As we can know from old Nordic poems Edda, Idunn is a Goddess of the Norse Mythology, the keeper of apples and granter of eternal youthfulness. Apple trees were the symbol of rebirth and beauty. The Apple tree is scared in Norse mythology. Idunn is the goddess of Spring or rejuvenation and the wife of Bragi, who is the god of Poetry. With her apples, gods remain young and immortal.
In this old poem it says that the blood of Idunn was elven
So Walpurgis Night is over and we have woken into Beltane, halfway between Spring and Summer.
When Spring and Summer collides A promise of life as birds and butterflies unfold their wings. Longer, warmer days to grow and rise Splatters of vivid colours over the Spring green canvas.
Above: Me exactly one year ago. My wings are based on the moth species Graellsia isabellae one of my favourite moths, the Spanish Luna
a rare moth that can be found precisely in the area I live, in the
North of Spain. There is even the only sanctuary of this species in the
world that I hope to visit soon as it’s almost the time to hatch out of
their chrysalis. I am so longing for the butterflies… in a few weeks
from now they are going to be everywhere.
This date is linked to the pagan celebration of Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere. Women usually dress in white or light colours that symbolize purity and wear floral garlands. It is thought the May Queen an ancient tree worship. We do not have these traditions in my country, but I still love to celebrate it my own way. This time of the year calls to be joyful and active reverencing the abundance of life.
Daffodils (Narcissus) are the among the earliest flowers to bloom, an herald of Spring, symbols of “rebirth” and renewal and thus perfect to celebrate new cycles and beginnings. This is a picture taken yesterday when I was hiking. Though the forest is wintry and bare, clusters of yellow daffodils brought colour to it. The bulbs have endured the slumber of Winter… they are a sign of the “resilience” of Nature, coming in longer and more vivid clusters every Spring.
Such frail beauty inspires so much strength. New life growing from the barren land… It tells you life was not gone but dormant.
In Wales there is a legend that says that if you see the first
Daffodil blooming you will be blessed with wealth for the rest of the
year… These may not be the first and wealth has many shapes and faces
that are not related with money… I have found it in their golden
petals and the lesson they convey, also in the love of people who care
In Victorian times they were also used as a symbol of friendship so this daffodil I’m holding is for you my “friends”, the ones that have supported me and make me find my place here.
All pictures are taken by me and my partner Héctor Corcín Has Spring started already where you live? Or maybe Autumn?