Apr. 19, 2019April showers or early spring flowers – even a little late snow – depending on where you happen to live in the country, spring can arrive in a variety of packages (and temperatures).
Whether you’re still wrapped up in your winter wools or you’re already admiring the spring cherry blossoms of the Mid-Atlantic, there’s one harbinger of spring we can all celebrate, no matter the temperature: the April Pink Moon.
The fourth full moon of the year, April’s “Pink Moon” isn’t actually pink – despite what some gorgeous photos may lead you to believe (we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news) – the April Pink Moon is actually named for a pink wildflower, the Ground Phlox, that often blooms in certain areas of the US around this time.
Not only is it the second full moon of the spring season following the spring equinox, but if you observe Easter, the April full moon determines when the holiday will fall. In a rule dating back to approximately 325 C.E., the holiday always falls on the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Sometimes referred to as the sprouting grass moon, the fish moon or the egg moon, April’s full moon is one to be celebrated whether you observe Easter or simply wish to pay homage to the transformative season that is springtime.
WHEN TO SEE THE APRIL PINK MOON
First thing’s first, when’s the best time to view the full pink moon? If you’re on the East Coast, the April full moon is at its most beautiful at 7:12 A.M. (we know, not as early as you thought!) – West Coasters will have to rise a little earlier though, at 4:12 A.M. Even if it’s a party of one, you’ll also want to find a dark spot for your viewing party! Check out our post on dark skies to learn where to find a dark site near you – and if you can’t travel, make your way to a spot with as little light pollution as possible (beaches are a great bet). Bring a blanket and a thermos of coffee and make it a day to be up with the birds. But simply viewing the moon isn’t the only way to celebrate April’s full moon. If the skies are cloudy or you want to extend the springtime theme, there are plenty of ways to honor the spirit of the April Pink moon:
Whether they’re actually blooming or not, adding bright fresh flowers to your space is a beautiful and refreshing way to welcome springtime into your home. Opt for shades of pink and blush to honor the moon and the Ground Phlox it’s named for. The scent of fresh flowers in your home is a welcome bonus.
Spring is a time of rebirth. Trees and plants are sprouting new life, wildlife is coming out of hibernation, and flowers are beginning to bloom. Harness the energy of spring and honor the full pink moon by digging into the earth and planting something new. Start your spring seedlings, grow an indoor herb garden – even making your own kombucha counts! Nurturing something not only improves your connection to the earth but has been shown to support wellbeing, too.
TAKE A HIKE
If the weather allows, opt for an early morning hike to view the April Pink Moon. Take in the fresh spring air and the sounds of growth happening all around you and bask in how incredible it is that winter gives way to all this. Just be sure to pack a headlamp, water, snacks (maybe even some coffee), and bring a friend!
In the spirit of rebirth, the April Pink Moon is an excellent time to revisit the goals you set at the start of the year. Are you on track? Do they still align with where you hope to go? In this season of change, don’t be afraid of shifting your mindset and making decisions – even if it means scratching a few resolutions from the list to make room for what’s new.
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