Also Known As: Budding Trees Moon, Pink Moon, Wind Moon, Seed or Planting Moon, Planter's Moon, Hare Moon, Eastermonath (Eostre Month), Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation, Wildcat Moon, Ostarmanoth
Nature Spirits: plant faeries
Herbs: basil, chives, dragon's blood, geranium, thistle, dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
Colors: crimson red, gold, bright primary colors -- red, yellow, blue -- and their combinations
Flowers: daisy, sweetpea
Scents: pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli
Stones: ruby, garnet, sard, quartz, selenite, angelite
Trees: pine, bay, hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
Animals: bear, wolf
Birds: hawk, magpie
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast, Ishtar, Tawaret, Herne, Cernunnos
Power Flow: energy into creating and producing; return balance to the nerves. Change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities. Work on temper and emotional flare-ups and selfishness.
Mantra: My path is clear, free from obstacles.
Info on This Moon From About Dot Com: In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. Much like March, this is a time of conception and fertility and new growth.
This is a good time to work on magic related to new beginnings. Looking to bring new love into your life, or conceive or adopt a child? This is the time to do those workings. It's the time to stop planning, and start doing. Take all those ideas you've had brewing for the past couple of months, and make them come to fruition.
The Willow moon (moon occurring between April 15th to May 12th) was known to the Celts as Saille, pronounced Sahl-yeh. The Willow grows best when there's lots of rain, and in northern Europe there's no shortage of that this time of year. This is a tree associated with healing and growth, for obvious reasons. A Willow planted near your home will help ward away danger, particularly the type that stems from natural disaster such as flooding or storms. They offer protection, and are often found planted near cemeteries. This month, work on rituals involving healing, growth of knowledge, nurturing and women's mysteries.
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The Seed Moon signals a time of fertility, growth, and wisdom. This Moon is also known as the Egg, Grass, or Wind Moon. This is the time to sow the seeds of magic. If you are planting a magical garden, you want to get our there now and put things into the Earth. This is the time to move from the planning phase into action. If you want to get pregnant, this is a great time to go for it. Fertility is in the air. This is also the time to bring that new puppy home, if that is what you have been planning. It's also a great time to empower some seeds to both help them grow and to do Earth magic.
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APRIL (Seed Moon)-- Plant, sow, set projects in motion. Dance for joy at the coming warmth and celebrate beginnings.
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Cakes & Ale: fruit juice or wine, sugared violet (flowers dipped in egg-white and sugar) cookies
Colors: soft greens, yellows and peaches to symbolize happiness and fertility
Altar Decor: pictures of rabbits, spring greenery and flowers, green and yellow candles
Esbat Purpose: Celebrate growing fertility
Try Drawing the Circle With: wild flowers (a single or a bunch)
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April's Pink Spring Moon celebrates health and life force.
Witches Datebook by Edain McCoy (2002)
The Alder Moon brings out our inner psychic. European folklore tells us an alder's energy is eternal, and it should never be cut down. Alder has been used to assist in divination rituals, and wind instruments made of the wood have aided in summoning spirits and working with weather magic. In Celtic mythology the alder is sacred to the God Bran, whose severed head became an oracle.
Witches Datebook by Edain McCoy (2003)
Wood that has come from the psychically potent alder tree has been used since ancient times to summon spirits from the otherworld and to bring about desired weather patterns, particularly storms or rain.
European folklore tells us alder trees must never be cut or their power will return to the ground. You will need, instead, to find a small alder branch that has fallen to the earth. When you have one, empower it to use in weather rituals.
On a sunny afternoon during the Alder Moon, go outside to an isolated place and twirl the branch in the air until it whistles. Mimic the sound as you summon the wind or rain. Winds from the four elemental directions can be catalysts for specific magical needs, and rain can be used for water magic or to nourish the land.
Keep your alder wand wrapped in cloth and hidden from view when not in use. Recharge it each year on the full Alder Moon.
Witches Datebook by Edain McCoy (2004)
The adler tree is a highly water-resistant, and as such was sued by ancient Europeans to buld edifices near or under water. Its power in magic is its resiliency. It teaches us to bend but never break, to go with the flow and accept positive change.
If you find yourself in a rut, or it you are having trouble accepting that which you cannot change or control, alder can give you the courage to move forward.
Find, make, or buy yourself a simple alder limb and consecrate it as your wand of changes. When you find yourself resisting that which cannot be changed, take your wand and tap it on each of your chakra centers while saying:
Help me lean that I must grow;
Not all things can be my way,
Let me learn this lesson today.
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Fertile Full Moon of April, we welcome your magical might, and for you we fill home, garden, and heart with color and light. Plant seeds in the readied soil and soul, knowing they will sprout. Vow to nourish these seeds with tender care, for what you plant now will grow through the fertile cycle and bear the fruits of harvest. Nourish your dreams that they may grow strong and healthy, creating and producing the magical life you have envisioned. Decorate sacred spaces with symbols of fertility and joy-- eggs, rabbits, seeds, and sweets-- to draw spiritual success and succulence to tender seedlings. And dance with joy, anticipating the coming warmth. Darkness wanes as light waxes bright, celebrate in Full Moon light.
Let fertile magic sprout within me,
Kali, Hathor, Ishtar, Bast,
This abundant, creative cycle now be cast.
Witches Datebook by Elizabeth Barrette
To the Cherokee, April is the Flower Moon. In the warm southeast, forests and meadows bloom with life and color. The Choctaw call this the Wildcat Moon. Lynxes and bobcats become more active. To the Dakota Sioux, this is Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation. These dramatic birds migrating north mark the return of spring.
April bursts forth with new life. In warmer regions, it's time to plant crops and watch wild plants grow. Birds are nesting. Animals often have young beside them. In colder climes, the warmth of spring is just arriving. As natural-food sources emerge, you can taper off most supplemental feeding for wildlife. Observe what animals and birds become active. Bring freshly picked flowers indoors to chase away the dullness of a cold season.
In Ritual, this is a good time to honor plant and animal spirits. Work with flower totems and animals associated with spring such as ducks, rabbits, geese, cats, and sheep. Cast a circle with flowers or do spells using the energy of flower seeds or bulbs that will help manifest your desire as the plants grow. Wish on a flock of flying geese to speed your dreams toward reality.
A safe and happy holiday to all who celebrate~!