Traditionally in England May is celebrated by May Day in which we parade the streets with music and spring colours lead by the May Queen. The May pole is danced around representing the union of male and female, blessing the land with fertility for the coming farming year. People would also jump fires to bless themselves with fertility and guide their cattle between fires to do the same. When it comes to May I simply love the ever-growing pull to be outdoors. I love to reflect and celebrate all my relationships whether it’s with friends or family. A key part of any good relationship is an open heart. Where would we be without one?
A wonderful herb which is in it’s prime during this month is the May blossom. Otherwise known as Hawthorn. This beautiful tree is common across Britain and has been used for hedging for centuries. It’s thorns make it a natural boundary. Even in my local park it’s still used for that reason today.
It’s also associated with May because of the connotations it has with fertility. Although it’s not known to physically act in this way on people it is thought to be energetically representative of this. You could work it into spell work if you’re that way inclined.
Moreover, Hawthorn is physically useful for problems of the heart. It can be used to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as balancing low blood pressure. In this way it is wonderfully applicable to a wide range of people. I love using Hawthorn in cases where someone has become cold hearted from old break-ups or grief. This May I recommend finding a Hawthorn and drinking the tea each morning of the fresh flowers to help you find new relationships and deepen the ones you already have.
By Natasha Richardson
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