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This series has a simple goal: provide basic history on a holiday/event and use that history to spring board potential writing prompts and themes. For some, the history on its own will be enough. For others, I’ll suggest prompts I thought of.
Happy writing and please share a snippet or link to your inspired works ^_^ I’d love to read them.
April’s Full Moon:
Names include: the Wind Moon, the Seed Moon, the Hare Moon, the Growing Moon, the Pink Moon, and the Egg Moon.
April’s moon has obvious associations with growth (seed moon or growing moon). In the Northern Hemisphere we’re experiencing differing phases of spring. Euro-centric countries enjoy early blooming flowers like daffodils and tulips steal the gardening show. April can be a wonderful to celebrate early progress on a goal, to start new goals if current efforts haven’t yielded results, or to continue to nurture past commitments.
Old folklore suggests the full moon until the last quarter is the best time to kill weeds, thin or prune a garden, mow the lawn, cut timber, and to plant below ground crops. If you’re looking for more lunar-based gardening information, check out alamanac.com.
Some claim April is the Pink Moon because creeping phlox is in full bloom this time of year (and it’s a pink flower). Others claim April became the “Pink Moon” because pink is Venus’ color and she is the governor of the house of Taurus (The horoscope sign we’re about to enter). The connection to Venus, Goddess of love, can make April a delightful time to work on relationship magic, whether it’s a plutonic or romantic relationship.
While we portray March as a stormy month, April is the windy one—hence “Wind Moon.” It’s suggested one meditate on seeds carried or pollinated by the wind. Allergy season intensifies around this time. Patti Wigington suggests this moon can be an excellent time to meditate on the power of the air element and how winds from different directions have varying associations and energies one can use.
This moon happens after Ostara (spring equinox), why some may call it Egg Moon and it is the last moon before Beltane (May day). Often people reflect on the building fertility/growing energy during this time. They either wind down their Spring Equinox celebrations or they charge and prep for Beltane.
This year April’s moon will be the biggest super moon of 2020, so if you have a clear sky, it might be worth a gander. April’s moon falls in the house of Libra this year, so it’s an agreeable time to check in and seek to rebalance any element in one’s life.
1. Stare at the moon, free write and associate with whatever suits.
2. What aspect of this moon lore would your character most identify with?
3. Is what your character identifies with the same as what they most need?
4. Use any of the elements of the April moon to write a quick scene with one of your characters.
5. Create a character who embodies any of the April moon’s energies.
6. Write a full moon induced romance scene.
7. Write about something that grew under the light of the April moon.
8. Write a scene where your character reacts to what’s carried on the wind (a smell, a conversation, a note or seed, ect).
9. Write a story where the moon actually appears pink—why—what happens, does anyone even notice?