I call out to the April showers that really do bring May flowers,
And the Full Moon who pours her secrets in the drops of rain,
Bringing to me the power of becoming,
Embracing the promise of abundance returning again.
To the chill in the night air that whispers of death,
I claim your power,
Destroying that which doesn’t serve me well.
You creep across those bold pink blossoms.
They resist your seduction,
Drawing their strength from the warmth deep within the Underworld.
I, too, summon my resilience from the darkness of Hekate’s Cave
As I walk towards brighter days.
Hail to the Full Moon of April!
There’s so much lore surrounding this Full Moon, often the first one of spring. Known to some as the Pink Moon, from the pink flowers – phlox – that bloom in the early spring in some parts of North America. Other names for this Full Moon include Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, and Wind Moon. The Old English/Anglo-Saxon name is Egg Moon. Also known as the Paschal Moon since it’s used to calculate the date for Easter.
To me, this is the first Full Moon of spring regardless of where it finds itself on the calendar. Around here the April Full Moon is usually the time of the true seasonal transition. I feel the shift. Persephone has returned to the Middle World, turning the Wheel of Time towards the season of becoming. Artemis wanders the natural world once again. Circe ponders and plans for her Witch’s Garden. Hekate , their guide and companion, returns with them.
As the green world awakens,
My soul stirs,
Reminding me that I, too, can become new.
Rabbits (or hares if you prefer) are the animal of the moment. Images featuring Persephone as Kore (The Maiden) with rabbits have been found in ancient temples. Both herald spring by emerging from the Underworld. Artemis, too, was often featured with rabbits (also in her evolution as Diana).
There’s no sign of anything pink growing around here yet, but rabbits are out and about.
Read more about witches and rabbits.
For all the Hekatean Witches
If you’re following the Hekatean Wheel of the Year, this is the time when things calm down a bit. After the intense transformation of the Holy Darkness, the April Full Moon brings about the promise of gentler progression along our Witches’ Journey. As the verdant world prepares for abundance, so can we.
In April, all the world reminds me
That nature bends towards expansion,
Igniting my own need to grow.
April is a great month to connect with the life-death-rebirth cycle, this time contemplating the burgeoning life all around us. It’s a great month for exploring Persephone, one of Hekate’s companions, as she returns to the world guided by our Dark Mother. Hekate was Persephone’s guide, companion and mediator. For me, this best describes my relationship with Hekate as well.
Read my articles on Persephone:Re-Imagining Persephone and the Complexities of Women’s Choices
Building upon contemplation of Persephone’s story and our own relationship with Hekate, it’s a great month to take your practice to the next level through evoking Hekate and communicating with her. Hekate doesn’t always speak in the most obvious ways, so this article on her messages may be helpful. Perfect for the Full Moon.
Watch Invoking Hekate
Excerpt from Book of Shadows: Wheel of the Year 2019.
Drawing Down the Moon
The moon is beloved by many witches, as a companion and a source of power. Drawing down the moon summons the pure energy of the moon with the additional forces of each phase.
Envision the energy of the phase, starting by looking at the moon. Then widen that to the moon’s influence on the earth around you. Let it seep into your being, synchronizing the energy with your internal forces. Finally, let this combined energy flow into your hands or chosen tool, like the wand or the blade. Release the moon power into your working. Be sure to disconnect from the moon beams. The moon can be spellbinding.
The April Full Moon can fall within Aries or Taurus. Add the zodiacal correspondence and other planetary influences to further boost your witchery.
Harness the properties of this very pretty shade while drawing down the full moon. A color of compassion, kindness and support is also one that rouses strong emotions. Some people hate it, others love it. When I was in university, there was a pink backlash (isn’t there always?) because of its use to divide the genders: pink/weak vs. blue/strong. I still wear it quite often, with black, of course. To me, it is a color of resistance and self-acceptance.
Properties: acceptance, affection, compassion, emotions, healing, inspiration, angels, caregiving, passion, peace, wholeness, self work.
Numbers: 6, 9
Also 2 for the self-acceptance of the true self and shadow.
Time of day: Dawn
Botanicals: Allspice, hawthorn, rose (wild or pink)
Stone: Rose quartz, pink calcite
Mythical animal: Unicorn
Hekatean: Atala Despoina – Tender Empress
BONUS: Self Love Pink Potion