Hera Renews Her Youth
Now is the time that I choose. Hermit
winter is over, my widow season.
I want lust now, endearments,
longing and song. The trees on
the hillside renew themselves
as I do. Oh, my grand thick trunk
that holds me stiff so my tassels
and catkins can fly! Oh, I’m drunk
with my greenness again! Every branch
has budded before, has flown
into leaf and then blanched
into fall. But I’m new in my bones
when I choose, I’m blood-young again,
I rise fresh as washed granite
from foam, I love whom and when
I choose. Here I stand, pomegranate
in hand, ripe as a bud but old, old
as rock, unshakeable now, a power
essentially female and free. Hold
my ripe breasts. I’ll be gone in an hour.
~ Patricia Monaghan, Season of the Witch
In the very beginning of March, I wished (quite hard mind you) for one more good snow before Winter yielded to the Spring maidens. I used my fire engine red snow boots as the talisman for the wishprayermaybespell. We then had four back to back Nor’easters that brought more snow in March than we had all winter. I am now receiving calls to remove the red snow boot wishprayermaybespell. And I have, because even I am ready to yield!
Slowly, but surely, Spring is advancing. Chubby little robins are hopping around the yard, pointedly ignoring a few stubborn piles of snow that should melt this week. The tanagers are singing outside my bedroom window. And the Holy Hygge of Winter is making way for Spring cleaning and re-arranging. Altars are moving, reforming, and beginning to pick up the pace to meet other wishprayersmaybespells for renewal, flow, and inspiration. I am waiting for my beloved blooms to start popping. We rise fresh.
The second Full Moon of March and the second Blue Moon of 2018 occurs on Saturday, March 31 in Libra at 8:37am. I am celebrating this as an Aphrodite Wish Moon and you are invited to join in a live call and ritual meditation on Saturday night in my free community, The EveryDay Sacred Circle.
In all things, we are shaking off the last dregs of winter hibernation and focusing up and out. 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 on the Goddess Calendar. How are you getting into the rhythms of Goddess, the rhythms of Spring?
Ways to honor Goddess and welcome April:
- Kuan Yin Altar Blessing Service on her birthday 4/4
- Carrot and Leek Soup for Spring
- Refresh your altars and add fresh flowers and candles
- Create an outdoor altar or organic mandala for Spring
- Join the Wish Full Moon Blue Moon ritual meditation on The EveryDay Sacred Circle
- Commit to a new practice or course of study on Mystery School of the Goddess
- Sign up for a Spring Goddess reading special to call in your Goddesses for this season!
- Spring in the Goddess Year
Blessings for your month! How are you celebrating April?
Sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal for extended prompts, practices, and ways to honor the Goddess Calendar!
April 1, 2018 – Christian Holiday of Easter
April 1, 2018 – Jewish Feast of First Fruits
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 4, 2018 – Happy Birthday, Kuan Yin – Chinese Goddess of Compassion and Mercy (Kuan Yin Altar Blessing Service)
April 4, 2018 – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Tara in her Mahavidya form
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 7, 2018 – Day of Marian Devotions
April 8, 2018 – Happy Birthday, Buddha! Vesak Day in Japan – Also celebrated near the Full Moon of May
April 8 – Day of the Goddess Tara
April 12 – Springtime festival to the Roman Goddess Libertas (Liberty)
April 13-19 – Cerealia – Offerings to the Goddess Ceres of milk, honey, & wine
April 14 – Runic Half Month of Man
April 15, 2018 – New Moon in Aries at 9:57pm eastern
April 15, 2018 – Mercury stations Direct
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 17, 2018 – Saturn stations Retrograde
April 18, 2018 – Matangi Jayanti – Birthday of the Mahavidya (Wisdom Goddess) Matangi
April 19 – Sun enters Taurus
April 22, 2018 – Ganga Jayanti – Birthday of the Living Goddess of the Ganges River, Ganga
April 22, 2018 – Pluto stations Retrograde
April 22 – Earth Day – Celebrate Gaia!
April 23, 2018 – Bagalamukhi Jayanti – Birthday of the Mahavidya (Wisdom Goddess) Bagalamukhi
April 28, 2018 – Chinnamasta Jayanti – BIrthday of the Mahavidya (Wisdom Goddess) Chinnamasta
April 28-30 – Floralia: A feast to celebrate the flowering of grains and to honor the Roman Goddess Flora
April 28, 2018 – Arbor Day
April 29, 2018 – FULL MOON IN SCORPIO at 8:58pm
April 29 – Runic Half Month of Lagu
April 30 – Walpurgis Night (Night of the Witches)
April 30 – Beltane Eve
There are new courses that are starting and some that are perfect for the themes of rebirth and renewal. How can you make a commitment to your passion and pursuit of the sacred?
Healing with the Goddess with Katherine Skaggs – Spring pricing!
Kuan Yin Altar Blessing with Brandi Auset and Kimberly Moore on 4/4/18
Kwan Yin Revealed: Exploring and Becoming the Goddess of Compassion with Sandy Boucher & Kimberly Moore (Kwan Yin’s birthday is 4/4/18)
Practical Priestessing Initiation Program with Molly Remer – starts 4/9/18
Sacred Heart Magick with Kimberly Moore – starts 4/4/18
SYNC TO THE SEASON
Align – Your Desire Map Online Course with Gail Jessen
Enchanted – The Magick of Oshun with Brandi Auset
Divine Embodiment – Activation & Attunement with Lauri Ann Lumby
Permission to BE – 7 Practices for Living Openly with Brandi Auset
Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal with Kimberly Moore – Goddess Feast Days and Practices!
Rite of the Sepulchre with Lauri Ann Lumby
Temple of the Magdalene Priestess Training with Lauri Ann Lumby
The Magic of Tarot with Audrey Alison
***SPECIAL! ONLY ONE MORE DAY TO SAVE! Spring Fling Sale with Renee Starr ends at midnight PT on March 31st
Everyday Magic – Creative Spirit Circle with Molly Remer
Love Magic with Crystals with Lilith Dorsey – free to join!
The EveryDay Sacred Circle – Free Community with Kimberly Moore
Wake Up – Morning Bliss Practices – free course
Wild Women Collective Bookclub with Gail Jessen – free community!