May is a Happy Month
Its' lovely flower is the Lily of the Valley...
And its stone the Emerald...
|In the rough...|
in all its green glory
|and not so rough by Cartier|
May is Maia's month; the Goddess worshipped by the Romans who associated her with Growth and Spring.
Ancient European pagans initially started a sun-worshipping festival known as Beltane; lighting bonfires, decorating homes with May flowers, making May bushes, May baskets and feasting. In time, this came to take on an aura of fertility rites. Later, May Day also came into being as a child-focused holiday. Couples would also go A'Maying back then...they would spend the night in the woods, making love (yes yes; even before the peace and love, hippie lovechild did...) and bringing back armfuls of haw thorn or other May blossoms to decorate their homes and barns ! There was definitely an accepted tradition of Beltane babies arriving nine months later!
Even Queens did it ....
|Queen Guinevere A'Maying by John Collier|
Another sweet May tradition is the Maypole...a popular and familiar image of May Day and Beltane. A pole, often made of birch, inserted in the earth representing the potency of God with a ring of flowers at the top representing the fertile Goddess. Its' ribbons and dance symbolise the spiral of Life and the union of God and Goddess; Earth and Sky.
|symbolism or not; it's just fun to twist those ribbons around...|