May Birth Flower – Lily-of-the-Valley & Hawthorne
| Convall Lily | Convall-lily | Convallaria | Jacob’s Ladder | Jacob’s Tears | Ladder To Heaven | Ladder-to-Heaven | Lily Constancy | Lily Constancy | Lily of the Valley | Lily-of-the-Valley | Male Lily | May Bells | May Lily | May Lily | Muguet | Our Lady’s Tears |
• SYMBOLIC MEANINGS: Christ’s second coming; Fortune in love; Good luck; Happiness and purity of heart; Humility; Joy; Purity of heart; Return of happiness; Returning happiness; Sociability; Sweet; Sweetness; Tears of The Virgin Mary; Trustworthy; Unconscious sweetness; You’ve made my life complete;
• POSSIBLE POWERS: Happiness; Healing; Making the right choice; Mental clarity; Mental powers; Power of people to visualize a better world;
• FOLKLORE AND FACTS: Put Convallaria majalis in a room to uplift and cheer all the people in it.
| Bread and Cheese Tree | English Hawthorn | Gaxels | Glastonbury Thorn | Hagthorn | Halves | Haw | Hawberry Tree | Haweater Tree | Hawthorn Tree | Hazels | Huath | Ladies’ Meat | May | Mayblossom | May Blossom | May Bush | May Flower | Mayflower | May Tree | Quick | Quick-Set | Shan-cha | Thorn | Thorn Apple | Thornapple Tree | Tree of Chastity | White Thorn |
• SYMBOLIC MEANINGS: Duality; Chastity; Contradictions; Hope; Male energy; Union of opposites; Spring;
• POSSIBLE POWERS: Chastity; Continuity; Death; Fertility; Fishing Magic; Happiness; Hope;
• FOLKLORE AND FACTS: There is a legend that Joseph of Arimathea went to Britain to carry the message of Christ there. At one point, he pushed his staff in the ground to sleep nearby. When he awoke he discovered the staff had taken root, grew, and blossomed into a Crataegus Tree. It is said that he left the staff there, undisturbed and that it flowered every Christmas and again every spring. Cuttings had since been taken of it, and one of those cuttings were planted near Glastonbury Abbey, and grows there still today as the Glastonbury Thorn. A branch of this particular tree is annually displayed at Christmastime at Buckingham Palace in London, England. • The Romans attached Crataegus leaves to baby cradles to repel evil spirits. • In Medieval Europe if Crataegus branches were brought inside it was an omen of illness and death for one member of the household. • Crataegus is considered one of a witch’s favorite plants. In the spring on Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht), when witches supposedly turn themselves into Crataegus Trees, the Crataegus is to be avoided. • Because of it’s correspondence with fertility, Crataegus has been added into spring wedding flowers. • Put Crataegus under a mattress and around a bedroom to maintain or even enforce chastity. • Tuck a Crataegus leaf into your hat to promote a good catch when fishing. • Wear a spring of Crataegus if troubled, sad, or depressed to help return you to a state of happiness. • Sprigs or leaves of Crataegus place around the home will protect it against lightning and storm damaged. • Sprigs or leaves of Crataegus place around the home will protect it evil, and malicious ghosts. • Crataegus is sacred to fairies. • It is believed that one will be able to see fairies where these three trees grow together: Crategus, Quercus, and Fraxinus excelsior.
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