IN THIS ISSUE: MAY 2021May 01, 2021 11:52AM ● By Terry Chriswell
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May 2021 Publishers' Letter:
“May is here! The air is fresh and sunny; and the miser-bees are busy hoarding golden honey.” ~Thomas B. Aldrich
May Meaning and Symbolism
May is the 5th month in the modern calendar. Its name derives from the Latin term Maia who was the Goddess of Spring in Italy, and later married Vulcan. Her Roman counterpart was Bon Dea, associated with fertility. Her festival was held annually in May. Her name means “Good Goddess”.
One of the most provocative Pagan and Wiccan holidays, Beltane, sums up the symbolism and meaning of May properly. This is a celebration of life and fertility. It honors all potentials and the energy of creation itself.
May Birth Stones: Emerald & Agate
Emerald is the traditional birthstone for April and it is sacred to Venus, the Goddess of love, fertility and success. Wearing Emerald inspires hope in the weary heart and acts like a mental tonic. Emerald builds bridges between people, which may be why it is often a gift between lovers. Agate is one of the earliest stones used as a talisman or amulet. It protects the bearer and gives them strength. Babylonians used Agate to stave off storms.
May begins the month in the sign of Taurus where it remains until May 20th. Those born under the sign of the Bull convey the characteristics of being incredibly practical, trustworthy and outgoing. On May 21 we move into Air sign Gemini the twins. Gemini are very social and smart. They horde information until there is an opportunity to share it, which makes for great fun. Companions find the Twins amusing, adaptable and NEVER boring.
The birth flower for May is Lily of the Valley also known as the Mayflower. In the Language of Flowers it represents the return to happiness. It also denotes purity, joy, good fortune and modesty. Hawthorn has strong associations with the Beltane festival. In Celtic tradition it represents safety, balance and love. Hawthorn symbolizes longevity being as some trees live over 400 years.
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