fire, nor salt--these three things being sacred. … Continue reading May-Day
This month is named after the goddess Maia, to whom the Romans sacrificed on the first day of the month. Maia was one of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. They were all transformed into pigeons that they might escape from the great hunter Orion, and flying up into the sky were … Continue reading May ~ The Merry Month Of May!
Emerald is associated with the Heart Chakra and with blissful love. In groups of two or more people, Emerald can encourage bonding, and strengthen communication and understanding, helping each person to adequately express themselves without offending others. Emerald is believed to enhance memory and mental clarity. Meditating with Emerald can help one to connect to … Continue reading Emerald ~ May Birthstone
COMMON NAME: lily of the valley GENUS: Convallaria SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: C. mabalis fortunei 'Giant Bells'-up to fifteen large bells; grows 8 to 10 inches tall; suitable for forcing; will bloom approximately three weeks after being planted. FAMILY: Liliaceae BLOOMS: spring TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Flower stalks are arching and hold ten to fifteen fragrant, white, bell-shaped … Continue reading May’s Flower ~ Lily Of The Valley