This time of year the dose of sunlight rises each day toward its long fuse of solstice. In the Celtic tree calendar the period from May 13th and June 9th is represented by Hawthorn or huath as it was called in old Irish. In the most general sense, this time of year, also known as the Hawthorn moon, is associated with fertility and also the rising of light, suggestive of male sexuality. “Ne'er cast a cloot til Mey's oot," it was said. Don’t take off your cloots (clothes) until the May blossoms (hawthorn) appear."