Flower of February.
And a powerful flower at that.
One belief held if there were less than 13 primroses in the first spring posy your hens would have no more chickens than there were primroses.
In other words, make that posy a big ‘un and you’ll be in the chicken business.
Now there’s a word you don’t come across every day.
And a primrose posy is about as common as hen’s teeth too.
But much prettier.
The Welsh traditionally believed it was bad luck for a primrose to flower before June.
Other beliefs might still work.
Plant primrose in the garden to keep spirits from the house.
Take primrose as a cure for insomnia.
And beware the primrose path.
Or violet one.
Even iris are considered February’s birth flower.
Then there’s amethyst.
February’s official gem.
But also aquamarine.
Februarians are fascinating that way.
Like Jekyll and Hyde.
They can’t make up their minds.
And go in two directions at once.
Maybe because half of them are one sign: Aquarius.
Which might explain the aquamarine stone.
Aquarius being the sign of The Water Carrier.
The other half is Pisces.
A zodiac sign symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions.
That oughtta tell you something.
According to one website, the amethyst protects from accidents and excess disease.
If you wear it, that is.
It’s also used to treat upper and middle back pain, diabetes, and fatigue.
In this case, the amethyst wears you.
Amethyst also preserves affection.
The Holy Grail was believed to be made from amethyst.
This might explain why everyone was after it.
Aquamarine, on the other hand, supposedly promotes inner vision and the examination of one’s life-force.
A sort of deep-sea diving into the soul.
Or swimming within with your eyes open.
Take care how much you wear.
And don’t forget to come up for air.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate agent on the square.