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Wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum) or as we call them; Midsummer flower

This past Friday we celebrated Midsummer’s Eve here. In these modern times it’s mostly an excuse to eat good food, drink ridiculous amounts of alcohol, and shamelessly flirt (or more…) with everyone that comes near. It’s a holiday celebrating life, love, and the sweet return of summer.

According to old folklore though, the Midsummer night is a night of magic.

The sun is at it’s highest and the forests and fields are bursting with new life, the powers of nature are never as strong as they are now. There are many spells and rituals suitable to perform on that night, and a good many of them have to do with finding out who your true love will be.

Of course, most people don’t really believe in magic, but it’s still considered a cute tradition, especially among young girls.

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Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

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Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

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White clover (Trifolium repens)

 

The most common “spell” is the one about putting flowers under your pillow. I’ve heard many different versions, but this is the one I was told as a child:

  • Find a crossroads where 7 different kinds of flowers grow.
  • Pick one of each flower and bind them together with a ribbon.
  • Put the little bouquet under your pillow, and once you fall asleep you will dream about your future spouse.

I tried it a couple of times myself when I was little, but I never dreamt about anyone as far as I can remember. Maybe because I usually cheated with the crossroads thing, it’s more difficult than it sounds to find one with exactly 7 kinds of flowers. πŸ˜›
(FYI, the flowers in this post did not all grow at the same spot.)

Do you have any similar “future love rituals” where you come from?

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Arctic starflower (Trientalis europaea). My favourite flower in the whole world.

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Don’t know the species of this one…

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May lily (Maianthemum bifolium)