MoonGiant.com: April 2023, Full Pink Moon
April’s full moon is widely known as the Full Pink Moon, even though it doesn’t actually turn pastel pink as the name suggests. The Full Pink Moon’s name comes from the abundance of moss phlox, a common little pink flower that typically begins to spread across the ground in early spring. With that said, this creeping phlox is not the only thing that begins blooming during the Full Pink Moon.
In many Native American tribes, April’s full moon is associated with the bustling life and vibrant growth of spring. In Sioux culture, it’s named after the sprouting of red grass. The Comanche tribe called it the New Spring Moon, and both the Tlingit and Sioux tribes referred to it as the Budding Moon, after the new plants that begin to bud and sprout during spring. The Cherokee tribe even called it the Flower Moon (though that name is also sometimes used to refer to May’s full moon), and celebrated it for the growth of useful medicinal plants and magical herbs.
At the same time, April is a time when rivers and streams begin to fully thaw. Accordingly, the Shoshone tribe named April’s full moon the Full Melting Moon, and the Arapaho tribe called it the Moon Where Ice Breaks in the River. It was also known as the Fish Moon because of the fish that would begin to swim upstream during this time. The Cherokees believed that flowing water was under the control of a spirit called the Long Man, and so would perform rituals to honor him during the Full Pink Moon. An example of a ritual like this was the Knee Deep Dance, based off the movements of the Water Frog. The Assiniboine tribe also called April’s full moon the Frog Moon.
Water is not the only thing that starts to flow during the Full Pink Moon – this is also the time where maple sap begins to flow in earnest, marking the true beginning of the incredibly important sugar-making season. The Abenaki tribes called April’s full moon the Sugar Maker Moon, and the Ojibwe called it the Sugarbush Moon. The Ojibwe tribe would journey north to their spring camps to tap maple syrup and engage in spear fishing. Maple syrup was integral to Ojibwe culture: not only was it a crucial method of seasoning all their foods (they did not have access to salt at that time), but it also symbolized harmony within the community and with the forces of nature around them.
The Full Pink Moon also holds religious significance in other cultures. For example, in Islamic communities around the world, April’s full moon is celebrated as Bara’at Night, also known as the Night of Innocence. Muslims offer up prayers, asking God to absolve dead ancestors of their sins. They also prepare sweet desserts such as halwa or zarda and give it out to children, the needy, and other members of their community. Meanwhile, Christians call it the Paschal Moon, and celebrate the first Sunday after April’s full moon as Easter Sunday. It’s possible that the reason why the Easter Bunny brings eggs is because April’s full moon is also known as the Egg Moon, given that animals such as geese begin mating and laying eggs in spring. Read full article on MoonGiant.com.
April 2023: Moon Phases
Ancient Origins – EASTER REBIRTH: How Rabbits and Eggs Came to Symbolize New Life
The Easter holiday, known for its themes of resurrection and rebirth, has a history that dates back thousands of years. One of the most recognizable symbols of Easter is the rabbit, which was a significant figure in ancient pagan cultures. These cultures believed that the goddess Eostre, who represented the dawn and spring, had a companion in the form of a rabbit. The Easter egg, which also symbolizes new life, has its roots in ancient civilizations such as the Persians and Egyptians. Link to YouTube Video
In Harmony with the whole, every generation experienced the Promise of a Divine Resurrection, and a Season when we rise again and the Sun fulfills a promise of Salvation for everything that reaches for its Divine Way to be… a mystery unknown that was written within. May we look beyond all the different ways that Human has celebrated the Time to see the Same Story that’s been known bby every generation, since the beginning of our Time on Mother Earth.
Rabbits have the strange ability to carry two litters at once. So, can the Deer, only “double pregnancies” can confuse the doe. The Deer taught us to be vigilant in our Love. A Time was given for Human to Love One dream and One family at a time to make every new creation the highest object of our affection.
IXCHEL – The Moon Goddess connected with the Rabbit
Ix Chel is the Maya goddess of the moon, healing, women’s sexuality, fertility, and midwifery. She protects women during their menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and labour. Ix Chel is shown as maiden, mother, and crone (wise woman), symbolizing the three phases on the journey of womanhood. As a maiden, she is shown with a rabbit, a symbol of fertility and abundance. The Mayans also associated the moon with rabbits as the rabbit is considered to be the scribe of the moon calendar. Ix Chel as a mother goddess is a weaver who set the universe into motion. As a crone, she is known as the midwife of creation, and seen with a serpent, which symbolizes regeneration, and change of seasons.
Ixchel as the young maiden holds the rabbit as a symbol of her fertility. As the mother, IX is the weaver tied to the Tree of Life. As the Crone, Ixchel pours out her beauty from the inside out, as the Truth and Wisdom of experience.
May we claim a Year of Luck, multiplied by the Rabbit for a New Dream of Life to be the center of our attention.
The Highest Light of our Affection knows the mystery and will guide a way for everyone growing in their own time and place. I’m grateful we all get a second chance to live again and again.
THE TRECENA OF JAGUAR/IX: A JOURNEY TO THE LIGHT
MAYAN CALENDAR DAYKEEPER’S JOURNAL
April 6, 2023 (04/06/2023)
5 Flint/ETZNAB (Cherokee, Flint/DAWI’SGALA)
Galactic Tone 5: Empowerment. At the center of the cube we find Five. Five is an intelligent, organizing force which manages communications and materials, knowledge and application. Fives are natural networkers who gather what is needed. These persons can probe directly to the core of any situation making them excellent investigators.
Flint/ETZNAB: Mirror of reality. As a struck flint, these persons are the divine sparks of intelligence. Flint’s innate abilities are utilized to discriminate emotions from fact. Flint persons stand tireless to protect, defend, or cure others by personal sacrifice. By courageously wielding the sword of truth, falsehoods are cut away. Flints, it was said, can receive information on inter-personal troubles or evil plots of others by reflecting in an obsidian mirror. Their valiant service as warriors of the truth must be impeccable or they will experience sufferings of accidens, misunderstandings and gossip.
Cherokee, Flint/DAWI’SGALA: Opener of the Way, a creator, innovator, stretches the mind to outside limits of capabilities. Changes the static to the dynamic. Brings about change, often through separation and destruction. Beams the Stellar Ray of Truth to Earth as a crystal sword cast down along the path of a lightning flash. The transformer brings things to a head and wipes the slate clean
[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. ~Debra]
I especially liked these stories, and The Indian traditions, also the story of easter!
Thanks, and a Happy easter and spring time, lots of love!
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