April Moon

april moon(photo: yoganonymous.com)

The Moon in April is known this year as the blood moon because of the lunar eclipse – the shortest one of the century.  This month’s moon is also known as the growing moon, hare moon, and pink moon, among others.  The word April is derived from the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, also associated with the Roman goddess Venus, and is a time for unfolding leaves and flowers.  This month can house Easter as well as celebrations for Kali of India and Hathor and Bast of Egypt, and Babalonian Ishtar.  Rome honors the goddess of spring flowers with Floralia, a 3 day Festival of Flora and Venus.  April’s moon phases correlate with the following associations:

Full Moon: love, beauty, renewal, fertility

Crescent Moon:  healing, meditation, herbs, domestic arts

Dark Moon:  marriage & family, motherhood, women, the arts, prosperity, protection

 

April Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  geranium, basil, dragons blood, bay

Incense:  bergamont, patchouli

Trees:  pine, bay, hazel

Animals:  wolf, bear, hawk, magpie

Deities:  Kali, Bast, Hathor, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Ceres

Colors:  gold, red

 

Legend

If you first see the New Moon outside and over your right shoulder, good luck will come your way – make a wish as you look at the moon – it will be granted!

 

hOMework

Review the correspondences for each moon phase in April above.  Chart out this year’s Full Moon, New Moon and Dark Moon (click here for chart).  Make an offering, prayer or meditation using any of the April Moon Correspondences above on the day/night of each moon phase, or one day before or after.  For those celebrating Easter this weekend pay special attention to the cycles of resurrection and renewal in your own life.

 

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Spring Equinox New Moon Altar Additions

Help ring in Spring by adding some color and renewed intention to your meditation altar:

Boil 2 eggs and let cool completely.  Use the natural dye ingredients below to color one green and one yellow.  Cover your altar with a light green cloth and sprinkle with fresh grass clippings.  Hold the eggs in your hand as you think of things you would like to let go in order to make room for inspiration and creativity in your life.  Place the eggs atop the grass while setting your intention for Spring.  Later partake of the eggs alone or in a salad.

Natural Green Dye:  Simmer 6 red onion skins in 2 cups of water. Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Natural Yellow Dye:  Simmer approx. 3-5 carrot tops in 2 cups of water.  Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Spirit renewed!

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Spring Equinox

ostara goddessphoto: artodyssey1.blogspot.pt

 Spring Equinox – Ostara

Around March 23rd. March 20, 2015

Daylight Savings has begun as the days ‘get’ longer – the return of Springtime and the Vernal Equinox when the sun enters Aries, initiating new life. This is the time of year for ‘spring cleaning’ both our external and internal environments as we make space for new life to spring forth. Mother Earth is awakening with her splendor during this time of Goddess Ostara.

This time of year is also known by many as Easter which comes from the German root ‘ostarun’ and old English ‘ester’, and is a time to celebrate new life. Easter is also known for its theme of resurrection. Among Catholics this time is known as Lady Day which is for the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. The Spring Equinox was also a time for the Liberian in Rome and the Roman Matronalia which celebrated the freedom of women.

So what’s up with the symbolism behind coloring eggs? In Canaan and other Semitic countries, the springtime celebrations honored Goddess Astarte and red eggs were given as gifts to family and friends. And all those bunnies? New life, growth and multiplication. This is a great time of year to honor Mother Nature by planting seeds, flowers and trees!

March Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  irish moss, High John root, broom,

Incense:  floral incenses (iris, rose, lilac, violet), dragon’s blood

Trees:  alder, dogwood, magnolia

Animals:  hare, rabbit, hedgehog, boar, cougar, sea eagle, sea crow

Deities:  Ostara, Persephone (Kore) & Demeter, Aphrodite/Venus, Freya

Stones: Ruby, Garnet

Colors: pastels, red, white, black

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March Moon

moon goddess(photo: sufficientself.com)

The Moon in March is known as the Storm Moon, Plow Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of the Winds, Crow Moon, and Sap Moon.  It is also known as the Worm Moon, when the ground begins to soften, the earthworm begins to make its way to the surface, and the robins return.  Remember the saying that March is ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb’?   With all of the winter weather we have been having, many of us will welcome this adage!  The Spring Equinox is just around the corner, falling on March 20th this year, which is a sacred time of year celebrated in many world cultures.  From the ancient times of Greece and Rome and their Matronalia celebrating Hera and Juno, to the Egyptian harvest festival honoring Isis, we come upon the time of year where the sun continues to grow in the sky and the days become longer.  This continues to be a great time of year to continue your ‘Spring cleaning’ in preparation for the upcoming months.  Help ring in this season by incorporating some of the March correspondences below, and enjoy the bath salt recipe for prosperity!

New Moon, true Moon,

Star in the stream,

Pray tell my fortune

In my dream.

Pale Moon doth rain,

Red Moon doth blow,

White Moon doth neither rain nor snow.

 

March Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  High John root, Irish moss, Lily of the Valley, lemon balm, vervain, broom

Incense:  honeysuckle, apple blossom, meadowsweet, lavender

Trees:  dogwood, alder

Animals:  sea eagle, sea crow

Deities:  Athene, Astarte, Artemis, Luna, Minerva, Hecate, the Morrigan, Black Isis

Colors:  light green, red-violet

 

Bath Salts for Prosperity

1 cup kosher or Epsom salt

5 drops cherry essential oil

2 drops anise essential oil

Shake all ingredients together in a mason jar.  Add to warm bath.

 

hOMework

Enjoy the full moon this month honoring the return of the Spring cycle by placing some fresh flowers inside your home, light a white candle and place a flower in a small bowl of water.  As you watch this floating flower in the candlelight think about the blessed powers of Mother Nature that bring back these plants, flowers, and harvest each and every year.  How does this power touch your own life?

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Snow Moon Walking Meditation

snowy pathDuring this phase of the dark moon, it is a natural time to turn inward for contemplation and meditation.  Before all the white stuff melts, try this walking meditation to help ring in the return of increased sunlight in preparation for Spring.  Is the snow in your area already melted?  No worries – just imagine it is underneath your feet!

Bundle up!  Begin by standing at your starting point and observing the white ground around you.  Take a few moments to thank Mother Nature for her splendor, and set an intention for your walking meditation.  If you find the mind wondering, come up with a word or mantra that ‘reminds’ you of your intention, and repeat it mentally with each step.  Simply begin at a comfortable pace, looking at the ground just ahead of you.  Allow each step to contain full awareness and meaning, each step filled with gratitude.  If you can, listen to the crunch of the snow as you step in.  About half way through your walk, begin to envision, with each step lifting off the ground, a small plant or flower bud beginning to peek up through the snowy ground underneath you.  Each step gently uncovering the blessings and wonder that are Gaia.

After returning to the indoors as thank the Divine for a warm abode.  While the heart is primed with gratitude, send out prayers, offerings or wishes to those who may need a little extra sunshine or warmth in their lives.  Share the following punch in communion with family members or friends – children love it!

Herb Punch

juice of 6 oranges & 2 lemons

1 large handful of lemon balm

2 large handfuls of borage

1 large handful of mint

1 cup pineapple or other fruit juice

1 quart tea (strong)

syrup made with 1 cup sugar, boiled with 1/2 cup water

3 quarts ginger ale*

Pour 1 1/2 quarts of boiling water over lemon balm and steep 20 minutes.  Strain liquid onto borage and mint.  Add fruit juices, tea and syrup.  Refrigerate 8+ hours.  Strain into a punch bowl.  Add ice, extra mint if desired, and ginger ale.  *(I do not drink soda, so instead of ginger ale I will use water [sparkling water if you like a little bubbly] just to dilute it a bit without adding the extra sweetness and carbonation.)

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