In the House - May

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017


In the House
May

How to Make a May Basket

Making May baskets is a wonderful children’s activity that’s fun for adults, too. However, don’t feel limited to making them only on May Day. Using these little baskets throughout the summer months is a great way to enjoy the scent of flowers and herbs.

To make a May basket, take a piece of 8½ × 11 construction paper. Gently fold a short side over so it is flush with a long side of the paper, and then cut off the excess strip along the top. Now a perfect square, hold the paper at an angle so one corner points up, one points down, and the other two point right and left. Bring the two side corners together creating a cone. Staple the bottom and the top edges together. The other part of this seam can be taped together from inside the basket. The opposite side of the cone is higher and creates a nice backdrop for the flowers and herbs that will be inserted into the basket.

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Figure 16. Follow these steps to make a May basket.

The basket can be decorated with sequins, pieces of ribbon, lace, or anything. If you use a dark-colored paper, attach a white, lacy paper doily to the outside to decorate it. Alternatively, leftover pieces of wallpaper can be used instead of construction paper.

To finish the basket, staple a sturdy wide ribbon above the opening for a handle. Collect flowers and sprigs of herbs to put in the basket, and then hang it on a doorknob.

Dreaming of Flowers

At this time of year, dreams that include flowers are thought to be more potent and have special significance. Keep a journal or smart phone at your bedside to record your dreams. Table 5 lists the meanings for some of the flowers that may appear in dreams.

Table 5. Flower Meanings in Dreams

Asters

Happiness and abundance

Azaleas

An unexpected gift

Bluebells

True love

Buttercup

Improved business prospects

Columbine

Happy adventure

Cowslip

Unexpected good luck

Crocus

A new start

Daffodil

Love and happiness is coming

Daisies

A birth, heading for success

Dandelion

Happiness in love

Foxglove

Luck in love

Geranium

Considerable wealth

Honeysuckle

A move to a better house

Iris

Good news

Jasmine

Achieve high ambitions

Lavender

A reunion, plenty of money

Lily

Seek solitude

Lotus

Peace

Marigold

You will do well in life

Orange blossom

Marriage

Pansy

Contentment

Primrose

New friendship

Rose

Love will soon enter your life

Tulip

Joy, good luck, a marriage proposal

Violet

Success and happiness

Wallflower

Pleasure and contentment

41 Esther Yu Sumner, “A Date is a Date is a Date,” Ancestry Magazine, Vol. 25, March-April, 2007 (Provo, UT: Ancestry, Inc.), 20.

42 Grieve, A Modern Herbal, 385.

43 Coombes, Dictionary of Plant Names, 98.

44 Frances Tenenbaum, ed., Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003), 31.

45 Grieve, A Modern Herbal, 214.

46 Ibid., 215.

47 Dobelis, Magic and Medicine of Plants, 147.

48 Joan Parry Dutton, Plants of Colonial Williamsburg: How to Identify 200 of Colonial America’s Flowers, Herbs, and Trees (Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1994), 69.

49 Lucia Impelluso, Nature and Its Symbols, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), 79.

50 Coombes, Dictionary of Plant Names, 173.

51 Chevallier, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 146.

52 Arthur O. Tucker and Thomas DeBaggio, The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs and Flavor and Fragrance (Portland, OR: Timber Press, Inc., 2009), 498.

53 Coombes, Dictionary of Plant Names, 161.

54 Barbara Medina and Victor Medina, Central Appalachian Wildflowers (Guilford, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 2002), 102.