Lore Of April And The Wildcat Moon

A Full Pink Moon is coming in April.

The name refers to the wild ground phlox, a type of pink wildflower, that tends to sprout in the U.S. and Canada around this time of year.

The date on which the full pink moon appears has historically been used to determine when Easter will be observed. The holiday always falls on the Sunday following the first full moon that appears after the spring equinox.

More names for April’s moon are…

Wildcat Moon ~Choctaw

Awakening Moon ~Neo Pagan

Green Grass Moon ~Sioux
Growing Moon ~Celtic
Hare Moon ~other

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Spring has sprung! And while most of us are familiar with “April showers bring May flowers,” there are many weather folklore sayings associated with spring, which is a season notorious for wild, crazy weather.

Greenman

The Greenman is the legendary pagan God who roams the woodlands. He usually is depicted as a horned man peering out of a mask of foliage, usually the sacred oak. He represents the spirit of vegetation which returns to the Earth in Spring and flourishes in Summer. He is present wherever crops are grown and harvested. He is there when animals mate and give birth. He is there when the seasons change and the Sun shines. We worship the spirit of the Green Man in which we recognize the mystic energy of nature and vegetation.

The horns were symbolic of enlightenment or illumination.

He is Jack-in-the-Green, Robin Hood, Herne The Hunter and the Celtic god Cernunnos.

Wildman

Curiosities of church architecture and medieval manuscripts, the Wildman or Woodwose has, like his more famous contemporary the Green Man, been adopted by neo-Pagans as evidence of pre-Christian mythology and beliefs.

As a folklore character, he represented freedom, the wilderness and the very edges of civilized society.

Ents

The giant tree-herders and carers of the forests and the natural world in J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings”. Tolkein envisaged ents as wise and ancient tree-like figures with bushy, mossy beards and deep penetrating eyes, living in the primeval forest of Fangorn.

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“Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!”
– Thomas Blackburn, An Easter Hymn

April Fool

April Fools’ Day or April Fool’s Day, (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is our annual celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes often expose their prank by shouting “April fool” at the unfortunate victim.  Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained later. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in every country.

Aside from April Fools’ Day, the custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one’s neighbour has historically been relatively common in the world.

Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of March and involved people dressing up in disguises.

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Tarot Fool

The ‘wild card’, The Fool is also the most controversial & powerful Tarot Card.

The Fool is a powerful card because its possibilities all start in nothingness and reach into infinity.

The Fool in the present position signifies that you are about to abandon commitments and constraints in a search for a self-defining freedom. The Fool is the most powerful card in all the Tarot deck when it is in the present position. Your free will can literally move mountains at this moment in time – the Tarot is telling you an ancient slogan: carpe diem – seize the day.

Magic

Use the Fool card from your favorite deck as a focus for your freedom and power this moon working.

Utilize the trickster energy on this day if need as well, to divert any negative energy or individuals or situations.

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