Tempus vernum—springtime. This is a month of dewy mornings and frequent showers that coax the flowers from the bosom of Mother Earth. Leaves are coming onto the trees, and the world is nourished by heavenly rains. Brilliant sunny mornings can give way to blustery, rainy afternoons. Water is important in this season to nourish the things that are only beginning to grow. From water we are born, with water we are nourished.
Moon of the Waters
Life is bursting fourth with renewed vigor, and the earth is turning many shades of lush green. Each rain shower seems to bring more plants and trees to life. In the moonlight the softness of spring becomes a shimmering pool of life-force energy that feeds our bodies and souls.
Other names for this moon: Seed Moon, Grass Moon, Rain Moon.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar
April 1 – 14: Alder
Associated associated with courage, strength, and evolving one’s spirit; Celtic hero Bran.
April 15 – 30: Willow
Associated with enchantment and death; willow trees are usually found growing near water; Celtic goddesses Danu and Morigan.
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Sweet Cicely, Geranium & Thistle.
Colours: Crimson Red & Gold.
Flowers: Viola, Forget Me Not & Buddleia.
Perfumes: Pine, Bay, Bergamot & Patchouli.
Crystals: Ruby, Garnet & Sard.
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus & Bast.
1 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
All Fool’s Day
2 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Feast of Lada, protector of lovers (Slavic)
3 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Persephone’s return brings beauty
4 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Fourth to the tenth, Roman festival celebrating Cybele
5 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Leave an offering in the woods
6 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Sunny mornings can give way to blustery, rainy afternoons
7 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Feast of Blajini – offerings, usually eggshells, were made to good-natured Underworld spirits of fairyland (Romanian)
8 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Birth of the Buddha (563 BCE)
9 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Lumeria – A Roman feast to honor family spirits (Lemures) who walk the earth this night
10 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Remove winter dust from the leaves of houseplants
11 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Birth of Muslim prophet Muhammad (570 CE)
12 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
13 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Celebrate cherry trees
14 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Runic half month of Man begins
Solar New Year (Hindu)
15 – Ash, Willow
Celtic tree month of Willow begins
16 – Ash, Willow
Honor Aegir, Ran and Lir
17 – Willow
17th to the 19th, Cerealia – A Roman festival to celebrate grain goddesses for a good crop
18 – Willow
Time to begin weeding the garden
19 – Willow
Honor Lord Byron
20 – Willow
Full Moon – Moon of Waters
21 – Willow, Walnut
Palilia – Roman celebration of Pales
22 – Willow, Walnut
23 – Willow, Walnut
Jack-in-the-Green – the spirit of spring celebrated (England)
24 – Willow, Walnut
Plant carrots, onions and salad crops early
St. Mark’s Eve
25 – Willow, Walnut
It was believed that the realms between the living and dead were open on this day and that spirits could be contacted. (England)
26 – Willow, Walnut
Listen to the wind
27 – Willow, Walnut
National Arbor Day (USA)
28 – Willow, Walnut
Arbor Day – honor trees
“If you hear a cuckoo on this day you will have a year of abundance.” – old English saying
29 – Willow, Walnut
Runic half month of Lagu begins
30 – Willow, Walnut, Blackthorn, Gorse, Linden
May Eve – arrival of the Tuatha de Danann in Ireland
Walpurgis – Saint or Pagan