The Seed Moon
This is a time for Growth.
In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is most often called the Seed Moon. This name is meant to indicate the season most appropriate for planting the seeds of that which you hope will flourish in the coming season of growth and fertility.
In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar the name of this moon is Saille (Willow) which runs from April 15th through May 12th.
The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Man (Human) from April 14th through April 28th, and Lagu (Flowing Water) from April 29th through May 13th.
The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Columbina and runs from March 20th through April 17th.
The American Backwoods Calendar refers to this moon of the year as the Pink Moon and is determined by whichever full moon falls in April.
This is a time of openings. The earth opens to receive new seed, the leaves of the seedlings open to receive the nurturing of the sunlight, and you, too, can open to recieve the best of whatever new insights and blessings the spring of a new year has to offer.
This moon traditionally holds celebrations that echo the theme of openings and new growth and discovery also. This moon often holds The Festival of the Lady or the Annunciation which is a celebration of the conception of the light which will be born to the world around December 25th.
Sometimes Easter and Passover (both movable celebrations) are found to fall within this moonphase as well as April Fools Day, a whole day set aside to allow for new perceptions and new ways of looking at things by allowing the Lord of Misrule, or Loki, or Hermes the Trickster, to upset the natural order of things through the playing of practical jokes and generally upsetting the applecart of conventionality.
Whether you know this as the Seed Moon, The Flower Moon, or the Willow Moon, you know this moon as significant of the renewal and regeneration and eager energy of growth found in springtime.
Sacred to all the deities associated with spring such as Eostre, (for which Easter may have been named), Aphrodite, Tellus Mater (The patron of environmental concerns), Ceres, Persephone, and a whole host of others, this moon exhorts us to "OPEN UP".
So, with all that information to guide you, think of this moon as the encouragement offered by the universe. Greet the dawning of a new season armed with the preparations of the first few moons of the year and a willingness to follow the example of the natural world around you in response to the urging of the increasing sunlight... and... "open up".
If you select a personal name for this moon, let it reflect those "seeds" you are eager to nurture throughout the coming season of growth.
If you wish to review a completed lunar calendar for this year, please select the icon image to your left labeled "Lunar Calendar".
If you wish to go directly to instructions for creating a lunar calendar of your own using our lunar calendar system, please select the link to your left labeled "Lunar Calendar System".
If you wish to go learn more about the individual thirteen moons of a lunar calendar, please use the image links to your left.