February 2, 2017

Full Moon of April ~ The Hare Moon

April is from the Latin aperio ("to open", like buds). Anglo-Saxons called it something close to Easter-monat, in honor of the Teutonic Goddess of the same name. She ruled spring and light. The Romans dedicated April to Venus, often referring to it as Mensis Veneris instead of Aprilis. April is associated with fertility (rabbits, Easter), and the coming mating of the God and Goddess at Beltane on May 1st. Many call April's Moon the Seed Moon, however, I have learned that February represents the Seed Moon and March is the Storm Moon.

The first few months of the calendar year are all about renewal - shedding the old, used and dull to make way for the fresh; the present and future. Often, we find that we get into a habit of holding close to the trials and experiences of the past - after all, they are familiar to us no matter how painful they were - and there is a bit of comfort in things that are "familiar".

Rituals for the Full Moon of April might focus on purging undesirable habits, traits or negative influences while casting out burdens in order to welcome emergence and deep purification. While fire is the Element often used for bidding farewell to the dull and useless; water may be incorporated afterwards to purify oneself - as if shedding an old skin and being reborn to the light and promise of the season.

Suggestions include writing the traits, habits and negatives within your life on either a stick of wood or piece of paper, casting it into the flames of fire, and following with splashing fresh water from a large bowl (perhaps with white or pink rose petals floating on the surface) upon your face.
The April winds and cleansing rain, freshen Earth where dust remains,
As bunnies frolic to and fro, freed from their warrens down below;
The nesting birds are molting too, revealing plumage bright and new.
And as the world sheds off the old, we re-emerge both fresh and bold.

Promises of light and love surround us as we shed the glove
of stale and baneful thoughts and traits; purity of the soul awaits.
Within this new and blessed spring, we revel in the gifts it brings
from Mother Earth and Father Sun, as if our lives have just begun.
 by Polly Taskey

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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.

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