Hawthorn from May 13th to June 9th
Planet: Mars and Venus
Symbolism: Purification, sacred marriage
and male-female unity
Stone: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Calcite
Birds: Blackbird, Owl, Purple Martin
Color: Midnight Blue, Purple
Deity: Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Gardea,
Hymen, Hera, Virgin Mary
Sabbat: Beltane, May Day
Folk names: May bush, May tree, quickset,
thorn-apple tree, white thorn.
The blossoming of the Hawthorn
marks the certain end
of the dark days of winter
and the return of the procreative forces
of nature to the fullness of spring.
The beautiful white flowers
give cause for celebration
of nature's capacity for renewed life
and love, and for the wonders of lovemaking,
conception, and childbirth.
For the Celts there was no shame
attached to these natural processes.
They were revered and respected
as an essential part of life,
and as a sacred expression
of the human capacity for love.