“The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.
Yet the back yards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree–
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.”
– Sara Teasdale, April
This is my first Spring in a place where there are seasons in about six years so I am simply marveling at so many of the little things: the rosy red tanagers singing outside of my window, the flowering trees that seem to appear overnight, and the bipolar weather that has been wildly swinging from late Winter to early Summer temps without too much in between!
There have been some pretty good storms, like Goddess is kicking the last bits of Winter off Her heels and out of Her house. A bit of rock and roll is in the astrology this month too, with five planets being in retrograde motion – you can see the full write-up on my site, Life in Retrograde – Astrology for April 2017.
The Spring maidens are definitely gaining ground and I am looking forward to FULL BLOOM. I celebrated Spring with a visit to a local garden and conservatory to spend some time communing with my Beloved Orchids (see below). It has me eagerly anticipatiing the flowering delights to come.
April is a great month to get outside and start connecting with Gaia. We have Earth Day this month and several celebrations of Goddesses of Earth. How are you getting into the rhythms of Goddess, the rhythms of Spring? Our MotherRoot for Spring will be out this weekend, so stay tuned for some seasonal inspiration!
There are some wonderful offerings on Mystery School of the Goddess and a great time to commit to a new practice or course of study.
Blessings for your month!
April 1 – Feast Day of Roman Goddesses Fortuna and Venus. Also the day of the yearly ritual bath of the statue of Venus by Her Priestesses.
April 1 – Yamuna Jayanti – Celebration of the Hindu River Goddess Yamuna descending to Earth
April 4 – Arkteia – celebration of the Goddess Artemis as asarktoi, the She-Bear
April 4-10 – The Megalesia was dedicated to the Goddess Cybele (Magna Mater). The festival began with a ceremonial offering of herbs at Her temple.
April 6 – Saturn stations Retrograde
April 9 – Mercury stations Retrograde
April 11 – Full Moon in Libra – celebrating Gaia in Goddess Full Moon Group
April 12 – Springtime festival to the Roman Goddess Libertas (Liberty)
April 13-19 – Cerealia – Offerings to the Goddess Ceres of milk, honey, & wine
April 15 – Jewish Feast of First Fruits
April 15 – Great Festival of the Egyptian Goddess Bast
April 15 – Festival of Terra Mater, the Roman Goddess of fertility and growth
April 15 – Celtic Tree Month of Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12
April 16 – Easter
April 19 – Sun enters Taurus
April 20 – Pluto stations Retrograde
April 23 – 1st day of Jewish Passover
April 22 – Earth Day
April 26 – New Moon in Taurus at 816 am eastern time
April 28-30 – Floralia: A feast to celebrate the flowering of grains and to honor the Roman Goddess Flora
April 28, 2016 – Arbor Day
April 30 – Walpurgis Night (Night of the Witches)
April 30 – Beltane Eve