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The Green Man Enamel Pin
The Green Man is legendary being primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. He begins his journey at Beltane as the Holly Lord, The Horned God of Winter. The Beltane procession carries the Green Man through his courtship with the May Queen, to his death at the hands of the May Queen's Hand Maidens. The Green Man is then reborn as the fresh young Oak Lord ready to join with the May Queen, consummating the ritual with the fertility that summer (and the Beltane) brings. The death of the Green Man of winter is required to bring about the rebirth of the Green Man of summer; only with winter's death can summer be reborn. The Green Man is the nurturing sun whose union with the earth (as represented by the May Queen) gives birth to new life. To us he represents a figure who is an environmental guardian, the keeper of the forests and woods. May you wear him as a reminder of our deep connection with nature and her seasons.