“Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, and golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing and half tender, to repeat Her song of ‘May.'” —Susan Coolidge
Zodiac: Taurus until May 20 and Gemini from May 21
Symbolizing love and success, the deep green stone is thought to bring foresight, good fortune and youth to the wearer. It’s also a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — an appropriate symbol of spring.
Flower: Lily of the Valley
The lily of the valley represents sweetness and humility, purity of heart and honor.
Tree: Poplar, Chestnut, Ash
May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley. The other May flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness. Hawthorne signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.
May Birthstone – Emerald
The gemstone representing May, is the Emerald. As spring in the northern hemisphere occurs in May, the emerald stands for a time of rebirth and growth. The French refer to the emerald’s inclusions and fractures as “jardin’s”, translated as garden, resembling the color of spring foliage.
For each stone of the Gregorian calendar, each month of the year brings in a new cycle. Each cycle represents a new season, has a renewed energy, and a new meaning. The month of May is one of abundance and life in it’s youthful beauty. Following the rainy month of April, the month of May is one that symbolizes fresh, new, green life. The emerald as a precious stone for the month of May. Beautiful, fertile valleys blessed with rain are symbolic of the Emerald in that both offer energy both in a spiritual and physical sense giving sustenance for one who might own an Emerald and for those living within the valleys.
The emerald has been a symbol since the Egyptians engraved the stone with pictures of foliage. It would then be gifted to their deceased loved ones for their burials to represent eternal youth. It is the Egyptians who mined emeralds in the desert to the east over two-thousand years before the birth of Cleopatra. During her reign, this was her favorite stone, and even claimed one of the emerald mines as her own. She would bestow an emerald to a visiting dignitary on their departure. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in South America, they noticed that the natives were wearing some of the largest emeralds they had ever seen. They attempted to hide the mines from the Conquistadors, but were unsuccessful. Today, that area is known as Columbia, where some of the most prize emeralds are unearthed. There are sources of emeralds that have been found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Russia.
The Romans regarded the emerald representative to the goddess of love, Venus. They wore the gem to honor Aphrodite, their adopted goddess of love for fertility, beauty and love. Their emperor, Nero had eyeglasses that were made of emerald so that he might watch the gladiators battle and maintain his eyes’ health, and to ease the strain upon his eyes.
These crystals grow slowly within the confines of metamorphic rock, making them rare and thus, very valuable and expensive, sometimes more so than diamonds. It represents wisdom, patience and growth. It often given as an anniversary gift, as these characteristics in a relationship are important. It also represents friendship, faithfulness and loyalty, and they have been utilized for the effective treatment of health issues related to fertility, eyes, spine and for headaches. The Emerald can prevent seizures, reduce fevers and stop bleeding.
Some other interesting facts about the May Birthstone Emerald:
-Mostly all Emeralds have been treated with an epoxy resin or oil to fill in surface cracks making them less visible
-Some of the oils used to treat Emeralds are clear, however, some are tinted green in order to make them appear more vivid
-Mummies were buried with emeralds
-It is often times worn by travelers for luck and has legends of calming stormy seas
Other symbols of May
May Birth Flower:
Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn. Hawthorns flower in May and symbolizes the return of spring and summer. Maypoles were constructed of hawthorn.
May Birth Tree:
Ash, Popular, and Chestnut
Famous People born in May:
Fred Astaire- May 10, 1899
Mr. T- May 21, 1943
Bing Crosby- May 2, 1903
Tina Fey- May 18, 1970
Audrey Hepburn- May 4, 1929
Candice Bergen- May 9, 1946
Anne Heche- May 25, 1969
Cate Blanchet- May 14, 1969
February’s birthstone is the amethyst, an amulet that is closely associated with sobriety, courage and prudence. This gemstone purportedly protects from drunkenness and can even help someone recovering from a bad breakup to stop obsessing over their ex. This stone is also recommended for stress removal and is believed to help treat mild mental conditions. Hold this stone in your receptive hand (the hand opposite that you write with) and its peaceful vibrations will soon soothe and calm. It’s a true gem of a stone.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
The birthstone of the month of September is the mystical, magical sapphire, long considered a powerful amulet by many different ancient traditions. It’s believed that wearing this gem close to the skin will bless the wearer with protection against the ‘evil eye’ while bringing comfort and courage as well. This stone strengthens memory, arouses inspiration and protects against envy. But my favorite information attached to the sapphire is that even if it gets lost, stolen or sold, it still continues to bring blessings to the original owner. And, true to its name, the stellar sapphire is believed to bring success. So whether your birthday is this month or not, you can still take advantage of the high vibes attached to a super stellar stone.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
ALL ABOUT YOUR BIRTHSTONE
January…. Garnet is known as the stone of health. Use this stone to ensure stability and encourage success.
February…. Amethyst is known as the happy stone. Wearing this stone will bring you peace and harmony.
March…. Aquamarine was originally given to sailors to ensure a safe voyage at sea. This stone brings courage to the wearer.
April…. The Diamond represents life, joy and innocence. Wearing this stone enhances confidence, trust, and love.
May…. Emerald is known as the nature stone. This stone brings serenity and peace of mind.
June…. The Pearl represents youth. Wear pearls for truth.
July…. The Ruby represents wealth. It is said the wearer of the ruby will never have to want for money & will always be content.
August…. Peridot is the stone of Understanding. This stone will help shed light on a situation. Wearing this stone will help keep you ‘right on track.
September…. Sapphire is the stone of purity. Wearing this stone will help balance the physical and emotional parts of your life.
October…. Tourmaline is the stone of Truth. Wear this stone to dispel fear and to enhance insights.
November…. Topaz is the stone of goodness & faith. This stone increases creativity and feelings of joy. To inspire bright ideas, wearing the Topaz would be perfect.
December…. Turquoise is known as the “magical stone” for the stone changes color over a period of time. This stone brings hope and victory to the wearer.
The birthstone most associated with August is the peridot, a beautiful green gemstone that is sometimes mistaken as an emerald. According to ancient traditions, wearing a peridot close to the skin will reduce stress of all sorts while also freeing the mind from anger and guilt. It has also long been believed that wearing peridot jewelry can slow the aging process while increasing endurance, confidence and self-esteem. This gemstone brings those blessings even if you weren’t born in August, so if this information rings true, then this might just be the most perfect jewelry for you.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
- Common Name: Garnet
- Appearance: Deep red to purple
- Element(s): Fire
- Deity connection: Persephone
- Healing powers: Connected to the root chakra, garnets can be used in healing of reproductive disorders and regulating the menstrual cycle
- Magical uses: Strongly tied to women’s bodies, the garnet is associated with moon magic; also used in rituals to balance the spiritual with the physical body
- Other info: In some traditions, a garnet obtained through deceit brings a curse upon the person who possesses it, until returned to the legal owner