She is the Goddess of power:
earth’s mothering power,
soil’s nurturing power,
grain’s sustaining power.
We see her in the stars,
taming dragons and riding
them, bits between their teeth.
We see her on earth too;
giving seeds to strong farmers
and princes, commanding them
to sow not only the fertile soil,
but raw earth too, which bears
exactly as she tells it to.
~ Ovid, Metamorphoses translation from The Goddess Companion by Patricia Monaghan
Slowly, but surely, Spring is extending her reach through the land here in the mid-Atlantic. Chubby little robins are hopping around the yard and orchestras of Spring chirps fill the morning air. Blossoms and buds are beginning to appear and the Holy Hygge of Winter is yielding to Spring temple cleansing and re-arranging. The Spring Equinox, Lakshmi celebration, and Kuan Yin’s birthday inspired the Spring Altar migration and there are still some transitions to honor as the energies rise with the season and invite renewal and inspiration. I feel it, the rise, the sacred sense that change is upon me, and I am ever so grateful for this newness after the challenges of Winter.
March brought celebrations of Lakshmi (her birthday was on Spring Equinox!) and Kuan Yin’s birthday. The recording from Spring for Lakshmi’s birthday may be found on the online space for MotherHouse Goddess Temple here. For Kuan Yin, dip into our free Kuan Yin telesummit, Refuge, that began on 3/25 and is available for the year. There are interviews and offerings from inspirational devotees of Kuan Yin! Register for free here
April is going to be very interesting astrologically! We have a New Moon in Aries, Full Moon in Libra, Mercury in Pisces in the shadow phase since going direct, and three more planets will be stationing retrograde in April: Jupiter (4/10 – 8/11/19), Saturn (4/30 – 9/18/19), and Pluto (4/24 – 10/3/19). We will all feel the effects of these retrogrades, but to varying degrees according to our charts. Stay tuned for Astrology Updates from Mary Lomando who is heading back home from Egypt soon! Also, Audrey Alison has her Astro-Tarot Forecast videos up on YouTube for April.
I am delighted to unveil Patreon offerings for my work and MotherHouse Goddess Temple. There are several ways that you can receive exclusive monthly content, join the new Goddess Moon Circle, and support MotherHouse! It is an exciting opportunity to nourish the expansion of all of our programs and community offerings. Please take a look and join me!
BLESSINGS on your Spring and the Goddess HolyDays coming! May Goddess support you and keep you in all of your intentions and endeavors this month!
Ways to honor Goddess and welcome April:
- Ways to Celebrate Spring Equinox and the Goddesses of Spring
- Refresh your altars and add fresh flowers and candles – bring Spring!
- Create an outdoor altar or organic mandala for Spring to reflect your intentions
- Carrot and Leek Soup for Spring
- 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!
- Join MotherHouse Goddess Temple free events for our TARA Celebration on 4/13/19
Sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal for extended prompts, practices, and ways to honor the Goddess Holydays!
April is the month of the Sabine Goddess Flora, She of the Flowering Plants.
Konohanasakuya-hime is a Japanese Goddess and the “cherry tree blossoming princess”. Cherry blossom festivals begin in March and extend through May.
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 – Day of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor
April 2, 2019 – Dark Moon Temple celebration of the Goddess Medusa
April 4 – Festival of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite
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 5, 2019 – NEW MOON IN ARIES at 4:51am eastern time
April 6, 2019 – Day of Marian Devotions
April 8 – One Year Anniversary of MotherHouse Goddess Temple (see calendar)
April 8 – Day of the Goddess Tara
April 10, 2019 – Yamuna Jayanti – Appearance Day of the Hindu Purification Goddess Yamuna
April 10, 2019 – Jupiter stations Retrograde in Sagittarius
April 12 – Feast of Caridad del Cobre, Our Lady of Charity in Cobre, Cuba who syncretizes to the Orisha Goddess Oshun
April 12 – Springtime festival to the Roman Goddess Libertas (Liberty)
April 13, 2019 – Maha Tara Jayanti – Appearance Day of the Goddess Tara as Mahavidya
April 13-19 – Cerealia – Offerings to the Roman Goddess Ceres of milk, honey, & wine
April 14 – Runic Half Month of Man
April 15 – Great Festival of the Egyptian Goddess Bast
April 15 – Festival of Terra Mater, Roman Goddess of fertility and growth
April 15 – Celtic Tree Month of Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12
April 16, 2019 – Mercury Retrograde shadow ends
April 19, 2019 – FULL MOON IN LIBRA at 7:13am eastern time (Goddess Moon Circle)
April 19, 2019 – Hanuman Jayanti – Appearance day of the Hindu Monkey God, Hanuman
April 20 – Sun enters Taurus
April 20, 2019 – First Day of Passover (through April 27)
April 21, 2019 – Christian celebration of Easter
April 22 – Earth Day – Celebrate Gaia!
April 24, 2019 – Pluto stations Retrograde in Capricorn
April 26, 2019 – Arbor Day
April 26 – Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel (via Order of the Black Madonna)
April 27 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Montserrat who syncretizes to the Orisha Goddess Yewa
April 28-30 – Floralia: A feast to celebrate the flowering of grains and to honor the Roman Goddess Flora
April 29 – Saturn stations Retrograde in Capricorn
April 29 – Runic Half Month of Lagu
April 30 – Feast of Our Lady of Africa – Algiers (via Order of the Black Madonna)
April 30 – Walpurgis Night (Night of the Witches)
April 30 – Beltane Eve
NEW ONLINE COURSES
Devotion – Practices for Spring & the Sacred Heart with Kimberly Moore – starts 3/31/19!
Divination Magick with Kimberly Moore – 30 days of Divination
Kwan Yin Revealed: Exploring & Becoming the Bodhisattva of Compassion with Sandy Boucher & Kimberly Moore – SPRING BIRTHDAY SPECIAL!
Lunar Divination eBook by Gail Jessen and Manifest with the Moon combo just in time for Full Moon
Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal 2019 – prompts & practices to celebrate the Goddess HolyDays!
The Shaman Witch with Renee Starr – Early Bird Specials through 3/31/19!
SYNCING TO THE SEASON
32 Days of Durga with Laura Amazzone
Healing with the Goddess: Myth, Medicine, and Mystery for Awakening with Katherine Skaggs – Spring Special!
Journey with Brigid – Goddess of Poetry with Mael Brigde
Mermaid Magick with Kimberly Moore – 30 Days of Water Spirits!
Order of Melchizidek Level One Training with Lauri Ann Lumby
Priestessing 1 Course with Anne Key
Queen of Herself – Goddess Persephone Activation with Brandi Auset and Kimberly Moore
Resurrecting the Magdalene with Lauri Ann Lumby