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"She who from April dates her years
Diamonds should wear lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone
As emblem of innocence is known."
English Nursery Rhyme

April 2018
Adventurous April

Named for the Goddess Aphrodite, April is the season of opening; the month when the earth opens to receive seed, the time when growing plants open up, the young leaves unfold and blossoms scent the air. The Anglo-Saxon name for this month is Eastermonath, the month of the Goddess Eostre, whose name is the origin of the name "Easter." The Irish name for April is Aibrean; to the Franks, it was Ostarmanoth.

April 1 has long been associated with trick-playing and practical jokes; in every stable society there are periods when mischief is permitted for a short, well-defined time. In Northern Europe, April 1 was ruled by Loki, the Trickster God; in medieval times this function was performed by the court jester. In the Tarot, this card is The Fool and carries the number 0, fulfilling this necessary role. April 1 (All Fool's Day), commences at dawn and only operates until mid-day. In the modern age, our current version of the Fool is played by comedians who provide the alternative viewpoint, telling the powers-that-be what is wrong when no one else dares speak the truth for fear of punishment.

The Universal Event of April is the nesting of birds; the message is to develop, to know and to enrich; the Communal Event is May Eve, ushering in Summer. Flowers of the month are sweet peas and daisies and the gemstone the diamond. April's colors are crimson and all shades of light green.

Besides being All Fool's Day, April 1 is also the holiday of Venus/Aphrodite, whose celebration appears to be peculiar to women, who washed images of the goddess in lakes and rivers before adorning her with jewels and new clothing. Burn some incense in her honor to ensure happiness and joy in your life. In honor of The Fool, check out some work of your favorite comedian and have a good laugh at life.

In France, on April 2, the Battle of the Flowers follows the same line of foolishness as the previous day. If a person saw someone they fancied, they would throw a flower, generally a rose or a daisy, at the heart of their intended. April 3 was the beginning of a 7 day celebration of Megalisia, the Great Mother, Cybele. April 5, celebrated the Roman Goddess Fors Fortuna, the Lady Luck to whom all gamblers still pray. The two moveable Christian and Jewish holidays are Easter and Passover, their dates determined by the first Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox. April 10 was the final day of Megalesia, celebrated with sacred horse racing.

"I love spring flowers: daffodils and hyacinths are the
ultimate flowers for me. They are the essence of spring."

~K. Gallacher
April 3 and 4, commemorates Megalisia, a Phrygian and Roman holiday honoring Cybele, the Great Mother of whom all the goddesses may be seen as aspects. This seven day festival celebrates the arrival of the image of Cybele in Rome from Asia Minor. April 5, is the Chinese and Japanese Festival of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, who is the Great Mother of China and embodies all that is female in the universe. April 13 marks the month long observation of the Roman holiday of Ceralia, commemorating the Goddess Ceres, whose name is still in our breakfast cereal. In her honor, burn some incense on your alter and wear white, Ceres's proper color.
Kwan Yin
"Any religion without the goddess is halfway to atheism."
~Dion Fortune

April 13 also marked the springtime festival of Libertas, the Roman Goddess of Liberty. The Norse festival of Sommarsblot is celebrated on April 14, to welcome spring; it is also the runic half-mion is to be meditated upon. The old Roman festival on April 15, marked the remembrance of the Goddess Tellus, Tellus Mater, or Mother Earth, was traditionally devoted to prayer and the health of our environment; she is the matron goddess of all environmentalists. Known by its Celtic dedication as St. Pardarn's Day, April 16 is the day it was customary to begin weeding the just-planted crops.

"The earth is a mosaic, and most fail to notice the gossamer tesserae floating down from the realm of the mind that form its images of beauty . . ."
~Lawren Leo

The Sun Enters Taurus on April 21, the season of men and women who work the earth; traditionally a holiday for farmers before the hard work of summer begins. April 22 is the Babylonian Festival of Ishtar, a figure who for the last few thousand years has been a victim of very bad press. Ishtar/Astarte/ Ashtoreth was the major divinity before the appearance of the patriarchal "Sky" gods of the Bronze and Piscean Ages. Many of her traditions, both oral and musical, were appropriated when Christianity emerged as the new power in the Mediterranean world.

April 23 marked the Roman festival day of Jupiter and Venus, while in England, the day is dedicated to St. George, a traditional day for parades of dragons, hobbyhorses, giant effigies and Morris Dancers. April 24, was the eve of St. Mark's Day, one of the traditional nights in England for divining the future. April 27, or Floralia, was a 6 day Central and Eastern European celebration to honor the Flora, Goddess of Flowers and to pray for fruits that come from blossoms.

“We too can begin a new life, one that brings satisfaction and enrichment, whether this is by singing, dancing, running through the waves, walking barefoot on the grass or making love under the stars. Perhaps your dreams are greater than this, or perhaps more conservative, but whatever they are, Beltane is a wonderful time for expressing who you truly are.” ~C. Carlton

Representing energy that is flowing and mutable, April 29 marks the Runic symbol, Lagu, or forces of water that includes the life-force inherent in all matter and the organic growth and waxing power of this time of year. April 30, is the old Celtic holiday of Beltane, one of the Cross-Quarter days also known as May Eve (Central Europe) or Walpurgisnacht (Germany) and traditionally was a night of meeting and mating. April 30, is the Native American "Root Festival" of the Northwest Yakima where it is tradition in late spring to dry several varieties of roots and plants to be used in foods such as soups, porridge and breads.

The primary message of April is to celebrate the opening of flowers and plants; to enjoy the soft spring air and revel in the always astonishing rebirth of nature in the springtime. All new growth requires supreme strength to reach maximum potential, and it's a difficult task to push aside obstructions in the search for more light. This holds true for plants and people. Use the energetic activities of April to provide the impetus for getting that ambitious plan underway. If not now, when?

Author Biography

L.J. Ross is a 35 year veteran of the medical profession, with over 25 years as an active participant in tarot reading and interpretation. The Tarot for Today Workbook is the end result in a 10 year process of reading, teaching and giving workshops using this text. Member of the American Tarot Association.

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