Happy Spring, All! This post arrives early for the Celtic May festival of Beltane, but I was torn between a couple of choices. Therefore, this drawing backed up to April. That’s okay, because the crown of flowers is perfect for this time of year, as well.
If you don’t know much about the holiday, go here and here (note the resources at the bottom of the wiki to get even more and better information). “These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos sí. Doors, windows, byres and livestock would be decorated with white or yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire.”
As you can see, the crown of flowers in Zo’s flame shaped mane makes a lot of sense! Even more so, the fact that she’s a duck (livestock). “Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were held at that time to protect them from harm, both natural and supernatural, and this mainly involved the symbolic use of fire.”
Let this image of Zo fill you with warm thoughts of the coming summer and bring protection to you and yours in preparation of the coming harvest at the end of summer. You can almost see her dancing gleefully at the bonfires.