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April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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‘A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud and a rainbow’s warning;

Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!’

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April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

April is the fourth month of the year of the Gregorian calendar, and the first month of the astrological calendar. Its astrological sign is Aries, the Ram (March 8 – April 20), Mars. The name of the month comes from the Latin aprilis, which derives from aper, or boar, as April was thought to be the month of the boar. April delights the senses: the damp earth after an April rain and the sweet fragrance of flowering crab apple trees. Some of the most dramatic changes in nature occur in April. Buds, swell and growth begins. Flowering trees such as dogwood, redbud, cherry, and apple are at the height of their beauty. Azaleas burst into bloom, bringing color to shady places. And weather permitting, gardens and fields are tilled ready to remove early crops of lettuce, spinach, and onion. Birds add to the beauty of April–not only are they busy building nests but their songs now greet us on misty spring mornings. Holidays of the month are April Fool’s Day, when we celebrate the trickster and Earth Day on the 22nd, which makes us aware of environmental issues. The beautiful flowering trees of the month gave April’s Full Moon its charming old-fashioned name–the Pink Moon. Early herbalists and folk magicians used this period to enhance spells concerning health and general well-being..

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Correspondences For April

NATURE SPIRITS: plant faeries

HERBS: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle

COLORS: Red and gold

FLOWERS: daisy and sweet pea

SCENTS: pine, bay, bergamot and my personal favorite patchouli

STONES: ruby, garnet, sard

TREE’S: pine, bay and hazel

ANIMALS: Bear and Wolf

BIRDS: hawk and magpie

DEITIES: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast

POWERS/ADVICE: energy in creating and producing, balance is returned to the nerves change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities, Time to work on emotional turmoil and get your temper into prospective.

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Symbols for the Month of April

Birthstone

The birthstone for April is the diamond. Usually diamonds bring thoughts of engagement rings and colorless, sparkling stones, but diamonds come in several colors too. Yellow, red, pink, blue and green diamonds are rare and usually more expensive than colorless diamonds.

Flower

The flower for the month of April is the daisy which symbolizes innocence. Daisies come in dozens of colors and are one of the favorite flowers to put in a bouquet. The Gerbera daisy is a very popular flower. It comes in many vibrant colors and is a beautiful reminder of springtime and warm weather.

Astrological Signs

Aries and Taurus are the astrological signs for April. Birthdays from April 1st through the 19th fall under the sign of Aries. April 20th through the 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Taurus.

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Monthly Observations for April

Autism Awareness Month

Jazz Appreciation Month

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Writing Month

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Confederate History Month – April 26

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Car Care Month (Spring) .

Child Abuse Prevention Month (National)

Financial Literacy Month

Frog Month (National)

Garden Month (National)

Guitar Month (International)

Home Inspection Month

Humor Month (National)

Keep America Beautiful Month

Kite Flying Month (National)

Mathematics Education Month (National) Poetry Month (National)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Welding Month (National)

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“Make Every Day Earth Day”

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, a result of the efforts of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), a passionate advocate of protecting the environment and increasing awareness of environmental issues. While social activism was at peak levels in the late 1960s and early ’70s, legislation on environmental issues was nearly nonexistent. Nelson struggled since he was elected to the Senate in 1962 to persuade Congress to establish an environmental agenda. Frustrated by the obstacles and resistance he faced, he appealed to the mood of the public and designated April 22 as a “national day for the environment.” He hoped to impress upon fellow politicians that humans have an enormous impact on the environment. Nelson certainly achieved his goal. More than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebration, prompting voter-hungry politicians to take notice. The overwhelming response helped generate a new political focus on the environment. As that focus has become increasingly global, more people than ever are celebrating Earth Day around the world.

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Eleven Facts About Earth Day

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.

On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.

On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.

Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.

Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.

Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.

Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.

On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.

In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

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Earth Day Anthem

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time

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